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...

Char-Grilled Prawns with White Nectarines and Chilli Salsa

This combination of char-grilled tiger prawns, sweet white nectarines and a Vietnamese nuoc cham-style salsa is a fabulous celebration of summer flavours.  The recipe was inspired by Victorian chef Annie...

Watermelon, Fetta and Mint Tapas

I'll never forget seeing these red, white and green soldiers walk out the door on a platter amd through the lobby of the Four Seasons Hotel, Istanbul. Just perfect for summer entertaining.InroductionAbout this RecipeBy: Sheridan Rogers...

Black-Eyed Susan Cake

This is one of those marvellous moist upside-down syrup cakes, so-called because the pattern on the top, made with mangoes and blueberries, resembles the Black-Eyed Susan flower.  I prefer to use Kensington Pride mangoes, also known as Bowens,...

Upside Down Tomato Pesto Tarts

These light savoury tarts are just the thing for New Years Eve, combining the red and green colours of the season and the tastes of summer. Even better, they're easy to make.InroductionAbout this RecipeBy: Sheridan Rogers Make sure you...

Plum Pudding Ice Cream

If you still haven't made your Christmas plum pudding, this frozen ice cream version is the perfect solution.  I actually prefer it to the heavy traditional English pudding, especially when it's a steaming hot day Down Under.    ...

Roast Whole Turkey Breast (Buffe)

Whole turkey breast (or buffe) is an impressive and easier option than a big whole roast turkey.  It also yields plenty of delicious moist white meat which keeps well for leftovers. Serve with mixed roasted vegetables of various...

Downunder Christmas Gazpacho

This savoury 'red and green' soup is so easy to make and makes a perfect starter for Christmas lunch or dinner. While the traditional Spanish gazpacho includes bread and is blended to make a smooth puree, I like the crunch of finely diced...

White Christmas

This up-dated version of is an easy one for kids to make (as long as you supervise the melting of the chocolate) and makes a terrific edible Christmas gift.Don't forget to book the kids in to my Mini Chef Christmas cooking classes where...

Loukie’s Gravlax

This recipe is from Loukie Werle's charming book, The Valley, a collection of much-loved family recipes."Not a Christmas goes by without a call from my daughter, 'Mum, can you bring the gravlax?' she writes."It has become the go-to dish for festive...

Rainbow Veggie Pasta

Celebrate spring with this colourful combo of veggies, a dish which can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature with a splash of lemon juice or mild vinegar. Or for a nuttier flavour, add a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil along with the...

Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Crispy Rice Cake)

Banh Xeo (Vietnamese crispy rice flour pancake)These crisp savoury rice flour pancakes are very popular in Vietnam and are generally eaten as a snack.  Some versions are made with coconut milk. This one is both delicious and simple to prepare. The pork is optional but...

Sorbetto di Limone

Sorbetto di LimoniThe recipe for this lemon sorbet is from Lonely Planet's Italy From The Source by Susan Wright. "Eaten as a digestif or palate cleanser, and enjoyed as a sweet pick-me-up, sorbet is very simple to make which is why the recipe has existed much longer...

Lumberjack Cake

I came across this fabulous cake a few years ago in Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, NSW, but sadly couldn't find any of the cafes serving it on my recent visit. It's delicious served at room temperature with tea or coffee but even better served fresh and...

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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...

Ever Heard of Houchoushiki?

Ever heard of Houchoushiki?Most of us have heard of the Japanese tea ceremony, the cherry blossom ceremony and ikebana, but have you heard of, or seen, the traditional Japanese knife ceremony called Houchoushiki ?While it represents many essential aspects of Japanese...

Golden Trumpets of Sunshine

You've no doubt heard of the Eureka, the Meyer, the Lisbon and the Lemonade varieites of lemons but how about the Sfusato or more precisely the Sfusato Amalfitano?  This is the golden trumpet the Italian poet Eugenio Montale refers to in his...

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