Twice Baked Goat Cheese Souffle

Don’t let these exceptionally well behaved souffles intimidate you!  They can be prepared well ahead and finished off in the oven just before serving. Excellent for lunch or dinner with a mixed green salad and crusty French bread. Preheat oven to 160degC.  Grease 2 ramekins or individual  souffle dishes. In a pan, melt the butter, … Continue reading

Cabramatta Food Tour

Cabramatta is just an hour by train or car from the Sydney CBD.  You’ll notice the difference as soon as you arrive: fresh lively smells of Vietnamese hot mint, coriander and perilla intermingle with rank durian, fish mint and fermented fish and the spicy smells of curry leaf, cinnamon and star anise; tiny altars set … Continue reading

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

Fresh Vietnamese rolls spring rolls (bánh tráng) are great for lunch or for snacks. Alternatively, serve them as a starter to a meal and get everyone in the family to fill and roll their own at the table. You can substitute small peeled prawns for the chicken if you prefer – and if you have … Continue reading

Ballymaloe Irish Stew

Nestled in the rolling green fields of East Cork is Ballymaloe, a picturesque country house and farm and cookery school owned by the Allen family. Cork County has an abundance of Saint Patrick’s festivities, and Ballymaloe plays an integral role in those traditions.  Darina Allen, Chef of the Ballymaloe Cookery School, says their traditional family … Continue reading

Lovin’ Our Lamb

There’s no denying it. We Aussies love our lamb. However it’s only over the past decade that we’ve discovered there’s more to lamb than legs and chops – and more things to do with it than roasting or grilling. The ‘Trim Lamb’ campaign helped introduce us to new cuts like mini roasts and lamb strips … Continue reading

Greek Island Food

I’ll never forget the first time I saw octopuses hanging out to dry.   They were strung along a pole outside a taverna on the Greek island of Spetses – and I walked slap-bang into them! Large and knobbly with long dangling tentacles, they were hard to miss and my exclamations of surprise and horror greatly … Continue reading

Evi’s Zucchini Muffins

This is Evi Mitchell’s recipe, from her village on the island of Lesbos in Greece. Evi runs the homely C’Aphrodite restaurant in Cremorne, Sydney. Preheat oven to 200deg/180degC Fan Forced.  Spray 24 x 1/2 cup muffin tins with cooking oil spray. In a bowl, combine the zucchini, cheese and flour and combine well.  Make a … Continue reading

King of Herbs

It wasn’t until I lived in Italy that I realised the value of having my own pot of basil.  I’d gone to Perugia to study the language and was living with a typical Italian family. Lunch was the main meal of the day during that long hot summer (followed by a siesta) and a substantial … Continue reading

Fresh from the Garden Green Herb Soup

Quick and easy, the secret to success for this soup is to add fresh organic herbs to the soup base as it is being liquidised. Melt the butter and sweat the onion and potato for 3 – 4 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Add the stock, bring to the boil and simmer 15 – … Continue reading

Elizabeth Chong’s Roast Duck & Nashi Salad

The Nashi season coincides with the celebration of Chinese New Year – The Year of the Tiger, February 14th – 28th.  The Tiger, deemed a manifestation of royalty in Asia, shares centre stage with the fruit of Emperors – the Nashi, which the Chinese first grew in Australia during the 1850’s Goldrush. Cut  the duck … Continue reading

Chinese New Year

Sydney’s Chinatown offers something for every budget and every tastebud. At the bustling Dixon House Food Court, you’ll find a range of reasonably priced Asian dishes, representing the cuisines of northern China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia. Here, the most popular dish is the sizzling beef, ginger and shallot hot plate for $8.50, also … Continue reading

Pancake Tuesday

On a recent visit to the Top End,  I stumbled across Ken’s Crepe stall at the Mindil Beach Markets in Darwin. Scott Harris and Heather Pope-Daley were busy ladling out batter onto large French non-stick crepe-makers, rounding them out with a wooden swizzle stick and enclosing a wide variety of fillings. A long queue had … Continue reading

Forget the Roses, Send Chocolate

Potent, irresistible and ever so smooth.  You might think I’m talking about one of the world’s legendary womanisers, and why not?  Indeed, the 18th century Casanova had a penchant for chocolate.  Apparently he consumed gallons of the liquid stuff  and is alleged to have served it in much the same way that today’s playboys hand … Continue reading

Lovedale Long Lunch May 15/16 2010

It’s the road less taken by visitors to the Hunter Valley.  Most turn left into Broke Road and head unblinkingly for Pokolbin once they exit Cessnock, never thinking to make a right turn into the lesser known Lovedale Road. Little do they realise how much they miss, for this less built-up part of the valley … Continue reading

EcOasis Retreat, Uki

Early morning near Uki in northern New South Wales. A thick fog surrounds our chalet. All we can see through the long glass doors are the tops of the eucalypts on the slope below. And all we can hear are whip birds. It feels ethereal, as though we’re floating among the clouds a long long … Continue reading