Spaghettoni alla Puttanesca

A tasty flavoursome dish otherwise knowns as "whore's spaghetti" - but to understand how it got its name would take a lengthy explanation! One thing is for certain: you'll find all the ingredients found in an Italian pantry.

I’d be Myffed too

Poor Myf Warhurst. She’s rather distressed by a comment made by food writer and MasterChef judge Matt Preston in which he called her his “short and slightly wide” cravat, a reference to a chapter about cravats in his new book, ‘Cravat-A-Licious’. “I’ve had a few challenging moments this year,” she retorted in The National Times. … Continue reading

Tandoori-inspired fish

This recipe is inspired by a delicious dish I tasted earlier this year at EEST, a swish pan Asian restaurant in the Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur .Aussie chef David King is executive chef at the hotel where he runs the Kings Kitchen Klub, a series of cooking classes for both adults and kids.

King’s Kitchen Klub

Here's a funny pic of me with a group of friends at King's Kitchen Klub at EEST, a stunning restaurant in the Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. David is director of kitchens at the hotel, and let me tell you there are many kitchens!

Celebrity MasterChef

Has Channel 10’s MasterChef lost the plot? Last week when I watched the first show in the new series, we met the three celebrity contestants (Kirk Pengilly, Indira Naidoo and Josh Thomas), each of whom cooked their favourite (or “signature”) dish in the first half (and let me tell you, I really liked the look … Continue reading

Shoutin’ for Cupcakes

My daughter Natali loves this pic of garish cupcakes which I took at the Wholefoods Super Store in Pasadena, Los Angeles.  It’s the largest Wholefoods outlet in Southern California and my eyes were boggling as I wandered around, not just because of the brightly coloured cakes (surely they must use food additives?), but because of … Continue reading

Bon Appetit!

On a recent trip to New Caledonia, I was fortunate to be shown around Noumea by the delightful Gabriel Gate, the well-known French chef based in Melbourne. On our last night, we dressed up for dinner at the Escoffier School of Cooking, a training ground for local students, and one of Nourmea's best kept secrets (mind you, when we pulled up outside, I thought it was a grand motel, not a cooking school).

Star of the Kitchen

Here’s a funny pic of Sean Connolly which I took on Tuesday night at the first birthday celebrations of Sean’s Kitchen at Star City. It might look as if he’s cuddling up to a large statue of a charging bull, but in fact it’s his birthday cake, designed and made by those clever cake designers … Continue reading

La Dolce Vita Festival, King Valley

It’s a crisp winter’s day in the King Valley, north east Victoria, as we pull into Sam Miranda’s cellar door on our way to Cheshunt further up the valley. Strategically located at the juncture of the Snow Road and Whitfield Road, its bold tower which juts out above the lush flat river plain like a … Continue reading

Pedal to Produce

It's not every day I get on a bike and am nearly dislodged by an angry rooster and his brood of hens, nor that I'm distracted by flocks of rosellas and cockatoos alighting in the trees along my path. But then it's not every day I go cycling in the glorious countryside of north-east Victoria.

Kids Birthday Parties

I offer cooking class birthday parties at my home – or at your place (depending on travel time). We can prepare and cook 3 – 4 of the dishes listed on the Kids Cooking Class page, plus make the birthday cake in the class. Balloons, party hats and a small take-home gift are provided. Minimum … Continue reading

Kids Cooking Classes

My aim is to teach children to prepare a wholesome, nutritious meal which they can reproduce at home. Hygiene, nutrition - and loads of laughs - are also on the agenda. Classes may be held at your home or mine in North Sydney.