recipes

Traditional English Lamb and Mint Pasties

Traditional English Lamb and Mint Pasties

Despite having grown up in many different places I still consider the town where my parents live home. The small town of Ellesmere is nestled between seven lakes and is well known locally for its beautiful country walks along the meres and its incredible delicatessen […]

HIS ‘N’ HERS SHEPHERD’S PIE

HIS ‘N’ HERS SHEPHERD’S PIE

Shepherd’s pie is classic English fare. The sort of meal that regularly graces farmhouse tables across the UK, served in deep casseroles and topped with thick slabs of golden mash potato. It’s the sort of food that conjures up images of lumbering farmers lured in […]

Steak Sandwich – Spicy Korean Style

Steak Sandwich – Spicy Korean Style

Every now and then you come across an ingredient that you become obsessed with. For me, it’s gochujang – a fermented red chili paste from Korea. It has a hot, earthy savouriness which is perfect with beef, so what better way to enjoy it than […]

RECIPE: Slow Cooked Korean Beef Short Ribs in Gochu-jang

RECIPE: Slow Cooked Korean Beef Short Ribs in Gochu-jang

One of my first forays into the world of Korean food was at the unassuming CJ Lunchbar on Melbourne’s Little Lonsdale Street. Always busy, this tiny restaurant has you jostling among local international students for a seat on a wobbly wooden table which you have […]

RECIPE: Lamb Rendang Curry

RECIPE: Lamb Rendang Curry

Rendang is a rich, fragrant coconut curry usually cooked with beef. Often associated with Malaysian cooking, the word ‘rendang’ actually comes from the Indonesian ‘merandang’ meaning to cook coconut milk slowly until it’s dry. In fact it didn’t reach Malaysia until the 16C when the Minangkabau […]

RECIPE: Persian Lamb Stew

RECIPE: Persian Lamb Stew

Inside the Tajrish bazaar in northern Tehran, narrow alleys lined with windowfuls of saffron bustle with cool young locals sipping tea and reading Hafez, and groups of young women laden with shopping bags. Through the gilded arcade, past nutsellers and fabric merchants the single through-passage opens […]

Christmas Dinner Party Entree: Home Cured Gravlax with a Dill Mustard Sauce

Christmas Dinner Party Entree: Home Cured Gravlax with a Dill Mustard Sauce

There is much contention around the correct making of a gravlax – too much salt, too little sugar, never use steaks and what about the vodka? In actual fact it’s up to personal taste how much or little of each you add to your cure […]

Christmas Dinner Party Dessert: Pumpernickel Ice-Cream

Christmas Dinner Party Dessert: Pumpernickel Ice-Cream

The first time I had a version of pumpernickel ice-cream was at the old Crimean Restaurant in North Melbourne. Now sadly closed, the Queensberry street corner pub boasted a delicious menu of all things east European, serving crucial smoked, pickled and cured delicacies with obligatory […]

Christmas Dinner Party Main Course: Caramelised Onion Tartlets with Roast Chicken

Christmas Dinner Party Main Course: Caramelised Onion Tartlets with Roast Chicken

It’s that time of year again – the cork is permanently out of the sherry bottle, the old biscuit tin of mince pies is at varying stages of full and the string around the edge of the sitting room is overflowing with Christmas cards. As […]

COMFORT FOOD: Cauliflower Pangratatto Spaghetti

COMFORT FOOD: Cauliflower Pangratatto Spaghetti

Quite at home on the menu of a slightly upmarket Italian restaurant, this cauliflower spaghetti dish is a lovely meal to share with friends over a couple of bottles of good plonk. Cook it up in a big saucepan, place in the middle of the […]