Eat, Drink and Be Merry!

Written by Lisa Baggio — December 21, 2015

We'd like to just take this quick opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and safe New Year! We thank you for you being part of a wonderful 2015, and look forward to catching up with you again in 2016 for many bigger and exciting things!  

~ Festive Season Trading Hours ~

We also wish to remind you of the upcoming festive season trading hours: 

NOTE: Our Clayton store will be closed for renovations from 21/12/15 to 20/1/16 (approx). Please get in touch with our Reservoir store for all purchases or enquiries in the meantime.

Home Make It Reservoir Store closes on the Christmas Eve Thursday 24 December, 2015 at 5pm and will re-open as per usual on Wednesday 6 January, 2016.

Please note also, that any online web orders made between Saturday 19 December, 2015 and Thursday 7 January, 2016 may not be processed and fulfilled until Friday 8 January, 2016.

Eat, Drink and be Merry!

Written by Lisa Baggio — December 17, 2014

"I'm dreaming of a white Christmas, but if the white runs out, I'll drink the red."

~ Top 5 Foodie Xmas Gift Ideas ~

If you are looking for the perfect gift this Christmas for family and friends, below is "what's hot" this Christmas for the food and beverage enthusiast. Come in and visit us at our Clayton or Reservoir store for more gift ideas, or shop ONLINE. We have an extensive range of unique, fun and hands-on gift ideas for the food and beverage hobbyist or for those that just appreciate good old fashioned homemade food and drinks.

 

5. Home Cheese Making by Ricki Carroll

This is a stunning book with over 75 recipes for different cheeses and everything you need to know about making cheese at home. 

 

 

4. Pizza Accessories

Our pizza accessories include the hot seller, Italian made electric pizza oven and a huge range of accessories, from boards, to cutters to trays and lifters. Did you know the Napoli Express Electric Pizza Oven heats to 340 degrees and cooks pizza in 3 minutes? 

 

3. Pasta Machines

Whether you prefer the manual machine or the electric, we have a massive range of pasta machines in store, with every possible attachment or accessory for all styles and shapes.  

 

2. Sausage/Salami Kits

Our complete range of Sausage and Salami Kits include the starter equipment kit with manual meat mincer to make fresh mince meat for sausages all year round or your favourite style of salami in winter.  All you need to do is pick your favourite style and flavour.  We have something for every taste.   

   

  

1. Beer Kits  

Our range of beer kits cater to the beginner right through to the passionate! Everything you need to brew your own beer at home. All you need to do is choose your flavour or favourite beer style and get brewing! 

 

~ Xmas Special 15% Discount Offer ~

Only 3 days left to take advantage of our Christmas SALE, we're offering 15% off across the whole online range! Click on the flyer below to use this offer. (*you must apply the Discount Code "XMAS" at the final stage of checkout to get the 15% discount)


~ Food & Beverage Courses 2015 ~ 

The eagerly anticipated dates for our Food & Beverage Courses in 2015 are now available! The Home Make It courses are fun, hands-on and informative workshops, are perfect for passionate foodies seeking to return to homestyle, sustainable living and wanting to learn the secrets and art of traditional homemade cooking.

Check out our courses online now by clicking on the links below and secure a spot for yourself and a foodie friend for 2015;

~ New Product Launch ~ 

We are very pleased to be officially announcing the arrival of the newest product in our Home Make It range of kits! Introducing our Home Make It Beer Recipe Kits.  What's your favourite beer style or flavour? Make your own home brew with just four simple steps: 

Step 1. Mix Ingredients

Step 2. Ferment

Step 3. Bottle

Step 4. Enjoy!

beer kit

More Home Make It Beer Kit recipes coming soon...

 

~ Home Make It Gift Cards ~ 

If you can't decide which Kit to purchase, there's always our Home Make It Gift Cards. Our Gift Cards can also be used to purchase any of our Food and Beverage Courses/Workshops that will be run in 2015.  

 

 

~ Online Specials ~

Take advantage of our many online Specials this Christmas. There's something for everyone. Click on the banner below to find out more.  

 

 

~ Struffoli Christmas Recipe ~ 

 

 

Struffoli is a traditional southern Italian sweet eaten at Christmas time or given as a Christmas gift. We came across this simple version of the recipe by Michele Scicolone, a culinary expert in her cooking blog, Struffoli Season. Have a go, and home make it!

 

~ Trading Hours for Christmas ~

Our Reservoir and Clayton Stores will be open until 5.00pm on Christmas Eve. We will then re-open on Monday 5 January, 2015 at 9.00am.  

On behalf at all the team, (Pina, Celeste, Elena, Carmel, Ilaria, Steve, and Carla) I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Thank you so much for your continued loyalty and trust in our equipment and advice. We look forward to a bigger and better 2015, with new products, courses and events. We will also be introducing some new members of the team which we are very excited about! 

 

Stay safe and enjoy the festive season.  See you in 2015 :) 

'Tis the season to get crafty...

Written by Lisa Baggio — November 28, 2014

It's that time of year again! Our Christmas SALE is back and we're offering 15% off across the whole online range! Click on the flyer below and take advantage of this offer as it is available only for a limited time…. (*you must apply the Discount Code "XMAS" at the final stage of checkout to get the 15% discount)

With only 26 days until Christmas, now is the time to get busy and crafty in the kitchen. There's something really special about giving homemade gifts at Christmas time. Giving someone a gift that you have personally crafted and put love and effort into is a special gift at Christmas time! We'd love to share some ideas with you. 

~ Homemade Pizzelle  ~ 

These light, wafter-style, sweet biscuits are always a huge hit at family gatherings. My kids devour them when Nonna makes her big batches of pizzelle.  One second they're there and the next they're NOT!  So get crafty and have a go at making your very own homemade Pizzelle. Then, box them, jar them or simply wrap them as in the image below. Look out for the big smiles when you share them around, then watch them disappear.

Here's a simple traditional recipe we found on the DiMaggio family blog.

 

~ Home Brew ~ 

The perfect gift for any beer or home brew lover! Get really crafty and try your hand at Morgans and Coopers homebrew. Check out these homebrew recipes using the Morgans range of products.  

There is nothing better than homestyle vinegar drizzled on your favourite summer salads.  Homemade vinegar is simple and a must try. Check out this simple recipe for homemade vinegar.  

 

Homemade limoncello is such a treat. If you have never had the pleasure of making and sipping your very own homemade limoncello, then make a note to pop it on your to-do list. You can thank us later. Have a go at this recipe we found on the Home Style Austin blog.  

~ Eltham and District Winemakers Guild, Amateur Wine Show ~

On behalf of the Home Make It team, I would like to congratulate all the winners of the Eltham and District Wine Guild, who entered their homemade wines into the 45th Amateur Wine Show. There was an inspiring display of over 500 wines for tastings, wine and cheese pairings and a bonus homemade sausage demonstration delivered by Home Make It's Steve Lamberto. If you'ld like to see some more pics from the day, check out our Facebook album.

 

~ Advanced Winemaking Course 2014 ~

We would also like to congratulate the newest graduates of our Advanced Winemaking Course - Class of 2014. They have received their Graduation Certificates after completing all the stages of the homemade winemaking process from crushing the grapes, pressing, fermenting, racking and finishing six months later with the bottling of the liquid gold! (Our Advanced Winemaking Courses run for 6 months over 6 sessions, to correspond with the different stages of the winemaking process).  

The very excited graduates got to take home 12 bottles of homemade Shiraz to share with family and friends. We'll keep you up to date with news of our 2015 Advanced Winemaking Course. If you would like to see some more pics from the night, follow the link to our Facebook album.  

Advanced Winemaking Course - Class of 2014

Applying the Shiraz labels...just right

Dennis, one of our proud graduates!

~ The Italian Home Cook Olympics ~

Looking for something a little different? Got a touch of "wog envy"? Or just a passionate foodie? As part of the 2015 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival, Home Make It will be teaming up with some of Melbourne's iconic Italian Masters in winemaking and cheese making, to host a hands on masterclass and shared table experience at Mister Bianco Restaurant in Kew on the Sunday 1 March, 2015. 

Bookings are now being taken for the The Italian Home Cook Olympics. You can book directly online with Eventbrite

 

                                                            

Learn from the Italian Masters - Mister Bianco's Joseph Vargetto, Frank Bovezza from Home Make It, Winemakers Michael and Christian Dal Zotto and Giorgio Linguanti from That's Amore Cheese.

~ More Christmas Gift Ideas ~

Our Kits make for a unique and fun Christmas gift Idea. The complete Home Make It Kit range includes: Salami and Sausage Making Equipment Kits, Salami Recipe Kits, Sausage Recipe Kits, Beer Kits, and Cheese Making Kits including; Camembert & BlueGreek Feta and Mozzarella & Ricotta.  

 

~ Gift Cards ~

If you can't decide which Kit to purchase, there's always our Home Make It Gift Cards. 

 

 

~ Online Specials ~

 

Take advantage of our many online Specials this Christmas. There's something for everyone. Click on the banner below to find out more.  

 

~ Trading Hours for Christmas ~

Our Reservoir and Clayton Stores will be open until 5.00pm on Christmas Eve. We will then re-open on Monday 5 January, 2015 at 9.00am.  

Have a great weekend! 

 

Smile, say "Cheese".....

Written by Lisa Baggio — November 14, 2014


"Age is something that doesn't matter, unless you are a cheese".
 Luis Bunuel

 

~ Homemade Cheese Making ~ 

 

We've had numerous requests recently to dedicate a newsletter/blog to homemade cheeses, an artisan craft that the Home Make It team are very passionate about. We love nothing more than to share our knowledge and passion, and take great pleasure in knowing that students can leave our workshops and courses confident and instilled with the skills and know-how to make their own foods and beverages at home.

Our very popular cheese making workshops are no exception! Here's an awesome little video created by Brenda from 13 Acres after attending our Camembert Cheese Workshop. Brenda's video demonstrates just how practical and hands on our workshops are, and just how simple it really is to then make it at home. 

~ Cheese Making Courses ~ 

We still have one more Homemade Cheese Making Course scheduled before the end of the year, so book now to avoid missing out! 

If you would like to see from pics from our recent Camembert Cheese Workshop, check out our Facebook Album.

~ The Italian Home Cook Olympics ~

 

                                                            

Are you passionate about Italian food and culture? Then we have the perfect event coming up for you to immerse yourself into and learn just how to become more "Italian!" 

We are excited to announce that we will be teaming up with some of Melbourne's iconic food and beverage specialists for The Italian Home Cook Olympics!

Learn from the Italian Masters - Mister Bianco's Joseph Vargetto, Frank Bovezza from Home Make It, Winemakers Michael and Christian Dal Zotto and Giorgio Linguanti from That's Amore Cheese.

Indulge yourself and experience a hands-on sausage making, cheese making, winemaking masterclass and delicious lunch! The Italian Home Cook Olympics event package includes: hands-on masterclasses, recipes, an apron, selection of Dal Zotto wines, take-home sausage and cheese samples as well as a shared-table lunch.  

Date: Sunday 1st March, 2015

Time: 10am - 3pm. 

Where: Mister Bianco Restaurant, Kew 

Cost: $180 per person. 

For bookings/enquiries contact Mister Bianco on 9853 6929 or www.misterbianco.com.au

~ Eltham and District Wine Guild, Amateur Wine Show ~

Don't miss out on all the fun this Sunday 16 November, at the 45th Annual Eltham and District Wine Guild, Amateur Wine Show at the Veneto Club in Bulleen from 11am until 2pm.  Tickets are available at the door. Wine tasting, cheese & olive tasting and a Sausage Making Demonstration by Home Make It's Steve Lamberto at 12.45pm.  

~ Cheese and Wine Pairing ~ 

 

Learn the art and science of cheese and wine pairing by checking out this great blog at Maker's Table food, wine and pleasures of the table.

Impress your guests when next entertaining by using this handy wine and cheese pairing reference table below or simply just enjoy sampling them all yourself!

Wine Type

Suggested Cheese

Cabernet Sauvignon

Sharp Cheddar, Aged Gouda, Danish Blue Cheese, Parmesan Cheese

Merlot

Australian Camembert, Gouda, Gruyere, Pecorino and Chalosse Cheese, Sharp Cheddar

Pinot Noir

White Cheeses, Swiss Cheese, Edam, Gruyere and Mild Cheddar.

Shiraz

Sharp Cheese – Gouda and Edam.

Chardonnay

Creamy Cheeses.  Brie, Gruyere and Jarslberg

Pinot Gris

Soft Cheese, Mild Cheddar – Non sharp cheddar, Ricotta.

Riesling

White Cheeses, Creamy Cheeses – Swiss Cheese, Australian Brie, Colby, Edam or Aged Gouda. 

Semillon

Mozzarella, Goats Cheese, Brie, Blue Castello.  

Champagne Sparking Wines

Creamy Cheeses.  Brie, mild Cheddar or Camembert. 

 

~ Christmas Gift Ideas ~

With Christmas just around the corner, our shelves are stocked with an extensive range of KITS which make the ideal gifts. Our kits range include: Salami and Sausage Making Equipment Kits, Salami Recipe Kits, Sausage Recipe Kits, Beer Kits, and Cheese Making Kits including; Camembert & BlueGreek Feta and Mozzarella & Ricotta

 

If you can't decide which Kit to purchase, then why not spoil a loved one with a Home Make It Gift Card

 

For more unique Christmas Gift ideas for the homemade food and beverage enthusiast, click on our Sale banner below or check out our ONLINE Store.  

Stay in touch with your team from Home Make It on a daily basis by Liking us on Facebook and following us on Twiitter or checking out our YouTube Channel.

Have a great weekend and good luck to all our customers who have entered their homemade wines into the Amateur Wine Show this weekend.  

It's beginning to look a lot like XMAS!

Written by Lisa Baggio — November 21, 2013

With Christmas less than five weeks away, you are no doubt pondering over your list of loved ones that you want to give a special gift to. If your family and friends share your passion for homemade food and beverages, then spoil them with one of our unique gift ideas. Our gift to you this Christmas is FREE SHIPPING anywhere in Australia for any online orders made from Friday 22nd November, 2013 until Friday 20th December, 2013. This is the biggest online sale we've ever had and presents you the opportunity to save hundreds of dollars! On top of all that, we've discounted the price on dozens of products across the range!

To receive the FREE SHIPPING discount, you must enter and apply the Discount Code “XMAS” at the final check-out stage of your Online Store purchase.

Click the SALE banner below to check out some of our specials to get you started!

Happy Shopping!! 

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As some of you may know, we have recently expanded our team for our Reservoir and Clayton stores. On behalf of everyone at Home Make It, I would like to formally welcome, and introduce to you, Daniella Hogarth (Clayton) and Therese Murone (Reservoir). Our team of staff are all passionate, knowledgeable and experienced in making homemade food and beverages. Whether it's traditional homemade European foods such as sausages, salami, pasta, pizza, pizzelle, biscotti, and preserves; or traditional homemade beverages such as wine, beer, cider, or spirits, there will always be an expert on hand to assist you with recipes, processes and tricks of the trade. 

So here's a look at our new Home Make It team!

   

   

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I would also like to congratulate the newest graduates from our 2013 Advanced Homemade Wine Course. The students ranged from people wanting to learn to make homemade wine to amateur winemakers wanting to improve their knowledge and drop. The course ran over six evenings, spread out over the wine making season, from March 2013, through to early November 2013, and covered each stage of the wine making process.

It was a hands on and educative experience, covering all aspects of the wine making process including crushing the grapes, fermentation, pressing, racking, preserving, and bottling. If you would like to read more about our Advanced Homemade Wine Course, you can read Frank Bovezza's recent BLOG on the course. If our Advanced Homemade Wine Course sounds like something you would like to be a part of next year, or you know someone that would enjoy the course, you can contact one of our stores to register your interest, or book to secure your place for next years' course. They will be held at either our Clayton Store or for our Reservoir Store customers, the course is held at our Campbellfield Head Office. A minimum of 6 students will be required to run the course with a maximum of 12 students. The courses will commence when the grapes are ready which is usually March, and normally finishes in November, and are run over six evenings. The normal cost is $495 per student, however we have an early bird offer for our Newsletter Subscribers only that book and pay before Christmas for only $350 per student.  

Enjoy the weekend :) 

Are you ready for Xmas?

Written by Lisa Baggio — December 14, 2012

Why not book a workshop for your next team building day or special function with family and friends?

The Crew from Italianicious Magazine attend our Pasta Workshop. 

   

  

Check out more pics of this super fun pasta workshop on our Facebook page.  

Our Food and Beverage Workshops have come to an end for 2012.  We will be posting our 2013 schedule of workshops very soon, so stay tuned!  They are becoming very popular for corporate and team building events, as well as special occasions with family and friends, so keep us in mind for 2013!  

 

We have Xmas presents covered

We are very excited to be launching a new product range that is due to arrive before Christmas in kitchenware & accessories for making pasta, pizza, cheese and biscuits.  This range will also include the iconic Bialetti coffee makers. 

If you are still looking for fun and unique XMAS presents for your family and friends, then look no further!  We have a great range of gifts to suit everyone and would be perfect for the food and beverage "hobbyist".  If you still can't decide, then why not give them a Gift Voucher! Check out our Online Store or come visit us at one of our shops. Some ideas include Beer Making Kits, Cheese Making Kits, Pizzelle Makers, Pasta Machines, Sauce Machines, Mouli's, Ricers and much more.

A very large number of our customers are amateur winemakers, with some even making more wine annually than many wineries around Victoria.  If you have been toying with the idea of learning to make your own wine, here is a great article about the benefits and joys of wine-making at home.  "Why Anyone Would Want to Make Wine"

 

Reservoir Village News

Have you signed up for your Reservoir Village VIP Membership Club Card?  We can sign you up when you come in store. Home Make It will be offering a 10% Discount for all VIP Members!  Heaps of retailers in Spring Street and Edwards Street have signed up and offering great discounts, so start saving!  For the most up to date information about participating stores and special offers, follow Reservoir Village on Facebook.

  

Store Opening Hours:  Our stores will be open until 5.00pm on XMAS Eve for any last minute gift shopping, and then re-opening on the 7th January, 2013.

  

For further information on courses, events, competitions & specials, follow us on Facebook and Twitter! 

Have a great week :)  

 

Clayton Reservoir