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Words To Go 16 at Tasting Australia

06/05/2016 | By

A quick wrap-up of the fab food/travel bloggers conference Words To Go 16 and a big thanks to all who made it so special.

Words To Go keynote Mark Kurlansky

Words To Go keynote speaker, author Mark Kurlansky.

While Tasting Australia is not over quite yet, the food and travel bloggers forum Words To Go 16 wrapped up late on Tuesday afternoon when we sent our group of tired and very sated bloggers off to their respective homes.


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Section 28 Artisan Cheese

15/04/2016 | By

South Australia has another feather in our cheese-making cap with the passion and skills of Kym Masters at Section 28 Artisan Cheese.

Monorte from Section 28 Artisan Cheese

Given that Kym Masters, Section 28 cheese maker, has his premises based just ten minutes up the road from me in the Adelaide Hills you’d think that I’d have been on his doorstep and sticking my nose into what he’s doing there ages ago, wouldn’t you?


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Chef Exchange – A Unique Showcase for South Australian Food

04/04/2016 | By

Airing this week in China, Chef Exchange is a culinary adventure which showcases South Australia’s finest to a whole new Chinese audience.

Chef Exchange chefs Jock Zonfillo & Qu Jianmin handshake

In just a couple of days over 90 million people in China will get the first glimpse of Chef Exchange, a unique television series showcasing the best of South Australian food and our regions.


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In My Kitchen April 2016

01/04/2016 | By

It’s time for another glimpse at some of my favourite things in my kitchen.

In My Kitchen anoter cookbook - Not Just Jam

Once again it’s time for me to share some of the things that I’m loving in my kitchen at the moment. 


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South Australian Food & Beverage Trails

07/03/2016 | By

A simple new way to explore more of South Australia’s premium food and drink offerings – check out the new connected regional food & beverage trails website!

food & beverage trails South Australia

There’s a fab new way for both South Australian locals or tourists to plan their next exploration of some of our premium food and wine (or beer, or spirits – we have it all!) trails, with all the information you could need now at the tip of your fingers!


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The Porta Palazzo Market, Turin

18/01/2016 | By

A wander around Turin’s Porta Palazzo Market, the largest open-air market in Europe.

markets, Porta Palazzo

One thing that really stands out about the food culture of Italy is the abundance of fresh food markets in each city. The locals tend to shop for fresh produce daily, rather than doing the weekly (soul-destroying, IMHO) shop which is more the norm here in Australia. This means that, for the most part, people are eating fresh, local, seasonal produce  – a much better way to stay connected to the food system.

porta palazzo markets, Turin

Porta Palazzo markets, quail eggs

When visiting Torino (Turin) last year at least one market visit was high on my list of priorities. The city has 42 open-air markets and six covered markets dotted around the neighbourhoods and on our second day in the city we visited the most significant, the Porta Palazzo Market.

Porta Palazzo Market, eggplant

The Porta Palazzo Market takes it’s name from the ancient gate which marked the entry to the Roman town of Augusta Taurinorum and is the largest open-air market in Europe. It is open six days a week and boasts 800 stalls spread over a 50,000 square metre space, surrounded by four  covered markets – a clothing market, a fish market and two other food markets, plus various stores, cafes and restaurants.

Porta Palazzo market artisan cheese

Gorgeous , little handmade cheeses direct from the producer at Porta Palazzo Market, Torino

Unusually, part of this space is also shared by up to 100 farmers market stands, with the farmers travelling in to sell their produce direct to the public – making it one of the few places where city folk can come into daily contact with the people who grow their food.

Porta Palazzo market, fragrant herbs

porta palazza market tomatoes

Honestly, I can’t imagine why anyone would want to be bothered with a sterile shopping centre when there is so much more pleasure to be had buzzing around these intriguing stalls which sell just about anything one could need. From vegetables, oils, cold cuts, cheese, breads, local delicacies and flowers to clothing, shoes, household goods, second-hand goods, jewellery – you name it, someone there will be selling it, guaranteed.

offal meat, Porta Palazzo market

Offal – all the spare bits ready to cook at the Porta Palazzo Market

Porta Palazzo market seafood

Fabulous, fresh seafood at Porta Palazzo Market

Porta Palazzo Market, pesce sciabola

Pesce Sciabola – also called Silver SCabbard Fish – a local deep-water favourite.

Porta Palazzo Market, sometimes known as ‘Torino’s kitchen’, is much more than just a food source for the city of Torino, though, and is recognised as a local cultural and social hub, for both Italians and migrants to the city. The importance of the market is such that an anthropological study, “Porta Palazzo: The Anthropology of an Italian Market”, has been published using this market as an example to show how important such centres are for the culinary culture and social life of cities.

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