Category Archives: produce

Opera Cake

I love Opera – especially the layered cake version. Having tasted many in Paris, the quest for finding a good one in Melbourne is high on my agenda. Benjamin’s Patisserie at 229 Upper Heidelberg Road Ivanhoe is certainly up there. Creamy with lovely separation of the different flavours and layers. It is very good – rates 5 stars out of 6.

Idyll Foods and Truffles – Trentham

While in Trentham we dropped in to Idyll Foods and had a great conversation with Truffle expert – Chris Macquet. He will have Truffles available for about 15 weeks during the year – from W.A. TAS, NSW and hopefully New Zealand (maybe white truffles). Trentham truffles will hopefully be online in a few years time. Trees were planted in Trentham a few years ago but unfortunately they were incorrectly innoculated with the Truffle spores. New plantings have been correctly innoculated and should be producing Truffles in a year or two. The Trentham climate is perfect for Truffle growth. Cool in winter – with a burst of sun mid July early August. Chris has on sale – innoculated oak tree seedlings – so you can start your own Truffle farm at home!
Idlyll Foods are at 14 Market Street, Trentham.  Tel: 5424-1144. There is a Truffle festival on 31st July and August 1st 2010 in Trentham. You can see more info at and enquiries at