Flans a la Fleur d’Oranger

  Instead of the usual Christmas cakes and puddings I wanted to create a dish that could be prepared in a matter of minutes and could be done ahead of time if needed.  Orange blossom water might surprise you in this recipe, but it is very popular in many French recipes.  It is used to flavour crêpes, […]

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A Christmas Bombe

Wrap up Christmas lunch with this simple dessert.   It is basically ready made ice-cream and ready made Christmas cake layers.  Put a new spin on it using your imagination and decorating it using chocolates, marshmallows, nuts, meringue, chocolate sauce etc. plus any Christmas decorations you have at hand! Ingredients 1 1/2 tubs of vanilla Ice-cream ( one litre) 1 […]

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Layered Crispy Potatoes & Sage

What I like most about this recipe is the reward you receive.  Once the potatoes are done they look beautiful and the taste is fantastic.  This is a recipe that I have very few words to say … It is simple, delicious, and perfect! Ingredients 1 1/2 kg of  purple potatoes, do not peel them 1/3 cup olive oil salt […]

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Louisiana, My Danish Salad

My Danish Salad for a hot summer in Perth! You wonder why my salad is called a Louisiana Salad if it is a Danish salad?  The answer is simple;  30 miles from Copenhagen there is the Louisiana museum of Modern art.  It is a must see museum.  It is an outside inside museum over looking the Oresund sea between Denmark and Sweden.  […]

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Orange & Purple Pickled Baby Carrots

Support your local growers! Saturday morning is my time to visit one of the many weekend markets in Perth.  I like to arrive early when the market is not too crowded so I can lose myself in the labyrinth of stalls with seasonal fruits and vegetables.  Perth has so many of these markets which are scattered all over the city. Quite frankly,  the vegetables and […]

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Salade Nicoise

This recipe is for the most commonly served Salade Nicoise.  However, the traditional Salade Nicoise in Nice may not always come with cooked beans or cooked potatoes.  This salad for them reflects the seasons, so the Salade Nicoise varies with the seasons.  In the spring they may use fava beans and artichokes, in the summer sweet yellow rock melon, and in the Autumn finely sliced […]

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Pan Bagnat the Star of Nice

I recently visited the stunning city of Nice and frankly I did see some changes, perhaps less tourists, the streets of Nice have become big parking lots, and many new restaurants that cater French food for tourists.  But, thank goodness there are still lots of old restaurants and cafes that have not changed their menu since I was a teenager and spent many happy […]

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Cheesy Macaroni & Spicy Pancetta

From the USA to Perth Gone are the days of intricate food on your table.  My guess is that the next food trends will be home meals, comfort food, eating at your local restaurants, growing your own herbs and vegetables in gardens and balconies, and using locally produced ingredients in your kitchen. When colds winter nights arrive and a hint of […]

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Ensaladilla Rusa & Prawns

  From Russia to Spain to Perth! I am in Seville, Spain, making my way to Granada to see the Alhambra. My plan was to visit Ronda, one of the most beautiful white towns of Andalusia also known for its food, wines and bull fighting.  I drove through the wonderful countryside and all along among these magnificent hills there were beautiful white towns and villages in all shapes and […]

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Every Day Chicken Curry

It has been a nice Summer and Autumn is just around the corner.  Today it is curry night at home; tender chunks of chicken in a smooth, rich, spicy and creamy sauce. Ingredients 3 tablespoons butter 1 red onion, finely sliced 6 chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces 2 garlic cloves, crushed 3 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated 2 tablespoons […]

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Ballymaloe’s Baked Camembert

Ballymaloe is a family run business which makes a very popular tomato relish in Ireland.  My daughter and I fell in love with this product and we wanted to use it in a recipe to share this flavourful product with friends and family in Dublin.  The end result was just magic! Ingredients 1 whole Camembert 6 sprigs of thyme 2 garlic cloves, […]

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Tom’s Grilled Argentinian Peppers

  This is a simple no fuss recipe that will make a great summer dish.  To cook your peppers on the BBQ, just break the eggs and season!  This recipe is a real topic of conversation.  Your guest will love looking at them in anticipation and then dipping their bread in the soft egg yolks. Ingredients 4 red peppers, cut in […]

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Flaky Ham & Chard Pie

Cook this great recipe on Mother’s day.  Brownie points guaranteed. Ingredients 2 big bunches of chard 1 red pepper, finely chopped 1 onion, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 tablespoon butter 2 tablespoon olive oil 4 tablespoons of milk 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes salt and pepper to taste 8 sheets filo pastry 50 gr melted butter […]

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Honey & Ginger Custard Brule Pie

A tempting, sweet and decadent dessert. Ingredients 370g ginger nut biscuits 100g unsalted butter, melted 150g honey 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste 600ml pouring cream 4 tablespoons ginger marmalade 2 teaspoons ginger powder 6 eggs 3 teaspoons cornflour 55g caster sugar Method 1- Pulse the biscuits in a food processor to crumbs.  Add butter and […]

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Roasted Carrots with Yoghurt & Tahini Sauce

Ugly Vegetables Are Perfect I was reading TIME magazine this week and in one of its articles they mentioned a food trend for 2017, and in very big letters it said … ugly vegetables go mainstream. This article caught my eye and to my surprise when I went to the supermarket I found these carrots that just fitted the bill.  They were not pretty, […]

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Burnt Oranges With Rosemary

Simple recipe that bursts with flavour. This recipe is from Seven Fires cookbook by Francis Mallmann. When oranges are in season this is definitely my favourite orange recipe. Ingredients 4 oranges 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary leaves 1/2 cup sugar 1 cup plain thick Greek yoghurt Method Cut both ends off the oranges with a bread knife.  Remove the […]

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Eh-Shepherd’s Pie-The Latin Version

A  TV star in South America, Francis Mallmann gives us this amazing recipe.  This version of Beef and Potato pie is comfort food to me, I hope you enjoy it too. Ingredients 1 tablespoon extra virgin oil 2 onions, chopped 2 carrots, peeled and chopped 2 pounds ground sirloin (or good quality minced beef) 2 bay leaves 2 teaspoons […]

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