Fresh apple puree and crispy pork belly

We had an absolutely awesome dinner on Saturday night at Darleys restaurant at Lilianfels in Katoomba. It was voted best regional restaurant in NSW and has two hats. I was inspired. Darleys at Lilianfels we drove back to the big smoke via the Bells Line of Road and stopped into one of the 9 apples…

Turkey, craisin, mushroom, almond and wild rice pilaf

I’ve been having a hankering for wild rice. I absolutely love the texture of it and it’s so good for you. I also love the flavour of nuts and raisins in food which are common in various Moroccan dishes. The sweet and savoury flavours are accentuated by the soft and crunchy textures. In trying to…

Vegetarian – Mexican mushroom and zucchini tacos

I think my favourite taco that I tried in ‘Mexico’s best taqueria’ was a mushroom and zucchini taco. The juicy mushrooms were something else. This recipe made enough for 6 tacos which would feed two. Slice zucchini into thin strips, sprinkle with oregano and olive oil and bake in a pan with one spanish onion…

Pork chops with crackling and fresh figs

Sometimes I just really love a nice pork chop cooked as is. Pork has a wonderful flavour on it’s own and savouring that with a good salad is a perfect meal for me. I buy my pork chops with the skin on and remove it, salt it and fry it skin side down with the…

Sunday soufflé

I’m playing a bit of catchup here. We’ve been super busy and I try and avoid the computer as much as I can when I’m not working. It’s hard to be as interesting writing about dishes you’ve cooked after some time has passed but I’ll persevere. Gruyere and parmesan cheese soufflé with steamed greens and…

What’s up Skip?

Warning. Some cute furry Australian native animals were most definitely harmed in order to create this meal. Kangaroo. It’s lean, tasty, good for you and a more environmentally friendly option than beef. Oh… and it’s cheap. There is so much going for this great source of nutrition I highly recommend trying it if you haven’t….

Cheeky fish and chips

Well… I found myself spontaneously left to my own devices for dinner last night and the pull towards cheap takeaway Indian was great. Not nearly as much home cooked food loving went on in our home over the weekend, nor for the last 2 weeks to be honest. I had a beautiful lunch on Sunday…

Moroccan Whatotto?

I have this fantastic recipe in this equally fantastic recipe book at home called Ethnidelicious that features a dish and an outline of various cuisines around the world. I highly recommend this lovely book. It has some great travel tips too. I digress… The recipe I worked from is for a Moroccan cousotto with fish….

Heat, beef, bbq and beer

Well I lied about the beer but it sounded good didn’t it? Summer dining in a nutshell. Sydney hit a balmy 32º yesterday and the lure of outdoor cooking with a glass of wine was too much for both of us. Scotch fillet steak and salad There’s not much to this one but who wants…

Quick week night curry

Indian style curry nearly always tastes better after cooking for a long time and developing a more cohesive flavour over night. Nevertheless we cook curry quite regularly on a weeknight as it’s so quick and easy to prepare and still tastes fantastic. We will cook a lot of curries from our own spice mixes but…