Sour Cream Streusel Cake

This is an easy, moist and very more-ish cake which cuts well, perfect for morning tea with coffee or afternoon tea with a cuppa. Let's keep is simple and not get into the myriad definitions of "streusel"!InroductionAbout this RecipeBy:...

Duck Creek Bruschetta with Macadamia Honey, Char-Grilled Pear and Goats Cheese

This lovely autumn recipe combining char-grilled pears, roasted salted macadamias, goats cheese, honey and thyme was given to me by the owners of Duck Creeek Macadamias.  Located near the...

Moroccan Harira Soup

This delicious fortifying soup is just what you need to get you through cooler autumn days.  As Paula Wolfert points out in The Food of Morocco, soup is usually a supper dish in Morocco, heavy and well spiced, nourishing and rich. Harira is famous...

Mother’s Day Simnel Cake

The Simnel Cake, a rich luscious fruit cake, has symbolised Mother's Day since medieval times.  In those days, the cakes were decorated with wildflowers gathered by sons and daughters as they made their way home to spend the day with their...

Tsoureki (Greek Easter Bread)

While it was Easter Sunday for many Christians a month ago, Orthodox Christians (who follow the Gregorian calendar) celebrate Easter next Sunday.How many Ukrainians, I wonder, are able to celebrate anything this year?InroductionAbout this...

Fair Dinkum Anzacs

Are Anzac biscuits unique to Australia? How will we ever know? But along with pavlova and lamingtons, we lay claim to them, even if they are based on borrowed ideas.InroductionAbout this RecipeBy: Sheridan Rogers For these fair dinuim Anzac biscuits,...

Bruschetta with Creamed Ricotta and Fresh Figs

Make use of autumn's glorious fresh figs in this simple elegant breakfast (or brunch) dish, a refreshing change from the ubiquitous smashed avocado on toast.InroductionAbout this RecipeBy: Sheridan Rogers You can use fruit...

Warm Salad of Soba Noodles & Mushrooms

Warm Salad of Soba Noodles & MushroomsWelcome in the softer days of autumn with this lovely melange of soba noodles, mushrooms, sweet potato crisps and asparagus. Use a mixture of mushrooms such as Swiss browns, field mushrooms, button mushrooms and...

Devilled Eggs

Here's a hark back to the 1950s for all those retrophiliacs out there. Or perhaps should that be to ancient Rome where eggs were boiled, seasoned with spicy sauces and served at the beginning of meals?One of the earliest known recipes for devilled eggs...

Miso Glazed Eggplant (Nasu Dengaku)

Miso Glazed Eggplant This classic Japanese way of cooking eggplant has become a favourite of mine, not just because of its delicious sweet-savoury flavour, but also because it's easy to cook at home. It's a goodie for both vegetarians and vegans and can be served...

Banh Mi

I'll never forget the first time I bought a banh mi (pronounced BUN-mee) from Vinata's in Cabramatta.  So many ingredients (bbq pork, luncheon meat, chicken liver pate, mayonnaise, pickled veggies, coriander stalks and Vu's secret tangy sauce) were packed into...

Spaghetti Carbonara

In his recent entertaining TV series, Searching for Italy, actor Stanley Tucci goes in search of four iconic pasta dishes which he describes as  staggering in their simplicity: rigatoni amatriciana, spaghetti cacio e pepe, spaghetti carbonara and...

Rustic Tart of Peaches, Plums and Nectarines

It’s the season for juicy flavoursome plums and late summer peaches and nectarines.  Make use of them in this lovely rustic American-style pie.  It’s a favourite from my first book The Cook's Garden.InroductionAbout this...

Dragon Fruit Salad

I've usually associated Chinese New Year with auspicious foods such as fish (because the Chinese root word for fish sounds like 'surplus' ) and noodles (which signify long life).But over the past few years, I've become aware of the Lunar New Year...

Watermelon Granita

Here's a refreshing icy treat for the kids when they come home from school on hot summer afternoons.  All you need is a sweet seedless watermelon, lemon juice and sugar - and a little rosewater for an exotic flavour.InroductionAbout this RecipeBy:...

Yu sheng: Lunar New Year Prosperity Salad

I discovered this fabulous salad recently when reading a story about celebrity chef Elizabeth Chong and why she had missed out on celebrating Chinese New Year for decades due to the White Australia Policy.Chong's family...

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Tough Bickies: The Original Anzac

What was the original Anzac made of? The biscuit, that is, not the soldier.If you go to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra and hunt around in the research centre you'll find it described as an army biscuit or Anzac wafer or Anzac...

What the Devil?

Ever wondered why we celebrate Easter with eggs? Curious, isn't it, especially when you discover that it's not even a Christian tradition.The very word Easter derives its name from  Eostre, or Eostrae, the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring and from the old...

A Truly Multicultural Christmas

Curious, isn’t it, the way we continue to celebrate Christmas in Australia.Come December, and the official start of summer, shop interiors and department stores are filled with white-bearded Santas and reindeer; cards and Advent...

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