Tag: meal plan

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 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 […]

Flatbread, Feta and Sabzi – A Persian Breakfast

Flatbread, Feta and Sabzi – A Persian Breakfast

There really isn’t any method to this meal of flatbread and sabzi (herbs). It’s a case of opening packets, slicing the herbs and salad ingredients, and serving on a plate. This quintessential Persian breakfast is what we ate almost everyday on a recent trip to […]

RECIPE: Eggplant Pilaf w/ Saffron Rice

RECIPE: Eggplant Pilaf w/ Saffron Rice

Eaten throughout the Middle East and into Asia, pilaf is a dish of rice and either meat, fish or vegetables, cooked together in stock or water. It’s exact origins are unclear with variations of the word existing in Turkish (pilav), Hindi (pulao), and Greek (pilafi) […]

CHEAT’S PERFECT POACHED EGGS

CHEAT’S PERFECT POACHED EGGS

One of life’s little pleasures is that moment when you run your knife through the white of perfect poached eggs and glistening yellow lava seeps down through your hot buttered toast. I regularly have poached eggs on toast for supper. Sometimes with avocado or tomato […]

Leftover Bread Recipe: Panzanella Salad

Leftover Bread Recipe: Panzanella Salad

A traditional Mediterranean recipe, panzanella is the only way to eat leftover bread that’s starting to go stale. Originally without tomatoes (they didn’t arrive in Italy until the 16th C), this rustic Italian salad would have been made using bread soaked in vinegar and water […]

Frugal Food Fights Food Waste: Sardines on toast

Frugal Food Fights Food Waste: Sardines on toast

Food waste is a big issue for modern families. Eating simple, self-contained meals is one of the easiest ways to ensure you’re not wasting the food you buy, not wasting your hard earned money, and also not contributing to more food waste being sent to […]