Prawn Cocktail with Avocado

Prawn Cocktail with Avocado Like this recipe? You’ll love my online Australian cooking class! No matter how retro, some recipes don’t go out of fashion because they simply taste good! Cooked prawns with crisp iceberg lettuce and tangy, pale pink cocktail sauce (sauce Marie Rose) is one such combination. Go full retro and serve your […]

Marie Rose Sauce (Seafood Cocktail Sauce)

Marie Rose Sauce (Seafood Cocktail Sauce) Like this recipe? You’ll love my online Australian cooking class! I wish I could tell you the origin of Marie Rose sauce, but I haven’t found a convincing answer. It was popularised as a seafood cocktail sauce by British TV cook Fanny Cradock in the 1960s, though similar sauces […]

Baked Herb & Lemon Leatherjacket

Baked Herb & Lemon Leatherjacket Baked herb & lemon leatherjacket trunks are a great introduction to whole fish. The coarse skin and large head (with its threatening spike) have been removed, and the thick white flakes of flesh lift easily off the bone. It’s also a very forgiving fish, remaining succulent even if you leave […]

Baked Rainbow Trout

Baked Rainbow Trout With their colourful skin, baked rainbow trout make a gorgeous centrepiece for any table. I developed this recipe for Christmas Day to go with Matt Moran’s rough mint sauce (see video below), and versatile rainbow trout are just as good served with salsa verde or Cheong Liew’s cumquat sambal, depending on whether […]

Seafood Pot Pie

Seafood Pot Pies I love pot pies as there’s no pastry base to fiddle around blind baking, just a flaky golden pastry lid. You can bake them in a ramekin, ovenproof bowl or soufflé dish and fill them with virtually anything you like so, with a roll of Carême sour cream shortcrust pastry in the […]

BBQ Prawns with Smoky Garlic & Parsley Butter

BBQ Prawns with Smoky Garlic Butter The smoky parsley and garlic butter I often serve over a grilled steak is just as good with prawns. I love this method of grilling prawns in their shells without turning them onto the flesh side (see video below); the shell protects the delicate meat from overcooking and keeps […]

Date Scones

Date Scones Date scones are an Aussie classic, perfect as a sweet treat any time. Mine are inspired by Matt Moran’s date scone recipe in Australian Food, which is in turn inspired by the scones his Nan Valda used to make. The dates and mixed spice make them so tasty I don’t think they need […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 pumpkin scones are […]

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