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Fennel, Orange & Salmon Bake

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I know one shouldn’t do this, but I frequently experiment with my new recipes on unsuspecting dinner guests. This may or may not put you off if I invite you for a meal but, in my defense, I’ve never had to throw the dinner out and order pizza. Neither have I had any gastric disasters [...]

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Cake Time! Pistachio Orange Blossom Cake

July 26, 2013

It’s been freezing, so I’ve been hunkered down here a bit for the last few weeks and my dear friend Stanley has been cranked to the max. I find the presence of a constantly hot oven generally prompts an insatiable urge for comfort food, and what could be more comforting than cake? While tidying up [...]

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Chicken, Leek, Fig and Fennel Ragout – a Winter Solstice Celebration

June 24, 2013

Winter has been nipping at our heels in the Adelaide Hills of late, with a notable sartorial focus being placed by the locals on fleecy track pants, flannelette pyjamas, fluffy slippers or uggies and woolly hats.  This is a time of the year when comfort takes precedence over elegance (for anyone over the age of [...]

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Cherry Tomato Confit

April 9, 2013

Summer seems to be lingering in Adelaide at the moment.  Not in a nasty “Oh, my god it’s going to be how hot today?” kind of way, but in a very pleasant warm, sunny “I think we’ll have lunch outside again” kind of way.  Never mind that my summer clothes are starting to look just [...]

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Orange Blossom Fig & White Chocolate Ice Cream – wicked!

March 1, 2013

It’s the first day of autumn here in the Adelaide Hills today and there are signs of harvest everywhere.   Driving along the winding roads becomes a little more hazardous as we dodge the large grape-picking machines which travel from vineyard to vineyard, the enormous double-trailered (there’s probably a name for these) trucks carrying the precious [...]

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Vanilla Roasted Apricots

February 21, 2013

One of my favourite things about summer is the seasonal fruit available – especially stone-fruit.  We grow some here on our hill and always get more plums than I can generally use, but rarely score any of the apricots or peaches from the greedy, marauding birds.  When I recall the stone fruit of my youth [...]

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