We're brewing up a storm!

Written by Lisa Baggio — August 28, 2015

“There is nothing more romantic than Italian food.” - Elisha Cuthbert

 

 ~ Home Make It proudly presents the 2015 Melbourne Salami Festa! ~

It's official! We are super excited to announce that Home Make It is the presenting partner of the Melbourne Salami Festa this year. Follow the link to check out the full program for 2015.Tickets go on sale on the 15th September, 2015, ensure to book your tickets so you don't miss out! And if you think you've made this year's winning salami then be sure to get your applications in! Applications close on the 4th October, 2015. Follow the link here for all the application details. This year there will be an Amateur Entry and Professional Entry. We can hardly wait to see who will win the prized "Homemade Salami" award this year!

So lock-in the Melbourne Salami Festa date in your diaries everyone! It's all happening on Sunday 18th October, 2015. 

 

 ~ Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook Melbourne ~

We are thrilled to have been part of the Rachel Khoo's Kitchen Notebook Melbourne series now showing on SBS, Thursdays at 8pm. Rachel visited with Frank Bovezza and family to join in on the fun at their annual passata making day. Nonna Rosa Bovezza also shares her spinach and ricotta ravioli with passata recipe and shows how to make it the "old fashion way."

Watch the show, season 1 episode 6 on SBS on Demand if you missed it and have a go at this simple and delicious spinach and ricotta ravioli recipe. Dust off your pasta machine and pasta cutters or pick some up online or in store. Enjoy!

 

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~ 

Hi Brewers,

We have been brewing up a storm in the last few weeks, with our Intro to All Grain courses being recently held at our Reservoir and Clayton stores. The interested students came along, had a hands on view of just how easy it is to take the jump over to all grain brewing. I’ve already spotted a few of these students in store, excitedly gearing up for their first mash. Great to see!

A while back we had a brew day with the Merri Masher Brew Club and I decided to test the version hopped with Amarillo hops. I give it a huge thumbs up, the smooth chocolate malts with the hoppy touch really warmed me up. Although the 8% ABV might have helped a touch.

We had the ever popular Wyeast nestle into our fridges at the end of last week, right next to our White labs range. So whether you’re a Wyeast or White Labs brewer, we have you covered. Also, note the White Labs have started filtering in, in it’s new "pure pitch" packaging.

With father’s day coming up, I have a few ideas for a gift that Dad will really love. For a short time we have dropped the prices off our range of Beer Recipe Kits a whole 30%, and with over 15 types of beer recipes to choose from it’s a steal at that price! And if that father in your life is an all grain brewing kind of Dad, how about you go all out and get him a bulk grain sack? We also have good stocks of the SS Brewtech range in store. I’m sure Dad would be forever grateful if he received one of these shiny fermenters or boil kettles.

Happy Brewing ! 

  

~ The SICO Vacuum Sealing Machines are back! ~

Due to popular demand, we are stocking the SICO Vacuum Sealing Machines again! Made in Italy and of the highest quality domestic machines. If you have made salami this winter, then no doubt you will have been religiously checking them to see if they're ready. Are they feeling firm? Have they lost 30% of their original weight? Are they smelling like salami? You've cut one open and it looks ready to go! What do you do next?

The best way to store your cured meats made this winter is to vacuum seal them. That's if you don't succumb to the temptation to eat them all at once of course. Vacuum sealing your salami in bags and placing them in the fridge will give salumi maximum shelf life. The process of vacuum sealing is even more important to do with your homemade sausages. This will keep them fresh and moist, even when stored in the freezer.  

Also in store is a massive range of vacuum sealing bags.  

But, we've had to make room for them on our shelves, so we're offering 40% off all ELEGEN Vacuum Sealing Machines until stock runs out. These are also Italian made and also of the highest quality. These are massive savings! 

  

~ Home Make It Gift Ideas for Father's Day ~

A vacuum sealing machine will make the perfect gift this Father's Day if your dad has made salami and/or sausages this winter.  

Our Gift Cards are also popular gift ideas for the fussy Father. They can also be used to purchase any of our Food and Beverage Courses.  

 

Spoil dad this Father's Day with his very own Homebrew Equipment Kit and Recipe kit.  We have an extensive range of Recipe Kits to choose from.  

Home Brew - Beer Kit - "Super Upgraded"

Beer Recipe Kit - Yat Fak Ale

For more unique Father's Day Gift Ideas, check out our ONLINE store for inspiration. 

~ Food & Beverage Courses ~ 

Sausage Making Courses

We have now 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 now to secure your place.   

 

Haloumi and Ricotta Cheese Making Course

Learn how to make Haloumi and Ricotta cheese at home at our fun, hands-on workshop with Gerard, a cheese maker from a Victorian artisan cheese company. Courses will be held at our Clayton store on the 18th August, 2015 or the Reservoir store on the 1st September, 2015. Book ONLINE

Halloumi and Ricotta Cheese Making Course

Camembert Cheese Making Course

Learn how to make Camembert cheese also at our hands on, informative and fun workshops with artisan cheese maker, Gerard. The workshops will be offered at both our Clayton store on the 22nd September from 6pm until 9pm and our Reservoir store on the 29th September, 2015 from 6pm until 9pm. Book ONLINE

 Camembert Cheese Making Course

 

~ Rose Creek Estate Open Garden this Sunday ~ 

 

Rose Creek Estate, is in the heart of suburban East Keilor. It's been described as "Tuscany in East Keilor"and really needs to be seen to be believed! 

The owners, Tony and Lina Siciliano are opening their garden to the public this Sunday. An olive grove, winery, and magnificent garden hidden away behind a suburban home. Rose Creek Estate has won many awards for it's fine olive oil and wines.  

Date: 30th of August 2015 

Where: 2 Craig Street, East Keilor

Time: 11am to 4:30pm

Entry: $5 - Proceeds go to the Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Foundation

There will be wine and olive oil and olives from the estate for tastings. There will be coffee, music, oven baked bread and pizza. Watch the baby chickens, guinea fouls and peacock. Accompany Tony and Lina on a tour around the beautiful gardens, olive grove and vineyard.  

Be sure to come along and say hello to the crew from Home Make It. We'll be there with a small pop up store with our specialty products include equipment to preserve olives, olive oil, make homemade vinegar, arancini, roast chestnuts and much more.  

 

Click link below to check out this week's Specials. You'll be sure to find more Father's Day gift ideas too.    

 

On behalf of all the team, I would like to wish all the dad's out there a very happy Father's Day!

Enjoy the weekend :)   

Italy's best kept food secret...

Written by Lisa Baggio — July 24, 2015

“When life throws you risotto, make Arancini!”
  - Adam Roberts
Inspector Montalbano - "How do you say...OMG, how good are these!" in Sicilian? 

~ Introducing the new Arancini Maker Moulds ~

Hot off the press! Our Italian-made arancini maker moulds have just arrived in-stores! Ever wondered how Italians make the perfect arancini with seemingly no effort at all? Well, Italy's best kept food secret is now out! Now we can all make the perfectly shaped and superbly flavoured arancini; with a just little bit of time, the right ingredients and an arancini maker mould! You can even choose between round shaped moulds and pyramid shaped moulds.
Check out this You Tube clip by our Italian supplier and you'll see just how easy it really is.  
 

 Pyramid shaped arancini maker mould

~ Simple Arancini Recipe ~

Ingredients

RISOTTO:

  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups (15 oz) arborio rice or long grain rice
  • 4 oz white wine
  • approximately 30 oz chicken stock
  • salt
  • 1 egg

FILLING:

  • mozzarella or pecorino cheese cut into 1/2″ to 3/4″ cubes
  •  bolognese sauce (optional)
  • cooked peas (optional)

COATING:

  • all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • breadcrumbs

Method

To make the risotto, add the rice to the heated oil in a large saute pan, stirring quickly for one or two minutes to coat the rice in oil. Stir in the white wine until evaporated. With the heat on medium high, begin adding the chicken stock a little at a time, stirring continiously, until all the stock is finished and the rice is cooked (al dente). Add salt to taste. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Flatten out on a large plate to cool.  

Then add an egg to the risotto and mix in. Leave in the fridge for a couple of hours to cool, or even overnight.

To make the arancini, follow the process as shown in the You Tube clip using your Arancini Mould. Fill with mould with rice, bolognese sauce, cheese and more rice to finish.  

To coat the arancini, remove the arancini from the moulds. Roll in flour and then roll them in the beaten egg and then roll in breadcrumbs. Optional to add Parmesan cheese to the breadcrumbs.  

To cook the arancini, heat the oil in a deep fryer or pan until hot. Add the arancini, turning quickly until brown all over. The arancini will cook quickly.

To serve the arancini, reheat them in the oven on baking paper for 5 to 10 minutes at 180°C.  

 Enjoy! 

~ Società Isole Eolie, Cultural Cooking Demonstration ~

I would like to thank the Societa`Isole Eolie Club in Melbourne for inviting us to join them for their 2015 Cultural Cooking demonstration on the 12th July, 2015. We all had a great day, with Frank thoroughly enjoying himself (and all the attention) for the salami making demonstration. We learnt heaps during Letizia's tuma and ricotta cheese making demonstration and can't wait to try out Guilia's recipe for conciglie ripieni. We met heaps of new people and would like to welcome all the new subscribers from the event to our newsletter/blog. We look forward to keeping you all up to date with news from the Home Make It team, new events, recipes, products, courses and more.  

Congratulations to Francis Maurici, who won the raffle for our Sausage & Salami Making Equipment Kit and the Hot Italian Recipe Kit. Congratulations to Tina Zampaglione, winner of our Stainless Steel Table BBQ.

 

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~ 

Hi Brewers,

This week we had a special brew session at our Clayton store using our bespoke 100L Italian nano brew system. I enlisted the assistance of Justin, Shannon and Mattias from the Merri Mashers Brew Club to put the nano brew system through its paces. We tested it out with a HUGE beer and Gladfield malt helped us out with some malts to put together the Baltic Porter recipe designed by Justin. If all goes to plan it will weigh in at a whopping 8.5%!

After much milling, mashing, sparging and some good old fashioned home brew Macguyver improvisation we hit all our targets, then divided the wort into four and each took some home to continue the brewing process. We will all use different hops and yeast to see how we can all make a personal variation on the same beer. We will be fermenting one in each of the Home Make It stores also. I can’t wait for the tasting session! 

 Justin, Shannon and Mattias from the Merri Mashers Brew Club

    

We are also heading towards our Intro to All Grain Brewing courses in August. We will be doing one at our Reservoir store on August 15th and our Clayton store on August 22nd. So if you’re interested in stepping up to all grain brewing, come along and learn how to get started. Call us in-store or book online to reserve your spot. Limited places, so get in quick. Should be loads of fun!

On a stock front, we still have really good stocks over all brewing areas. White Labs liquid yeast are sitting fresh in our fridges alongside our extensive hops range. Our grain shelves are full; from small bags of speciality grains up to our 25kg full sacks of base grain. Don’t forget we stock the shiny SS Brewtech range also. These boil kettles and  brew bucket fermenters make the brew day a lot easier.

Come along and see me at Top Shelf: Boutique Drinks Festival coming up on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of August. Catch me in the Tasting Den on the Saturday at 1pm, doing an Introduction to Home Brew presentation. Get your tickets to the Top Shelf Festival online

Happy brewing!

 

~ Food & Beverage Courses ~ 

Sausage Making Courses

We have now 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

  

Cade will be launching his very own Introduction to All Grain Home Brewing Course in August at both the Reservoir and Clayton stores. Learn all about equipment needed, grains, hops, yeast, how to mill, mash and all maturation/fermentation and bottling techniques to make your favourite styles of grain beers. Book ONLINE.   

~ Rose Creek Estate - Open Garden on Sunday 30th August ~ 

 

Come and see Home Make It at the  Rose Creek Estate Open Garden on Sunday 30th August, 2015 between 11am and 5.00pm. Rose Creek Estate has been described as "Tuscany in East Keilor". It's a vineyard and olive grove right in the heart of East Keilor (2 Craig Street, East Keilor). There will be food, pizza, music and dancing. Join Tony and Lina Siciliano for a tour of the extensive gardens and vineyard along with a trek along the olive groves. Shop and eat until your hearts content! 

Entry: $5.00 per person. All proceeds from Rose Creek Open Garden are being donated to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, supporting pleasurable food education.  

Click on our sale banner above for this week's specials. Included in this week's specials are 30% off selected salumi casings and netting and 40% off Elegen Vacuum Sealing Machings.  

~ Facebook & Twitter ~

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

I think we'll have to get in touch with Nonna Poala to promote our arancini moulds. I was so sure I would find a You Tube clip with Nonna making arancini. Maybe next week :) I did find a great video clip of Nonna Poala preparing her olives and I was convinced that we were going to get an education on preserving olives, however it was sadly high-jacked by her son Greg wanting her to try the new Cadbury Vegemite chocolate. Enjoy!

Have a great weekend :) 

Make "olives" not war...

Written by Lisa Baggio — June 5, 2015

"Except the vine, there is no plant which bears a fruit of as great importance as the olive."  Pliny (AD 23-79) 

 

~ Olive Pickling Recipe ~ 

The end of the olive season is nearly here, so don't delay if you are wanting to try your hand at olives in brine.  

Here's a family recipe you may like to try:  

 
  1. Pick the olives fresh from the trees if possible, but olives from the markets would be fine (or side of the road where they sell grapes for wine making season).  
  2. Make a cut length way on each olive with a sharp knife.  
  3. Place in a bucket with fresh water and then change the water each day for 7 days.  
  4. Make a brine using 100 grams of salt to each litre of water (the water level should just cover the olives).
  5. Bring the brine to boiling point.  
  6. Allow the brine to cool for 5 minutes.
  7. Place the olives in sterilised sealable jars.
  8. Cover with the brine, seal and leave for 1 month.
  9. Before using a jar of olives, wash off the brine, cover in olive oil, add fresh garlic, fresh rosemary, and leave over night for the flavours to go through the olives.

(Fennel or fresh chilli are also nice flavours. Always keep the jars topped with olive oil to cover the olives). Enjoy!   

Still need a little encouragement? Ok, here's Nonna Paola's recipe to inspire you "Nonna Paola: Saturday night making the olives". 

~ Getting started on your olive venture ~

Below is all you need to get started;

- a food grade crate and lid

- and Jars that seal.

 

~ Segmento: Italian Culture Magazine ~ 

We would love to tell you all about the great new Italian culture magazine; Segmento, which has been come about from the Segmento Manager, Daniele Curto's vision "Australia needed a voice that highlights the achievements which influences our culture." And here at Home Make It, we couldn't agree more! Hence why we are now the proud stockists of the free magazine, so pick up a printed copy when you next pop in to the stores or check it out online.

Look out for the upcoming Home Make It stories and recipes which will feature in the magazine including the story "Learn the art of making homemade salami" in this month's edition of Segmento Italian Cultural Magazine, Pages 8-9.  Yep, that's us! :) Grab yourself a copy of the magazine to learn everything from meat preparation, mincing the meat, mix the ingredients, filling the skins and curing. Included is our Hot Italian Salami Recipe. 

 

~ The Salami Season is almost upon us! ~

Just in time for the Salami season, our containers from Italy have arrived on Australian land to fill our shelves with all the equipment and supplies needed to make all your salumi. From Italian made electric & manual mincing machines, fillers, casings, tubes, strings, netting, prickers, plates, boning knives, Kits, salts and spices, we have it all! Check out our range ONLINE. Come in store this Friday or Saturday to stock up on all your equipment and supplies if you are getting in early this year and making your salumi this Queen's birthday weekend. We are open until 3pm on Saturday, 2015. All our equipment is high quality and Italian made!  

 

~ Rose Creek Estate Open Day - Last Sunday in August 2015 ~ 

Rose Creek Estate, 2 Craig Street, East Keilor

I had the pleasure of visiting the Rose Creek Estate in East Keilor a couple of weekends ago. Rose Creek Estate produces award winning wines and olive oil, not to mention the most amazing vegetable garden and fruit orchard I have ever seen!  Spread over 7 acres and hidden away in the heart of the northern suburbs, Rose Creek Estate has been dubbed  " A bit of Tuscany in the Keilor East". I'm sure I am not the only person who has arrived at the address 2 Craig Street, East Keilor only to think that I'm at the wrong place! How could a vineyard and olive grove be tucked behind a suburban house in a suburban street in Keilor East? But I kid you not! It exists! Tony and Lina Siciliano have created an Italian country lifestyle with all the Italian food and beverage traditions imaginable.  

Tony and Lina Siciliano (Rose Creek Estate, East Keilor)

Tony and Lina very generously open up their property several times a year to the public to share their Italian heritage, market garden, winery and orchard. The next Open Day is:

  • Sunday 30th August, 2015 from 11.00am to 5.00pm. 

Rose Creek Estate

2 Craig Street, East Keilor. 

Entry: $5.00 per person. All proceeds from Rose Creek Open Garden are being donated to the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation, supporting pleasurable food education. 

  • Wine tasting and sales
  • Olive Oil tasting and sales
  • Wood-oven pizza
  • For tasting - wood-oven baked bread with home grown herbs, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and marinated olives. 
  • Roasted Chestnuts
  • Coffee and Cakes.  
  • Walk around their market garden, see the baby chickens, chooks, guinea foul and peacock.  

If you can't get to the Open Day on the 30th August, 2015, you can meet Tony and Lina and purchase their award winning produce including their Olive Oil at Farmer's Markets around Melbourne.

  • 2nd Saturday - Collingwood Children's Farm (End of St Helier St, Abbotsford)
  • 3rd Saturday - Gasworks Farmers Market (Cnr Graham & Pickles Sts, Albert Park)
  • 4th Saturday - The Slow Food Farmers Market (1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford)

If you get along to one of the Farmer's Markets or the next Rose Creek Estate Open Day, ask Lina for her famous Olives in Brine Recipe! In fact, if you are looking to purchase a new recipe book, you will be delighted with Growing Honest Food written by Gabriella Gomersall-Hubbard about Rose Creek Estate and the Siciliano family.  

 Growing Honest Food by Gabriella Gomersall-Hubbard

~ Cade's Home Brew News ~ 

Hi Brewers,

What a massive week in Australia’s beer scene! The Australian Craft Brewers Conference (CBIA) and then onto GABS for a showcase of craft beer from all corners.  

Cade and Will Hawkes enjoying a beer at the Craft Brewers Conference, Melbourne. Tough gig that one! 

On the Home Make It side, we have Gladfield Malt now adorning our shelves in stores. This malt comes from a small scale boutique malt producer in New Zealand and is all the rage in the craft brew scene.

By popular demand, we now have 25kg bulk bags of base malt grains in both stores now for the big time, super organised brewers who want to buy in bulk, or split the costs with mates or clubs. We'll mill, bag and seal it for you! We just need 24 hours notice to prepare it for you. Simply call out stores to order: Reservoir on 9460 2777 or Clayton on 9574 8222. 

Also just in, is the STERILOCK airlock for home brewing. A sturdy non-water airlock that can also have an odour remover attached. Very handy!  

 

We also have some White Labs Yeast specials this week going super cheap to make room for a new batch. First in best dressed! Don't delay, expiry dates approaching! Happy Brewing! 

Cheers!  Cade Butler

~ What's On ~ 

-  Mozzerella Cheese Making Course

Learn how to make homemade mozzarella cheese at our hands on, fun and interactive courses at our Reservoir and Clayton stores in June, 2015.  Bookings ONLINE.  

Salami & Cured Meats Courses & Sausage Making Courses

Our Salami and Cured Meats Courses have now commenced, and bookings are filling fast. 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

 

~ Cultural Cooking Demonstration with Societa` Isole Eolie ~ 

Home Make It is thrilled to be invited to join the Societa` Isole Eolie for their annual Cultural Cooking Demonstration on 12th July, 2015 at 836 Lygon Street, Carlton from 12.00 until 5.00pm. I'll be joining Frank Bovezza for a Salami Making Demonstration. There will also be a Cheese and Ricotta Cheese demonstration by Letizia Terlato from 'A Taste of Italy' and Giulia Biviano will be delighting all with her Conciglie Ripieni recipe and Giggioni Al Lemone from her cookbook, "Dolci di Casa Nostra". Bookings are essential so contact Giulia Biviano on Mob: 0400 128 250 to reserve your place. $25.00 per per entry. Children $10 or free under 12 years. Pay at the door. 

 

Click on our sale banner below for this week's specials.  Included in this week's specials are 30% off selected salumi casings and netting.  

~ Facebook & Twitter ~

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 long weekend! 

 

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.   

~ Facebook & Twitter ~

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 weekend and happy chestnut roasting :)  

Always look on the bright 'CIDER' life...

Written by Lisa Baggio — October 2, 2014

Cider is fast becoming one of the more popular commercial drinks in Australia, and we have certainly noticed that there is also an increased interest in making your own cider at home too! Check out some of these cider stories and tips...

 

 ~ Cider Australia - Cider Judging Master Class ~

This week, some of the Home Make It team had the opportunity to attend the Cider Australia 'Cider Judging Master Class' at the very appropriate venue Brunswick St Cider House. The Judging Master Class was lead by the highly informative Malcolm Reeves a New Zealand based cider expert and food and beverage author Max Allen

Learning how to judge a great cider is valuable knowledge for the Home Make It team, considering the vast array of cider styles and cider making methods. Tasting and swishing some 'Traditional' styles which characteristically are cloudy, still and full flavoured as well as the 'New World' styles which characteristically are clear, crisp, sweet and effervescent proved to be a very interesting task. 

Some might say it would be easier to adopt a more hedonistic approach to appreciating cider, when considering the balance of flavour, sweetness, aroma and appearance and purely basing it on personal preferences and taste. However, knowing more about how cider is made and what goes into it can also be most influencing.

Images below of the Cider Judging Master Class;

 

If you are a cider enthusiast, then you will not want to miss out on more of the action at the upcoming Cider Australia Festival, which will take place on the weekend of Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th October at Ormond Hall. All the details can be found by clicking the image below.

 

~ Cider Home Brews ~

Interested in having a go at making your very own batch of cider? Speak to one of our expert staff to discover where to start and check out our range of cider equipment and supplies online 

 

If you need some inspiration for making your own homemade cider, check out this blog post. There's even a recipe on how to make a simple "hot apple cider". We stock most of this cider-making equipment, so drop us a line if you have any queries :)

 

~ Cider Recipe ~

Why not try baking with homemade cider and have a go a these delicious Apple Cider Donuts found on Sally's Baking Addiction blog...

 

 

~ Upcoming Courses ~

Check out the links below for more details and to secure a spot in one of our other upcoming courses;

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Have a great weekend!

 

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