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Braised Iberico Pork with Tomatoes, Chorizo, Thyme & Black Olives


I am going through a little chorizo phase, where many of the dishes I have cooked of late contain this wonderfully spicy sausage. From Suzanne Goin’s Lamb stuffed with Chorizo and Olives to Nano Crespo’s Cannelini Bean Stew with Chorizo … Continue reading

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Irish Stew


When I was growing up there was an urban myth going around, that the Irish put soiled socks in their stews for flavour – now keep in mind that I grew up in Australia so it may have been one … Continue reading

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Big Day Sliders (Turkey and Beef Burgers)


I could call these Big Game Sliders but the last time I made them was my daughters 5th birthday, which was as loud and as rowdy as any big game gathering I have been to. And talking about the ‘Big … Continue reading

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Mushroom and pearl barley soup (minestra di orzo e funghi)


I miss the snow! After four Chicago Winters and a White Christmas (and then some) in New York last year I am now feeling a little tetchy and wondering when I am going to make my next snow angel – call … Continue reading

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Twice Cooked Veal Shanks with Mushrooms & Sage

I am back in NYC and it is chilly to say the least. My holiday in Australia came to an abrupt end and we soon found ourselves on a plane, returning to the US and feeling a little gloomy having … Continue reading

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Beef Stroganoff


I grew up in a place and an era that allowed me enormous freedom. After breakfast we would leave the house and return briefly for lunch and then eventually for dinner. Our back yard stretched beyond the confines of our … Continue reading

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Spaghetti Bolognese

It is certainly Spaghetti weather, it has been grey and gloomy and there is an Autumnal chill in the air. The perfect time of year for me to get out my stock pots and start making comfort food. Spaghetti Bolognese … Continue reading

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Beef Wellington

  Mr Man has just arrived home after a gruelling 14 hour flight from China and we are having a Saturday night in. We wanted to make something that said ‘welcome home’ and thought that this might do the trick … Continue reading

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Parpadelle with Veal Ragu & Gremolata

August 2011 - Veal Ragiu #2 016

  I find it very hard to pass up a good ragu – one with meat so tender that it literally melts in your mouth. I also love ragu’s paired with a pasta and despite the warmer weather this dish … Continue reading

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Sausage Rolls


  I don’t eat sausage rolls too often but when I do, to say I enjoy them would be an understatement. Sadly they are not widely available in the USA so I have been making my own to compensate for … Continue reading

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