Soft Spring Rolls with Shrimp & Fresh Mint

January 12th, 2014

Minty Spring RollsPhoto by Colleen ProppeCreative Commons License Some Rights Reserved

Melbourne is a city full of restaurants, bars and cafes. Home prices in Melbourne are affected by proximity to a produce market, and immigrants have added immense diversity to the mix. Victoria Street alone has some of the best Vietnamese bakeries, fishmongers and food stores on the continent anchored by the amazing Minh Phat Asian Supermarket.

As you prepare for your Big Day Out Melbourne, try your hand at Soft Spring Rolls with Shrimp and Fresh Mint. The key is to set up an efficient assembly line and recruit friends to help, thus making for light-hearted, happy, interesting and fun food prep. What could be better to start your big day?

- Ana Maria Harkins

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Jamaican Beef Patties

January 5th, 2014

Jamaican beef patty on plate
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The most appropriate food to accompany globalFEST 2014 is probably an all-you-can- eat buffet featuring cuisine from all continents on planet Earth. But, in the interest of our waistlines, we’ll take our cue from globalFEST performer Brushy One String and go for something savory yet simple.

This recipe for Jamaican Beef Patties is versatile; you can make the patties small and serve them as appetizers or form them into larger rectangles for a full meal. You can also put aside a few uncooked patties in the freezer for a quick meal later on in January.

Listen to the KadmusArts podcast with Brushy One String as you make the dough for your patties!

- Ana Maria Harkins

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Three-Cheese Pizza

December 30th, 2013

Pizza

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At SnowGlobe Music Festival in Lake Tahoe there’s music to get your legs pumping, skiing to get your heart pumping, and gaming to empty your wallet. It will be cold no matter what, so you’ll want to fortify yourself with something satisfying and warm.

Consider the humble pizza. Frozen pizza is often the go-to food for a harried parent, but homemade pizza can be absolutely gourmet. As chef Barbara Scott-Goodman notes in this recipe for Three-Cheese Pizza, it can be perfect ski-weekend food because you and your friends can make it simple or elaborate. Either way, it’s good fuel for this kind of festival.

Go for the homemade dough in this recipe — it’s a fun communal activity with a dash of performance art to it.

- Ana Maria Harkins

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Mexican Chocolate Shake

December 23rd, 2013

Chocolate Shake

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In its heyday, the Mayan city of Tulum was a major trading port, with shipments of valuable goods such as jade and obsidian fueling the local economy. Today, it’s a travel resort that appeals equally to explorers seeking to enrich their archaeological knowledge, as well as tourists more inclined towards beach- and yoga-fueled varieties of sun-worship. Both will find common ground at the Time and Space Festival, dancing to the psychedelic trance of Atmos, or watching the world premiere of Atomic-Weight’s Dragon Tales.

Cocoa beans were another valuable item in Mayan trade, with annual festivals in honor of the patron deity of cacao, Ek Chuah. In between festival sets, refresh yourself with this simple recipe for a Mexican Chocolate Shake with Chipotle and Almond – its blend of cool vanilla bean ice cream and hot chipotles will make your spirit transcend traditional chocolate milk shakes.

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Fish Parcels

December 16th, 2013

Fish Parcel

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The organizers of Mood Indigo 2013 have lots in store for you food-wise. From culinary theatre (chocolate carving and pizza dough tossing anyone?) to mass communal cooking following the edict of Thomas Keller – “A recipe has no soul, you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe”, you’ll find your bliss somewhere here.

Surely you and your fellow festival fans will find bliss in Coconut Chutney-coated Fish Parcels, a specialty of Mumbai. This lovely theatrical dish is best served with dal and steamed rice as supporting cast.

- Ana Maria Harkins

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