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Watermelon and Plum Daiquiris: a Family Tradition.

Watermelon and Plum Daiquiris: a Family Tradition.

As Christmas approaches, I start to think about family, and how important it is to have them, whether they be blood relatives, or close friends, who are always there for you when you need them. From the moment we are born, we start making our traditions, at first with our parents and siblings, and then, as we grow older and leave the nest, with our partners, children, and friends. These little traditions, whether they be silly or serious, pop up every year like clockwork, and don’t I love them, particularly at this time of year.

One of our traditions is to drink Daiquiris at Christmas, and this started years before our children were born. 

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Red Velvet Borsch

Red Velvet Borsch

My grandmother and my aunt Tamara used to make a lot of Borsch. It would differ, depending on the time of year. At Lent, it was always without meat, and water was used as the base of the soup. Other times, beef bones and stewing beef were used, the meat shredded after cooking and put back into the soup. This version was hearty, delicious, and perfect during the colder months. My mother’s borsch was slightly different, although equally delicious, and, like my aunty Tamara’s and grandmother’s, was always served with a big bowl of sour cream and horseradish; so commonplace on a Russian table. 

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Castagna Vineyard Open Day

Yes, wine is the new Beechworth gold. And moreishly delicious it is… especially from my favourite vineyard.

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Russian Easter 2013

Russian Easter is the most important religious celebration in the Russian calendar, more important even than Christmas, and as such is accompanied by a table groaning with wonderful traditional Russian dishes. Not just a feast for the tummy but a feast for the eyes as well.

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