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The Grind

FOR KNIFE CONNOISSEURS
What did people do before electric knife sharpeners? They used a ‘moleta’

We answered this question back in 2014, talking mainly about the manual method - using a whetstone to sharpen a blade. But what wasn't covered in that article was another alternative – getting somebody to sharpen your knives for you. In one of our earliest articles (Ballarat butcher looks back),…

14 top ‘celebrity chefs’ of all time (Part II)

Here is the final part of our take on celebrity chefs though history (read the first part here). 8) Fanny Cradock If you love pizza – and are not of Italian descent – you may well have Fanny Cradock to thank. Fanny Cradock (only one ‘d’) was born in 1909…

14 top ‘celebrity chefs’ of all time (Part I)

Today the world is swimming in celebrity chefs. Take one look at the Wikipedia entry List of chefs, which divvies up famous chefs throughout history and, in sheer numbers, there are ten times as many modern chefs (ie those active in the 20th and 21st centuries) as those in all…

Food leftovers – some not so fun facts

Are you still eating leftovers from the Christmas food binge? The current thinking of health professionals is that any leftovers should be eaten within 3-4 days, or the risk of 'foodborne illness' (aka food poisoning) goes up considerably. What's a little alarming about eating leftovers is that the conventional 'sniff…

Passion projects

Look up the phrase 'passion project' and you'll find something like what appears on the Cambridge Dictionary site… “A piece of work, especially a film, that someone gets involved in because they love or feel it is very good and important, not to make money.” Which brought back memories of…

Cheese

Browsing a bookshop the other day we came across a new title called “Who ate the first oyster?” and no further explanation was required – no need to check the back cover to see what it was about. Do you ever find yourself wondering who was the first person to…

Love it or hate it – Halloween’s coming

The very mention of the word ‘Halloween’ invokes very different reactions in people… The funny thing is, it’s not really an American tradition. A quick recap… The word Halloween is just short for All Hallows’ Eve, which is the night before All Saints’ Day – a Christian holiday to commemorate…

It’s a tough job…

Once or twice a year David Stemmer gets to go to the beach for work. Unfortunately it doesn’t involve much swimming or lying around on the sand – he’s generally there because a whale carcass has washed up on the beach and his job as Collections Manager (Mammals) at the…

Kitchen appliances (and one in particular) are all the rage

Forget toilet paper. Now a sizeable chunk of the Australian population only wants to buy kitchen appliances (and one in particular – see below). It’s a type of watered down doomsday prepping, but ultimately eminently sensible if it looks like some COVID-19 restrictions look set to remain – all part…

Food trend predictions go out the window

Back in December, along with a number of much better qualified pundits, we offered our two cents on which food trends would, er, trend in 2020. Then along came COVID-19 and all bets were off. You could just switch on the news and see exactly which foods were trending –…

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