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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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Tomato ‘Nduja Sauce with Prawns, Clams and Fregula

Tomato ‘Nduja Sauce with Prawns, Clams and Fregula

I was introduced to ‘Nduja a couple of years ago while I was working on a project for a boutique butcher. He had just started stocking the brand Salumi Australia; they were making it as part of their range of delicious salumi. He asked me to come up with a recipe using ‘nduja, and so I did.

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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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Charred Broccoli and Spring Onions with Roasted Garlic Coconut Cream

Charred Broccoli and Spring Onions with Roasted Garlic Coconut Cream

Recently I’ve been testing recipes for a client, who has been very specific that they be either vegan, or paleo based. It’s given me a lot to think about, and at times has been challenging, as of course there are guidelines to both these diets. But a challenge is something I’m always up for, and I love it when a recipe with such strict parameters comes together beautifully.

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Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce

Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce

The New Year has begun, and I’m easing myself into it very gently. Last night I woke to the constant drumming of rain on the tin roof outside our bedroom window. Today it’s actually starting to pelt down, the temperature so cool I’ve put on my favourite oversized sweater and am curled up on the sofa slowly going through emails that have been piling up, unanswered, over the Christmas period. These are the days I love, be it summer or winter; for me they are food days. And on these days I like to have something cooking slowly in the oven, or simmering on the stove.

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Magic Chicken Soup: a healing combination of turmeric, ginger, garlic, bone broth and other glorious things.

Magic Chicken Soup: a healing combination of turmeric, ginger, garlic, bone broth and other glorious things.

I’ve been fighting off a cold for the past few weeks, and finally it’s set in, coinciding with a grey day and rain beating against the kitchen window. I’m feeling poorly, emotional, and tired, and when I feel like this I need soup, usually chicken, or my Tuscan bean soup. Today is no different, but I don’t feel like delving into my usual repertoire, I want a soup loaded with a lot of ginger, turmeric, garlic, fresh herbs, a fabulous broth, with a huge hit of vitamin C; something that’s going to be restorative, that will nourish, hydrate, and heal my body and soul.

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Poussin with Chestnut and Pancetta stuffing

Poussin with Chestnut and Pancetta stuffing

A few years ago our eldest daughter requested Poussin stuffed with chestnuts, pancetta and various other exotic ingredients for our Christmas lunch. I asked her where she had seen this recipe, and she replied, “ Just make it up!” So I did, and as luck would have it, it was delicious.

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Chicken with Sage and Milk

I’m often asked what’s my favourite dinner? A difficult question to answer - especially for someone with so many favourite dishes. After some thought I usually plum for “duck”. Well, what’s not to love about duck? Anyway, I shouldn’t get started on duck, that’s another story, and this post is about chicken.

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Orecchiette con Gamberi

I won’t bore you with how lovely this pasta is, and how easy it is to prepare; all I can say is, if you have a supply of my tomato sauce; which doesn’t take long to prepare, in your freezer: from start to finish this recipe will only take about 30 minutes.

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