Welcome to the Cooking Club Members Area

Welcome to THE cooking CLUB MEMBERS AREA 

Welcome to your exclusive Cooking Club Members Area. Consider this place your private haven for all things books! Explore new exciting content at the beginning of each month, and throughout the month escape into the resources whenever you need cooking inspiration, solace or joy.

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Cooking Theme

What better time of year to enjoy ‘blokey’ flavours than in the cooler months. But don’t be fooled – this is not going to be meat without veg – on the contrary!  

farm to fork with MASTERCHEF michael weldon

Michael hails from South Australia. An Adelaide boy at heart – Michael’s culinary tastes can easily take you on a journey from fresh food, small unique restaurants, boutique wineries and farms. As the MasterChef 2011 runner up, he quickly became a popular and entertaining personality within the food industry and his love for cooking has only grown since this experience.

Successfully running catering companies, working as head chef, hosting cooking demonstrations, and being proud ambassador for Coles, Michael is a valuable member of the Farm to Fork team. I know that there are many of our members that celebrate local Australian produce and know that there is nothing better than seriously fresh ingredients. In the resources you will find even more inspiration as you watch the Farm to Fork cooking episodes travelling around the country and cooking up the best with the Masterchefs. Sometimes we all need a little reminder of the natural landscape that all of our ingredients come from, and I very much encourage you to spend some time (especially with your children) watching and learning.

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Date:  Friday 24th of June
Time: 12 noon
Recipe: creamy polenta with sauteed kale


Event Details

This month we have the pleasure of spending time with a Masterchef in the kitchen!!!!! Be sure to save the date!

JUNE event

Resources &  Highlights

This section of the members area is where we share lots of brilliant things we have found to keep you entertained and fulfilled for the month. 
We don't expect you to get to it straight away, or even get to it all! You can re-visit this section anytime throughout the month to explore. 

If you have anything you think the club would love, send it through and we can share it with everyone. 

Fun for the month

A Book for inspiration

A fascinating food safari through our rural communities where we meet Australia's premier food producers who share their knowledge and more than 80 recipes with us. This book is drawn from the popular ABC Rural Radio show 'The Cold Esky Challenge'.
the very best Australian produce is showcased in this collection of recipes and stories gathered by ABC Local Radio journalist Louise FitzRoy. travelling around Australia on food safari for the popular ABC Rural Radio show the Cold Esky Challenge, Louise visited food producers of all descriptions and discovered the secrets of truffle finding, mango growing and fish farming. On her way she collected over 80 treasured recipes from local chefs, CWA members and the producers themselves, who have perfected ways of cooking their produce over many years. With a foreword by foodie Valli Little of delicious. magazine, this book will give insights into a way of life that urban dwellers know little about and take us into the agricultural heartland of Australia as well as offering authentic recipes from the people who know the produce best.

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From Paddock to Plate
Recipes from Australian Providores
By: Louise FitzRoy, Valli Little

Listen to this


We know that this has nothing to do with food, but we also thought that it is a really interesting story and insight into our newly elected Prime Minister.  Connected AU does not have any agender, stance or affiliation in politics, and this episode of No Filter looks at Albert Albanese's childhood story and the search for his father.  

ABC Nightlife


Michael  Weldon recipes to try this month

Seasonal foods:

Shopping seasonally is the cheapest, easiest, healthiest and most delicious way to go.  Keep an eye out for these in season treats:

Vegetables: asian greens, avocado, beetroot, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, fennel, garlic, ginger, horseradish, jerusalem artichokes, kale, leeks, okra, olives, onions, parsnip, peas, potato, pumpkin, shallot, silverbeet, spinach, swede, sweet potato, turnips.

Fruits: apples, custard apple, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, mandarin, nashi, nuts, oranges, pears, persimmon, pomelo, quince, rhubarb.

And don't forget the herbs! All herbs are still bountiful at this time of year so why not grow your own? Be aware that basil is frost sensitive so if you’re in a region that gets cold then you might want to stick to oregano, rosemary, thyme and parsley to bring all of your meals to life.


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