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!