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Just prior to Xmas it was my Mum and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary. Now that’s a much more impressive 50th anniversary than my 50th blogging post that I wrote about recently – and we went somewhere suitably special to celebrate: Skilogalee Winery Restaurant in the Clare Valley.
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It has taken us a couple of years to get to this celebration. I have the great fortune to work in a field that matters to me with a colleague (Sally) who is one of the most intelligent, tenacious, and visionary women I’ve ever met and, not incidentally, we have a great boss. I also work 3 days a week so I can spend the other days with my 3-year-old daughter. Sounds like work nirvana to get all of those elements at once right? Well it is and I know it’s rare so I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
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Pho Bo (beef noodle soup)

In today’s information age we know when things happen almost immediately but so often we don’t know or understand why. (Rear Vision, Radio National)

I was listening to a Rear Vision pod-cast the other day, on my way to work, about the history of asylum seekers in Australia and was reminded that Malcolm Fraser was a far sighted, compassionate and sophisticated leader in relation to this issue. It’s thanks to his governments (non-hysterical, unlike today) policies of accepting tens of thousands Vietnamese refugees into Australia in the 1970s, following the Vietnam war, and then allowing family reunifications that I can now scoot around the corner from home for authentic, aromatic, fresh, meaty but light Pho Bo and come away with change in my pocket from $10.

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My brother-in-law, Andrew, is leaving for Germany next week and is going for an indefinite time. A meal fit for a king was called for so we headed for Queen Street Cafe in Croydon (just Google it for the contact details – no website).
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I must post about the sublime, succulent, chickeny goodness that is my Polish friend Kasia’s roast chook. She is a great cook and does lots of exotic cooking and fabulous feasts but IMO her signature dish is her roast chicken. I don’t ever bother to do roast chook because when I really feel the need I pester her until she does this one for me (aren’t I lucky?).
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(I need to apologise up front for the quality of the photos here as I forgot my camera so they were taken with an iPhone)

Mini Wagyu Burgers

Mini Wagyu Burgers - Sparrow Kitchen & Bar

A very dear friend of mine who lives in Sydney came to stay on Thursday night and it was a good excuse to go somewhere a bit special for dinner. I’ve been wanting to go to Sparrow Kitchen and Bar for some time so we decided to try it.
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