WIN THE DECEMBER HAMPER WORTH $810
- FratelliFresh Supremo Hamper, valued at $300
- Taqueria by Paul Wilson, valued at $40
- Milkcow summer ice-cream voucher, valued at $150
- Breville Smoking Gun, valued at $119.95
- Hopscotch meal voucher, valued at $200
For a chance to win The Hamper pack, go to theweeklyreview.com.au/competitions and tell us where Milkcow’s first Australian ice-creamery will open.
I attended a Paul Wilson (Lady Carolina, Brunswick) cooking class late last summer and I’ve been trying to replicate a charred broccoli salad with zesty lime dressing from memory ever since.
Happily, it’s in his latest book Taqueria – so now it doesn’t matter that I never followed up for the recipe. The flavours of Paul’s new-style Mexican cooking are fresh and feisty and his take on traditional tacos, salsas, salads, vegetables and cocktails is inspiring.
Try guacamole with bacon and chicharrones or dine for days on super squash salad with grains, seeds and pulses. Learn to cook with jicama, riberries or black garlic and impress guests with an exotic cocktail or two.
MORE ABOUT THIS BOOK: hardiegrant.com.au
The Hamper kitchen takes its testing promise seriously. We pore over recipe books, grill, slice, fry steam, measure, bake and blend with devotion. We once spent days smoking meats in a backyard oven.
The task of testing Breville’s new Smoking Gun was fabulous fun.
We smoked sugar for cocktails, egg yolks and cream for ice-cream, chilli butter, chicken breasts and pork ribs.
The gun is battery operated and lightweight, so it’s easy to handle. Use the supplied hickory wood chips for rich foods such as meat, butter and aioli or the applewood chips for delicate desserts, cocktails and seafood.
Each task took just a few minutes with results that challenged that big, smelly backyard oven.
MORE ABOUT THIS SMOKER: breville.com.au
Play with your food, choose from 30 beers on tap, or visit the nitro ice-cream bar at Hopscotch – Southbank’s soon-to-open urban beer bar.
Play around with on-tap cocktails, DIY Kocktail Kits and spiked slushies while balancing burgers, sangas and one-handed food such as IPA sticky ribs or cheeseburger spring rolls.
Local urban artist RESIO has created a backyard vibe inspired by Melbourne’s adjacent arts precinct. New Year’s Eve Night Garden Festival tickets are online.
MORE ABOUT THIS BEER BAR: hopscotchmelbourne.com.au
South Korean ice-creamery Milkcow is set to open its first Australian store in Melbourne’s Swanston Street this month.
Popular across Asia for its 14 playful flavour combinations and an Instagram hit with its fairy floss topping, Milkcow uses locally sourced organic milk for its creamy, soft-serve combinations.
Try the signature milk honeycomb, popular with Korean celebrities, the snow drop with jelly beans, fairy floss and Fleur de sel sea salt or the green light with toasted almond flakes and Italian mint syrup.
Other headline grabbers include the double-glazed caramel corn topping and bubble tea-style flavours.
MORE ABOUT THIS ICE CREAMERY: milkcow.com.au
Holiday-season entertaining is always easier if you have a classy supply of staples on hand: some celebratory drinks and the makings of a great pasta dish or two for unexpected guests.
It never hurts to have a little sweet treat either. Popular Sydney provedore and Italian eatery, Fratelli Fresh, which opened in Melbourne’s historic Alfred Place earlier this year, has put together a selection of its favourite authentic Italian products in themed hampers.
We love the Supremo with Framar capers, Sipa anchovies and Maestri pasta. Order online as a gift, or shout yourself a seasonal helper.
MORE ABOUT THIS PRODUCT: fratellifresh.com.au/gift-hampers/