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Kotopoulo Me Rizi by Yiayia Next Door

Next door lives our very own angel, Yiayia (grandmother in Greek). And this was the first dish she gifted us after our mother passed away.

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Michael

I grew up in Cooma, New South Wales. There were four children in our family and I’m the eldest. One time Dad was working in Thailand. My sister and I went to Bangkok to visit him. It was exciting going on the plane.

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Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup by Paul West

"If there’s one thing that I hope my kids can cook by the time they leave home, it is this."

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City of Chocolate

Anna Spargo-Ryan remembers the sweet, sweet shoppe of home.

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Randy

"I love selling the mag because it gets me out of the house. I get to meet different people. I’ve known a lot of the vendors for a long while, so it’s good."

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Hot Cross Buns by Georgia Mcdermott

One of my all-time favourite scents is a heavily spiced hot cross bun wafting through the kitchen...

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Boots and All

Claire J Harris pays tribute to her greyhound Boots, a gentle soul and her pandemic companion.

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Owen

"I find selling the mag good. You have to get used to the fluctuations of bad days and good days, but the best approach is to be friendly."

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Apple Pie by Vendor Will

Food says community to me because enjoying a great meal is a great way to get together with those who are important to you.

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The Life of Warnie

We revisit cricket legend Shane Warne’s Letter to My Younger Self, in which he revealed the importance of good manners, good friends and good scents.

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KJ

"I started selling The Big Issue in July. I like the freedom, that you pick your hours. And just getting out and about and meeting people, and having fun."

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Nectarine Crumble Tray Bake by Sally Wise

My earliest memories of the wonders of baking were in my grandmother’s kitchen. The aroma as you walked in the door spelled “Welcome. Sit down, have a chat and something nice to eat.” It was like you were enjoying a cuddle with food.

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Takin’ Care of Business

The Big Issue’s Women’s Workforce are a force to be reckoned with, as Melissa Fulton discovers when she joins them on a shift.

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Bevan

"This is probably my fifth time selling The Big Issue. I just love doing it. I love seeing people smile, even if I don’t get money – I don’t care. To see someone walk past grumpy and I make them smile, that works for me – I’m a pretty laid-back character like that."

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Ross Dobson’s Whole Snapper

This whole snapper recipe translates perfectly well to cooking on a firepit. It is simple to prepare, impressive and delicious.

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Big Love

"Love happened when I least expected it. Trevor was like this beautiful bolt out of the blue. I have a clear vision of the first time we met – he was wearing a red zip-up jacket that he still has, his hair falling down over his eyes – he stood out to me from the city office workers and something just struck a chord immediately."

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Savey

"The Big Issue was life-changing for me. The money I earn goes towards my tuition for further studies and paying the bills. I’ve been selling since December 2020, and I love my job."

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Jennifer Congdon’s Pikelets Recipe

"On a winter’s day, I loved pikelets. We would get home from school, cold and hungry, where we’d be greeted with warm Milos and Mum making pikelets."

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A Housing Tail: Pet Friendly Crisis Accommodation

Companionship, affection and unconditional love: our pets bring us so much. But what happens when we fall on hard times and can’t bring our furry friends to live with us?

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Pasquale

"I started selling The Big Issue during the pandemic. [It's] really helping me. I now find myself with a bit of extra money. And it’s helped with my anxiety and my depression. I meet people who are very nice. And one of the best things is that you get to read a story you might not normally read. Some stories really impress me."

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Orange and Lemon Cheesecake by Nat’s What I Reckon

While cheesecake may be seen as a little old school and daggy, you can’t argue with how much it reminds you of a good time. Go hard, Cheesecake, you weird and wonderful tidal wave of caloric density.

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Homes For Homes

Homes for Homes is a simple promise that when a home sells, whenever that is, 0.1% of the sale price will be donated—helping build homes for those in need.

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