Monthly Archives: March 2015


Tartiflette Dine in

I lived in France for a year between school and university, and spent most of my year with a loving family who loved to cook, eat and hike so I had a wonderful time. We lived near the alps and my French mum Isabelle introduced me to the many varieties of cheese in la Savoie and their delicious uses. Cheese is expensive, even in France, but for special occasions a tartiflette is a real treat. The bacon on top was to appease Sir Stu, but I prefer it without and serve the cheesy potatoes with a simple green salad. Reblochon is hard to...

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What do you pack when you travel? Uncategorized

My mum packs home made pate and a Buddha’s hand. Mum is staying with us for a week, so she can write and we can see the opera Aida on Sydney harbour. In her luggage, was this strangely beautiful fruit called a Buddha’s hand. It has a sweet, lemon blossom aroma and no juice or fruit. You can use the zest and mum sliced off a finger to flavour baked quinces. It’s a pretty spectacular looking fruit that makes me smile. It also makes your clothes smell lovely too, so it’s not a bad idea to pack one when you...

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Dine in

I have fond memories of Dad making this for us when we were kids. It was his speciality, and the ingredients were a firmly kept secret. I think he read about it in the newspaper years ago and has tweaked it ever since. I was only given the recipe last year when we moved to Sydney and Dad couldn’t make it for me anymore. These suckers taste great but don’t look pretty… so there is no photo proof. Just take my word for it and make a batch. They are delicious with mashed potato and just as good cold the...

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Roast lamb and potatoes Dine in

I love recipes where I can do all (most of) the prep, chuck it in the oven and just let the oven do the rest. Recipes like this are even better on a Sunday! Everybody had seconds of this. The potato/anchovy combo made creamy deliciousness that partnered so well with roast lamb. The only thing I would change is my rotation of the lamb for the photo… but I was in such a hurry for Stu to carve it! Ingredients 1.6kg leg of lamb 5-6 potatoes (skin on) 1 onion 2 cloves of garlic 4 anchovies (or more if you...

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Hidden gem in Marrickville Dine out

Friends were in town last weekend, so it was an opportunity for us to brunch on Saturday morning. West Juliette in Marrickville is too cool to have signage, but you can tell there are delicious things coming from the kitchen and coffee machine when there is a queue at 10am in the morning. When we first moved to Sydney I refused to queue for food. However, I soon figured out that it’s just what you have to do for a great plate that is going to be as good or better than what I can cook at home. I take snacks (or eat...

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