Food Fossickers



Takeaway treats
Marika McMahon
When I first met my husband, Peter, he was living the bachelor life in the thriving metropolis of Holbrook. It was there I was introduced to a food innovation I had never come across before – the take-home meal from the pub. By the time I made it to Holbrook of a Friday night during f..
23-May-2014
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Spoilt for choice
Marika McMahon
I am a bit embarrassed to admit that when driving home along Williamson Street the other night I realised that it is now over a year since I last went to The Woodhouse. On a cold and dark May evening, there was a warm glow emanating from there, perfect weather for one of Paul Pitcher&rsquo..
16-May-2014
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Books for your mum
Marika McMahon
Hopefully by the time you are reading this, if you are in charge of any gift buying for Mother’s Day, you have it well and truly sorted. If not, there’s lots of easy gift ideas in the foodie world. Nothing is easier than a gift voucher from one of our great eateries. Another..
09-May-2014
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Meal appeal pasta
Marika McMahon
Food Fossickers is all about highlighting great local food producers, retailers and restaurants. In doing this, I hope you haven’t thought that our wonderful local food is something to be kept for a special occasion. Local produce is great for everyday meals as well. As well as e..
02-May-2014
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To dunk or not to dunk
Marika McMahon
HOPEFULLY you and your family were some of the thousands who were out and about in the glorious weather during the Bendigo Easter Festival. There were a few food highlights as part of the festival too. The restaurants were pumping and the food stalls in Sidney Myer Place were full of great ..
24-Apr-2014
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Perfect buns
Marika McMahon
Last week we talked about hot cross buns.This year I have taken it up a notch though, I’m intent on perfecting my own homebaked hot cross buns. In years gone past when I’ve attempted this, it has led to groans from the family and an Easter spent cleaning up flour from every nook a..
17-Apr-2014
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Fruity goodness time
Marika McMahon
I t’S the time of year when a woman’s thoughts turn to…the spicy fruity goodness of hot cross buns. Since New Year’s Day those six packs have sat in the supermarkets willing me to take them home, heated them up and smother them in butter. I have stood firm this ye..
11-Apr-2014
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Free cooking classes
Bendigo Weekly
Take a cooking class at this Saturday's Bendigo Community Farmers Market. Paul Pitcher, executive chef and owner of Bendigo restaurant The Woodhouse, is the demonstration chef this month and will be showing market attendees how to cook some of the local produce and smoke their own foods. U..
10-Apr-2014
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High time for high tea
Dianne Dempsey
Imagine this: champagne, delicious sandwiches, cakes, scones, tea and coffee. The grand tradition of Sunday High Tea is being revitalised by the Borough Club and is proving to be exceedingly popular with people who enjoy an opportunity to sit back and soak up some luxury. “High Tea is ..
04-Apr-2014
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Call me crackers
Marika McMahon
S ometimes you forget what great food businesses are in our own backyard, one that is worth remembering is Michel’s fine biscuits from Castlemaine. I could remind you of what a great business and employer they are; what a lovely person Michel is; what a great promoter of Central Victoria..
28-Mar-2014
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A golden opportunity awaits
Bendigo Weekly
GOLDEN GULLY 45 Golden Gully Road CR Martin Real Estate Melissa Thatcher 5440 7000/0408 298 873 Price $330,000 From CR Martin Real Estate comes the opportunity to buy a sizeable property in a surprise location. On Golden Gully Road the property is zoned for low-density living ..
21-Mar-2014
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Mad hatters unite
Marika McMahon
A touch of crispness in the air and rolling grey skies overhead failed to dampen the enthusiasm of a sell out crowd at Bendigo’s final event for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Food Fossickers Mad Hatters picnic. The rejuvenated Botanic Gardens was the perfect spot for this showcas..
17-Mar-2014
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Mad as a hatter
Bendigo Weekly
Bendigo’s Masons, The Woodhouse and The Brougham Arms will be joined by Castlemaine’s Public INN and Heathcote’s The Willow Room to compete for your patronage at the Bendigo Botanic Gardens this Sunday. The dishes are only $8 and don’t worry there will be a spirited amo..
14-Mar-2014
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Mussel mania
Marika McMahon
Whatever your weekend has in store, you need to make sure you kick off Saturday with a visit to the Bendigo Community Farmers Market. The footprint of the market is expanding this week, so there will be a few additional stalls for us to explore, including a mussel seller. So often I hear..
07-Mar-2014
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Cheese please
Marika McMahon
It’s a lot of fun thinking about locally-produced food and sharing it with you. And it’s been great to chat about the local restaurants and food scene. I love it when people approach me in the street following up something from this page. But there’s a gaping hole in this dis..
28-Feb-2014
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Tomato time in the kitchen
Marika McMahon
If you landed in Bendigo from outer space this time of year, you could be forgiven for thinking you had landed in the midst of a cult. A cult where secret information and closely guarded recipes are exchanged, the cult of the tomato. As the ferocious heat of summer starts to subside and ther..
21-Feb-2014
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At the local
Marika McMahon
When you live with a pub at the end of the street, some nights it’s awfully hard to resist the urge not to cook and head to the counter instead. When your local is the Brougham Arms, that doesn’t mean a menu of pub standards. Instead we are blessed to have within walking distance ..
14-Feb-2014
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Beat the heat
Bendigo Weekly
It’s too hot to eat. It’s definitely too hot to cook. Yet, you know you need to eat more than frozen grapes. Clever shopping is part of the solution. I’ve been dropping the fruit and veg order into Norm Quin at Quin’s Bluebird fruitshop in Mitchell Street on Friday ..
07-Feb-2014
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Food Fossickers
Marika McMahon
THE heatwaves are made a tad more bearable for many locals by some fairly constant imbibing from the extensive collection of frozen delights at Favourite Flavours. There was more than a few queries popping up on my Facebook feed, “Does anyone know what time Favourite Flavours is open unt..
31-Jan-2014
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Weekend wonder
Marika McMahon
We Bendigonians know that our town is punching well above its weight in the food stakes but this will be clear to all given the amazing Bendigo events scheduled for this year’s Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. The Bendigo part of the world’s longest lunch, under the trees in Ros..
24-Jan-2014
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