Tasty De­lights:

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Melt­ing Mo­ments by Leonie shows just why peo­ple are rav­ing about their home­made good­ness.

THERE is noth­ing quite like the full flavour and fresh­ness of home­made.

Thank­fully for the cus­tomers of Melt­ing Mo­ments by Leonie, it is about shar­ing the spe­cial tra­di­tions her mother taught her, trea­sured recipes handed down through the gen­er­a­tions and a range that will have you ea­ger to try some more.

Cook­ing is some­thing that Leonie has al­ways had a pas­sion for and thank­fully in 2002 she branched out from merely shar­ing with her neigh­bours to op­er­at­ing Melt­ing Mo­ments by Leonie and the Birk St busi­ness has gone from strength to strength.

Leonie is some­one who ap­pre­ci­ates the dif­fer­ence that some­thing made with time and fresh in­gre­di­ents can make to a morn­ing tea with friends, spe­cial event, fam­ily din­ner or even a sneaky some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary in your child’s lunch­box.

The Melt­ing Mo­ments re­tail shop wel­comes you in with its homely ap­peal and what is show­cased in­side is the re­sult of many hours of cook­ing for Leonie and her team to en­sure that her shelves and freez­ers are stocked ready to ful­fil her cus­tomers’ needs.

Leonie is known for her home-style meals that are nu­tri­tious, made from fresh lo­cal pro­duce and free from ad­di­tives.

You can even buy a full meal with veg­eta­bles for only $6.50.

But Leonie’s de­li­cious good­ness doesn’t stop there, be­cause while you are at the store you can pick up one of her ap­peal­ing slices, but­tery short­bread or hand­made fudge.

Not con­tent just to fill ev­ery­one’s tum­mies with de­li­cious cakes, slices and cook­ies, Leonie also has jars of her home­made to­mato rel­ish, jams, pick­les, and her mum’s fa­mous mango chut­ney which is de­li­cious on your Christ­mas meats or as gifts.

She also has home­made sal­ads with her own dress­ing. Leonie said for her, it was as sim­ple as giv­ing her cus­tomers friendly ser­vice and treat­ing each and ev­ery one with cour­tesy.

“We al­ways give good old-fash­ioned ser­vice and it is noth­ing to us to help an el­derly cus­tomer back to their car with their goods,” she said.

“I en­joy own­ing my own busi­ness be­cause I love talk­ing to peo­ple and I think what I en­joy most about this busi­ness is the peo­ple that walk through my doors and the look on their faces at the first glance, I think they are so over­whelmed they don’t know what to buy first.

“Most of these peo­ple also be­come very dear to me and I have a very spe­cial friend­ship with many of them.”

“I al­ways tell my cus­tomers you never re­tire here, you just get older and for me my plans for the fu­ture are to pro­vide the best ser­vice I can and if that means hav­ing to rise and shine at 3am, well, so be it.

“I still have a few good years in me yet.”

Keep a look out for de­tails in re­gards to Leonie’s Christ­mas range which she said will in­clude tra­di­tional Christ­mas cakes, boiled pud­dings and a range of sweet treats.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

YUM: Glo­ria Oates has passed on many of her spe­cial recipes to daugh­ter Leonie Collins.

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