Country Style - - FRONT PAGE - Un­til next month, Vic­to­ria Carey

of a cou­ple of things. One was just how fab­u­lous Si­monn Hawke’s food is and the sec­ond was how lucky we are to have great re­gional restau­rants, places that are a des­ti­na­tion and tempt city dwellers away for a coun­try week­end. Our an­nual Food and Wine Is­sue is al­ways filled with th­ese

I’d love to be one of their reg­u­lars drop­ping into their By­ron Bay shed for a morn­ing cof­fee — to our Coun­try Chef this month, An­drew Doughton at Polperro Bistro on Vic­to­ria’s Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula. And, as usual, Steve Cumper’s easy and de­li­cious recipe — this month it’s pan-fried salmon with mus­sel velouté — has me determined to make it for din­ner if I can get to the shops be­fore closing time. So yes, each and ev­ery one of them is en­tic­ing. But regular con­trib­u­tor Tamsin Car­van’s page 98 guide for food lovers around her area, the pic­turesque South Gipp­s­land hills, re­ally cap­tured my imag­i­na­tion this month. I want to have a pic­nic bas­ket just like Tamsin’s, “brim­ming with Berry’s Creek blue cheese, char­cu­terie and tangy sour­dough bread, de­li­cious pastries, pork and fen­nel sausages from Bron­wyn Cowan at the Gypsy Pig farm, her­itage ap­ples from Mark and Mar­garet Bram­mar’s Strz­elecki or­chard, Olive Val­ley olive oil and a bot­tle of my friend Mar­cus Satchell’s beau­ti­ful Dirty Three pinot, grown and made just down the road in Leon­gatha. And we’ve spot­ted a tree full of wild plums — some of those will do nicely!” There are lots of ex­cit­ing things hap­pen­ing for us re­cently. I know many of you have told us that you are en­joy­ing our book, Coun­try Style Homes, and now we have re­leased a range of home­wares — some of which you can see through­out the is­sue, from the jug on our cover to lots of lovely things in our dec­o­rat­ing story on page 64. I hope you en­joy th­ese ex­tra touches that bring the pages of Coun­try Style to life.

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