Entries tagged sugar

February 3rd, 2014

Home cured bacon

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This was an interesting one… much easier than I thought it would be. I used Michael Ruhlman’s recipe from here. You just take a pork belly, rub it with a dry cure mix (mostly salt and sugar), and leave it in the fridge for 7 days. You need a little nitrite salt in the mix to […]

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December 2nd, 2013

Challah

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Well, this one was fun. Challah and fried fish was a regular friday night meal for us as kids. Mum used to go shopping at the Preston market on friday and buy butter-fish and challah, and would fry the fish in a pan with a coating of flour. Kate had never eaten challah, and I […]

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November 8th, 2013

‘Vietnamese’ chicken salad

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I made this a while ago using some poached chicken breast (from making stock) and some herbs from the garden. I quick-pickled the carrot and cucumber in a basic simple nuoc mam cham (rice vinegar, fish sauce, garlic and sugar)… …and stir fried the poached chicken until nice and crispy (something about poaching it first […]

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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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January 29th, 2013

Mutabak

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A sweet cheese pastry dessert. From the lovely cookbook ‘Jerusalem‘. We substituted sour cream for goats cheese (because the goats cheese we bought was too salty).

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April 10th, 2012

Poached pineapple

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I’m finding that Lucky Peach is great: not just to read, and not just for the whole recipes, but for small components of recipes. This recipe for this poached pineapple is actually supposed to be the basis for an upside down pineapple cake (which I was planning to make, until I realised that our hand-held […]

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March 17th, 2012

Momofuku roast pork belly

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I tried this recipe in issue 1 of Lucky Peach the other day — slowly working my way up to full home made ramen. It’s really simple: lots of salt and sugar and a good grind of pepper, spread all over skinless pork belly, left overnight. I didn’t want to waste the skin, so I […]

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March 16th, 2012

Poached pears with ginger

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I seem to be doing a lot with leftovers lately. The question seems to be at the end of a week “What can I make with what we have left in the fridge/on the bench)?” So – on the bench was: 2 pears (a week old), some sweet red dessert wine (a month old), some […]

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January 29th, 2012

Chocolate ganache tart with cream cheese pastry and raspberries

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This was a new recipe for me, but using techniques that I’d tried before. I made it for a dinner party at a friend’s place. The pastry is actually an adaptation of a cookie dough recipe from Smitten Kitchen. It is a cream cheese dough, with extra richness from egg and orange zest. It is […]

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January 2nd, 2012

Blueberry and raspberry tartlets

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Kate and I made these today for my birthday afternoon tea. Kate was originally planning on a cake, but it’s 40ºC in Melbourne today — not really an oven day. We cheated a little and bought tart shells from the supermarket, but they were fine. For the filling I made a simple pastry cream (a […]

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