Monthly Archives: February 2016

Fruitless Waldorf is a beet-up of a story

I am sure that most readers are familiar with Waldorf salad and that many of you have made one on numerous occasions. As is also well known, this salad takes its name from New York’s Waldorf Hotel, where it was … Continue reading

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O Cisco! Gazpacho!

I have never been anywhere close to the Texas-Mexico border-lands frequented by the fictional Cisco Kid and his side-kick Pancho, but I would be surprised if you couldn’t find a taberna with gazpacho – my favourite tomato soup – on … Continue reading

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So, not every aubergine goes into ratatouille

The latest recipe I have used from Mastering the art of French cooking (Mastering) is ‘Aubergines farcies duxelles’ (Eggplants stuffed with mushrooms). The eggplant I used was originally destined to be chargrilled on our Weber Q, as we have done a couple of … Continue reading

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Peaches hit the high notes

In Melbourne, as in many other parts of the world, the summer months bring an abundance of fruits which can be enjoyed as the basis of a light and refreshing dessert. Think strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, nectarines and peaches. Of … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day mass….

… of meat. No Al Capone, no bone. No South Side, no North Side. Just a lovely piece of topside. No ugly pools of blood on the floor; a pleasing little puddle on the plate. About 80 years after the … Continue reading

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A lamb-friendly warm potato salad

A creamy, slightly-chilled potato salad goes well with most meats that have been barbecued. Maggie and I make one several times during the warmer months; the latest one was one of our best ever, thanks to some ultra-fresh small potatoes … Continue reading

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As cool as a cucumber soup

Our Greek neighbours, Nik and Sula, have been sharing some of the seasonal produce from their vegetable garden with us. Nik, now in his 70s, is very accomplished at working his soil to produce bountiful crops from a small area … Continue reading

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