David and I doing what we love, eating and drinking
We are doing a little experiment in the studio. I have lured my much loved Godfather David into the weight loss world of Guru Geoff Jowett.
Geoff has helped over 200,000 Australians lose weight through his innovative Bodytrim program which focuses on eating real food, no pills and gentle exercise. He has even created a range of cookbooks and dining guides with top Sydney chefs so that you can eat out or entertain friends at home while making the right food choices.
I adore David and his weight was getting a little out of control so we thought we would see how a 50 something man with bad knees and no home kitchen (only a designer pad within walking distance to all the great restaurants) would go on a program like this.
Every now and again you meet a young man and you just know he is going to set the world on fire. Now I don’t say that lightly as I am often in the presence of young men and women in the food and media industry and believe me most could not even set themselves on fire.
Bobby Jewell however is a different story. This is a dynamic restaurateur who at 28 owns one of the most, if not the most fun, food and wine venue in Sydney. Tharens Fancy Dress Restaurant is a total blast. You can’t help but have a good time. When you step into Tharens you feel like you are stepping into a Parisian dance hall. The sumptuous decor creates a classically fitted, 180 person capacity living and dining room experience. The restaurant and bar offers themed wait staff in theatrical costumes and a nostalgic mix of fiction and fantasy. Read More …
I loved having Kellie Marie Thomas on my show so much that she has become a lovely new friend and I liked her simple fresh food so much that I invited her to be a guest food editor on the site and on the radio show. Listen in on the 27th of March to hear Kellie talk seasonal. Click here to listen on line to 89.7FM.
Kellie Marie Thomas Food Editor Extraordinaire
Autumn Breakfast with Kellie
Stewed Plums With Orange And Ginger
Welcome in those cooler morning with a breakfast full of rich autumn flavours.
Plums have a longer season than other stone fruit, so catch them while you can!
Well hello, a room full of gorgeous men and each one a food lover… It was a very good show last Saturday 14 March on 89.7FM.
Hunter Valley Semillon Family
It was little wonder we had a great show given that Brad Russ from Tulloch Wines in the Hunter Valley had brought in six great wines to taste.
Brad was representing wines from the Hunter Region. He took us (Tom Kime, International Chef and Author of five books, Mitch Edwards from Australian Pork and Bobby Jewell owner of Tharens the party restaurant in the Cross) on a wine lovers tour of the Hunter while we sat in the studio, armchair traveling at its very best. We sampled the:
Brokenwood 2009 Semillon RRP $20
Tulloch 2009 Verdelho RRP $16 (loved this wine)
De Iuliis 2008 Chardonnay RRP $ 20
Tulloch Pokolbin Dry Red 2007 Shiraz RRP $25
Allandale 2007 Matthew Shiraz $25 (loved this wine)
“I have an interview Coup for you said Stewart White, President of the Association of Food Professionals (formerly the Australian Food Media Club), I can get you Tom Kime, international chef , cook book author and Marine Stewardship Council advocate. He can come on your show to talk about Sustainable Seafood Day on the 19th of March”.
I could feel a little finger of fear snaking through my brain… who the hell was Tom Kime and why did I not know who he was? I had missed the info boat. I googled him madly and discovered he is in fact on our much loved Ready, Steady Cook. He has cooked his way around the world from Terence Conran’s, LE Pont de la Tour and the River Cafe to cooking with Rick Stein and at Sydney’s Darley Street Thai. He currently caters for private parties including international royalty and top corporates. He was indeed a coup and thank you google and Stewart.
I have a real love-hate relationship with pork. Having been brought up never eating it, I embarked on a Pork finding mission as an adult.
Look for this logo it means made and reared in Australia
Today when I eat it I still feel like I am sneaking a cigarette, or doing something decadently naughty. This is interesting in the light of the fact that it is delicious, healthy, home grown and affordable. Still it tastes a little too good sometimes.
Monday night was a perfect example of this, a select group of ‘foodies’ gathered in the Oil Room at Pendolino Restaurant in the Strand Arcade. Australia Pork was announcing the winner of the Australian Bacon Challenge.
I didn’t really enjoy the beginning of my FoodinFocus show on Saturday on 89.7FM. I am not sure why?
Maybe it is because I lost my credit card soon after buying a very sexy pair of leggings that I knew I did not need. Perhaps it was because the studio seemed very still which is strange as it was filled with interesting and dynamic foodies.
However this all changed as I tucked into the three incredible dishes James Viles from Doltone House had brought in. These paired with ‘a lovely drop’ as the Brisbane based Plummer’s kept repeating soon had me feeling myself.
The Plummer’s Kris and Jason brought us the Vinturi, the must have wine gizmo of the year. After three wine tastings in fact make that six, as we had two of each, one without and one with the Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator I had already managed to forgive myself for the impulse purchase. Anyhow, if I wore the leggings 20 times in winter it only made them $3.50 per wear…. Not that bad really.
Jason and Kris Plummer from Vinturi, James Viles from Doltone House and Trish Heagerty, stylist
The best part of the show was when Trish Heagerty, food stylist extraordinaire trishheagerty.com started to share some of her stylist trade secrets. Did you know that when you see a steaming cup of coffee, soup, in fact you name it… there is usually a small tampon, (yes you read right) steaming just behind it. Gross but very, very funny. Gives new meaning to the term smokin’.
FoodinFocus and Taste Of Sydney are giving away two double passes to Taste of Sydney at Centennial Parklands, starting on Thursday the 11th of March until Sunday the 14th of March. www.tastefestivals.com.au
Listen in to the FoodinFocus radio show on 89.7FM or log on to eastsidefm.org and click the Listen on Line link at 4pm on Saturday, 6th of March to hear these three great Sydney chef’s talk about the signature dishes they will be serving at the event.
Closes 12th of March 2010
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FoodinFocus and Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator are giving away one white and one red Wine Aerator.
Valued at $64 each
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