Welcome to June’s edition of the Roundup!

As we embrace the cozy winter season, let’s gather ’round for some heart-warming updates and positive vibes. 

Exciting news! Our team is growing with the addition of talented new consultants. If you know someone who’s passionate and skilled, we’d love to hear about them too! 

In this month’s newsletter, we have some delightful content in store for you. Get ready to dive into an insightful feature on Michelle Levitt, we launch our favicon logo (thanks to everyone who voted) we’ll also take a moment to celebrate Ashita for her outstanding dedication and tenure with us and to add a touch of culinary delight, we’re sharing one of our favourite winter recipes for you to enjoy at home. 

So take a minute, get cozy, and let’s make June a month brimming with success and positivity. 

Stay warm and have a fantastic June!  Nic 

Let us get to know Michelle Levitt

  1. Tell us about yourself 

I am a Senior Project Manager and have been assigned to the Security Portfolio of programs at Vocus and am also running several Cyber projects designed to improve and strengthen the organisation’s security posture. 

I have been at Vocus for almost 1 year and am enjoying it greatly! The projects are challenging and there is a nice team of people to work with. 

When I’m not working, I love to travel, ride my (electric bike – yes I know its cheating 😊), go bushwalking, play golf, and do some volunteer gardening work with an organization called EasyCare Gardening. They provide gardening services to older citizens so they are able to stay in their homes for longer. 

My husband and I are licensed private pilots, so we are into Aviation. We often go to airshows and any aviation museums when we travel and after 20 years, I am starting to remember some of the names of different WWII aircraft …. 

  1. What do you love about your job?

When you work in IT / Technology there is always something new to learn and I really enjoy that aspect of my role. I love delivering projects & working with others. As a team we deliver something tangible that assists the business in one way or another and there is also the variety of different types of projects that keeps things fresh! 

  1. What is your favourite recipe/dish? 

I’m a fan of ‘no fuss ‘cooking so in winter I love to get out the slow cooker and make soups and casseroles – it’s so easy to throw everything in a pot and 4 hours later you have a delicious meal. In summer its nice to entertain & have a BBQ & salads and eat outdoors. 

  1. What is your favourite holiday destination?

Anywhere in Europe .. my husband and I have done many long distance walking holidays in the UK, South of France, Spain & Italy. Last year we walked St Cuthberts Way in the Scottish Borders and it finishes on Holy Island .. a very dramatic landscape 

This is me at the highest section of the walk on a lovely sunny Scottish day 


Take a look at our new Favicon Logo!

A big thank you to all who helped us select our favicon logo. The favicon logo won’t replace our corporate logo, but it will be used alongside it on internet browsers and bookmarks. We’re currently uploading it, so you can expect to see the changes in the coming week or two. We appreciate your support!

Melbourne Team Catchup

It was great to catch-up with the Melbourne team earlier in May. Lots to talk about since it certainly had been a while! 

Celebrating 3 Years

July is just around the corner, and it holds a special significance for Ashita as it marks an impressive three-year journey filled with hard work, and dedication at ESTA & Talentplicity. 

Ashita’s commitment has not gone unnoticed by the team at ESTA and Talentplcity. Congratulations, Ashita, and thank you for your invaluable contributions! We hope to continue to celebrate your tenure in years to come. 

Albion Centre in Sydney!

We gave a big thank you to the amazing team at the Albion Centre! They provide comprehensive support and services in all things related to sexual health. Their expert care, counseling, and community outreach creates a compassionate environment for those in need. Kudos to their dedication in empowering patients and advocating for their well-being

Birthday Celebrations!

Happy Birthday to our June Staff! 

If you see Michelle (13th June), Peter (19th June), David (19th June), on their special day make sure to wish them a happy birthday! 

Get paid to stay fit competition!

Get $600 up for grabs each year 
The cooler months are heading our way  Click here to find out how Talentplicity can help you stay fit, stay warm and save some money all at the same time! 

Let’s get Cooking!

Slow Cooked Shredded Beef Ragu Pasta 

Recipe video above. Ragu is one of those recipes that really showcases the beauty of Italian cooking – everyday ingredients, fast prep, leave it to cook long and slow and you end up with a luscious dish that tastes like a million bucks. This recipe makes enough sauce to serve 8 and freezes great. 

Ingredients Instructions Notes


  • 1.2kg / 2.5 lb chuck beef or other slow cooking beef cut, cut into equal 4 pieces (Note 1) 
  • 1 tbsp salt 
  • Black pepper 
  • 3 tbsp olive oil , separated 
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced 
  • 1 onion , diced 
  • 1 cup carrots , diced (Note 2) 
  • 1 cup celery , diced (Note 2) 
  • 800g / 28oz crushed canned tomatoes 
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste 
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes , crumbled (Note 3) 
  • 1 cup / 250ml red wine , full bodied (like merlot, cabernet sauvignon), or sub with beef broth/stock 
  • 1 1/2 cups / 375 ml water (Note 3) 
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme or 3 sprigs fresh thyme 
  • 3 dried bay leaves 

To Serve (Not all Sauce is used)

  • 1 lb /500g dried pappardelle , or other pasta of choice (Note 4) 
  • Freshly grated parmesan cheese or parmigiano reggiano 
  • Fresh parsley , finely chopped (optional) 
  • Pat beef dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper 
  • Sear Beef: Heat 1 tbsp olive oil over high heat in a heavy-based pot. Add beef and sear each piece aggressively on all sides until very browned (3 - 5 minutes in total), then remove onto a plate. 
  • Turn stove down to medium low and add remaining 2 tbsp of olive oil. 
  • Soffrito: Add garlic and onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Then add the carrots and celery and sauté slowly for 5 minutes. 
  • Add remaining Ragu ingredients and return the beef to the pot (including pooled juices). Turn the stove up and bring it to a simmer, then turn it down to low so it's bubbling very very gently. (Note 7) 
  • Slow cook: Cover the pot and let it cook for 2 hours or until beef is tender enough to shred. (Note 5 for slow cooker and pressure cooker). 
  • Shred: Remove beef then coarsely shred with 2 forks. Return beef to the pot. Simmer for 30 minutes until sauce is reduced and thickened - beef will soften slightly more during this step. 
  • Final season: Do a taste test and adjust the seasoning to your taste with salt and pepper. ALSO, add 1/2 tsp sugar if sauce is a bit sour for your taste (Note 6). Place the lid on and set aside until ready to serve (it's even better the next day and freezes well for months!). 

To Serve (Note 4):

  • Bring a very large pot of water with 1 tbsp of salt to the boil. 
  • Add pasta and cook for 1 minute less than the recommended cooking time as per the packet instructions. 
  • Meanwhile, place 5 cups of the Ragu in a very large fry pan, dutch oven or use 2 normal size fry pans. Heat over high heat while the pasta is cooking. 
  • When the pasta is ready, transfer it directly from the pot into the fry pan using tongs. 
  • Add 3/4 cup of pasta water into the fry pan. 
  • Gently toss the pasta (I use 2 wooden spoons) for 1 to 2 minutes, until the sauce water evaporates and leaves you with a thick Ragu sauce that coats the pasta. 
  • Yell for your family to sit down at the dinner table because you need to serve it immediately! 
  • Serve with plenty of freshly grated parmesan, or even better, with parmigiano reggiano. 
  1. Beef - Cut the beef into 4 pieces that are around the size of a baseball. The cook time of this recipe assumes you do this. 

  2. Celery and carrots sautéed with the onions and garlic is called "soffritto" in Italian cooking. It is a very traditional base for many Italian dishes. Cooking them slowly over low heat releases their flavour and adds an extra dimension to this dish. But it's not a deal killer if you skip these ingredients.

  3. Beef stock - You could use liquid beef stock instead of water + stock cubes.

  4. Pappardelle pasta is the thick wide pasta and is ideal for this recipe because the shreds of beef cling to the thick pasta strands. If you can't find it, just use the widest pasta you can find eg tagliatelle, fettuccine.
    Don't skip the step of tossing pasta with the sauce! This is called "emulsifying" and it is a KEY secret to awesome pastas because it makes the sauce cling to the pasta. Italian Nonna's will roll over in their graves if you don't do this! I can't stress enough what a difference emulsifying makes to pastas! 
  1. Slow Cooker & Pressure Cooker/Instant Pot - follow recipe to the end of Step 4 on the stove (or sauté function on your appliance). Turn heat up to high, add wine, stir and simmer for 3 minutes. Then transfer it all to the slow cooker or pressure cooker/IP, and add all remaining ingredients but DO NOT add water and extra salt & pepper.
    Slow cook on low for 6 - 8 hours (i.e. 6 is enough, 8 hrs is fine, any more = beef turns to mush). Or pressure cook on high for 40 minutes. Shred beef then follow recipe. 
  1. Sugar - The sweetness of canned tomatoes differs depending on brand (typically more expensive = sweeter). So adjust the sweetness of your sauce to your taste by using sugar - 1/2 tsp at a time.

  2. Low and slow - Turn the heat of the stove down to a level where it is bubbling very, very gently - a few bubbles here and there. This usually LOW on Gas Stoves but might be medium low on electric stoves. If it is too high - i.e. simmering rapidly (lots of bubbles appearing rapidly) - then you run the risk of the bottom burning. If it is too low, it will take longer to cook.

  3. Recipe source: This recipe is based on classic slow cooked ragu recipes from Italian greats including Lidia Bastianich, Stafano Manfredi. It is not an exact replica of any, but is similar to many!

  4. Storage - sauce keeps for 5 days in the fridge, or months in the freezer. 

  5. Beef Ragu nutrition assuming sauce serves 8. Nutrition includes 80g / 2.7oz dried pasta per serving (standard quantity). Note: recipe as written uses 500g/1 lb pack of pasta which will serve 5 - 6 people.