Chicken and chestnut fricassee

I can't believe I was finally back in Melbourne at chestnut harvest time, and I still missed the pick up at Greta's place in Beechworth. Purely life getting in the way, no real excuses. Isn't it silly how we all let that happen? After 10 years in Dubai and never getting to see a real... Continue Reading →

Seasonal menus – Doot Doot Doot

I do wonder if the designers of Willow Creek's metamorphosis have ever seen Donnie Darko. This fairly recent incarnation of one of the oldest wineries on the Mornington Peninsula has the Jackalope as its mascot - a peculiar, antlered bunny with more than it's share of the dark side. I suppose it's a Wyoming drop... Continue Reading →

In season – zucchini

Although Melbourne's zucchini season is tapering to its end, just a little further north of us, in more arid areas around the Murray, it's still possible to get the odd young zucchini or even zucchini flower in season. Luckily, most Australians can able to put their hands on a fairly local local courgette at almost any... Continue Reading →

Zucchini carpaccio with smoked salmon

Lazy, lazy dish, partnered with some lazy blog writing. Sometimes you just need to start your Mondays on slow... Zucchini carpaccio with smoked salmon 1 large green zucchini 200g sliced smoked salmon 1 baby fennel bulb dash of olive oil fresh ground black pepper finely sliced red chilli (optional) lime juice and zest (grated) to taste... Continue Reading →

Zucchini and yoghurt fritters

I first tried zucchini fritters in Santorini, and now it seems that every time I make these, I'm taken back to an afternoon atop the white walls, drinking frosty, frothy Fix with friends, throwing back grilled octopus and keftedes, waiting for the alarm to signal its time to go back to the cruise ship. Despite... Continue Reading →

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 →

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