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It’s awfully wintery in Melbourne right now, which hasn’t exactly been conducive to photographing gardens.  The mornings are wet and cold, tree limbs are leafless… let’s face it, winter is not the most photogenic time of year.

BUT, there are still gardens to admire if you know where to find them.  Today our gardens columnist Georgina Reid of The Planthunter takes us inside the Conservatory in Fitzroy Gardens, Melbourne, which is green and lush year round. Built in 1930, the Conservatory has gathered an impressive reputation for its floral displays, which change five times a year. Right now, it’s very pink and purple in there!

This Converted Warehouse Apartment Is The Dream Melbourne Rental!

There aren’t many Melburnians who’ve rented the same inner-city property for eight years, but when your place is this good… you do everything you can to hold onto it!

Writer and founder of beauty brand Fluff, Erika Geraerts, is the proud long-term renter of this converted warehouse in Collingwood. The apartment is part of the old Foy & Gibson complex – a circa 1887 factory that provided goods to the Foy & Gibson department stores, and employed over 2000 people at its peak.

Today it’s a close-knit residential community, and one of the few true ‘New York-style’ warehouse conversions in town. Take a look inside!

A Modern Bathhouse Oasis Hidden In Collingwood's Backstreets

The streets of Collingwood in Melbourne are filled with old warehouse buildings, leftover from the suburb’s history as a busy industrial area. These days, you can find any number of creative businesses behind these innocuous facades – but perhaps none quite so unexpected as Sense of Self, a modern day spa and bathhouse that has recently opened its doors!


Kale: Not Just Rabbit Food

FOODKale: Not Just Rabbit Food

Kale: Not Just Rabbit Food

Kale is more than just a nutritional superstar; it also tastes great, when prepared correctly.

For many people not already aboard the kale train, the leafy green appears to be little more than rabbit food, eaten surely not for taste but for its reported health benefits. However, those of us who’ve adopted kale into our regular diets know better (and no, we haven’t sprouted a fuzzy tail and whiskers).

Yes, kale does have its many health benefits. Beneath its homely, Peter Parker exterior is a Spiderman-esque leafy green ready to bust out to fulfill its destiny as a disease-fighting superfood! Just one cup of kale boasts over six times the recommended daily intake of bone-building vitamin K, over 200 percent of free-radical fighting vitamin A, and nearly 150 percent of the antioxidant vitamin C.

But kale is more than just a nutritional superstar; it also tastes great, when prepared correctly. Try it in a variety of dishes, such as salads, soups, stews, stir-fries, or sautés, or pan-fried alone with a glug of extra-virgin olive oil and some garlic.

Kale is an excellent replacement for a variety of lettuces found in your average salad. However, to make kale less tough, massage it for a minute as you wash it, and then again with a small drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil once it’s been dried and torn into bite-sized pieces. Replace romaine with kale in your favourite Caesar salad. Or swap out your go-to mixed baby greens for kale.

Soups and stews
Oftentimes soup or stew recipes, such as minestrone or Italian wedding, call for spinach in the ingredients. Wherever spinach is called for, replace it with kale instead, which has over one and a half times the vitamin K and four times the vitamin C. 

Stir-fries and sautés
Kale’s light flavour is what makes this leafy green so versatile. Add it to an Asian-inspired stir-fry with bok choy, napa cabbage, and all your favourite wok classics, or to a Mediterranean-style sauté with sun-dried tomatoes, olives, chicken, and a hint of rosemary.  

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