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An Interview with The Intrepid Wino….

james scarbrook

A few weeks ago, I took an hour out of a crazy Christmas trading period to record an interview with James Scarcebrook talking all things Mondo, Boccaccio and Hoddles Creek.

Click on the link to listen to the audio interview:


Tomatoes, cold beer and plenty of vino bianco….


Whilst Monday was a public holiday in Victoria, some of my family got together to make the sugo for this coming winter. Whilst peel tomatoes (especially San Marzano) are fantastic, nothing beats your own sugo and this year we made it over two weekends.


The tomatoes this week was a massive improvement on those from a couple of weeks ago. These contained less liquid and more concentration: key ingredients to a good sugo.


These bottles will keep for at least a couple of years an if you know any Italian friends, see if you can beg, borrow or steal a few bottles from them and try the real deal…..

My sweet little one.


Whilst winters in Australia are quite mild (today was a top of 16 degrees celcius), the cold still does get to you.
Twice a year I put our dog in a kennel and head for a beach holiday with my wife and two young children.

I can’t think of anything better than spending time away with my family. Normally I bring up with me a six pack of assorted wines to drink over the week, but more often than not, I am just as happy to have an ice cold Italian beer in my hand.