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The summer holiday period is a popular time for entertaining guests. Christmas and New Year parties and generally getting together with friends for a barbecue is an ever-popular Australian tradition. With a host of cooking show on television, and creative offerings at restaurants and cafes and cafes it is not surprising that the food served at these events often promises a gourmet experience in the 21st century. But remember the days when devon wrapped around mash potato, bacon wrapped prunes and prawn cocktails were served at every event. They seemed to be the main go-to in the 1970s and 80s. This blast from the past takes a closer look at the culinary offerings once served at parties which you may…or may not…want serve at your next party. One thing is certain – toothpicks were an important feature of most platters. At the very least it will take some readers on a trip down Memory Lane. This is so simple. Mashed potato with added finely chopped onion or chives, and pepper and salt for seasoning. The toothpick is important for holding the devon wrap in place. The picture says it all. Of course strategically placed parsley was the perfect garnish. Some more adventurous caterers would also include grated cheese in the mash. I didn’t but I wish I had. My memories of this as a snack is far better than the reality. I give this one a 4/10. The parsley, however, was delicious – homegrown and full of flavour! A prune wrap in bacon. A simple snack that is also enjoyable to eat. This is one that could be kept on entertainment platters in the 21st century. You can also opt for the alternative – Angel on horseback where the bacon is wrapped around an oyster – keep it simple with a smoked oyster. A short time under the grill and serve either option warm on a toothpick. I give this one 9/10 – easy to make and tasty. I would be surprised if anything featuring prawns has gone out of fashion although this dish has tended to go a little upscale in the 21st century. The way it is presented and the type of lettuce used is the most obvious variation. However, a retro prawn cocktail was nothing without a base of iceberg lettuce, topped with peeled prawns, seafood sauce and a lemon wedge. It still good today. I’d give this 8/10. For the record the iceberg lettuce was quite refreshing. Slices of bread and a patty cake tin are two key requirements for these great snacks. Cut the crusts of the bread, butter one side and the mold it into the cake tin. Then all you need to do is fill each molded case with a filling of your choice. I still like making this snack when entertaining and it is always popular. I make a salmon mornay sauce complete with a touch of chilli, scooped into each bread case and topped with grated cheese. It is then heated in the oven for about 30 minutes. Yum. This one deserves a 10/10 for flavour. Along with the toothpick, the pickled onion was a mainstay of any worthy entertainment platter in the 1970s and 80s. A pickled onion with a wedge of cheese on a jatz biscuit, held in place with a toothpick, pickled onions (preferably coloured red and green) in the form of a pickled onion kebab on a toothpick, and pickled onions in a bowl were popular options. Boiled eggs, curry powder and mayo. Now here is a simple recipe for entertaining that’s well worth keeping on the menu for summer 2020/21. All you need is to hard boil the eggs, cut them in half, scoop out the hard yellow yoke to mix with some mayo and curry powder to taste. Then spoon the yoke mix back into the space from which its came. Sprinkle the final product with a little paprika and serve to your hungry guest. I didn’t make these for the purpose of this article, so I won’t give a rating. However, I have a work colleague who said they were the most popular item on her platter at a recent 70s celebration. I went in search of a fondue pot for this one but had no success finding the piece of culinary equipment in the 21st century. I’m sure they are still available…but not where I looked. Don’t despair I still managed to create this popular sweet treat from the past. For the record the cheesy, savoury options were also popular in those years gone by, but we already have enough savoury suggestions on this list. Now back to the future where this dish still has the potential to please. The dipping sauce can be made with either milk or white chocolate. I melted this in a saucepan with the addition of some cream. This limits the chance of sticking to the pot and ensures that the sauce remains running for the purpose of dipping. What to dip is the next question. The answer is simple – whatever your sweet tooth desires. However, popular options include marshmallows (for the really sweet tooth) or pieces of fruit such as bananas or strawberries. Oh and don’t forget to have toothpicks nearby for the purpose of dipping with getting chocolate sauce all over your fingers. I give this one a 7/10. I’m not so much a sweet tooth, but it is easy to make, tasty and no doubt a hit with many. Have you signed up for our VORA newsletter?


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Lyric Lane Theatre in line for $30m redevelopment

The old Lyric Lane Theatre building and revamped laneway in Maylands could be in for a major redevelopment into a community hub with apartments, shops and eateries.

Australian Development Capital has submitted a development application to the City of Bayswater for its $30 million plans to build 52 apartments, commercial spaces, a green pocket park and a piazza.

Other proposed features include ground floor commercial tenancies, two levels of heritage-character style residences, four levels of contemporary apartments, a communal barbecue and dining area, outdoor lounge and seating, solar panels and waterwise fixtures.

The proposed redevelopment will front Eighth Avenue with the back facing Lyric Lane, which is home to bistro and music venue Lyric Lane, Rossonero Pizzeria and Seasonal Brewing Co.

Henry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell, ADC development manager Nick King, Lyric Lane co-owner Konrad de Rutyer, Seasonal Brewing Co co-owner Nick Southwell and Rossonero Pizzeria owner Fil Pakioufakis in Lyric Lane.
Camera IconHenry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell, ADC development manager Nick King, Lyric Lane co-owner Konrad de Rutyer, Seasonal Brewing Co co-owner Nick Southwell and Rossonero Pizzeria owner Fil Pakioufakis in Lyric Lane. Credit: Kristie Lim

The soon-to-be vacated BWS site will be occupied with a local operator by December and be relocated inside Lyric Lane once the development is completed.

As the landlord, ADC is in talks with Henry on Eighth, Milk’d and NTY Real Estate on Eighth Avenue on how they would be incorporated within the development.

ADC director Rod Hamersley said the project was a “game changer” for the area, and would set a benchmark for Maylands and the Eighth Avenue precinct.

“It’s fantastic for us to be able to work with a landmark site in Maylands, and give it a new lease on life,” he said.

“While decades of renovations and works have left very few significant internal heritage elements, the unique character and history of the former Lyric Theatre building is something we’ll be incorporating and celebrating with the redevelopment – and we’ve engaged heritage specialist Griffiths Architects to work with us on the project to ensure that is captured.”

Development manager Nick King said he was excited to leverage off the existing businesses’ success, bring more people to the area and create a destination for people to hang out, do business and live.

“We don’t see anything happening in the short-term, we don’t know if the market is quite there yet but we are looking at something at commencing in 2022,” he said.

An artist impression of the proposed Lyric Lane redevelopment.
Camera IconAn artist impression of the proposed Lyric Lane redevelopment. Credit: Klopper & Davis Architects

Businesses including Lyric Lane, Rossonero Pizzeria, Seasonal Brewing Co and Henry on Eighth welcomed the proposal as they believe it would bring more people and investment to Maylands and help decrease anti-social behaviour.

Henry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell said in 2017, he was worried Maylands was starting to stagnate but it later found an “upward curve”.

“It is critical that there is continued investment in the area as well because Maylands has been that in some ways, a flagship for the City of Bayswater for a while now,” he said.

“It is good to see that we now have outside investment coming in, some real effort put into the area.

“My only hope for Maylands is that it retains its authenticity as well, which I think with the right people involved it will.”

Lyric Lane co-owner Konrad de Ruyter said the redevelopment of the space was going to “liven up” the area.

Rossonero Pizzeria owner Fil Pakioufakis said when he visited Maylands when he was younger, it was “never the cleanest or safest” place but progressively it had become more “family orientated”.

“I think over the years, there has been a direction in putting Maylands as a destination and putting it on the map…this (redevelopment) solidifies it as it,” he said.

Henry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell, Rossonero Pizzeria owner Fil Pakioufakis, ADC development manager Kick King, Lyric Lane co-owner Konrad de Rutyer and Seasonal Brewing Co co-owner Nick Southwell in Lyric Lane.
Camera IconHenry on Eighth owner Steve Lavell, Rossonero Pizzeria owner Fil Pakioufakis, ADC development manager Kick King, Lyric Lane co-owner Konrad de Rutyer and Seasonal Brewing Co co-owner Nick Southwell in Lyric Lane. Credit: Kristie Lim

Seasonal Brewing Co owner Nick Southwell said the redevelopment would transform the aesthetics of the area and make it attractive for locals, “out-of-towners”, new businesses and developers.

“I have been living locally for six years…I remember it being a nice little community with a couple of spots that are really nice but now it has become my favourite place to go out,” he said.

There will be no change to the current vehicle movement down Lyric Lane.

The Wilson carpark next to BWS will be closed to make way for Lyric Theatre Residences, but new commercial and retail parking will be provided in the development in line with City of Bayswater planning requirements.

There will be a community information session held at Rossonero Pizzeria on November 23, from to 6pm at Rossonero Pizzeria in Lyric Lane.

An artist impression of the proposed Lyric Lane redevelopment.
Camera IconAn artist impression of the proposed Lyric Lane redevelopment. Credit: Klopper & Davis Architects

The proposal will also be up for public advertising on the Engage Bayswater website this month.

It will then be considered by the council in early 2021.

If approved, relocation of some tenants, demolition of existing buildings and retention of heritage elements and construction are expected to start in mid-2022.


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Headbutt incident pre-dated use of batons in lane, court told

WHEN Byron Bay police were called to reports of a naked, drug-affected male behaving erratically in the early hours of the morning in 2018, a recent traumatic incident was front of mind, a court has heard.

Senior Constable Michial Luke Greenhalgh, 39, is defending a charge of common assault which arose from the January 11, 2018 detention of a 16-year-old boy in Lateen Lane, Byron Bay.

Police responded to reports of the naked teen yelling near the Nomads hostel about 2.30am.

Sergeant Christopher Neaves, who was the supervisor and custody manager at Byron Bay Police Station that night, told Lismore Local Court on Thursday the initial call-out was a cause for concern in the context of an incident a few weeks prior.

In his evidence, Sgt Neaves said it was an “obvious” decision to send two police cars to Lateen Lane.

“There was a previous incident back in Christmas time where there was a drug-affected male who (police) had great difficulty in being restrained,” Sgt Neaves said.

“I would have ensured both cars were attending to back each other up.”

When Sgt Neaves was led to expand on this incident during cross-examination, the court heard in December, 2017, two officers attended a scene on Lighthouse Rd where the naked drug-affected man, who was sweating profusely, headbutted a police vehicle.

“It smashed the windscreen,” he said.

He said that person was detailed “with great difficulty” and the officers were helped by “at least one” of the man’s friends.

The court heard this earlier incident became common knowledge among local police.

In the Lateen Lane incident, the boy was ultimately taken to The Tweed Hospital by ambulance under mental health provisions due to his level of intoxication.

But the circumstances of his detention in the laneway, and time spent at Byron Bay Police Station before an ambulance arrived, was subject to a Law Enforcement Conduct Commission inquiry after mobile phone footage of the teen being struck repeatedly with a baton was released.

DPP prosecutor Brittany Parker has alleged Sen-Constable Greenhalgh struck the teen with his baton at least 18 times.

The prosecution case relies upon six of those strikes, which occurred while the teen was handcuffed and restrained on the ground and which Ms Parker says constitute unreasonable use of force.

Sgt Neaves said his first impression of the youth after he arrived at the station was that he “appeared anxious, agitated” and in his opinion “in a drug induced psychosis”.

The court heard Sgt Neaves initially thought the boy was “18 or 19” but soon made inquiries to confirm his identity and age.

“Because of the time of night and the location where he was detained my initial assumption was he was a young backpacker or a young adult who’d been out that night,” he said.

Sgt Neaves told the court all four officers involved in the boy’s detention told him he was severely drug-affected, sweating profusely and difficult to control in the laneway.

Sen-Constable Greenhalgh informed him at the station he had deployed his Taser and used his baton multiple times, the court heard.

The teen was also OC sprayed twice by another officer.

The hearing was initially scheduled to run for four days but has been adjourned for a further three days in February.

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News: New cafe Soho Lane opens on November 23

The husband-and-wife duo behind CBD coffee spot Little SoHo open neighbourhood cafe SoHo Lane in Mount Lawley on November 23.

Since opening last year, Little SoHo has attracted a loyal fan base. The hole-in-the-wall cafe is a bustling meeting spot for city workers on St Georges Terrace’s west end. After a year in business, owners Matt Miller and Trindy Adler are now ready to create a home base for Little SoHo.

The perfect spot became available, a space neighbouring Fresh Provisions in the newly redeveloped Alexander Buildings on the corner of Beaufort and Walcott street. Alexander Buildings, originally built in 1929, has had a 4 million dollar refurbishment adding new retail and office space to the building.

“We saw potential in Mount Lawley. That side of Beaufort Street is in need of a neighbourhood cafe,” says co-owner Matt. “We felt like it was the right time for the community to have somewhere comfortable to enjoy a good meal.”

After living in New York for 12 years, Matt and Trindy approach Perth hospitality with a fresh perspective. It’s all about creating and
maintaining community connections by providing a comfortable space welcome to all.

“We’ve always dreamed of serving great coffee and delicious food and providing incredible service in a beautiful space,” says co-owner Trindy. “To open the doors to the community and welcome everyone inside is very exciting.”

SoHo Lane’s all-day brunch menu is about simple food done well. But there will be some twists. New York style dishes will punctuate the menu with classics like Pickle brined fried chicken and Mac ‘n’ cheese.

Chef Benjamin Ronaldson (Mary Street Bakery, Hylin, Greenhouse) is given free rein to play and invent his own standouts.

“We’re serving bright and colourful food. Simple dishes cooked perfectly with unexpected ingredients as the star,” says Trindy. “Our focus will always be on sustainable food and supporting local providers.”

Little SoHo take coffee seriously and their new venue will be no different. The cafe will be taking it up a notch, serving a Micrology Coffee Roasters x SoHo Lane unique blend and brewing it in a La Marzocco Linea PB 3-group AV.

Image: Danica Zuks

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ECB can’t be complacent as only partial progress made on inflation: Lane

FILE PHOTO: European Central Bank Chief Economist Philip Lane speaks during a Reuters Newsmaker event in New York, U.S., September 27, 2019. REUTERS/Gary He/File Photo

September 11, 2020

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Inflation will persistently undershoot the European Central Bank’s target for years to come and a strong euro will further dampen price pressures, leaving no room for complacency, ECB chief economist Philip Lane said on Friday.

Writing in a blog post a day after the ECB left its policy unchanged and took an unexpectedly benign view on growth and inflation, Lane warned that the deflationary impact of a historic recession has only been partially offset.

Lane’s comments that more data in the coming months would help calibrate policy could also reinforce market expectations that the ECB will expand its 1.35 trillion euro ($1.6 trillion) Pandemic Emergency Purchase Programme later this year.

“Inflation remains far below the aim and there has been only partial progress in combating the negative impact of the pandemic on projected inflation dynamics,” Lane said in blog post.

“It should be abundantly clear that there is no room for complacency.

He said inflation could remain negative for the rest of the year but also noted that figures for August, which included an unexpectedly big drop in underlying inflation, were distorted.

Still, he pointed to the impact of the strong euro as another factor that will prove a drag on prices.

“The recent appreciation of the euro exchange rate dampens the inflation outlook,” Lane said. “Headline inflation is expected to remain persistently low over the medium-term, notwithstanding a gradual pick-up over the projection horizon.

ECB President Christine Lagarde argued on Thursday that the euro would be “monitored carefully”, a disappointing statement for many, who had expected a stronger comments to talk down the currency.

($1 = 0.8450 euros)

(Reporting by Balazs Koranyi; Editing by Alex Richardson and David Clarke)

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No Name Lane – Good Food Gold Coast

Founded by Peter Gloftis in 2016, No Name Lane began as a tiny hole-in-the-wall café in a nameless laneway off Oracle Boulevard. Its trade consisted mostly of coffee, gourmet wrapped sandwiches and slices. Not anymore!

“The only constant in life is change,” said the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, and this quote is as true for the Gold Coast’s hospitality industry today as it was in Greece in 500 BCE.

Four years into its life and now on its third set of owners, the location, branding, and excellent Black Sheep coffee are the main reminders of the original No Name Lane. Apart from that, the café is almost unrecognisable.

Keeping pace with dining culture, new owners Kevin and Karissa Maxwell, who took over in March 2020, have renovated the space and menu to achieve their vision of what a great café could be.

“We wanted to provide an upmarket breakfast and lunch experience that matched the level of food already on offer in Oracle Boulevard,” Kevin explains, “a place that locals could call their own. There are some fabulous restaurants in the area, but we saw a gap in breakfast and brunch offerings that we want to fill.”

Using the time during lockdown when there was only takeaway trade, the couple renovated the restaurant, moving the bar to create a more open, inviting space. It’s a marked improvement, the Y-shaped venue uncluttered and bright, populated with gorgeous Uniqua chairs and copper-detailed tables.

The rare luxury of full table service in a café allows us to relax and dine in comfort. It’s a little thing that speaks volumes.

Food, too, has settled into a brunch-style menu bridging daytime dining. With talented young chef Josh Roberts in charge of the kitchen, each dish is exceptional. Josh may be only 26 years old, but this is his third role as Head Chef and rightly so. Dishes that sound inviting and accessible on the menu astound us with their detailed presentation.

Avocado toast was never like this, elegantly presented with shards of house-made kale chips and whipped Meredith Farm goats’ cheese, stepped up with pickles adding an acidic bite to the otherwise rich and creamy combo.

The Open Mushroom Omelette is perfectly wobbly inside, a rare feat. It is served with pan-fried sage, leeks and a medley of mushrooms.


Pancakes gain cherry sauce, cherry pearls and matcha crumble, splashed Picasso-like around the plate, dark chocolate mousse and cherry sorbet bringing depth and flavour, with maple syrup to pour over the dish at the table.

French toast made from chocolate-soaked brioche is a masterpiece, served with banana chocolate crumble, salted caramel, chocolate crème pâtissier and ice cream. While there are no items irrelevant to the taste of the dish (and neither should there be), the crunch of candied walnuts and the tang of good salt take this dish to next level status.

Brunch dishes extend into substantial lunch dishes such as 11-hour marinated Lamb shoulder pie, Korean chicken burger, the Goodness bowl and Pan-roasted salmon served on a pea purée with baby chat potatoes and a mustard-dressed watercress and herb salad, all clearly marked for dietary preferences.

As a café, No Name Lane has gone from strength to strength. Finally, four years after its beginnings, it has found its mojo, achieving on all fronts: great coffee, food, service and ambience.

No Name Lane, Elizabeth Ave, Broadbeach Ph: 07 5538 5221 Open daily 6am – 4pm


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Qantas to sack 6000 workers, Victoria COVID-19 spike sparks ADF intervention, Lane Cove West Public School closes, Australia death toll at 104

Back on March 26, the areas with the most confirmed COVID-19 infections were Stonnington (57 cases), Mornington Peninsula (36), the City of Melbourne council area (32) and Boroondara (29).

Stonnington and Boroondara are in Melbourne’s east and take in some of the most affluent areas of the state. Similarly, the Mornington Peninsula is home to the wealthy enclaves of Portsea and Sorrento.

Back then, the current hotspot areas – Brimbank, Hume, Moreland, Darebin, Casey and Cardinia – had among the lowest infection numbers in the state.

Fast forward three months, and Hume’s current active case rate is seven times that of Stonnington.

When the list of the 10 coronavirus hotspot was released this morning, seven of them were areas the Australian Bureau of Statistics has classed as among the most disadvantaged in the state (see our 1.17pm post).

But one thing that has remained the same over time is the fact that the Melbourne City Council area has consistently recorded among the highest coronavirus case numbers, most likely due to returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

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Bussell Highway crash victim welcomes lane duplication funding for risky road

A crash survivor has welcomed an $85 million funding announcement that will see significant safety upgrades to one of Western Australia’s riskiest roads.

The Bussell Highway is the major road linking Bunbury to the popular holiday destinations of Busselton and Margaret River in the south-west of WA.

A 17-kilometre stretch of the notorious highway is single lane, which causes congestion and long delays during holidays and long weekends.

Three years ago Helga van Schoor and her three children were driving along the highway during one of the peak traffic periods when she was involved in a crash that almost claimed her life.

“The car hit us directly,” she said.

“She was going at high speed — we would have been going about 100 kph and the other about 110 kph.

Ms van Schoor suffered a fractured pelvis while her son was taken to hospital in a critical condition.

She said the accident left them all traumatised.

“We’re all still quite nervous on the road,” she said.

The Bussell Highway is the gateway to popular tourist destinations like Busselton and Margaret River.(ABC News: Gian De Poloni)

Crash spurred safety campaign

In 2019 a survey compiled by insurer RAC labelled the Bussell Highway the riskiest road in regional WA, due to its lack of overtaking opportunities and traffic separation.

After the crash Ms van Schoor began a public campaign calling for the road to be widened to a dual carriageway.

Over the weekend, the State and Federal Governments announced funding to complete her wish.

“I was just over the moon,” she said.

Local MP Libby Mettam worked with Ms van Schoor on her campaign and said fixing the road was vitally important from a safety perspective.

“There have been a significant number of crashes over the years, which have only increased as a result of the growth in the demand for this popular tourism destination,” she said.

A boost to safety and tourism

Ms Mettam said the upgrades would also greatly improve the experience for visitors who were used to suffering significant delays along the popular route.

Busselton Mayor Grant Henley said, while the upgrade was significant for safety and tourism, it would also help local businesses.

“For all of our primary producers and the growing industries that we have in the hinterland that use that road network it will be positive and it will increase economic activity,” he said.

Construction to widen the road will begin later this year.

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