#Canellini beans with garlic, chilli and olives with pan fried #salmon.

A yummy and quick side to go with easy pan fried salmon. Served in a bed of fresh baby spinach. Healthy, nutritious, using mainly items you probably have in your pantry. Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 20 minutes Ingredients: 2 boneless salmon fillets with skin on 1 can of canellini or white beans 1…

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#Quick Fish Curry with #Tamarind

This recipe is for my friend Jennifer who especially asked for a fish curry recipe using Tamarind and no fenugreek. The use of tamarind in fish and seafood curries is traditional in South Indian curries and adds a beautiful tangy flavour. Tamarind has all sorts of health benefits and is rich in many nutrients. This…

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#Crepes with fresh #strawberries and strawberry rum sauce #delicious

Cooked a bit of a retro dinner last night starting with Pumpkin Soup, then individual beef Wellington’s and finished with these crepes. I hadn’t made crepes for a long time and had forgotten how easy it is and how perfect they are for entertaining because you can make them ahead and just reheat in the…

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#Loobia #Polow with Indian #meatballs

Loobia or Lubia Polo is a very popular Persian comfort dish. It is a rice dish traditionally layered with green beans, spiced ground meat, tomatoes, herbs, and infused with saffron. I discovered recipes for the traditional version when looking for something interesting to do with the Indian meatballs I had in the freezer and the big…

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Indian #Thali and Sweets at #Maya Indian Sweets, #Sydney

Indian vegetarian Thali at Maya Indian Sweets on Cleveland St, Surry Hills has been a favourite comfort food spot for our family for years. As well as the famous Indian Sweets on offer, Maya offers dhosas and Thalis. A few weeks ago on an unseasonably chilly day, when the “kids” were visiting us from Canberra,…

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Thai style Stir fry pork with zuchinni noodles

Stir fry pork with Thai green chilli paste, fish and oyster sauces, eggplant, bamboo shoots, green beans with zuchinni noodles. Healthy, yummy and carb free! Easy weeknight dinner!

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Ripping good lunch at #Ripponlea Food and Wine, #melbourne

Ripponlea Food and Wine is one of our favourite Sunday lunch restaurants in Melbourne. With its Art Deco inspired style, beautiful emerald green velvet booths and brushed metal fixtures it oozes a classy style without being too formal or fancy. The revitalised menu is similarly inviting featuring a range of small and large sharing plates…

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#Sweet.. #Cannelini Beans and #Peas

A delicious quick braise with garlic, onions, tomato, olive oil, white wine, lots of black pepper, a can of cannelini beans, some peas, a sprinkling of salt and parsley. A tasty side and great as an accompaniment if you are trying to cut down carbs but want something a bit susbstantial! Went well with roasted…

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#Stellar Chicken Marabella, #chicken

Yottam Ottolenghi’s newest cookbook Simple has some great recipes but sometimes not so simple in terms of quickly getting some of the specialist ingredients which might not be in your pantry. However I have found that they are simple enough to understand the flavours being created and to play around with them using ingredients on…

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#Barbetta Italiano #breakfast, #sydney

A delicious taste of Italy for breakfast yesterday morning at Barbetta, Elizabeth St in Paddington, Sydney. Retro style Italian Diner and coffee shop. COLAZIONE CONTADINO 2 soft boiled eggs, prosciutto, baked ricotta, fresh tomatoes, artisan “charcoal” bread FRITTELLE DI ZUCCHINE Grilled fritters – zucchini, ricotta, buckwheat, corn & parmesan, with smashed peas, pea sprouts &…

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#Indian Spiced Roast #Pork Belly

I usually just make a simple roast pork belly seasoned with salt and pepper, and then jazz it up like in Crispy Asian Pork Belly Salad or serving with a tasty side like braised Italian.red cabbage. Last night I decided to try adding some Indian flavours by using a sea salt rub and spicy paste,…

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Pineapple, coconut and chilli sambal

This is such a delicious accompaniment to roast meats. The combination of sweet pineapple, green chilli, mustard seeds and desiccated coconut is brilliant. We had it with roast pork belly with crackling tonight and it was a great substitute for the usual apple sauce or red braised cabbage. Prep time: 5 minutes Cooking time: 10…

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Luke Nguyen inspired Split King Prawns

A few years ago I was gifted Luke Nguyen’s France cookbook which has some great cross-cultural French and Vietnamese recipes in it. My version of this recipe is easy and great for entertaining if you do the prep beforehand as it just requires quick shallow frying at the end, Splitting and flattening the king prawns…

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Chicken and Zuchinni #Curry

Last night I chopped up 2 zuchinnis and put them into the chicken curry towards the end of the cooking process. The resulting flavours were delicious as the zuchinni absorbed the delicious chicken stock flavours from the curry. Just add the zuchinni for the last 5 minutes of cooking in this classic and chicken curry…

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