Category: Food & Drink

Hoisin Lamb Ramen Soup

Summer takes a temporary break here in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. Suddenly the rains arrive with daily thunderstorms and temperatures plunge. It’s the perfect excuse to make a warming, spicy soup. This aromatic, easy to prepare soup combines tender lamb back strap with the goodness of buckwheat noodles and home grown or market fresh greens. Left to right: grated fresh ginger, minced fresh garlic; finely chopped long red chilli, finely sliced spring onion. Clockwise from top left: home grown greens – silver beet, thinly sliced roast lamb back strap tossed in hoisin sauce, shredded spring onion greens. Gently...

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Yoghurt and Apple Vanilla Cake

Here in Australia, we are bracing for another long hot summer ahead. Our strawberries have just been harvested and market fresh Granny Smith apples – ideal for baking – are in plentiful supply. This delightfully moist cake combines yoghurt with vanilla, apples and sultanas, and is topped with the crunch of flaked almonds: an ideal contrast to sweet ripe berries. Serve this cake with créme fraiche, yoghurt, or dollop cream as a dessert, or on its own for afternoon tea. Those of us with a sweet tooth have been known to enjoy a slice at breakfast time, topped with...

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Pear & Raspberry Soda Bread

Spring is in full bloom in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia. I have switched over from the wood fired stove to the fan forced electric oven, where I have much greater control over baking temperatures. This soda bread rises during baking to a light texture, and the addition of yoghurt and two fruits keeps it incredibly moist and naturally sweet. I have added a topping of flaked almonds and light brown sugar to provide a contrast of texture. Serve with your favourite brew of tea or coffee as a mid morning or afternoon pick me up, or add it...

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The Spirits of New York

One of the joys of fall in upstate New York is apple picking time. New York is a huge exporter of apples, with a multitude of orchards that offer “pick your own” apples. We’re fortunate we can enjoy an apple picked right off the tree, hot apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple pie, apple…well, you get the idea. What I wasn’t aware of and learned in my travels today, is two things: first, that those same apples can be used to make vodka, brandy, and Applejack, and second, that those spirits were being made right here in New York!...

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Apricot and Almond Wholemeal Loaf

On the first day of our Australian spring, it’s time to soak up the warm sun, so I’m looking for a bake that takes hours all by itself, while I am outside planting the first spring vegetable seeds into punnets. Do you have a bread oven at home, languishing in the cupboard, hardly ever used? This recipe will have you dusting it off and reaching for the bread mix! Filled with the goodness of dried apricots, organic sultanas – and slivered almonds, this wholemeal loaf is ideal for a mid morning low GI pick-me-up, or a hiker’s mid-afternoon backpack...

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Dark chocolate and orange Jaffa Tray Bake

In south eastern Australia, winter’s sweetest surprise is the citrus harvest: oranges, lemons and limes hang on the trees like bright jewels against the grey sky, waiting to be harvested for fresh juices, sweet treats and savoury delights. This easy tray bake contrasts the rich decadence of dark chocolate with the sweet fresh taste of Valencia oranges. These are a versatile seedless variety producing abundant fruit in a cold climate if well fertilised each season, mulched, and watered during dry hot weather. A simple apple and yoghurt cake is baked, then pricked all over and drenched with orange syrup....

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Saffron Risotto & Coconut Poached Chicken

With winter in full swing and the wood fired oven hotplate available all day, there is nothing more comforting than stirring a risotto while enjoying the warmth in the kitchen. The aromas fill the air as the broth simmers gently. Chicken thigh fillets have plenty of flavour, brought to life by poaching slowly in chicken stock, which has been enhanced by the tenderising action of coconut milk powder. Arborio rice is a plump white grain, entirely suitable for creating this classic risotto with a twist. Spanish red onions have a sweetness that compliments the chicken, and the use of...

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Pear & Almond Frangipane Tart with Lime Syrup

Many types of pears are in season right now in the Southern Highlands of NSW, Australia, as autumn reaches its final few weeks. With the wood-fired oven burning every night, it’s just too tempting not to bake, so I turn to low cholesterol alternatives to butter. The pastry in this tart is made with fat-free yoghurt and extra virgin olive oil. Topped with the goodness of Corella pears and almonds, the filling uses free range whole egg and is flavoured with vanilla bean paste and a splash of Amaretto liqueur. Corella pears are named after the colourful Australian Corella...

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