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Eggs for Easter

Are you looking for something a little different, but traditional that you can do with eggs for Easter with the kids I have been cooking Sephardic eggs (sometimes known as Brown Eggs), since finding this recipe in the mid 1980’s, and being fascinated by the colour and flavour of the eggs. The Sephardic Jews (“Spanish” Jews) were […]

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Nutritious and Delicious, but a dog’s breakfast!

  I started feeding my Border-Collie/Labrador cross  home-made food a year ago. The lab in her wins out too often and she gets too fat on commercial food. I wanted food that wasn’t full of fillers and additives, or suspect ingredients. She is not allergic to any foods that I know of, but I wanted […]

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Sydney Nostalgia

We had a trip back to Sydney (our old stomping ground) recently for a concert. When we lived there in the early 1990’s it is fair to say that we enjoyed living in such a multi-cultural city with so many different ethnic enclaves and culinary experiences. It was easy to have Italian in Leichardt one […]

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Kamo kamo – a New Zealand treasure

[Recipe: Gokpinar Kabak - a Turkish take on a NZ treasure] The long, hot summer in Lyttelton this year has meant that our garden is going gang-busters! One crop that is doing particularly well in the dry, sunny conditions is our kamo kamo (sometimes called kumi kumi). It is taking over the garden rapidly and […]

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Dealing in Herbs

[Recipe: Chilled lettuce, pea & basil soup] He told me to meet him by the big gum tree, just across the road from the pony school. Although he didn’t say so, it was clear he wanted me to come alone – not to tell anyone. I’d been waiting for 5 minutes before he finally showed […]

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Nevşehir Vegetable Medley

  I love spending hours at open-air food markets, seeing what is on offer and how the locals use it. In Turkey we travelled to Cappadocia,  a place known for its incredible landscape. There is nothing like it on earth. It is a semi-arid area with rock formations caused by erosion, leaving pillar-like formations. These have […]

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Language, Food & Culture

I trained in linguistics and psychology and taught English as a Second language for a number of years in Sydney, Tokyo, Seoul and Tianjin, China.   I have fond memories of many meals in Sydney where students would bring dishes from their home country, adapted (sometimes reluctantly) to the ingredients that they could source in Australia. […]

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Mar i muntanya

Spring at our place is signalled by the appearance of bright yellow blooms on our kowhai tree, the arrival of bellbirds and crisp, clear days that offer a promise of summer. The rule of thumb down our way is that you don’t plant tomatoes or fire up the barbeque before Labour Weekend (the 4th Monday […]

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