Recipe – Herb Scones

Herb Scones I love herb scones alongside a bowl of soup, but they also make a great savoury addition to afternoon tea. Use just one herb or a mixture of any fresh herbs you like: parsley, chervil, dill, chives, tarragon or thyme – even a little very finely chopped rosemary – in this versatile, tasty […]

Recipe – Cheese Scones

Cheese Scones Given scones British heritage, I like to use a good crumbly cheddar in my cheese scones; most of it mixed into the dough and a little saved to sprinkle on top. Depending on your oven, the topping may brown unevenly, so check after 10 minutes and if necessary turn the tray around to […]

Recipe – Pumpkin Scones

Pumpkin Scones Pumpkin scones are perhaps the most Aussie scone of all, made famous by Lady Flo Bjelke-Petersen, wife of a Queensland Premier. Use leftover roast pumpkin if you have some (you’ll need about 1 cup mashed), in which case you may need to add a splash more milk. These pretty orange scones are delicious […]

Recipe – Hush Puppies

Hush Puppies I’ve been intrigued by hush puppies ever since a friend who grew up in the South told me about them. He said that when the good old boys were sitting around the campfire at night after a day’s hunting, they’d drop bits of corn bread dough into hot oil to fry and throw […]

Recipe – Lemon & Ginger Rice

This deliciously fresh pilau is a great accompaniment to any Indian dish, especially seafood or poultry. Serves 2-4 as a side dish Ingredients 200g basmati rice 1 lemon, juiced and zested 2 teaspoons finely grated ginger Salt flakes, to taste Pinch ground turmeric 1 teaspoon ghee Tempering Mixture 1 tablespoon ghee ½ teaspoon brown mustard […]

Recipe – Mango Lassi

Sometimes made with buttermilk instead of, or as well as, yoghurt, lassi is a refreshing drink that can be served for breakfast or as a snack at any time. It can be flavoured with pureed fruit such as mango or made in more of a savoury style seasoned with spices like saffron or cumin. Serves […]

Recipe – Masala Nuts

These spicy salted nuts are a popular treat in India, especially during Diwali. Use any nuts you like, just one kind or a mixture, and mix up the spicing to suit your taste. You can also use rice flour if that’s what you have on hand instead of potato starch. Serve these nuts with drinks […]

Recipe – Radishes with Cultured Butter & Salt

I heard about this way of serving radishes many years ago, but it made no sense. Then one day I was served the most beautiful baby radishes with cultured butter and salt flakes … and it was delicious! So this is one of those recipes that is so basic it isn’t even a recipe. It’s […]

Recipe – Snails in Garlic Herb Butter

Snails in Garlic Butter Escargots à la Bourguignonne … Is there anything more French than escargot? In this classic dish from Burgundy, the snails are really just a vehicle for the delicious garlic and herb butter, so ensure you have plenty of crusty bread to soak it all up. Ideally you’ll have special snail plates […]

Recipe – Chicken in Half Mourning

Chicken in Half Mourning This is my version of poulet demi-deuil, a classic French dish made by placing shaved black truffles under the skin of a chicken, resembling the veil of a woman in mourning. It seems that the appearance is only ‘half mourning’ because some of the bird’s white flesh is still seen; full […]