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Category Archive for 'Appetisers & accompaniments'

  Sandwiches can be the best of things and the worst of things. For me, the word ‘sandwich’ still conjures up an image of tomato slices and Kraft singles stuck between soggy Tip Top slices. I would have had one of those pretty much every day of my school life. Bleugh! It doesn’t have to […]

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Happy Melbourne Cup day! It makes me so happy that we Melburnians get an annual leave day thanks to a horse race! While you would think Spring Racing is about the horses, really its about frocks, food and drink. Race day food needs to be portable, delicious and preferably easy on the cook. Last year […]

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       I absolutely love using preserved lemons in my cooking. I use them in Middle Eastern recipes such as tagine and pilaf,  but also to give a flavour lift to other dishes such as risotto and pasta or as a stuffing for chicken or lamb. My only issue is that I tend to go through the preserved lemons quickly and given […]

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Every now and again, a mad idea comes into my head and I just can’t let go of it. This happened last weekend: I decided that I would make crème fraîche, and that nothing could stop me. When I was researching mascarpone (for this tiramisu), I came across this video where a lovely American man […]

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In case you weren’t tipped off by last week’s k-mart catalogue shouting ‘last minute gifts for mum‘, the Sunday just past was Mothers’ Day. We decided to celebrate by having a big family feast, cooked by the cousins for the mothers. My favourite dish of the day was wild mushroom and shallot tarts. This was […]

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So its tomato season and this is the time of year to make passata. As a non-Italian, I have a romanticised view of the family tradition of coming together to make passata. This year, I was swayed by lovely articles in The Age and Tomato, as well as SBS’ Italian Food Safari and decided it […]

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It’s been said once or twice that it ain’t easy being green. Of course, no food demonstrates the fallaciousness of this little dictum better than a Thai green curry. It would have to be the favourite dish of one of the world’s favourite cuisines. I went to Thailand a few years ago and made a […]

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Around Christmas time, I took much evil delight in distributing mail order Pimientos de Padrón at various holiday season parties. These peppers are lovely little delights that are randomly ‘hot or not’. The story goes that nine in ten are deliciously sweet, and one in ten is seriously hot. I found that the ratio was […]

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Let me begin my declaring that I know nothing about Mexican food. I’ve never been to Mexico; I’ve never cooked Mexican food; and I’ve never even looked at a Mexican cookbook. I have however, eaten at a Mexican restaurant. Once. Six years ago, in the lovely little town of Český Krumlov, in the Czech Republic. […]

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      Which potato reigns supreme? (I love Iron Chef)   My friend S is quite the roast potato expert. While we were in Queensland over December and January (enjoying lovely meals here, here and here) S lamented the quality of the oven in our apartment. As we tucked into some pretty darn good roast potatoes she […]

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