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Slow Cookers

May 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

With this cold snap we are experiencing at the moment, I thought it appropriate to have a look at what a slow cooker is and some of the best options out there on the market. A slow cooker (or crock pot as they were once known) is an essential kitchen appliance for the busy, time-poor families of today. Shaped like a large pot with a lid and controls for cooking on the front or side, food is cooked at a low temperature over a extended period of time. This way of cooking, ensures your creation is tender, moist and infused with all…

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Breakfast in Bed

Treat your Mum this Mothers Day

May 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Mothers Day in Australia is fast approaching and nothing says “I love you” more than cooking Mum a delicious meal. Whether it’s breakfast in bed or a more decadent evening meal, celebrate all the special woman in your life and let your efforts speak of your appreciation for all the meals they have cooked for you over the years! Surprise her with breakfast in bed? Nothing beats delicious outdoor bred, house smoked bacon paired with some truly open range Kiss & Run or Milawa eggs, avocado and seasonal heirloom tomatoes, topped with salt and pepper and a light drizzle of…

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Organic, Grass-fed, Outdoor Bred and Free Range – What does it all mean?

Mar 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Food labelling is a hot topic in Australia. As consumers we are bombarded with images of cows freely grazing on grass, chickens foraging in the great outdoors and pigs happily playing in the mud. These are the images marketers want us to see and relate to the products they are representing. In contrast to these images which appeal to our emotions and make us “feel” good about buying them for our family, the reality can be quite the opposite. So how are we, as time poor consumers, really expected to understand the food labelling process here in Australia and be…

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The Slow Food Movement

Feb 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Slow Food Movement has its roots in Rome, Italy where in 1986, Carlo Petrini led a protest against the opening of a McDonald’s restaurant in Piazza di Spagna. This demonstration was made up of many people like Petrini, who were in opposition to the “fast food” juggernaut that appeared to be taking over the food landscape in Europe. Slow Food was created as an alternative to fast food. According to Slow Food  its goal is to “prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food…

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Celebrate Australia Day with Lamb!

Jan 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

With Australia Day fast approaching and the weather hotting up into the mid to high 30’s, I thought a few ideas for easy food to feed the family or a group of hungry friends might be just what the butcher ordered!! Australia Day is traditionally celebrated with lamb, so let’s have a look at a few options for both finger food for the stand up party goers as well as some recipes requiring the use of a fork! Finger Food Lamb sausage rolls with harissa yogurt Lamb, capsicum and onion skewers Beer-barbecued lamb ribs Sausage and onion jam rolls Lamb…

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Pork Crackling

Cracking the perfect crackling!

Dec 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

For those of you who love your roast pork, achieving the crispiest, most mouth-watering crackling can be a bit illusive. Do not fear! Follow my easy steps and you’ll have a cracking crackling for Christmas this year! Dry the rind – THE most important thing to remember is to get as much of the moisture out of the pork rind as possible. The dryer your rind is, the better your crackling will be. Once you’ve removed your pork from it’s packaging, pat it dry with some paper towel. Another trick to getting the rind super dry is to dry it…

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It’s Christmas Time!

Dec 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s a lovely time of year. The weather is warm, the days are longer and Christmas is in the air. It’s a time for family and friends to come together, reflect on the year that’s been and appreciate everything we have in our lives. Christmas Day itself is meant to be enjoyed with loved ones. It is a celebration of the birth of Christ, of new beginnings. It is not meant to be stressful. In this short blog, I would like to give you a few tips that as a butcher, a husband and a father, should see your day…

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Sustainable Agriculture

What is Sustainable Agriculture?

Nov 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sustainable agriculture is the future. Some say it’s the revolution agriculture needs to make in order for future generations to thrive. With our ever-expanding human population, we have to have a plan in place that replenishes the land from which our food comes from and leave it in a better state than in which we found it. With the multitude of health issues highly processed and convenience foods have bought to much of the Australian population, there is a movement happening whereby people are wanting to know where their food is coming from, the conditions under which livestock have been…

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Di Censo Butchers – Allergy Friendly Butcher

Jan 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Di Censo Butchers have been operating in Tunstall Square, Doncaster East for the past 32 years. As well as making it their mission to source only the best locally and ethically raised produce, Alf and Rose Di Censo also see it as their responsibility to educate consumers about the difference between ethically raised, outdoor bred, free-range and organic livestock versus animals who have spent their very short lives being intensively farmed. They respect the animal and how it has been raised and this respect is carried through to when it arrives in store and is divided into primal cuts for sale. Di…

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