Today we woke to the news of the death of Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor. She was born on February 27, 1932, to American parents living in London.
She was a beautiful woman, a stunningly beautiful woman, with dark hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.
She was a movie goddess, one of the greatest movie stars the world has ever known. She won two Academy Awards for Best Actress. She screened in more than 50 movies.
She was very well known for her activism to raise funds to fight AIDS/HIV. She worked hard to raise funds for research into a cure. She worked hard to dispel the stigma surrounding the illness.
She is survived by her 4 children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.No comments
We chat with Katrina Higham of the Windsor Deli, Melbourne, Australia. Katrina has written a foodie article for issue 4!
Tell us a little bit about yourself and the Windsor Deli. Who is Katrina Higham professionally and personally?
Windsor Deli is a little milk bar/cafe that is hidden behind Chapel Street. We sell the milk bar items such as bread, milk and the newspaper and also offer a small menu for breakfast and lunch. We bake fresh goodies everyday for the sweet tooth and create a personable and inviting atmosphere for our customers. Alan and I as the owners love getting to know our customers not only on a professional level but also a personal level. We believe our customers not only appreciate it, but enjoy it. We know their partners and children’s names, what they did on the weekend and how they take their coffees but we take interest in them. My personal life intertwines with my professional that I can’t distinguish most of the time, which is how I like it!
Tell us about your typical day at the Windsor Deli.
We open at 7am which means that I am here around 6.45am. I try and cook as many biscuits, cakes and slices early so that the smells can float around the deli and tempt customers for their morning tea. Then mid morning start cooking all the savouries for lunch. Pies, sausage rolls and quiche are on the menu. Lunch and afternoon we have a mixture of businessmen and mums with their kids dropping in for treats.
When did you first know you wanted to work in the food industry?
I actually think it was meant to be when I would make chocolate icing with my brother when we were younger and eat it all before mum got home. I loved to get in the kitchen and help mum when sweets were involved. But the clincher was my first day at Scusa Mi and I tasted the Caprese Salad. The tomato, the basil and buffalo mozzarella melting in your mouth. The sweet and acid just combines beautifully.
Who have been your role models or mentors?
On a personal note, family always play such an important role when you own your own business, and our families are always there to lend a hand physically and emotionally. On a professional level, Debra Wust has been my mentor for over 6 years. There are many opportunities that I wouldn’t have had if it wasn’t for Deb. There aren’t words to explain my fondness for her as a guide and friend.
What do you enjoy most about your career?
The creative edge. Cooking isn’t just eating. It is about enjoying what you make and how you made it. The satisfaction you gain from someone saying how fantastic your creation is, just makes you want to do it again and again.
What are the biggest challenges you face in your career?
Keeping a good life and work balance. Chefs are always told that being in hospitality is a lifestyle and it is so true. You live, breathe and work with food every day. Separating the two can sometimes be difficult, especially when you own your own business.
What’s been the biggest change to the food industry since you began your career?
There is a shift towards local and home grown produce, which wasn’t as large when I started cooking almost a decade ago. The push to create dishes from your backyard and utilizing our own gardens for sustainability is a great change in the industry.
Which tools can’t you live without?
- My Rosewood knives (nice thin blades);
- the antique steel (that Deb gave me)
- Chux (and lots of them!)
- Kitchenaid (You can make gorgeous things without all the arm work!)
From where do you draw inspiration?
From what is in season; vintage cookbooks; my Mum and Nana; talking to other friends and chefs.
What one thing would you like to learn this year?
More about food. More about cooking.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
We are hoping to start a family soon, so that will be the first exciting step. And still cooking of course!
What do you do to relax?
Crocheting, crafting and going to the gym.
Tell us about your favourite meals and treats at the Windsor Deli.
The chocolate brownie of course! We use a kilo and a half in each and every batch. It is crunchy on the outside and chewy on the inside. We are no nut brownie lovers here. My recent love is for nostalgic foods like the lemon biscuit slice, the orange pound cake and the upside down pineapple cake. Customers love it too.
Which book (or blog) do you think every chef , cafe owner or home cook should read?
- Professional Practical Cookery by Cracknell and Kaufmann – it is a great resources book
- Forgotten Skills of Cooking by Darna Allen –great techniques
- McGee on Food & Cooking by Harold McGee – must have
What is the best piece of advice you have been given in the industry?
“Don’t be afraid to season.”
“Always use a hot pan when cooking prawns.”
“Wear two pairs of socks at work. It will save your feet later.”
Finish this sentence: “To me food..
Is about getting involved and sharing.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
If you love cooking and you love cooking for others, get out there and do it. And if you don’t enjoy cooking, get out there and help us cooks eat it!
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Did you collect swap cards as a child? Did you swap your cards? Did you sell your cards? Did you save your cards? Do you still have your swap card albums?1 comment
Image source Ché and Fidel. Photographer Daniel Smith.
A Mother is one who
understands the things
you say and do.
Who always overlooks
your faults and sees the
best in you.
A Mother is one whose
special love inspires you
day by day.
Who fills your heart with
gladness in her warm
and thoughtful way.
A Mother is all these things
and more – the greatest
And the dearest Mother in
all of the world is the one I
call my own.
Source. Interflora TV Commercial. Director Kiku Ohe. Props Renee-Ann.No comments
Gorgeous green legs. Beautiful cream shoes. 1970s style.No comments
What is it about nostalgia that takes us back to fashion of the 1960s and 70s? Mini skirts, bell bottoms, the hippie look with wide-legged, flared jeans and trousers, platform shoes, false eye lashes, blue eye shadow and flower power.
Much of the 60s fashion is often represented by images of British model ‘Twiggy’.
Twiggy was a superstar at just 17. She was the original waif. She was iconic in paving the way for top models like Kate Moss, Elle MacPherson, Linda Evangelista and Cindy Crawford. She drastically increased a models income.
She’s graced endless magazine covers, including British Vogue and Elle Magazine.
The enterprising aspect of being a top model was started by Twiggy. That influence is commonly seen in the business world today. She showed the world that models are more than just a pretty face.
A stand out reason for Twiggy’s tremendous success was that the public had never seen anyone like her. She had a completely new look, her look took the entire world by surprise.
She will always be remembered. She was perfect. She was stunning.
So what jolts your memories of Nostalgia? What does Nostalgia mean to you? Past fashion trends, past interior designs or your favourite meal Nanna cooked?
Comment below we’d love to hear your Nostalgic memories.No comments