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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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A Day at the Dairy

A Day at the Dairy

I’d like to share a visit to an extraordinary dairy with you. A couple of weeks ago my husband and I ventured off on a nine-day food and wine trip – the main reason to drop in at Meredith Dairy. For the last year or so I’ve been creating recipes for their website and recipe cards. The only reason we hadn’t visited sooner was we live in Sydney and Meredith is in Victoria.

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A Slice Of Love

A Slice Of Love

My family knows my obsession with pizza and my love is completely genuine, and perhaps irrational at times. I’m more than happy to go out for it, but also extremely happy to stay in and make it myself. In fact, when I do it’s pretty much non-stop pizza for two days and any leftover dough I make into grissini. For years now I’ve used the same dough recipe (one of Jamie Oliver’s) with no problems. I don’t have a pizza stone (just preheat your baking sheet with your oven and slide the pizza in) you will find the dough holds well enough to last for two days.

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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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Three Little Classics

Three Little Classics

I know I’ve talked about Elizabeth David here before, and what an inspiration she has always been for me, her food and writing evoking a satisfyingly delicious life, filled with fresh ingredients and flavours that were a part of her every day living. Her descriptions of what she was cooking and journeys to local markets and quiet provincial villages has always made me want to dive into the pages and be apart of her journey of discovery with food and wine. 

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Spaghettini with garlic flowers, chilli and anchovies

Spaghettini with garlic flowers, chilli and anchovies

Every Wednesday, when I’m not working, I go to my local Grower’s Market. Last week I bought, among other things, a bunch of garlic flowers from one of my regular organic suppliers; Moonacres Farm. I couldn’t wait to get home, and put them in a vase, and admire them until hopefully they would open for me to use during the weekend. Well, Saturday afternoon they exploded into pale green fluffy balls...

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Roast Fennel, Caramelised Lemon and Blood Orange Salad

My daughter Hayley loves fennel - but only cooked, never, never raw. Me, I’ll eat it however it comes. Anyway, I decided not to be selfish and came up with a fennel salad to pleased us both.

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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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Roasted Lamb Rack with Peperonata

This deliciously light dish makes the perfect Summer meal. It works well for a couple or a crowd. I like to serve this with some crispy, roasted potatoes. Although it needs nothing else, I’ve chosen to add some strips of chargrilled zucchini. They look so pretty and taste wonderful too.

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Chestnut Soup

To prepare chestnuts first slit the shell, with a small sharp paring knife, and peel it away. Bring the chestnuts to the boil in a small saucepan of cold water. They are ready as soon as the water boils. Left any longer they’ll go grey. Not very appetising. Remove the pan from the heat, then take out one chestnut at a time and slip off the papery skin. Now you can start on the soup.

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