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Ode to satay sauce Dine in

This post (and one to come) are an ode to satay sauce. Specifically Ayam brand satay sauce. It’s delicious and I highly recommend you seek it out from your local Asian grocer (I can’t usually find it in the supermarket) and keep it as a cupboard staple. Today’s dish is Indonesian gado gado, a room temperature salad made with a variety of  lightly steamed vegetables alongside the necessary boiled egg, sambal and prawn crackers. The simplicity of the salad is the secret, along with a very decent satay sauce (you can make your own with this recipe if you’re keen!)...

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Simple roast fennel pasta Dine in

This is one of my favourite recipes to make when I’m feeling lazy or I’m cooking for one. Apart from chopping a few bits, the oven does all the hard work for you! Once roasted, the strong aniseed flavour mellows and caramelises into a sweet, soft partner to the pasta, jazzed up with a bit of chilli, garlic and lemon. I had a handful of lonely spinach leaves which I added this time around, use this recipe as a base to add or remove bits as your fridge allows. Let me know where this recipe takes you. Ingredients 1 large...

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Handful Prawn Pasta Dine in

Cooking in self catering accomodation is a bit of an art. You need to make do with a (usually) ill equipped kitchen with blunt knives, not enough saucepans and a non existent pantry so you need to make maximum flavour with minimum ingredients. I called this Handful Prawn Pasta because that was how I measured everything out, using delicious prawns from Canarvon WA (well up the coast from Perth, but still fresh and so sweet), local colourful tomatoes, breadcrumbs made from my woodfired loaf of bread, along with parsley, garlic and lemon. Simple and delicious. Pangrattato is also known as poor...

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Beautiful WA Travel

I have been to Perth several times for work but it doesn’t really count… from store to hotel and back again, I really didn’t see much to be able to say “I’ve been to Perth”. Friends of ours were getting married and Stuart’s sister and her husband live in Perth too so it was the perfect excuse to take some time off work and see a bit of WA. With a flight around 5 hours from Sydney, you need to stay a few days to make the trip worthwhile anyway! We flew in after work on Friday (business class upgrade!...

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Buttery soft roast lamb shoulder Dine in

My absolute favourite way to roast meat at the moment is slow roasted lamb shoulder. It’s so easy to do and absolutely yum served with a variety of different sides. We enjoyed this particular lamb with coleslaw and flat bread, and then left overs with tabbouleh and tzatziki later in the week. If you are coming to our house for a meal, chances are I’ll serve you lamb because it can just cook away in the oven while I socialise and enjoy your company! Make sure you enjoy the caramelised roasted garlic from the pan as well… delicious! Ingredients 1/4 cup...

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