Thomas Keller’s Perfect Roast Chicken

There are as many recipes for roast chicken as there are chefs and to try to find the perfect recipe is as elusive as finding the recipe for the perfect chocolate cake or perfect roast potatoes.  There are lots of good ones out there, but are they perfect? Well this is one instance where I … Continue reading

Lobster Mac & Cheese

There’s a general rule that seafood and cheese shouldn’t be combined.  I’ve never been a great believer of this, and if there was ever going to be an exception to that rule, then this is it.  Gooey, oozy, cheesy pasta taken up a notch or ten by the addition of lobster.  I usually buy lobster … Continue reading

Teriyaki Salmon with Chilli Pumpkin Mash

This teriyaki salmon and accompanying pumpkin mash is easy to throw together for a weeknight meal and has the advantage of being carb free.  For some reason we tend to normally have this on a  Monday night when we feel like something tasty but a little on the healthy side after the weekend. It makes … Continue reading

Baked Ricotta with Spinach & Silverbeet

Side dishes in winter can be a bit challenging as they need to be heartier than the salads we normally serve up in summer.  This super tasty recipe taken from a recent issue of Delicious magazine gets rave comments and is something I’ll be serving up many times before the weather turns warmer. Ingredients – … Continue reading

Roast Carrot Salad with Caramelised Garlic Dressing

There are lots of roasted carrot salads out there but this one really stands out from the crowd.  The caramelised garlic dressing lifts the whole dish and gives it more complexity.  Perfect paired with any roast or grilled meats or even as a starter served over some salad greens. The addition of purple carrots not … Continue reading

Pomegranate and Chicken Stew

This braised chicken dish from a recent Jamie Magazine was really delicious.  I was first attracted to making it by the accompanying photo but looking at the ingredient list I had my doubts as to how well it would turn out.  My fears were unfounded though as it really kicked a punch flavour wise.  With … Continue reading

Baked Brie with Caramelized Onions

A great and easy appetizer to serve with drinks.  Normally the Brie is enclosed in pastry but I find that can be a bit heavy, not to mention more time consuming to prepare. Ingredients Olive oil 1 large onion finely sliced Salt & freshly ground black pepper 1 teaspoon of sugar 1 small round of … Continue reading

Braised Fennel with Butter and Parmesan

I’ve recently been enjoying the new series by Simon Hopkinson – The Good Cook.  His recipes are simple and timeless, reminding me very much of Nigel Slater’s style of cooking – in fact I believe they’re good mates.  This braised fennel dish looked particularly good and I decided to serve sit with some fish for … Continue reading

Whitlof Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

An easy salad to throw together and a great accompaniment to steaks. Ingredients – serves 2- 3 as a side salad 2 Whitlof 1/4 cup whole egg mayonnaise (I prefer Hellmans) 1/4 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar 2 spring onions (scallions) finely sliced, including white and green parts salt & pepper 1/2 … Continue reading