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American Psycho - And Other Serial Offenders

American Psycho - And Other Serial Offenders

Every once in a while you get a really fun brief from a client. Best Skin (UK) asked if I could style and photograph four very different smoothies that they had created. It was a hoot recreating, and shooting them - and tasting them was just as amazing. These are well worth trying, you can feel the Goodness Police flowing through your veins.

To get the rest of the recipes go to www.bestskin.co.uk.

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Apples Ain’t Apples

Apples Ain’t Apples

On a recent food and wine trip, with my husband, to the Southern Highlands* for a few days I had the good fortune to visit a very special apple orchard – actually a farm consisting of three separate apple orchards: the oldest of these dating back to the late 1800s – that today produces a truly yummy, vintage, organic, sparkling cider. It’s called Pomologist Cider.  The current owners purchased the property, not far from Robertson, almost 20 years ago and after a subsequent trip to England, where they sampled some locally made, organic ciders, returned home and set about creating their own Southern Highlands’ version.

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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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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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Visually Stunning Romanesco

Visually Stunning Romanesco

You don’t see romanesco around much, although those in the know, are seeking out this alien looking vegetable more and more. Its bright green appearance always catches my eye when I see it at the markets, and I pounce quickly, scooping up as much as I think we can physically eat. I love its flavour: nuttier and earthier than cauliflower, with a little spice.

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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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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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