Cooking Down Under 2010

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December 28, 2010
Matcha and lime dessert with cherry sauce
Matcha - Japanese green tea powder - is available at Asian grocery outlets and adds a subtle green flavour to this summery dessert.

December 20, 2010
There are plenty of tomatoes my local market so I make some ratatouille - with a few twists.

December 16, 2010
Beef up your barbecue
It’s time to think of casual entertaining outside on a balmy evening. Beef is always a popular option and here are some summer recipes from Meat & Livestock Australia to get you started

December 14, 2010
Kaygana - Turkish omelet
Exhausted after all that Christmas shopping? This Turkish omelet is a great pick-me-up and easy to prepare.

December 6, 2010
Vitamin D-fortifiedmushrooms on Australian tables soon
This is timely as the recommended daily intake level of Vitamin D has just been set at 600 IU, which is triple the previously recommended amount

December 2, 2010
Jamie Oliver's Tray-baked salmon
Even if you're a novice in the kitchen, here's an easy recipe that will impress your guests.

November 27, 2010
Spring fruit salad
Mangoes aplenty at the market this week

November 30, 2010
Mushroom and asparagus risotto
It's always a bonus to have some good chicken stock in the freezer in case of emergencies

November 24, 2010
Very berry Aussie pavlova layer cake
For a delicious Christmas dessert idea, try this twist on a national favourite - the Very berry Aussie pavlova layer cake

November 23, 2010
Roasted baby artichokes
Buy them small before the hairy chokes have a chance to develop

November 23, 2010
Victoria's strawberry season begins
A duck salad starter, pork loin main and two desserts featuring Victoria's new season strawberries

November 16, 2010
Chicken burgers and ponzu sauce
These versatile burgers can be cooked on the bbq or baked in muffin pans. The mix will also make tasty cocktail snacks.

November 15, 2010
Stir-fried red spinach
I find a striking looking bunch of leaves at the Asian grocery

November 11, 2010
Broad bean panzanella
An excellent way to use up some stale bread and make a delicious spring salad

November 2, 2010
Kumquat marmalade
Bright orange oval kumquats have been catching my eye at the market lately so I bought some to play with

October 19, 2010
Green mango salad with garlic prawns
After the comforting braises and mash of the cold months, it’s time to pep up the palate with fresh spring flavours. One of my favourites is a tangy green mango salad

October 5, 2010
Ross il-Forn - Maltese baked rice
This savoury dish comes from Malta. It can be served hot or cold - as comfort food or picnic fare

September 21, 2010
School holiday treats
Here are a couple of winning recipes for kids to make in the school holidays - a creamy nut fudge and coconut ice.They are made quickly and easily in the microwave oven

September 7, 2010
Lamb backstraps with fava beans
Broadbeans or fava beans are stewed with tomatoes and chermouls and served with medium rare marinated lamb backstraps

August 24, 2010
Rhubarb chutney
An excellent chutney bought at a country produce store prompts me to start experimenting in the kitchen

August 10, 2010
Spiced apple sponge
As long as there are a few apples in the fruit bowl or fridge, you’ll always have the makings of a dessert on hand

July 28, 2010
Stir-fried chicken with wood ear mushrooms
It's worth asking about and trying some of the less familiar ingredients found at Asian grocery stores

July 14, 2010
Apple ginger gems
I unearth the gem irons and bake up some nostalgia - ginger gems with a hint of apple

June 30, 2010
Vegetable curry with chickpea pancakes
Pancakes made from chickpea flour accompany a vegetable curry for a Meatless Monday

June 15, 2010
Fassolakia Moraitika
If you're looking for a vegetarian dish or want a side dish for roast meat or fish, try this Greek bean and potato recipe

June 3, 2010
Curried parsnip soup
It's time to makea big batch of chicken stock and start playing with the winter vegetables. Try this combo

May 25, 2010
Fig and fetta salad with smoked trout
As the last figs of autumn ripen, I make a simple fresh salad to go with some local smoked trout

May 20, 2010
Chicken in banana leaves
Fingers of chicken breast meat wrapped and baked in banana leaves and served with a spicy dipping sauce

May 6, 2010
Baked beans with bacon
Homemade baked beans are well worth the effort. They have abundant flavour and sure beat the canned variety

April 21, 2010
Eggplant achar
The eggplants at my local market during the week were gorgeous large shiny purple beauties. And they were cheap. It was time to get in a pickle

April 9, 2010
Apricot and almond dessert
This cake is a good one to whip up for unexpected guests or it can be made ahead then re-warmed in the microwave for dessert

March 24, 2010
Corn frittata
A frittata goes well with a salad and at this time of the year it’s good to include some of the late summer harvest

March 10, 2010
Spicy okra
The inspiration for this dish was a recipe for a lamb and okra dish, bamya, given to me many years ago by an Egyptian diplomat's wife

February 24, 2010
Beetroot salad
Roasted beetroot and red onions are given an extra zing with a minted chilli lime dressing

February 10, 2010
The Sicilian vegetable dish caponata has a good blend of sweet and sour flavours - ideal with barbecued meats

January 25, 2010
Cranberry, fennel and orange salad
If you've had enough lettuce leaves for a while, here's a refreshing salad with a difference

January 12, 2010
These cheesy little savoury bites are great with drinks or as picnic snacks. They can be served hot or at room temperature

January 2, 2010
This glorious soup comes from Cordoba in Spain and is an Andalusian classic

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