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Chocolate banana cake Dine in

For some reason I always end up with a sizeable supply of peeled banana soldiers in ziplock bags waiting patiently to be called into service. During the summer months this isn’t a problem as one of my favourite quick breakfasts is a frozen banana smoothie with the optional additions of oats/chia seeds and milo/frozen berries. Winter isn’t really the weather for frozen drinks and my freezer was overrun with bananas so I decided to make a cake. Yes a banana cake. Not banana bread. Bread has yeast. Cake does not. Why do people insist on calling it banana cake? It...

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Breakfast in someone’s garage at Two Chaps Dine out

At least that’s what it felt like… we drove down a street lined with orange brick warehouses and reverse parked against a wall padded with a cushion of grass and weeds. I’m super good (most of the time) at reverse parking courtesy of Sydney. Driving anywhere is a challenge and finding a park can be worse unless you are comfortable squeezing into small spaces or parking half in/half outĀ against a yellow line because other people can’t park properly. My logic is if my car is only half out of the designated parking area then I can only get half a...

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Flattened tandoori roasted chicken Dine in

If you haven’t done a “flat-roast” chicken yet, now is your time! The chicken cooks more quickly compared to the traditional method and the meat still stays moist, so it’s perfect for a school night dinner. This recipe for tandoori roasted chicken is super simple to pull together and if you have time, prepare the chicken the day before so it can marinate for extra flavour. Kitchen scissors are best to cut out the backbone of the chicken, you can google for a video or follow my pretty basic instructions. Put the whole chicken breast down on a chopping board...

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Chilli con carne with coriander cornbread Dine in

Winter is the best time of year for slow cooking and I love it even more when I can cook everything in one pot in the oven for hours, warming the house and scenting the air (and clothes… and hair..!) with the delicious smells of dinner. The warming spices of this chilli con carne are mellowed by the crusty cornbread top which you can use to mop up the gravy. I think there are enough vegetables in this dish for it to be considered a meal, but a side of guacamole doesn’t go astray particularly if you have over-chillied the...

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Slow cooked massaman curry with lamb shanks Dine in

This is the ultimate slow cook dish for winter – lamb again, I know… but it’s a lovely twist on a more traditional beef massaman curry. Massaman curries are not as spicy as traditional Thai curries can be, but it’s still full of flavour and delicious. There are plenty of recipes for home made spice pastes around and when I have the time I love to make my own. However, sometimes I just want to rely on a good curry to save time, but not compromise on flavour! Maesri make heaps of different varieties of curry paste and they are...

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