Banksktown Bites

It’s 4pm on a wet winter afternoon and we’ve taken refuge inside the lively Café Nho in Bankstown City Plaza. The place is packed with locals and school kids sipping on coffee and tropical fruit smoothies. The range available, listed on the bright lime green wall behind the counter, tells a story – choose from … Continue reading

Christmas in July

Winter magic is a reality in the Blue Mountains, NSW, at this time of the year. The crisp clear mountain air is intoxicating, the views breathtaking, and for city slickers like me the lure of a log fire is irresistible. Sitting atop a hill high above Katoomba stands the Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa, a … Continue reading

Macaron Madness

Move over cupcakes and make way for macarons. These delicate bite-size egg white-sugar-and almond petits fours have already taken over Paris, and are now doing do so in Australia. Crisp and shiny on the outside, smooth and soft in the middle, they are the divas of the biscuit world:  fickle, fiddly and fabulous. In Paris, … Continue reading

Flatbreads – Winter Staples

Pizza, focaccia, pide and mountain bread – wherever you go today, you’ll find one or other on offer for lunch or a quick snack. They’re just a few of a huge variety of what can loosely be termed flatbreads – those staples of life which you’ll find in a sweep stretching from India, through Afghanistan, … Continue reading

Mediterranean Mamas

Evi Mitchell was busy putting the finishing touches to lunch when I arrived. A drizzle of olive oil over the boiled zucchini, and a few extra kalamata olives added to the village salad and she was done. I’d been invited to share lunch with the family – her 88-year- old mother Katina Tsochatzi, her mother-in-law, … Continue reading

Custard apples – sweet delights

Do you avoid buying custard apples because of their unattractive appearance?. True, their knobbly leathery skin can be off-putting , but break open the flesh of a ripe fruit, and I guarantee you will fall in love with its delicate custardy flavour. Dip in a spoon and scoop out some of the perfumed flesh.  Remove … Continue reading

Caramelised Custard Apple Bruschetta

For a simple yet impressive breakfast dish or snack. Heat the grill. Toast the bread lightly on one side.  In a small bowl combine the ricotta with the maple syrup or honey. Spread this mixture over the un-toasted side.  Top with generous pieces of fresh custard apple (check that you have removed any black seeds).  … Continue reading

Seoul of Sydney

Imagine eating a bucketful of KimChi, the spicy fermented cabbage dish beloved by Koreans – that’s just one of the competitions being staged on  Saturday at the annual Campsie Food Festival. “Food lovers are in for a treat this year with the Campsie Food Festival expected to be bigger then ever before,” says Mayor Robert … Continue reading

Mushroom Pickin’ in the Highlands

It was with some relief that I arrived at the mushroom tunnel in Bowral. Pockets of early morning mist had been swirling in front of me as I drove through the Southern Highlands, some patches so dense that I had to slow to a crawl. By the time I reached the tunnel, the mist had … Continue reading

Beef and Mushroom pie

A good one for cool autumn nights. Terrific with mashed potatoes and/or kumara and steamed green beans or peas. Heat the oil in a large heavy pan and fry the onions, garlic and bacon till soft. Coat the meat with the flour (shaken in a plastic bag is easiest) discarding any excess, and brown in … Continue reading
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