Cooking Down Under 2009

December 17, 2009
Crab cakes with mango salsa
Have these for a meal with a salad or make tiny ones and use them as cocktail pass arounds. You can use fresh or canned crabmeat.

December 6, 2009
Le Provider's Rhubarb Gelée Tarts
If you’re looking for a sweet something to pass round towards the end of a pre-Christmas cocktail party, I can recommend these little rhubarb tarts.

December 2, 2009
Kokoda - Fijian marinated fish
You don’t always need heat to cook food. An example of this is the Fijian dish kokoda, a fish dish where the “cooking” is achieved by marinating the fish in citrus juice.

November 19, 2009
Peas, broadbeans and prosciutto
One of the great things about spring is the arrival of the bean season and I am particularly fond of broad beans. They mix happily with sugarsnap peas and prosciutto for a hot or cold dish.

November 5, 2009
Rabbit with prunes
The flavour of this classic dish is greatly enhanced if you make a good rabbit stock from the leftover bones and trimmings when you joint the rabbits.

October 22, 2009
Stuffed monkfish tails with peppers
Monkfish wouldn't win any prizes in a piscine beauty contest, but it tastes delicious.

October 8, 2009
Broad beans with blood orange salad
Whenever I see fresh broad beans at the market, I like to make the most of them. While I enjoy them as a hot vegetable, I really love them in a salad.

September 24, 2009
Mussels with crusty bread
A good base sauce combines with the mussel juices to form a tasty broth.

September 11, 2009
Sardines with parsley dressing
Sardines have good flavour that stands up well to some aggressive seasoning.

August 27, 2009
Kedgeree
A humble Indian breakfast evolved into a fashionable dish on British country house breakfast tables.

August 13, 2009
Chocolate cherry dessert
The chocolate cake that forms the base of this dessert in a very simple one and yet it yields a good product that can quickly be whipped up from storeroom ingredients.

August 8, 2009
Pete Evans's Ocean perch with roasted tomato and fennel sauce
When pan-fried fish fatigue set in this week, I seized on a Pete Evans recipe for fish with roasted tomato and fennel sauce

July 30, 2009
Wild rice and mushrooms
If you want something a bit different in the way of a side dish, try this one

July 16, 2009
Spicy chicken and bean soup
An easy soup recipe that the kids might enjoy helping to make

July 2, 2009
Flourless orange cake
This simple recipe yields a richly flavoured cake that can be served with coffee or dressed up to make a delicious dessert.

June 18, 2009
Chicken with brown rice
When it’s freezing cold and the wind is whipping through the trees outside, it’s time to hunker down and enjoy some bowl food. This tasty chicken dish fills the bill nicely.

June 4, 2009
Brunch Frittata

If you have difficulty getting all those brunch items - bacon, eggs, hash browns, tomatoes - all ready at the same time, use much the same ingredients, but instead make a frittata.

May 29, 2009
Three beef casseroles

A comforting beef casserole is a traditional winter staple and its tenderness is guaranteed to melt away the winter blues.

May 21, 2009
Duck breast with mushrooms

Succulent duck breasts served with a mix of mushrooms

 

May 7, 2009
Cheese Twirls
It's soup weather Down Under and here are some savoury scone twirls to go with a warming broth.

 

April 23, 2009
Fig ice cream

There’s always a touch of nostalgia when daylight saving ends and we say farewell to summer. But then the changing seasons bring their own treats and I count figs among these.

April 8, 2009
Sardines in vine leaves

It’s been a great summer for the ornamental grape vine and there were still a lot of tender leaves when I went out searching for some to make today’s dish.

March 26, 2009
Chicken Escabeche
Boneless chicken breasts poached in a tasty acidic sauce then sliced and served cold.

 

March 12, 2009
Barbecued snapper
There were some small fresh snapper that I swear were winking at me from the tray at the fishmonger’s the other day so they were soon in my shopping trolley ready for their last journey.

February 26, 2009
Grilled nectarines
Some fresh fruit tarted up and put on the grill makes a sweet end to a barbecue

February 20, 2009
Two salads from Gourmet Traveller
Prawn, haloumi and watermelon salad and Potato, fennel and witlof salad make a refreshing summer meal.

February 12, 2009
Tuna and Potato Salad
That store cupboard favourite, tuna, can soon be turned into a tasty salad

January 29, 2009
Sushi
In recent years sushi has really caught on as a popular lunch choice, or as a passaround to accompany drinks. It's worth mastering the sushi-making technique.

January 15, 2009
Cucumber Salad
This is a great salad if you have a cuke glut, if you need a sambal for an Asian meal, if you want something fresh but different or if the fridge is almost bare of salad vegetables.

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