STEAMED FISH IN BANANA LEAVES

These steamed parcels are aromatic and their flavour is truly unique. The fish cooks in the paste that transforms into a mouth-watering rich sauce. Ingredients 4 snapper fish fillets 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1/2 cup chicken stock 1/2 cup coconut milk 6 Kaffir lime leaves, torn 1/2 cup Thai basil, torn Salt to taste 2 […]

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PUMPKIN BRAISED IN COCONUT MILK

EAT THE SEASONS! I have seen lots of pumpkins in the markets and supermarkets around Perth, although their season does not begin until mid-September. Head to your local markets and take advantage because they are everywhere and at a good price. For me pumpkins always make a heartwarming meal when the weather is cold and […]

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LEMON GRASS CREME BRULEE

My Creme brûlée is a creamy custard with a twist of Asian flavours, topped with a brittle layer of melted sugar that cracks when you gently tap it with a spoon. In this recipe I am making the custard by blending all the ingredients in the liquidizer. I use the empty condensed milk tin to […]

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SWEET GUAVA NAPOLEONS

This recipe is home baking made simple! In this recipe I am giving the traditional Napoleons a makeover. The many crispy and flaky layers of buttery puff pastry are spread with a delicious guava sauce. The combination of whipped cream and guava sauce makes each bite a wonderful indulgence! Ingredients 2 sheets of frozen puff […]

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OVEN BAKED PORK CHOPS

“Put pork on your fork” has been one of the most successful campaigns to make Australians buy and cook pork. Contrary to many peoples’ beliefs pork is one leanest and affordable meats you can find. Australian pork has a unique and delicious flavour and doesn’t need to be overcooked. Ingredients 4 pork chops 2 cups […]

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MEATY OYSTERS WITH MIRIN & FINGER LIME SAUCE

Australian oysters in general are plump, creamy and buttery. In this recipe I wanted to keep the liquid of the oysters as clear as possible and I then added finger lime beads to enhance the flavour. These Australian lime caviar are zesty citrus and give the oyster the BANG BANG factor in your mouth. Each […]

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PEAR CLAFOUTIS

EAT THE SEASONS – AUTUMN Pears are in season from March to May in Australia and you know autumn is here and winter is on the way when pears appear in the supermarkets. Buy your pears when they are firm and watch them ripen. Pears continue to ripen after you take them home. For this […]

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THAI BASIL CHICKEN & FRIED EGG

Most Thai recipes called for duck eggs. Why? Because chickens were scarce and considered precious. Today chicken eggs are found everywhere and can be substituted in any Thai recipe provided that they are large! There are some ingredients that are essential to Thai cooking and one of them is Thai basil. The thing is that […]

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COCONUT POTATO GRATIN

This recipe is an exquisite balance of herby and tangy flavours. The aromatic mix makes a magical topping that is just perfect for the potatoes. Ingredients 6 shallots, thinly sliced 4 garlic cloves, crushed 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 kilo of potatoes, do not peel them 270ml coconut cream 300ml vegetable stock or chicken stock […]

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PLUM AND ALMOND FRIANDS

Late summer harvest! Plums are in season in Perth. They are dark reddish with shades of purple. Some are big some are small but definitely they are all sweet! These light-as-air cakes will be a hit in your home and they are surprisingly easy to make. Ingredients 125g unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 50g […]

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SUMMER HARVEST – BBQ STONE FRUITS WITH SYLLABUB

Grilled stone fruit and a smooth and boozy cream make an irresistible combination! INGREDIENTS 200ml muscat apricot flavour or any other dessert wine 4 tablespoons clear honey 1 sprigs of fresh rosemary 2 apricots, quartered and stoned 2 nectarines, quartered and stoned 2 peaches, quartered and stoned 2 plums, quartered and stoned 2 tablespoons lemon […]

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SANGRIA OF FRUITS

I don’t always drink Sangria in a glass! I like to serve this festive, fruity and fun drink as a dessert. It is an easy throw together dessert using summer seasonal fruits such as apricots, peaches, and plums with a little touch of grapefruit, apples and pears. Ingredients for the Fruits 12 mint leaves 1 […]

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GRILLED KING PRAWNS WITH TARRAGON BUTTER

An Aussie Summer! Tarragon is widely used in French cuisine and has a very distinctive flavour. This herb enhances the taste of prawns, chicken, sauces and vinaigrette’s. I just hope that this recipe will tempt your taste buds to enjoy and appreciate the sweetness and anise taste of this herb. Ingredients 150g unsalted butter, softened […]

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MINT JULEP

Delicious and glamorous cocktails are in vogue once again! Why not surprise your family and guests with something a little more adventurous. This cocktail originated in the American deep South and it is usually made with white or dark rum but for this Christmas celebration I am going to add Prosecco to the mint and […]

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Festive Dessert Christmas Ice-cream Pudding

Merry Christmas! To all my followers get in the kitchen, get excited and celebrate this wonderful season. 2020 has been a very challenging year for all of us but it is finally coming to an end. Christmas is here and my aim through my food blog has always been to bring you some joy through […]

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PIÑA COLADA CAKE

This cake is one of my favourites. I named after my favourite cocktail of cream of coconut, pineapple juice and rum. I like to decorate it with toasted coconut flakes and caramelised pineapple. You might be thinking WHAO! she is using a cake mix from a box. Cake mixes are good and with a dash […]

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Grilled steak with Chimichurri

The Australian “barbie” Cooking steaks on the BBQ or on a cast-iron pan seems to be quite easy but I came to the realisation that it takes a lot of practice to know exactly how much heat and time you need to cook a perfect salty crust medium rare steak. Rule#1 – DO NOT flip […]

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SPICY PRAWN SOUP TOM YAM GOONG

YUM! Tom Yum Goong – Thailand in a bowl! I lived many, many years in Thailand and for me it was an amazing food adventure filled with colourful cultural experiences and dazzling dishes. This soup is definitely one of my favourites. The soup is very easy to make but you MUST have all the ingredients […]

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Pea & Mint Soup

Let’s go back to the kitchen and make meals easier! Do you have frozen peas ?? I am sure you do .. with a few other ingredients I have made this classic soup as effortless as possible. You can’t beat the colour and flavour of this soup. I truly enjoy making this delicious recipe during these […]

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BAKED CELERIAC

The unsung, odd shaped and versatile vegetable that not many people buy or cook. It can be roasted, pureed for soups or eaten raw in salads. For a vegetarian ‘roast’, bake it whole. It tastes nutty, earthy and sweet! Ingredients One or two big size celeriac’s a bunch of lemon thyme or thyme, finely chopped […]

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RHUBARD AND GRANNY SMITH APPLE TRIFLES

I am giving this traditional English dessert a makeover with sweet and sour rhubarb compote and sweet and crunchy ginger biscuits. A sweet treat for your family at any time of the day. These stunning little pots of trifle will bring joy to your next picnic. They are easy to carry and just packed with […]

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BARRAMUNDI IN COCONUT SAUCE

There are so many gorgeous and tasty fish in Western Australia but my favourite is Barramundi. I enjoy this colourful and flavour packed fish which has an amazing firm texture that makes it very easy to cook. This recipe is just the perfect marriage of Far East and Australian flavours. Look out for this tempting […]

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GREEN APPLE & FENNEL COLESLAW

A delicious take on an old favourite. This salad is mouth watering, fresh and crunchy. A great barbecue accompaniment over the weekends and during the summer months. Ingredients For the dressing 2 tablespoons finely chopped fennel fronds 2 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons pistachios 4 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped 1 garlic clove, finely […]

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A LOVELY WINTER PIE

Winter is once again in Australia and here in Perth it is raining and very windy. This winter pie is simply stunning and tasty, and if ever there was a winter stomach warmer this is it. You will want to make it over and over again these winter months. In the winter there are a […]

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TARTE TATIN

The glorious buttery, decadent, sticky sweet caramel soaks the sour apples into a great dessert Ingredients Ready made puff pastry (defrost and roll into 0.5cm thick) 7 Granny Smith apples 80 grams butter 120 grams brown sugar Method Preheat the oven to 190C. Cut out a circle from the puff pastry. The circle has to […]

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THAI FISH & PRAWN NOODLE SOUP

Soups are more than just a first course at a Thai table, they are sipped throughout a meal along with other dishes, but for me this soup is a meal in itself.  It is important to have all the ingredients ready to create the essential blend of flavours which are central to Thai cooking. Ingredients […]

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FRESH FIGS WITH RICOTTA & BALSAMIC

So quick and easy to prepare! Today is my first day out of the house after lots of long weeks at home in self-isolation.  My first stop was the super market, of course.  I had this need to look, smell, touch, and buy lots of fruits and vegetables. It was a quick and short walk […]

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FLATBREAD SALAD

Let’s go back to the kitchen! Flatbread is paper thin and can be toasted in the oven for a few minutes.  The result is a crunchy cracker that takes this salad to the next level. In this salad anything goes.  Do not be afraid of experimenting and using the ingredients you love. This is my […]

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TIM TAMS TARTS

Let’s get back to the kitchen! Tim Tams are definitely the most loved chocolate biscuits in Australia.  They were invented by an Australian man named Ian Morris and were named after a horse by the same name which won the 1958 Kentucky Derby. Ingredients 200g packet Tim Tams, original 30g unsalted butter, melted, cooled 200ml […]

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APPLE TART

LET’S GET BACK TO THE KITCHEN Two of the things we all need to keep doing even as we self-isolate is to cook and to eat. Have a plan when you go shopping because there is a supply shortage of certain items in the supermarkets. What is interesting is that there is  plenty of puff […]

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LAMB KOFTA WITH MINT SAUCE

These small Lamb koftas are easy to prepare.  They are ready in less than half an hour! Ingredients 500g minced lamb 2 tablespoons ground coriander 2 tablespoons finely chopped  mint 1 garlic clove, crushed salt to taste Zatar, to serve For the sauce 40g or a large handful of fresh mint 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses […]

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