A celebration of homemade food and beverages....

Written by Lisa Baggio — April 12, 2016

“Happiness is homemade”

- Anonymous  

~ Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival ~

If you share our passion for homemade food and wine, then get your diaries out! This is a not-to-be-missed week-long festival for the most discerning of foodies! The City of Darebin shines as it play host of the Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival between 9th-15th May, 2016 at venues across the region.

The main event, "Meet the Makers" will be held on Saturday 14th May, 2016 at Preston Shire Hall, Gower Street, Preston from 1pm - 4pm. This is an opportunity to meet the local homemade food and beverage makers, enjoy the beer and wine tastings, attend some cooking demonstrations and workshops and enjoy of rich culture of community, and multicultural culinary traditions. Be sure to come along and say hello to the Home Make It crew at our pop-up store.  

We are thrilled to be a major sponsor again of this iconic community festival. A unique festival that celebrates sustainable food practices and food traditions. Check out the full program and get your diaries out! Several of the events are free, but bookings are also essential for a lot of the workshops or demonstrations. Home Make It will be facilitating several events, including:

Preserving Vegetables at home workshop; as part of The Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival

Learn how to preserve your own vegetables at home. The workshop covers everything you need to know to get started including ingredients, preparation, sanitising jars, preserving and more. Cost $60.00 Follow link to book your ticket.

Become your own winemaker! The session will cover wine basics & equipment, crushing & fermentation, pressing, malolatic fermentation & storage, racking, oak, finings and barrels, wine adjustments, faults and blending, filtration and bottling. Everything you need to know to get started. Free but bookings essential - Follow link to book your spot on Eventbrite

Learn how to make mead from scratch and impress your family and friends! The workshop covers everything you need to know to get started, including recipes, equipment, additives and methods. Cost is $80. Take advantage of the special Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival price which includes a Making Mead book valued at $44.00.

Making Mead-Complete Guide to the making of Sweet & Dry Mead

 

 

Make. Talk. Drink. Beer. Merri Mashers Brew Club and Home Make It join up to take you through a step by step process of brewing your own beer at home. This informal event is the perfect introduction to home brewing over a glass or two of beer from the huge selection of Carwyn Cellars. Free, bookings not required.  

~ Store Trading Hours ~

  • Saturdays - 9.00am - 3.00pm (March until July)
  • Sundays - 9.00am - 1.00pm (March & April only)

~ 2016 Vintage Season ~

 

The 2016 Victorian climate has not be ideal for quality grape growing, so it's more important than ever that you purchase your grapes from reputable grape growers and wineries, and also bring in samples of your juice / wine for regular analysis and expert advice. We provide free sample analysis at every stage of the wine making process including crushing, pressing, racking and bottling. And remember, we add additives, not chemicals. Life is too short to drink bad wine! So if you or your relative pride oneself on making homemade wine to share with loved ones, come in-store for regular sample analysis and enhancement.  

 

~ End of Passata Season Massive Sale  ~

Take advantage of the 2016 end of passata season massive sale on selected equipment. Get in early for next years' passata season with a huge saving of 20% off mouli's, manual tomato machines, kits, burners and electric tomato machine attachments. Sale until 30 April, 2016 or until stock runs out. 

~ Mother's Day Gift Ideas  ~

With Mother's Day just around the corner, why not consider a Home Make It Gift Voucher and Course Gift Voucher for your loved one. Available In-store or ONLINE

It's a tad cheeky but we're happy to recommend some Mother's Day gift ideas that keep on giving... Wouldn't mum just love dishing up homemade pasta at the next family dinner? Or fresh homemade arancini, or homemade pizza, roasted chestnuts or traditional Italian waffles? What about a copy of our very own first book, The Makers: A Story of Food, Family and Foreigners? 

 

The Makers: A Story of Food, Family and Foreigners

 

Imperia Pasta Machine And Motor

Arancini Maker Moulds - Pyramid 160gm - Slim Range

Pizza Oven Electric "NAPOLI" Red 31cm Diam

Chestnut Roaster Pan

Chestnut Cutter Manual

 

 Waffle / Pizzelle Maker - Round, 4 Section Flower Design - Electric

~ Food & Beverage Workshops ~

Our In-store 2016 calendar for food & beverage workshops is action packed! Click on the links for all the course dates, venues and details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

Courses & workshops for 2016 include:

~  Cade's Brew News ~

 

~  The Craft & Co ~

Keep up to date with "What's On" at The Craft & Co, 390 Smith Street, Collingwood or subscribe to their Newsletter.

 

Keep up to date with all the daily news from the team, recipes and events by following us on Twitter or Facebook

Have a great week! 

 

It's a sea of red!

Written by Lisa Baggio — February 19, 2016

 

 "There are only two kinds of people, Italians and those who wish they were".

- Anonymous

~ Melbourne Tomato Festival 2016 ~

It's here! The Melbourne Tomato Festival has finally arrived! This Sunday, 21st February, 2016, the leafy green suburb of Eltham will be turned into a sea of red! Guy Grossi, his family and the Melbournese Movement pay homage to the humble tomato as a celebration and preservation of the Italian tradition of preserving tomatoes for their use throughout the year.

The Melbournese Movement defines our place, where Italian and Australian heritage come together and where food culture and traditions are ingrained as part of our identity. Rooted from generations before us, Italian culture is one that reflects its regions, produce and its people and their lifestyle. Melbournese is a movement, which preserves the strength, and pride of our Italian culture while evolving to create new traditions that respect our current home" (Melbournese Movement).

So today, you don't have to be born in Italy to be Italian or wish you were :) We can all be Italian for a day this Sunday at the Melbourne Tomato Festival and "National Italian Day", celebrating the humble tomato and all things Italian. There'll be Italian food and beverages, music, entertainment, guest speakers, farmers produce markets, celebrity chefs, a tomato growing competition, cooking demonstrations and hands on passata making workshops. 

The crew from Home Make It will be running back to back, hands on passata making workshops throughout the day, so be sure to get in early to book your spot. And please, come and say hello and introduce yourself to a member of the Home Make It team. We'd love to meet you! 

The Melbourne Tomato Festival will be held on Sunday 21st February, 2106 at Edendale Farm in Eltham between 10am - 4pm. Tickets available for pre-purchase only until sold out. You can purchase your tickets ONLINE. The inaugural Melbourne Tomato Festival was a sell out last year, so avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets now! Adults $25, Children 6-13 years $10 and Children 5 & under FREE.  

It's promising to be stunning weather this Sunday, so hop on your bike or catch a ride in on the train or bus. Parking is available, however will be limited. 

Photo: Justin McManus. Cade and Bonnie Butler teach their son Odin how to do it yourself. 

In the lead up to the Melbourne Tomato Festival, Journalist, Suzanne Carbone, The AGE wrote a fantastic article this week titled, "Hipsters squeeze out the Italians in the art of making passata at Melbourne Tomato Festival". Follow the link to read the full article.  

Photo: Justin McManus. Cade Butler and wife Bonnie fill bottles with homemade passata. 

The article features our very own Cade Butler and his lovely wife Bonnie Halliday.Their passion for homemade produce has been dubbed as "saavy DIY hipsters", and much to Cade's horror they are creating new traditions in their family making passata, salami and preserving olives. It's a family affair proving you don't have to be born in Italy to make Italian food and drinks!

The article also features the upcoming CERES Fair Food, community Crowdsaucing Day on 30th April, 2016 in neighborhoods all over Melbourne. Crowdsaucing Day is an opportunity for communities to come together to bottle locally grown and organic tomatoes to be used throughout the year. Crowdsaucing promotes sustainable food practices and fairly traded produce. Follow the link to CERES Fair Food if you want to sign-up for the Crowdsaucing Day or join their fair food movement.   

 

~  Craft Day Out - Melbourne Food & Wine Festival 2016 ~

If you can't get along to the Melbourne Tomato Festival this Sunday you can join us at The Craft & Co on Sunday 6th March, 2016 for the  Craft Day Out where we will be running more passata making workshops throughout the day.

Image: The Craft & Co, 390 Smith Street, Collingwood

The Craft Day Out is a unique "foodie" event as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival. And what a day out it will be! If you have ever wanted to learn how to make artisan produce such as passata, salami, cheese, wine and beer. There will be a full day of interactive workshops, demonstrations and appreciation sessions with the masters of their trade including That's Amore Cheese, The Meat Room, Rob Dolan Wines, FB*PROPAK, Archie Rose Distilling Co. and of course, the crew from Home Make It

Photo: Anu Kumar

Enjoy a shared table feast lunch comprising of freshly made produce by The Craft & Co, Head Chef, Dom Marzano.  The Craft & Co is the newest kid on the block at 390 Smith Street, Melbourne. If you're into unique food and beverage experiences, then you'll love this venue and concept. All under the one roof, a brewery, distillery, deli, cafe`/restaurant, retail space, bottle shop, cheese and meat rooms. 

Don't miss out on this fabulous event, limited spots available so book your tickets via the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival program ONLINE now.

 

~  Cade's Brew News ~

Hi Brewers, I can't believe it's almost the end of February already, so much to tell and on the horizon!

 

I was like an excited kid at Christmas when we received some new and fresh hops from the Crosby Hop farm in the USA. We got in Cascade, Chinook, Columbus and a couple of experimental hop varieties: Idaho #7 and Idaho #6. So if you want some fresh big USA hops for your next recipe, you know where to go!   

Along with those we have an extensive range of Wyeast and Whitelabs pure pitch yeast. We even have a few sour beer inducing Lacto & Brett bugs in there too for those adventurous brewers out there.  

Starting at our Reservoir store soon, we will be expanding our equipment hire range to include an all grain brewing kit. The amazing SS Brewtech Mash Tun & 38L kettle, this will convert any extract tin brewer to the All Grain side of the force in a single afternoon.  

Home Make It are proud to team up with Melbourne's newest brew club, the Merri Mashers and fab new venue The Craft & Co to bring you the BREW FC Competition. This is a home brew comp with a difference, instead of brewer vs brewer this is club vs club! We are pitting Melbourne's best brew clubs against each other in a test of Stouts & Porters for a chance to win bragging rights and a chance to win a tap takeover at The Craft & Co. Let's get ready to ruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuumble! 

Happy Brewing!! 

 

~ Food & Beverage Workshops ~

Our in store 2016 calendar for food & beverage workshops is action packed! Click on the link for all the course dates, venues and details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, just book your spot  ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

Our line up of Workshops include, but not limited to are; 

 

~ A new look and concept at our Clayton store ~

Our newly renovated Clayton store is almost ready to roll out all the new facilities that will be available to our customers. Only a few more weeks and we'll be ready! I don't want to give too much away, but I can give you a few clues.  Think coffee, panini, sit, play, learn, create... Without giving anything else away, I can also show you some recent pictures of the renovated store.  

~  Wholesale & Trade Division of Home Make It ~

Home Make It has recently expanded to include a Wholesale & Trade division which has been launched to help supply businesses nationwide with quality, unique food and beverage making equipment – be it for the consumer or the trade-user. Our broad product range has been developed to help supply every type of business, from home brew stores to breweries, from kitchenware or bar-ware to shops and restaurants. Follow the Wholesale link to learn more about it.  

~  Specials ~

Click the link below to check out this week's Specials.     

Check out our Gift Vouchers and Course Gift Vouchers also available instore or ONLINE

Remember, you can keep up to date with all the daily news from the team, recipes and events by following us on Twitter or Facebook

Enjoy the weekend and all this glorious weather! And if you are heading over to Edendale Farm on Sunday for the Melbourne Tomato Festival, be sure to come and say hello to the crew!   

Homage to the humble tomato...

Written by Lisa Baggio — February 5, 2016

 "You say tomato, we say passata!"

- Home Make It crew, 2015 

 

~ Melbourne Tomato Festival 2016 ~

It's that time of year again when Melbournian's pay homage to the humble tomato thanks to the passion and vision of Guy Grossi, his family and the Melbournese Movement. The iconic Melbourne Tomato Festival, now in its second year and growing in popularity and magnitude, is quickly becoming one of Melbourne's most popular culturally driven foodie festivals. 

The Melbourne Tomato Festival will be held on Sunday 21st February, 2106 at Edendale Farm in Eltham between 10am - 4pm.

The festival is a celebration of the humble tomato and the preservation of Italian food, traditions and customs and authentic cooking. The Melbourne Tomato Festival will play host to a gathering of local farmers selling their produce, celebrity chefs, guest speakers, agriculturalists, demonstrations, workshops, artisan food and wine, and entertainment. Be inspired by the man himself, Chef Guy Grossi in this cute little clip

Image: Guy Grossi and volunteers of the Melbourne Tomato Festival

Image: Passata making workshop in progress at the 2015 MTF

Image: Passata making workshop in progress at the 2015 MTF

The festival would not be complete without the hands on passata making workshops, and that's where the crew from Home Make It come in! We'll be running back to back passata making demonstrations all day long, so join in on all the fun and learn to make some authentic passata with us. 

Image: Melbourne Tomato Festival crowd enjoying the atmosphere

This is a ticketed event only, until sold out, so don't miss out! The event was a sell out last year, so avoid disappointment and purchase your tickets online now!  

 

~  Craft Day Out - Melbourne Food & Wine Festival ~

We are thrilled to be joining the collaborations of all collaborations at this years' Melbourne Food & Wine Festival for the Craft Day Out, it's happening at the newly established and unique artisan food and beverage venue, The Craft & Co at 390 Smith Street, Collingwood on Sunday 6th March, 2016.

The Craft & Co incorporates an onsite brewery, distillery, cured meats and cheese preparation rooms, training facility, retail and gift store, bottle shop, deli and cafe/restaurant. It's truly amazing to see all these things under the one roof, make sure you drop in to check it all out.

 

Image: The Craft & Co, 390 Smith Street, Collingwood

The Craft Day Out is a series of rotating appreciation and workshop sessions with some of Melbourne's best artisan producers including That's Amore CheeseArchie Rose Distilling Co.Rob Dolan Wines & Winestock, The Meat Room and FB*PROPAK.

Come along for a unique culinary experience in cheese making, winemaking, sausage making, distilling and passata making. Members of the Home Make It team will be again facilitating the hands-on passata workshops. You'll also enjoy a shared table feast lunch comprising of freshly made produce by Head Chef, Dom Marzano.

Don't miss out on this fabulous event, limited spots available so book your tickets via the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival program ONLINE now!

 

~  Food & Beverage Courses ~

Our instore 2016 calendar for food & beverage workshops is action packed! Click on the images below for all the course dates, venues and details. Our workshops are hands on, fun and interactive. To participate in one of our great courses, all you need to is book your spot  ONLINE or call our Clayton or Reservoir stores for assistance.

  

 

~  A new look and concept at our Clayton store ~

On behalf of the team, I would like to thank all our Clayton customers for their patience and support during our recent store closure over the Christmas period. Those who have returned to our store since its reopening last month will have noticed lots of changes already! But there's more to come, so watch this space! I would love to give away all the secrets of our new store, but you'll have to wait just a little bit longer. It'll be well worth it, I promise! 

 

~ The Makers: A story of Food, Family and Foreigners ~

If you're inspired to try your hand at passata making this season and looking for a good recipe, we have included two very different methods in our very first book titled The Makers: a story of food family and foreigners. Whether you're into the raw method or the cooked method, you'll be inspired by the stories of the Gangi, D'Aquino and the Merrett family passata days. These families are friends of Home Make It and share their recipes, processes, tips and stories.

We hope you enjoy it as much as we did putting it all together! The Makers: a story of food family and foreigners makes a great addition to the kitchen library as well as the perfect gift for lovers of Italian foods and traditions. Copies available for purchase at our Reservoir and Clayton stores, ONLINE  and at The Craft & Co

Image: Donato & Lucia D'Aquino - Passata Makers.

Click the link below to check out this week's Specials.     

Check out our Gift Vouchers and Course Gift Vouchers also available instore or ONLINE

Remember, you can keep up to date with all the daily news from the team, recipes and events by following us on Twitter or Facebook

We look forward to seeing you at one of the many events and workshops coming up in February and March! 

Enjoy the weekend everyone.  

We're nuts for chestnuts.....

Written by Lisa Baggio — May 22, 2015

 

"Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts."

- Anonymous

Most Italians who migrated to Australia will have strong childhood memories of castagne (chestnut) festivals in their piazza (town square). As the weather gets colder and Winter is looming chestnuts are in abundance throughout Italy and ready for harvest. The month of October will be filled with chestnut festivals all over Italy, to celebrate the humble chestnut. There will be communal roasting fires, music, dancing, food and wine. Below is a short video of a festival in Italy that will give you a taste for la castagna in festa! Click on the image below to view. 
 
Still not convinced? Maybe Melbourne's newest and iconic Nonna Paola can convince you to get yourself some chestnuts to roast. Enjoy her latest YouTube Video.
 
 

~ How to roast chestnuts ~

Chestnuts need to be rinsed and dried before roasting, and a small slit or cross must be made in the skin or they will burst. Most methods of roasting will take approximately 8-10 minutes. Once roasted, wrap the chestnuts in a tea towel to keep warm. Enjoy!

~ Getting started ~

Are you convinced now? If you are, here's what you need to get you started. It's so simple.... all you need are the chestnuts and some basic equipment. 
 
We can highly recommend purchasing your chestnuts from Alpine Chestnuts. You can source Alpine Chestnuts directly from the Hawthorn Farmer's Market and the Abbortsford Farmer's Market. Alernatively, you can purchase them directly from the farmer, John by contacting him on 0423 286 720 and picking up the chestnuts in Kew or at his farm in Myrtleford. John will also deliver free within a 5km radius of Kew. You can currently purchase Alpine Chestnuts for $6.00 per kilo. The chestnut season will be over within four to five weeks, so don't delay!
 
We highly recommend the purchase of a chestnut cutter that will gently slice the chestnut, without slicing your finger, as so many of you would have already experienced previously with a knife. 
 
Our Italian made 'Napoli' electric pizza oven will roast your chestnuts to perfection in 8-10 minutes, not to mention cook a delicious pizza in 5 minutes, reaching temperatures up to 470 degrees. John from Alpine Chestnuts is a big fan of our electric pizza oven, using the pizza ovens to roast his chestnuts at the Farmer's Markets and festivals throughout Melbourne. In fact, to quote him, "the pizza oven is as good as any other roasting chestnut method." 
 
Or for the more traditional method of chestnut roasting methods if you don't live in Italy and can't attend your local piazza for the communal roasting, get yourself a chestnut roasting pan with wooden handle, and roast your chestnuts over a gas stove, or over a fire. 
 

~ Recipe ~

For the already converted chestnut lovers, you may want to try out an Italian Lentil and Chestnut Stew Recipe that I found on the net at closetcooking.com. Looks delish!
 

~ Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival ~ 

On behalf of the team I would like to congratulate the City of Darebin for hosting another wonderful Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival. It was a week long celebration of homemade food traditions and sustainable food practices. The workshops and demonstrations through the suburbs of the City of Darebin were mostly booked out and there was a massive attendance at the "Meet the Makers Showcase" on the Saturday to conclude the festival. 

I would also like to congratulate all the winners of the "Judge's Choice" and "People's Choice" who entered their homemade wine, beer, passata, olives and ajvar. Too many to name them all, but here's a snapshot. 

A very big welcome to all the new subscribers to our newsletter from the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival. l look forward to keeping you up to do with all the exciting news from the team, events, courses, recipes and products and specials. 

Congratulations to STEVE BARNETT winner of our raffle from at "Meet the Makers Showcase" on Saturday. Steve is the proud new owner of a Sausage & Salami Equipment Kit and Hot Continental Sausage Kit, valued at $158.00. Enjoy Steve!   

 For the Red Wine Category -

Mayor of City of Darebin, enjoying a taste of 3rd Place Winner, Nero D'Avola by Dennis and Kevin

1st Prize - Pasquale Scaringi (Petit Verdot)

2nd Prize - Francesco Costanzo (Merlot)

3rd Prize - Denis Slaviero (Nero DÁvola)

For the White Wine Category -

2nd Place Winners, Paolo and Dennis Mazzocato for the White Wine Category for their Waltham/Sultana Wine

1st Prize - Frank Galati (White Muscato)

2nd Prize - Paolo Mazzocato (Waltham/Sultana)

3rd Prize - Jose Jimenez (Maluasia)

For Beer - 

Joel Ellis, 1st Prize and People's Choice Award for his Brettanoyces Fermented American IPA

Encouragement Award - James Price

1st Prize - Joel Ellis

For Passata (Cooked)

1st Prize - Emmanuella Coco

2nd Prize - Jim and Kerry

For Passata (Uncooked)

1st Prize - Maria Spagnolo

2nd Prize - Catherine Talarico

3rd Prize - Rosario Iannella

Here are a few highlights from the day:-

Wine tasting at the Meet The Makers Showcase

Feta Cheese Making Workshop with Cade Butler

Home Brew for Beginners Workshop with Home Make It's Cade Butler and Justin from Merri Mashers

Enjoying the wine tasting at the Meet the Makers Showcase

Enjoying the home brew sampling at the Meet the Makers Showcase

If you would like see more photos from the day, check out our Facebook Page for the complete album. 

~ What's On ~ 

Salami & Cured Meats Courses & Sausage Making Courses

With Winter just around the corner, it's time to book into our Salami and Cured Meats Courses. Our resident butchery expert, James Mele will give you the confidence to make your own salami and safely cure your salumi before the Winter is out. Our courses are hands on, fun and interactive. Numbers are capped so don't miss out! For convenience, they are offered at two store locations, Reservoir and Clayton. Bookings ONLINE.

 

We have also released new dates for our Sausage Making Courses at both our Reservoir and Clayton stores. James Mele will teach you everything you need to know to make fresh, tasty, healthy sausages all year round. Book ONLINE

 

Click on our sale banner below for this week's specials.   

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Have a great weekend and happy chestnut roasting :)  

Introducing...the HotmixPRO

Written by Lisa Baggio — February 13, 2015

Home Make It is delighted to be offering the Italian-made, HotmixPRO Professional Cooking Gastro; the kitchen appliance that does it all! Chop, cut, mix, knead, cook and more…at home or in the professional kitchen the HotmixPRO has so many unique features, that it out performs any other thermal mixer out there.

Watch it in action in this Youtube video. The temperature reaches 190°C which is suitable for the home cook and those who are time poor, but want to create healthy meals with ease. Also suitable for food businesses, professional chefs, production kitchens or molecular gastronomy.

To learn more and to see first hand what this amazing and time-saving appliance can do, come along to our free in-store demonstrations on;

We look forward to seeing you at the demonstrations, where you will also see how quick and easy it is to make pastry cream, hollandaise, zabaglione and more..

Hotmix Pro at Home Make It

 

 

~ Melbourne Tomato Festival ~

The inaugural Melbourne Tomato Festival WILL be a sell out! With less than three weeks to go, there are less than 400 tickets left, so if you are planning to join in the celebration, get ONLINE today and purchase your tickets. This is a ticketed event only!

Our Home Make It team will be running four fun-filled, hands on Passata Making Workshops throughout the day, so hopefully you'll be able to join us for one of them. If you're keen, be sure to get in early to secure to your spot.

For our passionate passata enthusiasts, come along to the Melbourne Tomato Festival Gala Dinner at Merchant Osteria Veneto on Friday 27th February, 2015. Enjoy a four course dinner, including canapés, wine and drinks. Be inspired by Guy Grossi and guest speaker, Teresa Oates, co-author of Mangia Mangia.

~ What's On ~

A hands on Master Class by the Italian masters in homemade sausages, cheese and wine, plus a shared table lunch at the stunning Mister Bianco Restaurant. Purchase your ticket ONLINE to participate in this special event.

Home Make It is joining forces with Romulus and Remus Restaurant and Salumi Australia for a traditional hands on workshop in The Art of Salumi making, followed with a feast of Italian food and specially selected wines from Distillery Works.

~ Food and Beverage Courses ~

Advanced Homemade Winemaking Course - Run over six nights from March - November covering all the stages of the winemaking process. Book now and take advantage of the pre vintage special price!

Homemade Cider Making Course - Learn the art of making homemade cider to enjoy with family and friends at a hands-on workshop.

Passata Making Course - We'll have you ready for this year's passata making season. A fun, hands on workshop with a shared pasta supper. 

Pizza Making Course - Learn the art of pizza making by Brunetti's Executive Savoury Chef, Michele Circhirillo. Workshop will conclude with a feast of delicious pizza. 

Salami and Cured Meats Courses - Learn the ancient art of meat processing and curing with this informative and interactive course, led by the cured meats and butchery expert James Mele.

Salami Making Courses Learn the art of homemade salami making with this hands on and informative course, led by the salami and butchery expert James Mele.

Sausage Making Courses - Learn the basics of sausage making. If you have ever thought about making fabulous homemade sausages then this is the workshop for you! 

 ~ Preserving Olives Recipe ~

We've had several requests lately for a recipe to preserve olives, so here is one of our favourites (given to Celeste Baggio by Lina Siciliano)

LINA’S PRESERVING OLIVES RECIPE 1995 – NOW FROM “ROSE CREEK ESTATE

Ingredients:

- 5 kg fresh olives (green or black)

- 5 litres of water

- 500 grams salt

- 4-5 lemons for acidity

- Garlic cloves (depending on your palate)

- Firm green chilli peppers to taste

- 2-3 tablespoons of oregano (more if desired)

Method:

Place olives in a large container and fill with fresh water until olives are well covered. Change water every day for 10-12 days.

Drain the olives and place them in airtight containers with lots of oregano, thick slices of lemon, garlic (to own personal taste), green hot chilli pepper (optional).

Continue to layer the olives and herbs until the container is almost full.

Boil the 5 litres of water with 500 grams of salt and let cool. Pour the cooled liquid over the olives so all is well covered. Seal the container.

It’s always been traditional to the Mediterraneans to coil some wild aniseed, so it will keep the olives under the brine and help with the flavour.

Keep the container sealed for 6-8 weeks for black olives and 8-10 weeks for green.

Tip #1 – If you forget or miss a day changing water, don’t worry, just continue the process for an extra day.

Tip #2 – If mould begins to form on the finished product, remove it and place 4-5 slices of lemon and more oregano on top of the olives.

Salt suggested 100 gram for 1 litre of water and 1 kilogram of olives for brine. (Recommends sea salt semi-fine.) 

More tips recommended by my Italian connections:

Pricking olives with a needle or sharp knife also will introduce the salt into the olives, giving them extra flavour.

Other recipes recommend fresh mint instead of oregano; for black olives only still use garlic and chilli pepper or bay leaves with oregano.

Enjoy!

**This recipe has been used successfully over the many years and life of Home Make It. Recipe adapted by Celeste Baggio.

~ The Wine Season is coming ~

With the wine season just around the corner, grapes will be ripe for picking very soon. You've no doubt heard the saying "if you want to make good wine, you need to start with good grapes!" We can confirm it's true!  We'll be keeping you up to date over the next couple weeks with details of local wineries where we know you will get great quality grapes. Don't forget, we offer a complimentary service for juice/wine analysis at all the stages of the winemaking process. Bring along a sample in store for testing by one of the team. 

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 ~ Home Brew News ~

Our newest member of the team, Cade Butler has been busy expanding our range of home brew equipment and supplies are our stores and ONLINE. Come in to our Reservoir or Clayton store to meet him, swap recipes or learn the art of grain brewing. Cade's a passionate home brewer and will be only too happy to share his knowledge and experience in all things home brewing. 

~ Tomatoes for Sale ~

Ripe, lush Roma tomatoes are now in abundance! We can highly recommend Tony and Maria's tomatoes at 22 Lawson Crescent, Thomastown. Call Maria to order your boxes on 9460 1209 or just drive up, load up and drive off. 

~ Eltham and District Winemakers Guild, Mead Workshop ~

Members of the Eltham and District Winemaker's Guild will be running a series of Home Make It, sponsored Mead Workshops in 2015. Learn the step by step process to making mead and take home your own batch. If you would like to learn the art of mead making, contact the Eltham and District Winemakers Guild for more information at info@amateurwine.org.au

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It's a busy time of year for our team at Home Make It.  You can keep up to date with daily news, recipes and events by following us on Twitter or Facebook.

Now, we have probably missed the boat on this one, as it seems to have gone viral in the last few weeks around Melbourne, but we thought we would kick off your Friday evening with a giggle, by sharing a little YouTube clip titled, Nonna Tells Grandson, NO Tattoo.

Have a great weekend and happy passata days to all the families making passata this weekend :)

 

 

 

 

You say tomato, we say passata!

Written by Lisa Baggio — January 28, 2015

"It's difficult to think anything but pleasant thoughts while eating a homegrown tomato" - Lewis Grizzard 

On behalf of the team at Home Make It, I would like to wish you a very Happy New Year! We hope that you enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends, and that 2015 brings you good health and new opportunities.

~ Melbourne Tomato Festival ~

2015 is set to be another exciting year for Home Make It! With the "tomato season" fast approaching we are thrilled to be sponsoring the inaugural Melbourne Tomato Festival, which will take place on the 1st March, 2015 from 10am until 6pm. The Melbourne Tomato Festival is a celebration of the humble tomato and the preservation of artisan Italian culture, including the age old tradition of making passata. The festival will be celebrated at the historic and iconic Farm Vigano, also rich in Italian culture and set against the backdrop of six acres of community farmland.

"The Melbourne Tomato Festival 2015 will be a gathering of local farmers selling produce, speakers, agriculturalists, master classes, Italian food, artisan producers, special guests, history, workshops, entertainment and passata making". Book your tickets to this great event Online now. Tickets are selling fast, so don't miss out!

Come along and meet some of the Home Make It team at the Passata Making workshops we will be running throughout day. We will also be officially launching our new Homemade Tomato Sauce making kits which will available for purchase. 

Guy Grossi and Home Make It's Frank Bovezza promoting the Melbourne Tomato Festival

 

~ The Italian Home Cook Olympics ~

 

Join our very own "Italian Master" Frank Bovezza at the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, The Italian Home Cook Olympics on the 1st March at the Sicilian Mister Bianco Restaurant in Kew. Melbourne's Italian Masters, including Giorgio Linguanti from That's Amore Cheese ,Michael and Christian Dal Zotto from Dal Zotto Wines will be joining Frank from Home Make It. They  are coming together for a unique hands on master class and workshop to teach the art of homemade sausages, winemaking and cheese making. The workshop will conclude with a stunning shared table lunch and specially selected wines by Dal Zotto. 

 

~ The Art of Salumi Making ~

The 1st March 2015, is shaping up to be a very busy day! Steve Lamberto and his team from Home Make It will  be assisting Romulus and Remus and Salumi Australia at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, The Art of Salumi Making event. The workshop will be held at Romulus and Remus in Richmond and will focus on the traditional art of salumi making, followed by an Italian feast and a special selection of wines by Distillery Works

  

~ Introducing our new team members ~

We are also excited to be kicking off 2015 with the expansion of our team. Super excited to introduce our new specialist home brewer, Cade Butler. Cade is a passionate home brewer with over 10 years experience and specialises in all grain brewing. He has been brewing up a storm at our Reservoir and Clayton stores, expanding our product range and sharing his knowledge and experience. We will keep you up to date with all the news from Cade, including beer recipes, and we can't wait to launch a very special project that Cade is currently working on. We guarantee that our passionate home brew customers are going to be thrilled! Cade will be working at either our Reservoir or Clayton stores from Monday to Wednesday. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up to date with his daily news and location. 

We are also very pleased to introduce you to our newest recruits Carmel at our Reservoir Store and Lou to our Clayton store. Carmel is a passionate foodie, and eager to share with you her knowledge and experience in making homemade food. Lou is also a passionate foodie and specialises in homemade wine. He is a member of the Eltham and District Wine Guild and will expertly guide you through all the stages of the wine making process. Lou will be joining us on the 9th February, 2015.  

Cade Butler

Have a go at this great summer beer recipe!

Bottle Blonde 

Ingredients:

- 1 kg Home Make It Light Malt
- 1 Tin Morgans Blonde
- 500g Ale Malt
- 1 pkt Morgans Finishing Hops – Saaz
- 1 pkt Morgans Premium Ale Yeast

    Method:

    Steep the 500g of Ale malt in 3 litres water at 68°C for 1 hour.

    Strain the steeped water into the fermenter. Fill with boiled water to make up approx. 2 litres and mix in tin and the light malt powder until totally dissolved.

    Pour the finishing hops in a cup of boiling water for 10 minutes and put the bag and water into the fermenter. Then top up with cold water to 19 litres.

    Take measurement of the original gravity, it should be around 1050. Then add your yeast to the fermenter at approx. 24°C.

    When brew has finished fermenting, open fermenter, remove a flask full and test with a hydrometer (should be around 1010 – 1015). Now taste, as one would any favourite recipe prepared in a kitchen. At this stage mild adjustments can be made, depending on your taste buds.

    Bottle and enjoy!

      

    ~ Tomato season is getting saucy ~

    The Gangi family of Melbourne have brought the "sauciness" to family passata days! Our recent post of this pic on our Facebook page went viral and got some hearts aflutter, with over 15,000 views! Only a few weeks now until Melbourne garages will be turned into tomato sauce factories and an abundance of fresh passata to last the whole year round will be made. Have you got your equipment and supplies ready? For all your equipment and supplies come and see us at the Reservoir or Clayton stores, or shop Online

     

    ~ Summer Food and Beverage Courses ~

    Advanced Homemade Winemaking Course - run over six nights from March - November covering all the stages of the winemaking process. 

    Passata Making Workshop - We'll have you ready for this year's passata making season. A fun, hands on workshop with shared pasta supper. 

    Pizza Making Workshop - Learn the art of pizza making by international Savoury Chef and Brunetti's Executive Savoury Chef, Michele Circhirillo. Workshop will conclude with a feast of delicious pizza. 

    We will be releasing details and dates of more food and beverage workshops shortly, including the popular sausage and salami making workshops. 

     ~ Product of the Week ~

    We are delighted to be offering the Italian made, Hotmix Pro Professional, the kitchen appliance that does it all! Chop, cut, mix, knead, cook and more…at home or in the professional kitchen the HotmixPRO has so many unique features, it out performs any other thermal mixer out there. You can watch it in action in this Youtube video. The temperature reaches 190 degrees. Suitable for the home cooking and those who are time poor, but want to create healthy meals with ease. Also suitable for food businesses, professional chef’s, production kitchens, molecular gastronomy.

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    Looking forward to sharing more exciting news from the team with you. We'll hopefully catch up with you somewhere on the 1st March, 2015 whether it's The Tomato Festival or the Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show, The Italian Homecook Olympics or The Art of Salami Making. Have a great week :)

     

     

     

    The Salami Army is growing...

    Written by Lisa Baggio — April 29, 2013

    Check out this awesome footage introducing the Melbourne Salami Board's "Salami Sessions" - Hands-on authentic salami making workshops. Take with you, the "art of salami making" and 3kg of your own salami to hang and cure in your own homes!

    There's a chill in the air, some fog in the mornings and frost on the lawn. It can only mean one thing - The Salami Season is nearly here! Save the date: WINTER! Pick a weekend and put it aside. Get your family and friends together to enjoy the age-old European tradition of curing meats, whether it's Prosciutto, Salami, Capocollo, Pancetta, Cotechino or any other style  But, be warned...It's highly addictive! The Salami Army is growing!  

    It's now official! Home Make It will be the major partner for the 2013 Melbourne Salami Festa. The Melbourne Salami Board are busy finalising the event details, but it promises to be bigger and better this year. To enter your award-winning salami for the 2013 competition, just follow this link. We'll keep you posted with any new details as they're announced. If you missed last years inaugural Melbourne Salami Festa, then check the news coverage from the day. It was MASSIVE!!
     
     
    The Melbourne Salami Festa will be running a series of Salami Sessions which are one-day, hands-on workshops to 'teach the art of salami making' for the novice or 'first timers'. There are four workshops only, so don't miss out! Our team from Home Make It will be facilitating the workshops. We'll teach you everything you need to know about curing meat at home. This will include de-boning, mincing, mixing, filling and curing techniques. You will also go home with 3kg of your own salami to hang and cure at home :) Not to mention a fantastic breakfast and lunch. The workshops will be held at a stunning farming property in Kilmore. Numbers are limited to ensure an intimate learning experience, so don't miss out. You can book directly with the Melbourne Salami Board.

    For the experienced meat curers, you may enjoy watching this recent footage commissioned by SBS, by Gourmet Farmer. Former food critic and now Pig Farmer, Matthew Evans shares his "Breaking Down Day", where one pig is broken down into its constituent parts, ready for cooking and preserving. The footage is not recommended viewing for the faint hearted, but if you're seriously wanting to learn the art of curing the whole pig, then this story is not to be missed!    

    If you can't get to one of these authentic "Salami Sessions", then come along to the Darebin Homemade Food & Wine Festival on the 18th May, 2013.  Home Make It, together with The Melbourne Salami Festa will be presenting a panel of experts to share their knowledge, experience and stories in "The Art of Salami Making".  You'll get a snapshot of the "nose to tail" philosophy of curing meats and a demonstration in homemade salami. This is a free event and bookings are not required. Come along and taste some award-winning homemade Wines, Beer, Passata and Avjar.  This is a fantastic community event that celebrates food traditions and sustainability. The festival commences on the 13th May, 2013 finishing on the 18th May, 2013. Check out the full program for all the events and demonstrations.  

    Registrations to enter your award winning Wine, Beer, Passata and Avjar for the 
    2013 Darebin Homemade Food and Wine Festival close on the 9th May, 2013.
     
     
      

    Up Coming Events and Festivals not to be missed!  

    Our trading hours will continue to be extended until the last Sunday in April, 2013 which will take us through to the end of the Wine Season. Our Reservoir and Clayton stores will be open from 9am until 5.00pm Monday to Friday, 9am until 3.00pm on Saturdays, and 10am until 2.00pm on Sundays.  

    Details for our Food & Beverage Workshops, including our own Sausage and Salami Making Workshops will be released very shortly.  

    For daily updates you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.  Don't miss our Mother's Day competitions that will be commencing soon.  Awesome gift hampers to be won.  

    Have a great weekend.  And if you are looking for a good laugh at the end of a crazy week, and can relate to those nuisance sales call at night, then you'll enjoy this YouTube clip, "Italian Funny Espresso Machine".   

    Cheers!
    Clayton Reservoir