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February 17th, 2014

Dhansak dhal

For the first time in my life, I now own a coffee grinder which can also grind spices. After coming across this recipe for Dhansak dhal I was really curious to try out making my own spice mixes. Dhansak is a traditional Parsi recipe – kind of a mix of Indian and Persian cuisine it seems […]

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February 1st, 2014

Sausages and potatoes on a campfire

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One of the best possible things to eat while camping. The smokey meat and the crunch of the potato skin (with its soft, almost mashed interior) is wonderful. Cold butter and tomato sauce are essential. The sausages were a bit fancy for camping: pork and fennel ones from K&B in Healesville, we bought them on […]

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December 2nd, 2013

Salmon in chirimea sauce

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Another recipe from Jerusalem. I think after Nigel Slater’s Appetite it is now the cookbook that I’ve cooked the most recipes from.  It seems to be one of those cookbooks where everything turns out exactly like the picture. This was a really interesting dish. The sauce is quite spicy but subtle, and it includes roasted […]

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May 8th, 2013

Roast pork for friends

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Roast pork again, this time with some juniper berries rubbed into the meat along with crushed (fresh) bay leaves and garlic. Pretty great with single-malt whisky (it turns out).

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May 6th, 2013

Quince & lamb meatballs

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A variation on a recipe from Jerusalem. I had planned to make quinces stuffed with lamb, but the quinces we had some codling moth damage, so I cut off the usable bits and made meatballs in quince sauce instead. The meatballs had a wonderful flavour from the allspice and ginger, and the quinces had a […]

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April 25th, 2013

Crab Curry

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This was a while ago now (just getting the blog back up to date after a busy time moving house). I volunteered to cook a crab curry using my grandmother’s recipe (above) for an Indian-themed feast at a friend’s house. I’d never cooked with crab before. I must admit, I did feel a little sad […]

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September 2nd, 2012

Overly elaborate chicken pie

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The most complicated pie I’ve ever made. I knew I wanted a chicken pie, and I kind-of made this up as I went along. It was fun to make, and tasted great. First up: the pastry. I made some quick puff pastry using roughly combined flour, water and butter — rolled and folded 4 times […]

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August 12th, 2012

Very slow roasted leg of lamb, with stovetop carrots and tzatziki

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Another great one for winter. The butcher had some lovely “easy carve” legs of lamb (which means most of the bone has been removed), so this is what I tried. It would work just as well (or probably even better) with lamb shoulder or just some shanks. This recipe is a conglomeration of years of […]

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July 2nd, 2012

Twice cooked crispy chicken and potatoes

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  This is an example of the kind of thing you can make with the poached chicken from my stock recipe. I took some par-boiled potatoes (boiled until just soft to the point of a knife) and fried them off with some garlic, salt and parsley in the chicken-fat that I’d rendered from the poached […]

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July 1st, 2012

Pulled-pork tacos

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More tacos! No story to go with this one: I made these quite a while ago, finally got round to loading the photo from my camera. I think I rubbed the pork belly with salt, cinnamon and paprika and slow-roasted it (160ºC) for around 3 hours: the rest of the ingredients were fresh. I’ve discovered […]

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