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Glorious Fennel

A shorter version of this article appeared in The Press and The Dominion Post on October 7th 2014. How do you cook fennel, or is it best eaten raw? What else goes with it aside from fish? Fennel belongs to the Umbellifereae family and is, therefore, closely related to parsley, carrots, dill and coriander. The […]

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Green Tomato Goodness

I was given a box of green tomatoes recently, so got busy in the kitchen inventing new ways to use them. We do love fried green tomatoes, but can’t eat that crispy, tangy, spicy goodness every day! What a versatile vegetable it is: Turkish, Burmese, Southern U.S, or Kiwi. We have been playing with Burmese food quite a […]

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Wag’s Coconut, Mango & Avocado Salad

I am not keen on mixing fruit with savoury.  No chicken stuffed with apricots, or couscous full of sultanas. It just doesn’t work for me. So when my good friend Vicki in Bangalow, Northern New South Wales, prepared this dish for us on arrival at her home, I was not filled with anticipation. I love […]

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Cucumber Soup with Smoked Salmon

Cucumber Soup with Smoked Salmon

I can’t eat cucumber. It’s not that I don’t like it, but rather that it doesn’t like me. Eating raw cucumber inevitably gives me reflux. However, I remember one Christmas as a teenager when, despite my protestations, my mother forced me into trying this soup. I loved it and for some reason it had no […]

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Roasted Bay Tomatoes

Roasted Bay Leaf Tomatoes

My fresh herb supplier, Paran, gave me a box of beautiful, ripe summer tomatoes recently. I’m not sure what variety they were, but they bigger than cherry tomatoes and smaller than the standard variety you find in the supermarket. I used some to make a large batch of kasundi – an Indian spiced-tomato relish that […]

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Seared Scallops and Bacon Crumble Brunch

This year’s Christmas brunch had something for everyone around our table. My Dad loves scallops (although he insists on taking the deliciously sweet roe off them to feed to the cat! Although I love my cat, the roe is the best part of the scallop as far as I’m concerned. I wouldn’t part with it! […]

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Summer Broad Bean Salad

Our broad beans produced a bumper crop this year. That’s fine with me because I love fresh broad beans and have a million different ways to eat them. I love their smooth, rich, sweet flavour. This simple dish is one of our summer favourites. It has a lovely combination of textures and fresh tastes, but […]

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Arabica Venison Canape with Young Garlic Mayo

Arabica Venison Canapés with Young Garlic Mayonnaise In our organic veggie box delivery last week we got some young garlic. I hadn’t cooked with this before so we experimented. The  cloves of the garlic head have not yet formed in young garlic, so it looks like a more bulbous or fleshy spring onion. It has […]

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Formaggio al Basilico

    This appetizing Italian cheese paté flavoured with basil is easy to prepare and makes a decorative centerpiece for the table. The custom of mixing herbs with cheese is a very old one, and often spices were added as well. The combination is mentioned in the recipe collection of an anonymous Tuscan writer, as […]

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Cumin-Spiced Whitebait with Toum

Now that whitebait are in season, why not try something a bit different (and lighter) than the usual whitebait fritters. The flavour of the whitebait is enhanced by cumin and Toum. They don’t overpower the delicate flavour.  200g whitebait 100g plain flour 1½ tablespoons of cumin seeds lightly toasted and then ground. ½ teaspoon of […]

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