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3 Perfect Pastas

3 Perfect Pastas

It’s been a while since I’ve posted, not intentionally, as it’s been a busy year. I’m off next week overseas for about 7 weeks for business, so the family aren’t coming, and I’ve been slightly worried about how my husband is going to feed himself (opening a bottle of wine is not a problem). But when faced with a saucepan and the stove, he’s confused, and takeout is not an option in our family. We just don’t do it.

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Chilli with Cornmeal Dumplings

Chilli with Cornmeal Dumplings

I’m a bit behind in posts at the moment, and thought I’d leave this recipe until next winter, but as I’ve been on a road trip in Victoria and the weather was decidedly cold, I thought I’d carry on. So, here is my Chilli, a one pot dinner, and total comfort food for those cold rainy nights.

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Spaghetti with Romanesco, Dried Shrimp, Chilli and Spices

Spaghetti with Romanesco, Dried Shrimp, Chilli and Spices

I have been cooking, on an almost daily basis for many years. And most of the time I cook with what’s in my fridge and pantry, because I like to create something delicious from what’s there, rather than running to the shop for that one ingredient that I’ve run out of. So after bringing home some lovely fresh romanesco from the markets recently, and deciding it would be perfect with pasta, I discovered I’d run out of anchovies (a classic partner) so out came dried shrimp, coriander and fennel seed.

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Maugers Meats And Other Oxtails

Maugers Meats And Other Oxtails

Every now and then, if you’re like me, you get a craving for meat: maybe because we don’t seem to eat as much of it as we used to. Well anyway, a few weeks ago, as mentioned in an earlier post, we had a very pleasant food and wine weekend in the Southern Highlands with good friends. And one of the places we always visit when we’re in that part of the world is Maugers (pronounced Majors) – a small, family owned, butchery in Burrawang – and the perfect place to delight that craving.

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Perfect Late Summer Bruschetta

Perfect Late Summer Bruschetta

For me, using produce when it’s at its seasonal best, and a good price, is just common sense, and I very rarely shop with a recipe in mind, taking inspiration from the fresh produce in front of me. When I see plums I always buy some, just a few to start when they are expensive, and as the season progresses, I purchase buckets. Then after I’ve made jam, and a few cakes, I start to think of different and savoury ways to use them

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Barbecued Corn with Chilli Lime Butter

Barbecued Corn with Chilli Lime Butter

“Shucked and boiled in water; sweet corn is edible and nutritious; but roasted in the husk at the hottest possible temperature in an oven for 40 minutes; shucked at the table, and buttered and salted, nothing else: ambrosia. No chef’s talent and ingenuity ever created a finer dish.” This is a quote from Rex Stout’s mythical detective Nero Wolf (Murder is Corny).

Even though I didn’t cook my corn like that, I just loved his impassioned delivery. Instead I barbecued it in its husk, and let me tell you the flavour was incredible, the lime – chilli butter complementing the smokiness of the corn perfectly.

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