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Want to be a better home cook? Work in a real kitchen

Want to be a better home cook? Work in a real kitchen

Watching the chefs from Noma work at Nahm in Bangkok over a couple of days recently, reminded me how my professional kitchen experience completely changed the way I cook. Even if you’re a keen home cook who has no intention of going on a reality...
Ajat Dtaeng Gwa Thai Cucumber Relish Recipe

Ajat Dtaeng Gwa Thai Cucumber Relish Recipe

This piquant ajat dtaeng gwa Thai cucumber relish recipe is the perfect accompaniment to that geng gari gai aromatic chicken curry recipe from Thailand that I shared with you last year. The first time I sampled the Southern Thailand dish geng gari gai or aromatic chicken curry, it was a...
Great Barrier Feast at qualia on Hamilton Island with Chef Dan Hunter

Great Barrier Feast at qualia on Hamilton Island with Chef Dan Hunter

A highlight of our time back ‘home’ in Australia was getting to gourmet foodie weekend Great Barrier Feast at qualia on Hamilton Island with Chef Dan Hunter* for a story we were working on. Held periodically throughout the year on this tropical Queensland island in the Whitsundays group...
When Is Cooking At Home A Waste Of Time?

When Is Cooking At Home A Waste Of Time?

Regular readers are well aware that we endlessly encourage you to live like locals when you travel by doing a cooking class to learn to make the local cuisine, by shopping at the markets, and by cooking a meal or two at ‘home’, wherever that...
Cooking with Poo at the Helping Hands Thai Cooking School

Cooking with Poo at the Helping Hands Thai Cooking School

From Klong Toey markets in Bangkok it’s a quick drive and a short stroll through Klong Toey slum to Saiyuud Diwong’s modest kitchen where we’re going to try our hand at, um, Cooking with Poo at the Helping Hands Thai Cooking School. Our walking tour through Klong Toey markets to purchase produce...
Last Minute Christmas Tips from Australia’s Finest Chefs

Last Minute Christmas Tips from Australia’s Finest Chefs

I don’t know about you, but we haven’t done anything about preparing for Christmas lunch yet. We’re at Lara’s uncle’s house in Bendigo in rural Victoria, Australia, and if this Christmas is like others, there’ll be friends and neighbours dropping by. If we’ve left it...
Monday Memories: Bangkok’s Junior MasterChef

Monday Memories: Bangkok’s Junior MasterChef

There are many in Thailand who believe that traditional home-cooked Thai food is becoming a thing of the past. This image of Bangkok’s junior MasterChef gave me some hope that wasn’t the case. Pre-packaged curry pastes and even entire Thai dishes that were historically the...
Kai Yat Say, Thai stuffed eggs recipe

Kai Yat Say, Thai stuffed eggs recipe

At 7am in Bangkok the city is animated. And of course being Bangkok, a city where food plays such an integral part in the daily rhythms and rituals of life, the cooking, selling, buying, eating, and transporting of food is already well underway. For the...