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Archive for the 'Recipe' Category

Chestnut and Jerusalem Artichoke Soup : Recipe

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

We recently dined at Circa The Prince in St Kilda, and I was really surprised by the Chestnut soup we were served.  I asked chef, Matt Wilkinson, if he would share the recipe with me. He graciously agreed. The soup I made isn’t quite as refined as the one they serve at Circa but the […]

Momofuku Style Compost Cookies : Recipe

Monday, April 26th, 2010

A few weeks ago we got together for a feast of Momofuku themed dinner party.  Master baker Anne brought along some “Compost Cookies” from David Chang’s Milk Bar restaurant.   They were chewy and crunchie and salty and sweet and very very moorish.  I was stuffed full of pork, and there was “Crack Pie” to […]

Cherry and Almond Burnt-Butter Torte – Recipe

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

This delicious torte is actually pretty easy to make, and works well with frozen or preserved cherries, but is perhaps best in the middle of cherry season. The fresh local juicy cherries that I buy from the Farmers’ Markets were my inspiration to try this recipe. That and I almost always have all the ingredients I need […]

Momofuku Pork Buns

Monday, January 25th, 2010

I’ve been splurging on cookbooks lately – the strong Aussie dollar has been making it too difficult to resist. The Momofuku Cook book (by David Chang and Peter Meehan) arrived after Christmas and has been inspiring me non-structurally for a few weeks. By that I mean I haven’t sat down, read through a recipe, gone […]

Warm Tomato, Red Onion & Chick Pea salad

Monday, December 28th, 2009

Day after Boxing Day BBQ – we’re getting more confident with the BabyQ and felt that we could give some of the fabulous steak from Largo a decent send off. I grabbed some rump steaks from Simon that had been dry-aged on the bone since 7th November and we put together some salads. So easy […]

Recipe: Sunday Night Lamb Shanks

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

“Whattya call this love?” – “Stew” Feels like Lamb Shank night, and it was. Some lovely (but my aren’t they expensive now!) lamb shanks, two onions, half a bottle of decent cab and water to simmer with a muslin bag including tangerine peel, peppercorns, juniper berries, a cinnamon stick and three bay leaves. After an […]

Cooking: Duck with Cherries

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

New Year’s?  blerh Let’s avoid the sobriety (of watching fireworks in town with families and NO alcohol – blerg) and the transport troubles of going somewhere for a meal / drink.  Lets cook something wonderful and open a darn nice bottle of wine. So we did.  We opened two in fact.  Starting with a Coldstream […]