Carol SelvaRajah on Dining with Dragons

I was running a little late for my appointment with Carol SelvaRajah, one of Australia’s leading exponents of Nonya and Malaysian cooking. When I arrived, she was on the phone to her brother, Dr Abel Arumugam, in Malaysia. She opened the front door, waving me in, while continuing with the instructions for chicken rendang. “After … Continue reading

Blessed Are The Cheesemakers

We’d only just made our way out through Sydney’s heavy morning traffic along the Princes Highway when a news bulletin informed us that a truck carrying 26 tonnes of cheese had overturned, prompting the closure of part of the Princes Highway on the NSW south coast. The truck overturned last night closing the road in both … Continue reading

One-a-penny, two-a-penny…

Have you ever smelt hot cross buns baking in a home oven?  If you have, you won’t have forgotten for the aroma is irresistible. And if you’ve actually eaten a spicy, buttery but-oh-so-light bun, fresh from the oven, you’d find it hard – if not downright impossible – to go back to those tasteless doughy … Continue reading

The Ancient Cuisine of Gaziantep

I’d never seen such vivid green pistachios – brighter than the freshest green buds of Spring – that at first I thought I was hallucinating. They’d been crushed and were being strewn over tissue thin sheets of pastry lightly brushed with oil followed by a sprinkling of sugar and dots of clotted cream. The pastry … Continue reading

Pancake Tuesday

Are you having pancakes for breakfast tomorrow morning? Buttermilk pancakes, drizzled with maple syrup and topped with a knob of butter are my favourite, but I also enjoy many other types of pancakes including French crepes, English pikelets and Bill Granger’s ricotta pancakes, topped with honeycomb, for Sunday brunch. Tomorrow is Pancake Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday), the … Continue reading