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If you’ve seen the documentary ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ you know the passion and dedication behind Jiro and his tiny Michelin starred Sushi restaurant at a train station. In this video, we explore the world of Dan Richer whose passion is bread and butter.


The ‘Jiro Dreams of Sushi’ of Bread & Butter: Razza Pizza Artiginale from SkeeterNYC on Vimeo.

In a world where we over-complicate and automate many things, it’s nice to see people getting back to the basics.

If you’re interested in learning how to make fermented butter and sour-doughs, I attended a course by Elizabeth Fekonia, who is based on the Sunshine Coast, in which we made cheese as well as fermented butter described in the video above.

I should point out that fermented butter might sounds like a ‘new/hipster’ food offering but for thousands of years it was very common, because it’s easy to make and easy to keep without refrigeration.

toastSpeaking of ‘hipster’, Toast is becoming the new food trend with funky coffee shops serving up a Toast Menu.

If you want to start your own Toast Bar, grab a copy of ‘Things on Toast‘ – I did – all I need now is a cool venue and wait for the hipster apocalypse.



Many years ago customers swooned over our groovy Spirit House CD – a collection of down-tempo, ethnic tracks from around the world. Sadly, the record company we used to license and distribute the CD closed and the Spirit House CD became a collector’s item.

We still get calls for the CD and thanks to the magic of the interwebs we have created a spotify playlist of the tracks – except for two tracks that aren’t available on spotify so we swapped them with similar tracks from the same artist.

Time for some ear candy:



Jack Vale appears to be an incredible mentalist as he freaks people out at local eateries with intimate details about their lives. It’s how he finds this information that is both incredible and scary and something you should show anyone who is constantly tweeting, instagramming or facebooking on their phones. Check out the video below:



This is seriously awesome – the Swedish chef in a food van war with Gordon Ramsay and Gordon does all his own ‘bleeping’ – it’s a family show after all. Check it out:



Well, it’s taken a while but my 13 year old niece has been rattling my cage about getting Spirit House on Instagram so you can share photos and that sort of thing.

So voila:

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We’re instagramming – you can follow us and be sure to use #spirithouserestaurant if you’re tagging pics taken at the Spirit House and we’ll start rewarding the most photos we like the most etc.



Sometimes a photographer comes along and manages to capture essence of a Spirit House wedding perfectly. That’s why we love Ruth Ryan’s photos of Jo and Cam’s wedding.

As any professional photographer will tell you, capturing photos at Spirit House is tricky. With all the greenery and mottled light, you really need to know what you’re doing.

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So, if you’re looking for a great photographer – why not get in touch with Ruth Ryan.



Here’s a very unique opportunity to study with leading chefs such as Ferran AdriĆ  from elBulli as well as leading mathematicians and physicists from Harvard as they unlock the science behind cooking.

Part of Harvard’s FREE edX program you complete the course online and either do it for your own enjoyment or gain a Certificate of Mastery should you wish to complete the exams and coursework.

If you don’t know anything about edX you should check out their other cool courses – this is the future of education.



It turns out we’ve been eating apples the wrong way – wasting nearly 30% off that delicious appley goodness.



In a world of blunt knives lives ‘The Cook’ – this is one of the most beautiful ads for cooking with amazing cinematography all to sell some humble butter.



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Cavemen made knives like these from pieces of flint – design students in Vienna wondered what it might be like if the primitive knife was made from stainless steel – and, I have to say, it looks pretty awesome.

Apparently an Italian company has put the knives into production but so far they remain unavailable from their site.
via gizmodo



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