Recipe – Salade Verte (How To Dress A Salad)

Salade Verte – How To Dress A Green Salad A simple green salad is the perfect accompaniment to so many dishes, whether it’s made from just one type of leaf or a mixture of several. It may be simple, but it deserves the same respect as the rest of the meal. Vinegar is more common […]

Recipe – Mini Bánh Mi

Bánh mi are one of our take-away mainstays. They’re a healthy quick lunch to grab on the run and fun to serve as finger food or an entrée if you turn them into little open sandwiches on slices of baguette. Inspired by leftover bits and pieces from a few weeks recipe testing for A Month […]

Recipe – Bánh Mi

I love the way food travels around the world, weaving aspects of one culture into another. The French brought their crisp, fluffy baguettes to Vietnam in the mid-1800s and just over a century later, the Vietnamese brought them to Australia. Now bánh mi are one of our take-away mainstays. While they’re a healthy quick lunch […]

Recipe – Braised Romaine Lettuce

Braised Romaine Lettuce Who knew you could cook lettuce? It’s a revelation to many Aussies, but a traditional side dish in much of Europe. Italians love grilled radicchio and sauteed escarole (curly endive), while the French like to braise cos lettuce (also called romaine), often adding tiny new season spring peas (petits pois). You could […]

Recipe – Roberta’s Tabbouleh

You know I’m a fan of traditional recipes … but every now and then I prefer to do something my way. So this is my version of the popular Lebanese parsley salad tabbouleh (also written tabbouli, tabouli and tabouleh), using far more cracked wheat than any Lebanese cook ever would. This recipe makes a big […]

Recipe – Nasi Goreng

Sometimes you want to spend all day in the kitchen cooking up a storm; and sometimes you just want a quick and easy meal using what’s on hand. Either way it has to taste great, right? For the quick and easy times, I love good pantry staples. I always seem to have leftover steamed rice, […]

Recipe – Asian Warm Beef Salad

I love Asian flavours, but I don’t have a lot of experience cooking Asian food. So when I do, I keep it simple – like this Asian warm beef salad. It’s easy to toss together, looks impressive and is full of flavour. It can be adapted to use whatever’s on hand (leftover roast beef or […]

Recipe – Chicken Mushroom Crepes

Serve these delicious chicken and mushroom crepes with a herb salad (I like butter lettuce and chervil) or individually as an entrée. The filling can be made the day before, as can the batter or even the crepes (as long as you keep them well covered), which makes this an easy dish to assemble and […]

Recipe – Duck & Peach Salad

I’m not generally a fan of meat and fruit together, but duck seems to be an exception … it works well with cherries, oranges and, in this case, delicious summer peaches. Duck breasts are surprisingly easy to cook, though as a short-cut you could buy a whole duck from a Chinese barbecue shop and shred […]