Chicken and pumpkin curry

You would think, that at the ages of 14 and 10, my children would have lost their fear of pumpkin (AKA buttkin, punkfart and orange-you-gonna-cook-me-some-potatoes-instead?), and I'd have been able to leave this recipe back in 2010 where it belongs. But, as discussed previously, they're still coming to terms with healthy eating, something I'm assured... Continue Reading →

In season – pears

We're lucky in Australia - pears are in season for most of the year, you've just got to be clever about which variety you choose. Right now, we're nearing the end for William pears, which are the ones we probably know the best. Officially this variety is in season until May, but it's been very... Continue Reading →

Pears poached in red wine

I love eating ripe pears straight out of the fruit bowl, but I always seem to miss the perfect eating window. They’re rock-hard and green for ages, and then it always seems that while I'm asleep, it's the time they become slightly soft, intensely fragrant, full of juice and ready to eat all the way... Continue Reading →

Sweet potato and beetroot roesti

2pm on my most recent Christmas day: Prawn cocktails scoffed, martini glasses in the sink, painted with scraped remainders of Marie Rose. Cat fishing at shells and tails in the bin, being chased out in in a whirlwind of fur and snarls by sir barkypants. Brussels sprouts baconised and just finishing their charring on the... Continue Reading →

Falling into a qvevri in Georgia

I first heard about qvevri in about 1999. I was sitting next to a young winemaker at a Jacobs Creek premium wine launch, just returned from an educational sojourn in Georgia. All I remember of the story was that he was fairly impressed with the winemaking, but had lived in something about as fancy as... Continue Reading →

In season – sweet potatoes

These must be in season because I just bought them at the local grocer for $1 a kilogram. Sweet potatoes don't often grow well immediately around Melbourne (they hate frost), but still thrive in warmer parts of northern Victoria, so even though we're not strictly local here, you'll still find them in a local seasonal... Continue Reading →

Sweet potato muffins

I'm sure I'm the only person in the world who has children who don't eat their school lunches. All other children open their compartmentalized lunch boxes each day, and ravenously partake of carrot and cucumber crudites, cherry tomatoes, maybe a little hummus mopped up with some wholegrain sourdough, then olives for the gourmets and chorizo... Continue Reading →

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