Recipes

Fair Dinkum barbequed prawn dumplings

April 3, 2011
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What do we consider Australian? What’s fair dinkum Aussie? For the uninitiated, “fair dinkum” is Australian lingo for “genuine”. It is a term probably lost of the current urban and multicultural generation, but one still stereotypically associated with farmers, the older generation, and folks born and bred in the country – generally those characters we […]

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Foraging for pine mushrooms and yabbies in Belanglo State Forest

March 19, 2011
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For most people when a stranger makes contact and invites you to Belanglo State Forest, it sets off alarm bells at orifice-damaging decibels. And… you might consider my decision to accept the invitation a sure fire bet to win me a Darwin award. For those unfamiliar with the infamous Belanglo State Forest, it is a […]

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Musa Dagdeviren’s eggplant and lentil stew with pomegranate molasses

February 23, 2011
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Once upon a time I had a love affair with far away Turkey. I was intrigued by the exotic silhouettes of domed mosques with proud minarets; cafes alive with chatter, the smell of coffee and the curling wisps from bubbling hookahs. I had long romanticised the idea of exploring the cave dwellings in Cappadocia with […]

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Chinese New Year and a recipe for Zhaoqing diced pork and green mango

January 31, 2011
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With another Chinese New Year peering around the corner, it seems ripe for reflection again. With the recent publication of Amy Chua’s controversial book: “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother” and the arguably even more inflammatory publicity in the Wall Street Journal, Chinese parenting has taken a hard knock in the media in recent times. […]

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The quest for the perfect steak

January 25, 2011
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The “perfect steak” is an elusive concept that titillates meat lovers around the world and it conjures up a smattering of images that oscillate from the barbeque enthusiast in his humble backyard to top chefs creating carefully temperature controlled slivers of delicate beef art. But before I even embark on the challenge of creating the […]

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Curiosities of saffron and a recipe for saffron and pea risotto

September 13, 2010
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My curiosity about saffron was piqued by a trip to an Asian grocery with my parents plodding behind me. I was browsing the shelves and spotted some ludicrously cheap saffron in the spice aisles. I studied it for a while and having not cooked with saffron threads before, decided I would find a recipe to […]

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Singapore Chilli Crab – one for the crab lovers

September 8, 2010
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Crabs provide so much culinary pleasure for me and they easily make the list of my top 5 foods I couldn’t live without. One of my all-time favourite meals to indulge in is a massive, messy pile of delicious crab – great when devoured at restaurants; but most preferably done at home, with a very […]

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The tastiest lasagne recipe ever

August 4, 2010
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Sometimes, on long drives, we play games to amuse ourselves and keep the driver alert. One game we played on a long drive with friends DanW and Katie, was “identify five foods you’d take to a deserted island“. My intention was to simply identify the 5 foods you couldn’t ever live without. The brief sounds […]

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Steak tartare, a Bastille Day tribute

July 14, 2010
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The Co-pilot travels more than anyone I know. He travels internationally a few times a year for business, and another few times for pleasure. Not to mention all the domestic travelling he does. Despite all that, he seems to have a never ending supply of annual leave remaining and I have long suspected there is […]

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Vietnamese beef fondue, bo nhung dam

July 2, 2010
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The recent long weekend represented a great opportunity to gather friends, head out of Sydney, down to the home of my best friend, L-bean, and feast! And everytime we catch up, we write another chapter in the book on feasting! L-bean is more than just a best friend – she’s a sister to me. She […]

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