Poached loquats with jasmine and see Julie & Julia on me!

September 14, 2009

Spring has come unusually early this year and all around me lush green shoots sprout, flowers are in full bloom, cherry blossom petals float and swirl down streets lifted by warm spring air drafts and birds twitter overhead as they build their nests. It’s all rather romantic at this time of year. My parents’ backyard […]

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Nonno’s gnocchi with pork and veal sugo

August 2, 2009

About a month ago, the Co-pilot and I engaged in an extensive gnocchi making session under the guidance of our Nonno. This resulted in a gnocchi dish with sauteed prawns and sage burnt butter – a recreation of Alex Herbert’s recipe shown on Masterchef. Delicious and satisfying though it was, it wasn’t quite what Nonno […]

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Something different: homemade gnocchi

June 15, 2009

A few weeks ago we saw Chef Alex Herbert of Bird Cow Fish make her famous potato gnocchi with sauteed prawns in a burnt butter sauce on the Masterchef celebrity challenge against Masterchef contestant Chris. It looked delicious and we were reminded that it had been too long since the co-pilot and I had made […]

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Coconut chicken and banana flower salad

June 7, 2009

Whilst I’ve had many a banana flower salad in Thailand and in the Thai restaurants around Sydney, I’ve never personally cooked with banana flower before. Whilst perusing through the fruit and vegetable stalls in Cabramatta out in Sydney’s west, I picked up a banana flower, stared at it and realised I wouldn’t have the slightest […]

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Foraging at Orange F.O.O.D week

April 29, 2009

Our good friends DanW and KatieB visited Orange in country NSW many years ago and fell in love with the food culture prevalent in the region and have contemplated leaving the big smoke behind to start up an organic farm there ever since. The same friends were the driving force behind getting us all to […]

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Dim Sum to touch your heart

April 8, 2009

That’s what dim sum means – “to touch your heart”. Dim Sum originated in the Guangdong region of Southern China and were served at tea houses as delicious accompaniments to the tea. Originally tea and not food was the focus of tea houses, as yum cha literally means to drink tea in Cantonese. For that […]

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Chowder! It’s called chowder!

April 5, 2009

The title of this post may be lost on you unless you’re a fan of The Simpsons. I’ve always wanted to make chowder. I’ve had a few chowders around the place, but I suspect they’re nothing like the real deal clam chowders you get in Southern USA. Nonetheless I was going to give it a […]

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Som Tum anyone?

April 2, 2009

There have already been a few posts dedicated to this delectable Thai green papaya salad, but how can one get enough of som tum? When friends just back from the UK asked us to pick up some som tum ingredients the next time we head out west to Cabramatta, we happily obliged as it gave […]

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Transforming hominy into Pozole Blanco

March 24, 2009

Following on from my last post, I was keen to use the hominy in a pork and hominy stew known as pozole blanco, so I rushed home from my little shopping expedition out in Sydney’s western suburbs to start the stew. A fellow foodie and chef who specialises Mexican, Chef Paul (aka Foodman), kindly supplied […]

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Incredibly easy egg & pancetta tart

March 16, 2009

I received a few cookbooks for Christmas last year, one being Valli Little’s “Faking It” cookbook. I was perusing through this the other day and came across a recipe for an egg and pancetta tart – so we decided to make it. Well, more precisely – I decided to make it and the co-pilot actually […]

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