Cooking Down Under 2007

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December 27, 2007
Sorrel Soup
After all the food excesses associated with the silly season and Christmas Day, it's time for some restorative soup.

December 18, 2007
Lychee season
Australian lychees are back in season and here are two recipes to try - a panna cotta and a slushie

December 17, 2007
Riesling Sorbet
If you're looking for something different to serve your guests as an aperitif when they arrive for Christmas dinner try chef Peter Doyle's Riesling Sorbet.

December 13, 2007
Alex's Peaches Amaretto
People love sharing their recipes. This one came from a man I met at a Melbourne Food and Wine Festival function earlier in the year.

November 29, 2007
Falafels with Tahini Sauce
Here's a good vegetarian dish that seems to be popular with everyone. Falafels are tasty chickpea patties, stuffed in pita pockets with salad and a tasty tahini sauce.

November 17, 2007
Antioxidants
We hear a lot about antioxidants and how important they are to our health. But what are they, what do they do, and what foods are a good source of antioxidants?

November 16, 2007
Rockmelon salsa
Here is a superbly fresh salsa to serve at your next barbecue.

November 15, 2007
Blueberry recipes
Blueberries are an excellent source of antioxidants and here are some delicious ways to include them in your diet.

November 13, 2007
Beet salad with mint
Anyone who's had the misfortune to drop a piece of beetroot down their front will not be surprised to learn it's famous for its dyeing qualities. But beetroot also makes a good simple salad.

November 1, 2007
300-minute eggs
Recently I came across an interesting recipe from Morocco for 300-minute eggs. Now five hours' cooking for an egg is taking things slowly but I am always up for a challenge.

October 18, 2007
Globe artichokes with lemon dressing
I am surprised to learn our sons have not yet acquired a taste for globe artichokes. I happily devour their rejects.

October 5, 2007
Steak chilli con carne
I was doing a quick search of the internet for some inspiration and up popped this tasty - and easy - dish.

October 4, 2007
Tangelo Muffins
A recipe for orange muffins slipped out of my mother’s fortnightly letter recently. She gave it an enthusiastic endorsement so I made it with the citrus at hand - tangelos. I wasn't disappointed.

September 20, 2007
Prawn Ravioli with Lemongrass Broth
Usually when we cook prawns, we discard the heads. But they can be used to give this accompanying lemongrass broth an amazing depth of flavour.

September 12, 2007
Tup Goddard's Coconut Crisps
My great aunt Tup cooked on a wood stove most of her life. She used to make these delicious crisp biscuits - one of my childhood favourites.

September 6, 2007
Honeyed Pears
One of my old handwritten cookbooks re-emerges after two years in the wilderness and I revisit a dessert recipe.

August 25, 2007
Beans and butternut squash
In the interests of reducing our carbon footprints, here's a dish for a meatless day

August 22, 2007
Merguez with spiced chickpeas
No more bland, white snarlers. A spicy sausage that originated in Tunisia proves a meaty treat

August 9, 2007
Watercress soup and Australian damper
Roman emperors ate it to assist them in making bold decisions. The Greeks said "Eat watercress and get wit." We try our luck with the peppery leaves.

July 31, 2007
Meatballs in tomato and chilli sauce
Definitely a night for staying in and stoking up the inner fire with a nice hot curry from Manju Malhi's Brit Spice

July 26, 2007
Steak and kidney with dumplings
These days were are urged to respect those animals raised for food by using all parts of the beast. I've never been afraid of offal so I do my bit.

July 21, 2007
Sesame Butternut Squash
Brighten a winter meal with some colourful butternut squash

July 12, 2007
Craisin and Apricot Loaf
Whenever people get together to socialise over a cup of tea, chances are there'll be a fruit loaf on the table.

June 28, 2007
Rabbit Stew
Wild bunny or farmed bunny, it makes a tasty stew.

June 24, 2007
Saag Aloo
A tasty vegetarian silverbeet and potato curry that will warm a chilly night.

June 24, 2007
Fruity Oat Biscuits
This recipe yields plenty of biscuits for little effort. Even mixing the dough is painless.

June 14, 2007
Kiwifruit Muffins
Some luscious golden kiwifruit find their way into the weekend brunch muffins

June 5, 2007
Minestrone
I return from the market with some colourful fresh borlotti beans

June 4, 2007
The Pub with No Beer
I take a break from the kitchen and find out what's been happening at the legendary Pub with No Beer. It now houses an award-winning craft brewery.

May 30, 2007
Italian Sausages with Lentils
This comes from one of the books I am cooking from at the moment - Gordon Ramsay's Sunday Lunch.

May 24, 2007
Cheese Straws
My mother used to make wonderful cheese straws. She just didn't make them often enough. I revisit a favourite.

May 24, 2007
Chicken Liver Pate
Remember the 70s when we all used to make our own chicken liver pate? I go retro.

May 23, 2007
Carrot and cranberry salad
A simple salad but easy to make and it looks good, too.

May 20, 2007
Party time
It's The Spouse's birthday. I do a marathon tour of duty in the kitchen so I can enjoy the party.

May 17, 2007
Breaded herb chicken with rocket salad
Rocket, arugula, roquette, rucola, call it what you will - it makes a fine salad.

May 4, 2007
French Apple Tart
The way to a man's heart... well, a slice of apple pie was a good start, I discovered.

April 24, 2007
Disaster in the kitchen
Sunday evening and the soup is simmering gently on the hob. And then disaster strikes...

April 19, 2007
Tuna Tataki
Szechuan pepper has an intriguing tongue-tingling effect. Here it is used to season this delightful seared tuna dish - ideal for an entree or with pre-dinner drinks.

April 18, 2007
Anzac Biscuits
These used to be called Soldiers' Biscuits and were first sent to troops abroad during World War I. They are still popular.

April 5, 2007
Schiacciata con 'l'Uva
It's grape harvest time and what better way to celebrate than with some gorgeous grape bread.

April 1, 2007
Verrines
Verrines, appetisers and desserts served in glasses, are beloved of the French and are just starting to appear in the US. When will they arrive Down Under?

March 21, 2007
Baked Figs
I stop to do a good Samaritan act and find I become a partner in crime.

March 12, 2007
Belgium Biscuits
Still keeping the vultures at bay, I dip into my old Edmonds Cookery Book.

March 8, 2007
Pecan Brownies
When the resident vultures are circling the kitchen, peering in the pantry and poking round in the fridge, it's time to ward them off with some serious sustenance.

February 22, 2007
Summer Salads
A snowpea and sesame salad plus a cherry tomato and feta salad for summer barbecues.

February 8, 2007
Picnic Frittata
If the sun is shining, pack a picnic.

January 25, 2007
Strawberry Friands
Four generations of cousins make short work of this afternoon tea delight.

January 11, 2007
Flower eggs
Want to tart up the humble poached egg? Try cooking it in cling film and making an egg flower.

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