Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Christmas roast chicken with macadamia and apricot salad

I’m one of those people who can’t sleep in on Christmas day. Compared to the 364 other days of the year when my eyes are intent on staying shut and my snooze button gets pressed half a dozen times, on Christmas day it’s another story. At around 6am my eyelids ping open and without a [...]

Saturday, November 24th, 2012

Vietnamese inspired chicken burgers

This recipe began life as a chicken ball.  Bursting with flavour, its outward appearance (pale and insipid) did little to promote its culinary virtues.  I saw in it the potential for greater things however and thus set about turning it into a chicken burger.  Full of flavour, the patty itself required very little attention, other [...]

Saturday, November 3rd, 2012

BBQ Pork Chops with Cucumber, Apple and Fennel Salsa

There has been the odd day of late when the sun has smiled down on us, encouraging the transition from the couch to deck chair; from the kitchen to the BBQ.  We want to live outside, at least whenever nature will allow it!

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

Vegetarian burgers

As I’ve become a “grown-up” I’ve come to the opinion that one does not need to consume large quantities of meat every day and so for weeknight dinners I’ve been preparing a lighter vegetarian meal or one consisting mainly of vegetables with a small amount of lean meat. But as a kid it was a completely different story;

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Spinach and feta gozleme

A few years ago I was at the Glebe markets in Sydney and tried for the first time gozleme.  To this day that food memory is still vivid.  Watching the ladies prepare and fry order after order was mesmerising; they’d clearly been cooking gozleme for a lifetime

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Pork and watercress terrine with poached apples

Terrine is one of those dishes which must not be thought about too much before consuming.  If one was to explain it to an unknowing, unsuspecting diner then I suspect mouths may become instantly clamped.  Flaked meat suspended in cold gelatine…..hardly appetising.

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Boeuf Bourguignon

We hope to spark food memories in our readers during this month of nostalgia.  Boeuf Bourguignon transports me back to my folks’ house; dad’s significantly more impressed with stew for dinner than I am and he finishes his meal by wiping the plate clean with a piece of soft, white bread

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Slow cooked duck with plums

I have been fortunate enough to be on the receiving end of several dozen tiny wee duck legs and a handful of breasts, kindly shared with me by one of our friendly engineers here at F&P.  When this month’s theme was decided upon I thought the duck an apt ingredient with which to create a [...]

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Blini with Dill crème fraiche

My first encounter with these bite-sized pillow-y morsels dates back prior to the turn of this brand new century.  To an afternoon in early autumn in a suburb on the outskirts of Paris named Fontenay Sous Bois.  It was a Friday or Saturday, the afternoon light long and low

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Garlic and chipotle beef tacos with slaw

In my last post I talked about my love affair with Jamie O and his fish pie; I thought that for this post I could talk about my love affair with musicals but quickly came to the realisation that this is not a ‘personal hobby blog’ this is a cooking blog. So keeping right on [...]

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Pesto pasta

There is a lot to be said for the old adage “less is more”.  It can be applied to many facets of my career as a designer and photographer as well as to a plethora of situations outside of work.  This recipe is the perfect example of applying such a mantra to situations of the [...]

Monday, May 7th, 2012

Steamed Pai Kuat (pork ribs)

For the last couple of months as I have sat down to lunch with my humble salad sandwich or scrambled eggs I’ve watched enviously as my teammate Amie unveils her dad’s delicious home-cooked Chinese delicacies.  The poor girl never gets to eat in peace as I always give her the full interrogation on what she [...]

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