Asparagus tart with walnuts and parmesan | I blame Delancey for planting the seed that sprouted this tart. On one of our regular visits, I ordered a dish consisting of asparagus that was perfectly charred in their wood-burning oven, walnut cream, and slender shavings of parmesan. It was a rare moment in which I was cursing the fact that my children eat their vegetables; I wanted them to leave their asparagus for me. Anyway, with the addition of a simply dressed salad, this tart makes for a…

Asparagus tart with walnuts and parmesan | I blame Delancey for planting the seed that sprouted this tart. On one of our regular visits, I ordered a dish consisting of asparagus that was perfectly charred in their wood-burning oven, walnut cream, and slender shavings of parmesan. It was a rare moment in which I was cursing the fact that my children eat their vegetables; I wanted them to leave their asparagus for me. Anyway, with the addition of a simply dressed salad, this tart makes for a…

Bombay potatoes |      These simple spiced potatoes are one of the most popular Indian side dishes.   Serve as part of any Indian meal, although they are particularly good with chicken or vegetable curries.

Bombay potatoes

Bombay potatoes | These simple spiced potatoes are one of the most popular Indian side dishes. Serve as part of any Indian meal, although they are particularly good with chicken or vegetable curries.

Wholewheat fettuccine with kale, caramelised onions and marinated goat’s cheese | There is a goat and sheep dairy farm in Victoria, Australia, called Meredith Dairy that makes the most amazing marinated cheese. It’s like a soft goat’s cheese but richer from the sheep’s milk, and it can transform pasta like no other cheese. In this recipe, I use my own Marinated Goat’s Cheese, inspired by Meredith Dairy, with great results. If you have neither of these cheeses, it also works well with a good…

Wholewheat fettuccine with kale, caramelised onions and marinated goat’s cheese

Wholewheat fettuccine with kale, caramelised onions and marinated goat’s cheese | There is a goat and sheep dairy farm in Victoria, Australia, called Meredith Dairy that makes the most amazing marinated cheese. It’s like a soft goat’s cheese but richer from the sheep’s milk, and it can transform pasta like no other cheese. In this recipe, I use my own Marinated Goat’s Cheese, inspired by Meredith Dairy, with great results. If you have neither of these cheeses, it also works well with a good…

Homemade paneer | “Paneer is home-made, unsalted, white cheese. It has a fresh farmer’s cheese like quality and a dense, crumbly texture that works wonderfully with the spices of India but equally well with flaky sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of quality olive oil. It is full of virtues; it is a great source of protein, packed with vitamins and minerals and so tasty that even hardened carnivores find it hard to pass up a well-made paneer dish. You can serve it any way…

Homemade paneer

Homemade paneer | “Paneer is home-made, unsalted, white cheese. It has a fresh farmer’s cheese like quality and a dense, crumbly texture that works wonderfully with the spices of India but equally well with flaky sea salt, freshly ground black pepper and a drizzle of quality olive oil. It is full of virtues; it is a great source of protein, packed with vitamins and minerals and so tasty that even hardened carnivores find it hard to pass up a well-made paneer dish. You can serve it any way…

Potato with fenugreek and spinach (aloo methi palak) | This side dish of potato and spinach is flavoured with fenugreek, as well as a variety of other spices to develop a spicy/sweet flavour profile.

Potato with fenugreek and spinach (aloo methi palak)

Potato with fenugreek and spinach (aloo methi palak) | This side dish of potato and spinach is flavoured with fenugreek, as well as a variety of other spices to develop a spicy/sweet flavour profile.

Carrots, tops, honey and black garlic | This dish came about because we had a few carrots in our kitchen garden – though we actually get most of our carrots from Martin Boetz at the Cooks Co-op near the Hawkesbury River. We wanted to use the whole carrot, so we made a pesto from the tops. The black garlic has an amazing caramel, balsamic quality and is great to fold through some yoghurt and serve with the sweet carrots. Even without the yoghurt it is still a tasty little dish.

Carrots, tops, honey and black garlic

Carrots, tops, honey and black garlic | This dish came about because we had a few carrots in our kitchen garden – though we actually get most of our carrots from Martin Boetz at the Cooks Co-op near the Hawkesbury River. We wanted to use the whole carrot, so we made a pesto from the tops. The black garlic has an amazing caramel, balsamic quality and is great to fold through some yoghurt and serve with the sweet carrots. Even without the yoghurt it is still a tasty little dish.

Spicy sweet potato chip and avocado sammie | January 1 often marks the day that people start new diets, resolve to lose weight or exercise more, etc. But this year I'm trying to take the pressure off all of those green salads and smoothies, and offer a not-bad-for-you baked sweet potato chip sandwich. There was a lunch spot near us that offered a sweet PLAT sandwich (sweet potato, lettuce, avocado and tomato) that was kind of insane and ever since it closed, I knew making some variation of…

Spicy sweet potato chip and avocado sammie

Spicy sweet potato chip and avocado sammie | January 1 often marks the day that people start new diets, resolve to lose weight or exercise more, etc. But this year I'm trying to take the pressure off all of those green salads and smoothies, and offer a not-bad-for-you baked sweet potato chip sandwich. There was a lunch spot near us that offered a sweet PLAT sandwich (sweet potato, lettuce, avocado and tomato) that was kind of insane and ever since it closed, I knew making some variation of…

Wild onion pasta with morel ragout | The aroma of the ramps (wild onions), morels and sweet butter in this dish scream spring, and you'll find yourself lingering over every bite. Don’t be tempted to add cheese, either. It will only sully an otherwise crisp and clean dish. Also, don’t skip this recipe if, for some odd reason, you don’t like mushrooms. The ramp pasta itself, which lasts for a couple days in the fridge, is just as good with butter and cheese; yes, this is the place for grated…

Wild onion pasta with morel ragout

Wild onion pasta with morel ragout | The aroma of the ramps (wild onions), morels and sweet butter in this dish scream spring, and you'll find yourself lingering over every bite. Don’t be tempted to add cheese, either. It will only sully an otherwise crisp and clean dish. Also, don’t skip this recipe if, for some odd reason, you don’t like mushrooms. The ramp pasta itself, which lasts for a couple days in the fridge, is just as good with butter and cheese; yes, this is the place for grated…

Nori omelette with miso mushroom broth | This recipe is a great way to start your day. I find if I have eggs for breakfast, I am not hungry or distracted by food until lunchtime.

Nori omelette with miso mushroom broth

Nori omelette with miso mushroom broth | This recipe is a great way to start your day. I find if I have eggs for breakfast, I am not hungry or distracted by food until lunchtime.

Butternut squash and mushroom tarts |      Use butternut squash as a delicious alternative to pastry - perfect for a vegetarian dinner party.

Butternut squash and mushroom tarts

Butternut squash and mushroom tarts | Use butternut squash as a delicious alternative to pastry - perfect for a vegetarian dinner party.

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