Making a Difference

With Clint Stanaway & Belinda Russell on Weekend Today on the 9 Network.


I was raised to give back. The idea that each one of us can make a difference, no matter how small, is something which has always resonated with me. There are a few charities which are very dear to my heart.

Last Saturday, I cooked an easy BBQ on The Weekend Today Show on Channel 9. Nothing brings people together like a BarbeCURE® for Cure Cancer and we are asking you to turn your next BBQ into a BarbeCURE® to raise money for vital cancer research. It’s easy, just bring your friends, family and colleagues together, have a BBQ, and ask them to make a donation.

Our aim is to raise $200,000 – that’s enough to fund 4,000 hours of vital cancer research. The money you raise will assist Dr Heather Murray’s acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) research and kickstart other innovative projects like hers. AML, which took my son Blair’s life, is the most aggressive type of blood cancer and kills 3 in 4 patients within 5 years of their diagnosis. Big or small, whatever the occasion, your BarbeCURE® will help us fund vital research to help find a cure for people with cancer. You can register to host one and check out my healthy recipes on the website.

I am thrilled that one of my pilates friends is now hosting one and the other pilates ladies have been quick to jump on board to help. You can watch my very rushed segment here. Or find the printed recipe here.

I’ll be making another announcement next week so please stay in the loop on Facebook and Instagram or email me with any requests or comments. 

Happy cooking, eating and drinking – Lyndey x

BBQ Salmon Skewers with Crunchy Slaw.

Recipes of the week

A great technique to learn and suitable for lunch, dinner or supper
Make this British classic dessert while berries are plentiful and affordable. Lovely with sparking rosé.

Fun with wine


Which wine with which cheese?

Here’s another in my series, Fun with Wine.  Do we really serve red wine with cheese?  If you would like to see more of my videos, subscribe to my YouTube channel HERE or follow me on Instagram.

What’s On

Food and wine is centre stage at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

24 March – 2 April Melbourne Food & Wine Festival: 
A 10-day programme with an incredible 200 events across Melbourne.

Known for showcasing some of the world’s top chefs and cooks, the Festival’s celebrated international guest program is back with an exciting line-up of chefs from around the world. The 2023 program also includes a celebration of Melbourne’s finest bakers and pâtissiers at Baker’s Dozen, a celebrity-inspired sausage sizzle at Celebrity Sausage, and The Festival Bar, all hosted at Melbourne Food & Wine Festival’s 2023 hub, Fed Square.

The Signature Chef Series includes Curtis Stone bringing Gwen to Grace by Curtis Stone Events, Jeremy Chan from London’s Ikoyi at Vue de Monde, Danny Bowien with a plant-based take on Mission Chinese at Smith & Daughters, Netflix Chef’s Table Pizza’s Yoshihiro Imai will be bringing Monk pizza from Kyoto to Embla, Black Axe Mangal’s Lee Tiernan rocks out at Harley & Rose, and Jemma Whiteman from Sydney hit Ante at Caretaker’s Cottage. It’s the 30th anniversary year and I have fond memories being at the first and presenting at subsequent ones. Old favourites like the World’s Longest Lunch and Brunch remain.
Full programme and bookings here.

Things to share

KAY TOMMERUP: “Five generations have milked cows on our beautiful farm, every single day in the same dairy for over 100 years. Giving that up wasn’t an option, no matter what the numbers said. It’s who we are.”

Tommerup’s Dairy Farm named in Australia’s best of the best: Smart heart farming the way of the future – “if you let us

Over 80 glorious hectares, this sixth-generation dairy farm has turned its back on mass-production, generic flavours and big-player supply chains. Instead, they mix innovative farm practices with old fashioned passion and a genuine love of the land and their 20 jersey cows, to create a rural haven, with the circle of life loved and respected every day. Overlay this with the courage to challenge bureaucracy, bullies and bankers, and theirs is a story to tell.

Six long years after deregulation, Dave and Kay took over the family farm. It was at rock bottom. In 2008 they opened the farm to a little camping, animal feeding tours, and school excursions.

The Australian Farmer of the Year awards celebrate the best and brightest in the agricultural industry each year; farmers who constantly strive to improve their business and are finding success in their efforts. Finalists have been named in six categories – cropping, beef, dairy, sheep, horticulture and innovation. Winners will be announced at a gala event in Melbourne on Friday February 24. The other two finalists in the Innovation category are the Dennis family of Tarndwarncoort in Warncoort, Victoria and the Wheal family of Beachport Berkshires, Limestone Coast in South Australia.