Food, wine and sunshine for Hook and Vine

The vibes and the weather were sunny and bright at the Sustainable Hook and Vine Festival, held in Torquay at the weekend. The event attracted more than 1,300 people who enjoyed the tasty treats served up in pop-up kitchens hosted by local restaurants, accompanied by regional wine, beer and cider. Now in its second year,… Read More »


Some years ago now I had the pleasure of spending three days as a guest of Ian Hollick and his family in Coonawarra at their winery and vineyards – Hollick Wines. I’d actually never been to Coonawarra before this! Yes, sad but true. After a leisurely four and half hour or so drive, there we… Read More »


The vaccine is being rolled out by the federal government, and is an upgrade rom the previous three-strain vaccine following the arrival of the Brisbane flu strain last year. Minister for Health Sussan Ley said up to 4.48 million free doses of the new flu booster will be available. “Last year we saw the arrival… Read More »

New program for fit bodies, healthy minds

Launching on April 30, the “Fit Body, Healthy Mind” 12-week program provides individuals with a collaboration of exercise science, strength and conditioning and yoga as well as ongoing nutrition and behavioural change workshops. Hayley from The Fitness Movement AU creates individualised programs based on exercise science and functional strength and conditioning methods, and aims to… Read More »


This happened to me recently when I started reading some of the work of Dr Libby Weaver. She is a PhD-qualified nutritionist who has focused her whole practise and education around what she has coined “Rushing Woman’s Syndrome” (although we could lump a lot of fellas into this category too). I started researching as part… Read More »

Groundbreaking eye treatments available

“We’ve had treatments for ‘wet’ macular degeneration for 10 years and these drugs have more than halved the blindness rate,” OPSM Waurn Ponds principal optometrist Rowan Prendergast said. “However, for the majority of AMD patients, there has been little potential, apart from monitoring their vision loss. “Now we finally have the possibility of treatment options,… Read More »

Ginger Mac Slice [ RECIPE ]

INGREDIENTS 2 x 250gm packets ginger nut biscuits 1-2 teaspns ground ginger 250gm butter 4 tablspns golden syrup 395gm tin condensed milk 2 x 250gm blocks macadamia milk chocolate 1/3 cup Dutch cocoa 1 tablspn (extra) ground ginger METHOD Use a food processor to make coarse crumbs from the ginger nut biscuits. Place these in… Read More »


Close to 200 came to the event at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre to soak up Indigenous art, music, food, and the relaxed atmosphere. Deadly Duo had the crowd participating early with a mix of covers and original material, and was joined by didgeridoo player Lyndon Perry, who again proved to be the hardest working muso… Read More »


Through a Camel’s Eye recounts, in part, a local legend about the theft of a circus camel from near the Point Lonsdale Surf Club in 1957. As the story goes, the camel was loosely tethered by a rope near the stairs of the surf club, and with a dose of Dutch courage, a group of… Read More »