Shrimp Étouffée – A New Orleans Classic

Creole food is not something that’s commonly available in Sydney which is a shame as the food from that region is really delicious. So when I get a craving for Cajun food I whip up one of my favourites – Étouffée.  Étouffée is basically a thick stew that is made with a roux which is cooked until … Continue reading

Chinese Red Cooked Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms

Red Cooking in Chinese cuisine, Hong Shao, refers to food  (normally pork, chicken or duck) that has been braised in a mixture of soy sauce, Chinese rice wine and whole spices. The soy sauce and long braising imparting the meat with a lovely mahogany hue. It’s a wonderful warming and comforting dish that’s great for colder … Continue reading

Jamie Oliver’s Lamb Shank & Tomato Tagine

You’ve probably noticed by now that my family loves lamb in any shape or form so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes, especially ones that can feed a crowd with minimum fuss. Lamb shanks are always a good choice for large gatherings and this recipe from Jamie Oliver pairs the lamb with lovely … Continue reading

Khoresht Bamieh – Persian Braised Lamb & Okra Stew

Okra, or ladies fingers as they’re sometimes called, is a vegetable that’s not often seen outside of the Middle East/India and, strangely enough, in the Southern United States where it’s used in such dishes as gumbo. Some people find the texture a little off-putting, referring to them as “slimy” but I prefer to think of … Continue reading