• Garlic #1

      Each year I try, and each year a meagre reward. The pictured bulbs represent the finest (and one third) of my crop and were just enough to make some garlic bread for four. I've been planting too ...

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    • Voyager Cabernet Merlot 2001

      Not far from the Margaret river town site and south and along Caves Road, there's an extra ordinary cluster of Karri trees reaching for the sky. Tall, pale and straight, it's breathtakingly beautiful. There's a peaceful serenity and cathedral like silence, the cars infrequent as they are are muffled and insignificant. The wine too comes from the same place, I've written about it before.

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    • Matchbox Malbec 2013

      Like the 2010 release this is glass staining and shockingly fresh and juicy. The words Joven follow malbec on the side label, though I do think some patience is required. It improves and develops more nuance, and by nights end there is m ...

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  • Favourite things

    Bob Carr from his hilarious diary - slept from 11pm to 6am, only waking once and enjoying nutty technicolour dreams. No Normison: wonderful. Foreign minister thrashes jet lag. Keep up the weights in hotel gym despite a creaky right shoulder and kept up pilates and abs work on the floors of hotel bedrooms. Must eliminate all sugar.

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  • Massena Barbera 2012

    A mechanical pop and a small plume of vapour as I remove the seal. No one is watching so I raise the glass to my ear for the tinkle of small bubbles. I wait for the distraction of the the CO2 to pass, but even so the first sip is more cola than wine. . . A old leathe ...

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  • Beetroot risotto

    Add 3 medium beets, peeled and cubed (giving about 350-400 grams of the root) to a large pot with one litre of vegetable stock. Bring this to the boil, so the beets can cook and the stock can colour. After about 15-20 minutes, remove the beetroot and process two thirds so you have a rough puree, keep the other third as it is.

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  • Wittman 100 Hügel Trocken Riesling 2013

    For thirty dollars this is particularly sharp. Pear and mustard fruit, slate, blossom and zest. The nose is quite intricate and expressive. Cold, stony and stern in the mouth, a pulse of electricity and a sharp edge of slate. The attack is notable and terrific, full of impact, like a cold ...

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  • Threecoins

    on Third avenue in Mount Lawley. I remember the space well, it was once home to the locally popular Third avenue cafe, which also served pizzas from the wood fired oven and hearty but never changing meat dishes, but it was never this busy. There are more tables in the room, red and white checks topped with paper. It still feels suburban and of course this is part of the appeal.

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  • Dinner

    A lazy weekend in the lead up to Christmas, I wanted something vaguely Mexican and free of red meat for dinner but with minimal spice. First the tortillas. 400 grams of plain flour, 110g of vegetable shortening (less fat and more stability at heat), 1pinch of salt flakes, 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Process till granular.

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  • Low Key Chow House

    As you might expect from the name and location, this is anything but low key. The bottom end of Oxford street is easily Perth's most vibrant and fashionable, even on school night the place is heaving with the bright and the beautiful. The walls of the Chow house are distressed and intentionally piecemeal, but the inescapable feel of the room is NOW.

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  • In passing

    2010 Mountadam Estate Chardonnay. Slightly sweet in the mouth, though of course this is illusory. I had blinkers on (preconceptions and blind tasting while eating Italian food) and called it an Arneis, there is some pleasing almond meal and marzipan but of course not enough bitterness. It's yet another very good effort from Mountadam (08, 09). 2005 Leeuwin Art Series Chardonnay.

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  • Balthazar

    There are of course newer rooms with arguably better wine lists and complementary bread, but few are quite as dark (I'll spare you my grainy food photos) and potentially as intimate as Balthazar (they just need to turn down the volume on the music). It's been an constant of my adult life, I visit every few years, and like an old friend I feel immediately comfortable and relieve ...

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  • Postcard: Joondalup

    It's surprisingly difficult to get to access Lake Joondalup. Of course there are roads and parks and footpaths, but you have to go looking for them and the lake itself is mostly invisible from the streets of the suburb; even Lakeside drive offers no view. I visited for the first time on an unu ...

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  • Dormilona Cabernet sauvignon 2013

    Margaret River. Cabernet sauvignon. 13%. Approx $A50. A new label and a curious name. I thought for a moment the wine might also be skeletal and bare, but it's the opposite, large and seemingly bigger than the stated 13%, it's a bit of a tadpole, frontal and slightly sweet, with a rapid taper. ...

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  • Deep Woods Chardonnay 2013

    Sharky's is situated in the Dolphin Quay complex overlooking the Mandurah marina. It's a beautiful spot, light and flies stream in from the side and there are water views from most of the impressively large room. You order at the counter and the staff seem to have an uncanny knack of finding you. I visited at peak time, Sunday at noon and the room was heaving with people, I was ...

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  • Summer

    I took this photo a few weeks ago, thinking it might be appropriate to mark the change of season. The shocking thing in the intervening period is of ...

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  • Garlic #2

    Home grown (my someone who actually understands what to do) garlic, harvested a month ago and still rude, firm and bulbous. I'm sud ...

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