Cooking Down Under 2008

December 30, 2008
Summer pudding
Make the most of summer's berries

December 18, 2008
Stuffed chicken breast
If you are catering for a small number on Christmas Day, stuffed chicken breasts are a good alternative to a large turkey.

December 4, 2008
Poached chicken with rock melon and a broad bean and asparagus salad
Take time out from the silly season party fare for a sensible but fresh and tasty meal

December 1, 2008
Harissa lamb leg with roasted pumpkin, feta and pomegranate salad
This recipe comes from Pete Evan's latest book My Table. It's easy to make and the salad would be great as part of a Christmas meal.

November 20, 2008
Madeleines with orange flower water and cardamom
For a simple little cake, the madeleine has attracted quite a lot of attention and controversy over the years.

November 7, 2008
Mangolicious
Here are some great recipe ideas from the Calypso™ Mango people - a tempting salad, a great cocktail and a luscious dessert.

November 6, 2008
Pork with peppers and pineapple
This is a good dish to make if members of the family can’t all make it to the dinner table at the same time. It can be portioned out and refrigerated for later re-heating in the microwave.

October 22, 2008
Roasted beetroot salad with fresh cheese and prosciutto
Fresh Hot Cow cheese from the Yarra Valley Dairy tops this tasty salad but any fresh or crumbly cheese would do just as well

October 16, 2008
Baked pumpkin with wild olives
A country purchase is just what I need to garnish a side dish

October 9, 2008
Pork cutlets with apple
This time the apple accompaniment is baked alongside the pork

October 8, 2008
Ceviche of yellowtail kingfish
The author of a new fish guide shares one of her recipes.

October 1, 2008
Cocktails?
Get the shaker out - here are three delicious cocktails to try.

September 25, 2008
Banana and berry muffins
One banana and a handful of fresh or frozen berries flavour these more-ish muffins.

September 11, 2008
Coffee creme caramel
A favourite make-ahead dessert with a shot of caffeine

September 10, 2008
Spring lamb
Spring is here and it's time for spring lamb. Here are some recipe ideas.

September 6, 2008
Haloumi
South Cape recently introduced Haloumi to their Australian-made range and share some serving ideas.

August 23, 2008
Strawberry galettes
Simple rustic tarts that look pretty and taste great.

August 14, 2007
Prawn and Oyster Mushroom Soup
A deeply flavoured prawn stock is the magic ingredient in this refreshing hot and sour soup.

July 31, 2008
Chicken Cakes with Papaya Sauce
Tasty chicken cakes tarted up with an exotic tropical fruit sauce.

July 17, 2008
Lemon friands
If you're making a recipe that uses several egg yolks, then friands are a delightful way of using up the leftover whites.

July 3, 2008
Watermelon Salad
Watermelons are good news on the nutrition front - and they make a great salad.

June 26, 2008
Put some elastic in your food dollar
Hard economic times don't mean you should resort to poor eating habits.

June 19, 2008
Feijoa Tarts
Feijoas are beautiful green aromatic fruit. They're great just spooned out of their skin. But they are equally enticing when cooked in these simple individual tarts.

June 5, 2008
Silver beet with chickpeas
Silver beet or Swiss chard goes really well with chickpeas, particularly when simmered in a spicy tomato sauce spiked with slices of chorizo.

May 23, 2008
Irish Stew
The potato was unknown in Ireland till introduced there by Sir Walter Raleigh in the 16th century. But the Irish were quick to appreciate a change in diet.

May 8, 2008
Bowtie pasta with tomatoes, broccoli and goat's cheese
A little goat's cheese from the farmers' market inspired this one. Once you've got the ingredients together, this is a simple dish to make.

April 24, 2008
Savoury tomato soup
Freshly made tomato soup is a real spirit spirit-lifter.

April 10, 2008
Red pepper relish
Autumn nips the air and it's time to get in a pickle in the kitchen.

March 27, 2008
Baked eggs for an easy brunch
Getting the bacon, eggs and tomatoes all ready at the same time can be tricky. Here's a quick and simple answer.

March 18, 2008
Red grapefruit make a welcome return
And yet another welcome seasonal fruit hits the shelves. This time it's red grapefruit and here are some great recipe ideas.

March 13, 2008
Fig Tart
Luscious figs are one of the fruits that make autumn memorable.

March 7, 2008
Sweet and savoury ways with persimmons
Low fat persimmon muffins and persimmon prawn rice paper rolls

February 28, 2008
Pork Patties
Serve them with buns or without - pork patties with an Asian-inspired sauce.

February 20, 2008
Zena's Slice
It's more than 30 years since Zena gave me this recipe, and it's still a favourite.

February 14, 2008
Mango and Lemongrass Sorbet
A tangy mango sorbet with a hint of lemongrass

February 11, 2008
Culinary terms
Like all pursuits, cooking has its own jargon which can often be a bit mystifying for the learner cook. Here is a collection of commonly used culinary terms plus links to more comprehensive glossaries..

February 10, 2008
Garlic Prawns
This recipe comes from Pete Evans' book, Fish, with a couple of minor adaptations.

January 31, 2008
Fattoush
Use sun-ripened tomatoes for this lovely Lebanese salad. Don't forget the sumac...

January 25, 2008
Beers and BBQs go together
If you're firing up the barbecue, here are some ideas for matching your culinary masterpieces with beer.

January 22, 2007
Lamb ideas for Australia Day
January 28 is Australia Day and Meat and Livestock Australia has some tasty lamb dishes for those celebrating with friends and family.

January 17, 2008
Lamb Salad with Tangy Dressing
A quick and easy meal for a warm summer's evening - the lamb can be barbecued when required and the salad made earlier in the day.

January 12, 2008
Baba Ghanoush with Bread Crisps
A glossy purple eggplant can be transformed into a delicious dip to serve with pre-barbecue drinks

January 9, 2008
Citrus Cordial
There's nothing like a long cooling glass of homemade cordial on a hot day.

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