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Australia’s Ultimate Christmas Hamper!

December 3rd, 2013 — 5:21am

And we are in it! Coming in trumps above Simon Johnson, and Stephens Fine Food! Yee haa!

Australias’ No. 3 Ultimate Hamper Pudding (i bet that is because we aren’t traditional enough!) afterall it is our extra nuttiness and seasonal sun dried loveliness that sets us apart!

Grab a copy of Epicure today, and check us out!


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Usually I would chuck out catalogues! Straight to the Recycling Bin!

December 2nd, 2013 — 5:39am

But today, I felt compelled to thumb through a few!

Did a bit of online shopping, and then I spied one from my delightful Mozettes! The new Mozi catalogue!

and here we are, in all our glory!

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Where Did I Come From?

September 5th, 2013 — 11:14am


A recent chat with Angie from Local Organics (www.localorg.org.au), ignited a little desire in me to re-tell the Frank, Food & Me story.

Frank, Food & Me has a few new followings now that we are specializing in our Christmas puddings, so thought you might like to know where we came from.

There are so many “local” food producers out there, and soooo many blogs about food, and it is indeed a subject that gets us passionate.

With a background in TV, my husband and I left our careers momentarily to travel. He encouraged me to do “anything” that I wanted to do, knowing that when we returned home, we would “settle down”.


So we went crazy!


I wrote to my favourite cookbook author, Rose Carrarini, of Rose Bakery, an English Bakery in the heart of Paris.


Before long I was managing the Bakery, after a year-long stint in japan, full of hilarious cultural misdemeanours! …These continued, in light of my terrible French language abilities, (I once ordered a bottle of wine without condoms)!

Upon return to Australia, we settled in Melbourne. I had in my toolkit, a list of fabulous recipes, a world full of knowledge, and fingertips full of experience in both the pastry and restaurant kitchens.

I thought I would just offer a few of my creations to a few small cafes near my house. Before I knew it I was supplying Sensory Lab in David Jones, Auction Rooms in North Melbourne, St Ali in South Melbourne, and some of the other huge cafes in the CBD.

The kitchen became a 4-day a week operation of baking and delivery freshly baked cakes across Melbourne.




SSTTTTTOOPPPPP…..then I hit the brakes !!!!


I had my little boy Artie.

We had officially, and suddenly, “settled down”!

Staring at Artie replaced the time I once had in the kitchen, and Frank, Food & Me became a seasonal operation, and hub of food and farmer info.



BUT STILL…Our Christmas Puddings were voted Melbourne’s Best in the Herald Sun Food pages, and followed up by no. 1 in 2012’s Five of the Best (foodie website).

I still draw on my overseas experience of the Slow Food Salone in Italy in 2008, as well as my 2.5 years of work with the Victorian Farmers’ Markets Association.

There is a lot of story, knowledge, and values in these Christmas Puddings.

The recipe is my 93 year old Grandmother’s, and the baking genetics come from both sides of the family (my paternal Great grandparents ran a Bakery in Portland).

The Nutty Gran’s Christmas Pudding allows you to be a lazy nostalgic, and know you are consuming the values of food tradition and farmer celebration with every bite!

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Schools, Farmers’ Markets, online – now your workplace

November 1st, 2012 — 5:51am

If you are looking for our Nutty Gran’s Christmas Pudd this year, we have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to find them!

You can get them online here at our online store…or www.farmhousedirect.com.au/frankfoodme

You can get them at all Melbourne Community Farmers’ Markets; http://www.mfm.com.au/ and Mt Eliza Farmers’ Market.

AND we are helping the following schools with their fundraising:

North Fitzroy Primary School

Brunswick North Primary School

Camberwell Girls School

Carlton Gardens Primary School

Brunswick South West Primary School

and Fitzroy High School.

For every pudd sold the school gets half the profits! If you want your school involved, send us an enquiry.

Otherwise if you are still having trouble finding Nutty Gran’s Christmas Pudd, try our lovely stockists:

Mozi – all stores
Wise & Co Dispensary
Pronto Fine Food Merchants
Maple Homewares
Mt Eliza Deli
Farm Foods Torquay
Craig Young’s Butcher
Farm Foods Hamilton
Wickens Provedore and Deli
Noble Foods
Cliffy’s Daylesford
Warren & Hutch
Inverleigh Store
Elvis Parsely
Torquay Larder
Farmers Fine Foods
Provata Urban Larder & Cafe
South Wharf General Store
Foodworks – Clifton Hill
Molino’s Pty Ltd
Leo’s Fine Food – Hartwell
Maxi Foods – Ferntree Gully
IGA Freshwater – Plus Liquor
The Village Grocer- Middle Park
Tully’s Corner Produce Store
Pattersons Country Fresh Produce
IGA Yarraville – Everyday
IGA Brunswick – Supa
Renown Fruit Emporium
Andrew’s Choice
Box My Bunch
IGA Hawthorn Renaissance Supa – Deli
Carre Street Deli
IGA Albert Park
IGA Hamlyn Heights – Plus Liquor
Leo’s Fine Food & Wine – Kew (Grocery)
IGA Xpress Plus Liquor Highton
IGA St Kilda Renaissance
East Fruit Market
Geelong Fresh Foods
Leaf Elwood
IGA Blairgowrie – X-Press Plus Liquor
Larder Provisions & Cafe Pty Ltd
IGA Hawthorn Square Renaissance
Talbert Cafe
Servery & Spoon
Tancks Corner
Devolas of Brighton
Somerset Iga Everyday
The Grain Grocer
Wursthaus at Olivers
Salad Bowl
IGA St Helens – Supa
IGA (Hilly’s) – Value Plus
Trevallyn Grocer

 If you are keen to have the pudds right there in your workplace to purchase and take home with you, send us an enquiry and we will deliver  direct to your workplace!

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Finally a decent corporate gift from your boss!

August 26th, 2012 — 4:49am

You have probably figured by now that we love things for the kitchen…can’t get enough great serving plates, rope spools for our cakes to rest on, old school cookbooks and the like..

And given that Chrissy is a mere amount of months away again, Frank, Food & Me fell in love with Mozi’s designs, and asked them to make us a limited edition teatowel to lovingly hug our pudds this year!

We were fielding calls last year about good quality pudds for corporate hampers and corporate gifts from your boss…and well its nice to have something to keep after you have devoured your Nutty Gran’s Christmas Pudding!

So check out the pattern, and see the real deal at farmers’ markets throughout Victoria this year (list of which markets coming soon).

We have a limited supply of these limited edition 400g Mozi teatoweled pudds, so get in early with your order.

The online store will be stocked and ready to go in september!

In the meantime, if you are the lucky EA that’s the Chief in charge of corporate gifts or hamper maker, give me a call now and we can talk numbers and little pressies for you to reward your loyalty to Frank, Food & Me!

ph. 03 9023 0373 or mail [email protected]


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