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The benefits of live yoghurt
23.03.2017

Step away from the “dessert yoghurt", writes Will Studd. The real unadulterated thing is much more rewarding.

All-Star Yum Cha
22.03.2017

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

Honey Fingers, Melbourne's inner-city beekeepers
22.03.2017

Single-source honey putting community and sustainability next to sweetness.

Vermouth is having a moment
21.03.2017

More and more adventurous local winemakers are embracing Vermouth's botanicals, writes Max Allen.

Exploring Indonesia's Komodo National Park
21.03.2017

Indonesia's Komodo National Park is home to staggering scenery and biodiversity. Michael Harden sets sail in a handcrafted yacht to explore its remote islands in pared-back luxury.

The new cruises on the horizon in 2017
21.03.2017

Cue the Champagne.

Seven recipes that shaped 1980s fine dining
21.03.2017

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Where Melbourne's finest will take the World's Best Chefs
20.03.2017

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

On the pass: Phillippa Grogan, Phillippa's

Looking back over the 20 years you've now been in business, Phillippa, what've been the biggest changes?
When we started in 1994 there weren't a lot of specialist bakeries. Now the bread industry is so much bigger, and even supermarkets are beginning to make things like sourdoughs.

What's the essence of Phillippa's?
We're based around traditional recipes and natural ingredients with the aim to get products that have a distinctive flavour and texture. We also don't take a commercial approach; we use good chocolate, butter not margarine, and no artificial ingredients at all.

What do you love baking most at home?
I love to make a Roman artichoke pie or even some cheese sourdough biscuits (there's three different recipes in my new book) that are perfect with a few glasses of wine at the end of the day; they're an ideal savoury snack before dinner.

What's your number-one tip for us home bakers?
When you're making bread, introduce steam into the oven to help develop a lovely crust. The key is throwing some ice cubes into the bottom of the oven to create steam as they melt. You also need to have your oven really well heated; you can turn it down as soon as you put the bread in, but having it very hot first counteracts the hot air that leaves when you open the door.

Phillippa's, 1030 High St, Armadale, Vic, (03) 9576 2020.

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