Reuben Republic Dine in

We discovered real Reuben sandwiches in New York and they were a revelation. Thick slices of rye bread with a stack of slow cooked corned meat and/or pastrami with slaw or a pickle and mayo is a (large) slice of heaven. When we returned we went to a wine bar in Sydney that also served Rueben sandwiches and our friend ordered one. The sandwich was delivered with one slice of pastrami, more bread than meat. One slice. That’s not a Rueben! I had steered clear of them since then until I heard this place served the real thing. We were...

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The Pie Tin Dine out

Unfortunately this is all that was left from our visit to The Pie Tin. Tucked away in a side street off busy King St sits a small but bustling cafe. I had heard about “The Pie that ate  Newtown” so that’s what we went for, but there was so much more! An extensive array of savoury pies are on offer which you can have served with regular or sweet potato fries, or a variety of salads. We kind of over did things and ordered both types of fries and salads and it was waaay too much food. The pies have flaky pastry...

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Oven poached quinces Dine in

I love autumn for the hard, craggy, bright yellow fruit which turns into beautiful rose scented, ruby coloured segments with a few hours of tender cooking in the oven. The longer you cook them the darker they become, what a wonder! From my experience, baking them in the oven is the easiest way because they can gently cook undisturbed. I have a tendency to poke anything cooking on the stove This is based on David Lebovitz’s recipe which of course is simple and delicious. Flavour friends with quince are ginger, lemon, cinnamon quills or vanilla but my suggestion is to not overcomplicate the...

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Old fashioned sponge pudding Dine in

I lived in France for a year between school and university. Food was important to me, even then, so I bought this blank journal in Italy specifically so I could ask my host mother to write her recipes down. I will post Isabelle’s crepe recipe another day. My parents brought my then 82 year old Grandma to France to visit so I asked Grandma if she could write in the book too. I am so glad I did because her beautiful handwriting is preserved and I can continue to cook her recipes for years to come. This recipe is a...

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Waffles for breakfast Dine in

I bought my waffle maker for $1 from a garage sale about 8 years ago. It has travelled with me and made many batches of delicious waffles. I think that waffles have a reputation for being hard to make, but they aren’t any different to making a batch of pancakes. I keep the cooked waffles warm in a low oven until I’m ready to place a pile on the table, with Canadian maple syrup and bacon. Ingredients 3/4 cup flour 1/4 cup cornflour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 cup buttermilk (or milk soured...

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