Monthly Archives: October 2014

Long-distance travel plans

Don’t you enjoy that feeling of the uplifted spirit that you experience when you have booked and confirmed the last of your flights and tours for an overseas trip? You know, the one that is closely followed by “Thank God … Continue reading

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Fresh lasagne with cauliflower, mushrooms and hazelnuts

We’re not big fans of cauliflower cooked plainly and then served as is. However, we do eat it regularly enough – in a potato mash, along with mild English mustard, to accompany a beef dish; as the main ingredient in … Continue reading

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A fish dish to celebrate our baby kipflers

By traditional Melbourne standards, our home and the land on which it sits are modest in size. The garden plots in front of the house are ill suited to growing edible plants, including their exposure to the harsh summer sun; … Continue reading

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Our favourite piece of barbecued steak

One kilogram of scotch fillet from Ashburton Meats. Maggie cuts off one steak, 4cm thick, about 320g. ┬áThe remaining piece is set aside for a roast beef meal. The steak comes to room temperature; the Weber Q heats up to … Continue reading

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Steak diane

Steak diane is the kind of dish our parents used to prepare and serve in the 1960s to impress friends or special guests. With robust flavours and a rich sauce, it belongs on a depths-of-winter menu. So, (a) what is … Continue reading

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Chocolate, almond and hazelnut torte

I think of this as a special occasion cake for grown-ups, including those who are intolerant of gluten. Yes, it’s full of other things that can kill you if you over-indulge habitually. Fortunately, one small piece provides plenty of pleasure, … Continue reading

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Pasta with tuna, rocket and preserved lemon

This is a recipe for one of those ‘that tin of tuna has been sitting in the pantry for a while and I made sandwiches with the previous tin’ moments followed by ‘I really feel like a bowl of pasta, … Continue reading

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