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Slow cooked Mexican pulled pork with black beans Dine in

My slow cooker has been gathering dust for a while now, I go through phases of using it or not and one day last week I decided it was time to pull it out of the cupboard once again. I like the idea of putting all the ingredients in a pot and leaving them to cook all day so I can come home to a cooked meal but my challenge is always getting the liquid ratio right. More often than not I end up with a thin stew soup because the slow cooker is so good at keeping all the...

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Basic herb crust Dine in

This recipe for a herb crust is a starting point for you to experiment with flavours depending on what you have available and until it works for you. The herbs I used this time included parsley, sage, thyme, dill and basil because that’s what is currently growing really well in my herb garden.  Growing herbs is so rewarding and really worth the effort if you have a sunny spot and some time to make the trek to the nursery. I hate buying herbs from the supermarket and I try to avoid it when I can – it can get expensive and it’s such...

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Za’atar and sumac marinated lamb with skordalia and tabbouleh Dine in

This dinner was a delicious surprise – many of my favourite ingredients all on one plate, so I’m not sure what I expected anything less! Tabbouleh is a salad I have enjoyed for many years. It seemed very exotic when Mum made it for us in country Biloela, we would often have it with our Sunday BBQ lunch when other families would have been having an iceberg lettuce salad instead. Tabbouleh is really a parsley salad, with a little bit of burghul, tomato, onion and lemon to bring it all together. You can serve it with any grilled meat or...

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Healthy Thai pork larb Dine in

We are now in Autumn so it should be cooling down but I don’t think the weather in Sydney got the message – most days are still above 30 degrees C and the nights are still sticky without a cooling breeze. I wasn’t in the mood for a hot dinner and Stuart was going to be late from work, so I decided to make larb as you can make it ahead of time and eat it at room temperature. It would be great for a picnic too! The flavours are as simple or as complex as you want to make them,...

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Beef rendang (the easy way and the long way) Dine in

I love Malaysian food and beef rendang is one of my favourite curries. I love going to a hard to find dingy food court near the Woolworths at Town Hall station in the Sydney CBD which has plastic tables and chairs, terrible service and really delicious nasi lemak – the dried anchovy, boiled egg, cucumber, peanuts, spicy sambal and rice are really support acts to the rich coconut gravy of the beef rendang. If you don’t have the time or inclination to make curry from scratch then you don’t need to read the rest of this post, you can just...

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