Cooking Down Under 2011

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December 28, 2011
Lime curd
This has a refreshing flavour and can be used in a variety of ways

December 13, 2011
Prawn bites
A tasty little cocktail number in the simplest container

November 29, 2011
Watermelon gazpacho
Here's a twist on the regular gazpacho recipe that will make you feel refreshed.

November 14, 2011
Dressing up
Some easy salad dressings to tart up a simple salad.

November 2, 2011
Mini capsicums
Stuff them, make Vietnamese rolls, try them in a salad.

November 2, 2011
Red quinoa salad
Quinoa, sometimes called vegetable caviar, also makes a great salad ingredient.

October 19, 2011
Asian salad
Lamb backstrap is the star in this light and lovely salad with a punchy dressing.

October 4, 2011
Broad bean bruschetta
A tasty snack to go with a bit of Rugby watching on TV

September 20, 2011
Zucchini fritters
Try these for a Meatless Monday or as a part of a brunch meal

September 7, 2011
Spring pea canapes
These little pea canapés are great with a glass of bubbly before a dinner party

September 5, 2011
Tuscan black cabbage with chillies
Garlic and chillies lend their flavour to this cavolo nero dish

September 3, 2011
Three ideas for canapes and starters
Key ingredient in the trio is the versatile little grape tomato

August 23, 2011
Paella with chicken and chorizo
Start this dish with a well-flavoured sofrito

August 9, 2011
Lemon mascarpone cheesecake
This is an easy no-bake dessert that certainly delivers on flavour

August 6, 2011
Broccolini recipes
Broccolini is a versatile vegetable and here are some new recipes to try.

July 29, 2011
Goat cheese, watercress and leek tart
Another dish using pâte brisée

July 26, 2011
Pear crostata
A delicious little free form tart spice up your meal

July 12, 2011
Chicken casserole with Cajun spice
This ultra-quick chicken and caper casserole gets an injection of flavour from a Cajun spice mix.

July 8, 2011
Beef stock
I buy a bag of bones from the butcher

July 4, 2011
Rewena paraoa
How to make a sourdough starter - and a Maori bread recipe

June 28, 2011
Mushroom and chorizo pasta
Chorizo and mushrooms work well together for a warming pasta dish

June 21, 2011
Pear recipes
It a record season for pears. Try them in a ravioli entree, roasted stuffed quail or a tempting strudel

June 15, 2011
Curry-stuffed baby red capsicums
I win a gift pack of baby peppers plus the makings for a tasty curry stuffing for them

June 14, 2011
Ham hock soup
Smoked ham hocks are great for adding substance to a hearty winter soup. They produce a well flavoured stock which can then be used for a variety of broths.

May 31, 2011
Lemongrass prawns
A light, refreshing entrée or an appealing luncheon dish

May 17, 2011
Tomato relish
It's time to make my autumn batch of tomato relish

May 17, 2011
Mexican Pie
Taco seasoning spices up this cornbread-topped pie

May 12, 2011
Broad bean and preserved lemon salad
Broad beans are making a welcome reappearance at my market. Here's a salad with a nice tang.

May 7, 2011
Banana oat bran muffins
Bananas are too expensive at present to throw away when they get brown. Make some delicious spiced breakfast muffins.

May 3, 2011
Kibbeh
There are several versions of this Lebanese dish including fried torpedo-shaped rolls and even a raw version, kibbeh nayyeh.Here is the baked version.

April 25, 2011
Jerusalem artichoke soup
The first of the new season's Jerusalem artichokes have arrived at my local market

April 19, 2011
Spicy oat biscuits
Easter often means having extras in the house or people dropping in for a coffee and a catch-up. This is a good recipe to have on hand for such occasions as it makes a large batch of biscuits.

April 5, 2011
Stuffed baby peppers
Small red peppers can be stuffed with a variety of ingredients for an attractive and tasty side dish

April 4, 2011
Chow Chow pickle
When it comes to making pickles there’s a certain breed of male who can’t roll his sleeves up quickly enough.

March 30, 2011
Individual broccoli frittatas
These individual frittatas are the perfect mealtime solution, no matter how many are coming for dinner

March 22, 2011
Thai fish cakes and dipping sauce
Don’t ignore some of the cheaper fish varieties just because they break up when you try to pan-fry them. They can be used to make Thai fish cakes

March 16, 2011
Nashi, walnut and goat cheese salad
Nashi pears have just started coming in at my market and are a welcome addition to both the fruit bowl and the salad bowl.

March 8, 2011
Breakfast Muffins
Whip up a batch of healthy cheese and oat muffins at the weekend and freeze them for quick breakfasts during the week

March 2, 2011
Scavenger stew
A tasty vegetable stew from the odds and ends in the fridge's vegetable compartment and a couple of store cupboard additions

February 24, 2011
Lime, ginger and cranberry chutney
Cheap limes at my market start me thinking about chutney

February 22, 2011
Marinated mushrooms
Button mushrooms are great prepared in a marinade and used as a cold accompaniment for poached chicken or barbecued meats.

February 18, 2011
Persimmon recipes
The persimmon season is just beginning and here are some recipes to inspire you

February 14, 2011
Cannelini bean salad with lemon mayo
The sunny flavours of the Mediterranean combine in this salad

February 8, 2011
Opor ayam
This mild but well flavoured coconut chicken comes from Java and gets a little shot of acidity from tamarind.

February 3, 2011
Spinach-stuffed chicken
A light and tasty chicken dish for a summer's evening

January 25, 2011
Cherry tomato tart
This is one of those nice easy dishes that doesn’t require very much work if you have the ingredients on hand.

January 20, 2011
Calamari salad
If the post-Christmas bathroom scales are trying to tell you something, here's a guilt-free dish loaded with flavour

January 11, 2011
Summer berry smoothie
Berry smoothies are an easy morning pick-me-up and are full of anti-oxidants.

January 11, 2011
Roasted vegetable salad
Sometimes it’s necessary to think outside the square when it comes to summer salads and a roasted vegetable salad makes an interesting change

January 4, 2011
Lamb BBQ ideas
Try some lamb on the BBQ this Australia Day

January 3, 2011
Oysters with Mignonette sauce
Oysters with a traditional mignonette sauce and some tiny sourdough cucumber sandwiches on the side.

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