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How To Make A Mojito

How To Make A Mojito

Cocktail time. A class on how to make a Mojito was one of the highlights of the Taste of Melbourne festival. Out of all the events we went to, the cocktail making lessons were the ones that seemed to excite festivalgoers the most. Long lines,...
How to Make Pierogi – the Secrets to Dumpling Success

How to Make Pierogi – the Secrets to Dumpling Success

The rustic, hearty food of Poland is a big part of the appeal of places like Kraków and Zakopane for us, and for me, eating the food is also something of a nostalgia trip, due to my Russian heritage. At my grandparents’ legendary Sunday lunches,...
Weekend Eggs: the Vienna Edition

Weekend Eggs: the Vienna Edition

Winter in Europe… heavy overcoats, crunchy snow, rosy cheeks, cute kids being pulled along on sleds by their parents, snowboarding, piping hot glühwein… and truffles. Yes, truffles. Having bought a fresh truffle at the Naschmarkt in Vienna, one of the dishes I knew I had...
European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

European Winter Treat in Vienna: Fresh Black Winter Truffles

Many years ago, when I worked in publishing in Sydney, my right-hand-man had a tempestuous relationship with his girlfriend who was head chef for one of Australia’s best known fine dining restaurateurs. Our little design department was comprised of keen foodies, even though the word...
The Dish: Pörkölt, the Stew Formerly Known as Goulash

The Dish: Pörkölt, the Stew Formerly Known as Goulash

What I knew about Hungarian food and wine before I first visited Budapest was limited to Bull’s Blood red wine, Tokaji sweet wine, salami, paprika, and the dish that was made using paprika – goulash. Given that I’ve been stewing and braising away this year...
Weekend Eggs: The Christmas Edition

Weekend Eggs: The Christmas Edition

When we were in a delicatessen doing some last-minute shopping here in Krakow* on Christmas Eve, before the shops shut early in the afternoon so workers could head home for Christmas dinner, Lara overheard a visiting family complaining about being unaware that everything (and we...
Weekend Eggs: the Istanbul Edition

Weekend Eggs: the Istanbul Edition

In my Istanbul edition of The Dish, I shared my recipe for lamb chops with bulgur that I made here in the tiny kitchen of our apartment. There were some vegetables involved – eggplant and bell peppers or capsicum – and astute observers would have noted...
The Dish: Tomato Bredie, a Classic Cape Town Stew

The Dish: Tomato Bredie, a Classic Cape Town Stew

Jet lag makes you do the strangest things. We had arrived at our holiday rental in Cape Town in the late afternoon after three flights that took us half way around the world, desperate to try to get our body clocks – by this stage...
Weekend Eggs: the Costa Rica Edition

Weekend Eggs: the Costa Rica Edition

I’m not going to fib. The only negative things we heard about Costa Rica before our visit to the country were about a subject close to our hearts: the food. One Mexican chef we met who’d lived in Costa Rica for a long time said...
The Dish: Tacos al Pastor

The Dish: Tacos al Pastor

When we met Austin’s ‘taco mafia’ for lunch and tried the excellent tacos al pastor straight from the spit at the humble Rosita’s Al Pastor, I knew this was a dish worthy of further exploration. The simplicity of corn tortillas topped with pork, marinated with pineapple,...
Weekend Eggs: The Mexico City Edition

Weekend Eggs: The Mexico City Edition

About fifteen years ago, on my second trip to Mexico, I arrived from San Francisco to meet Lara who was already in Mexico City. The next morning, bleary eyed, we headed off to a small cafe near our cheap hotel that served brilliant breakfast eggs....
Weekend Eggs: the Austin Edition

Weekend Eggs: the Austin Edition

Ever since we first visited Mexico years ago, huevos rancheros or ‘ranch eggs’ has been one of my favourite hearty breakfast dishes, both to eat and to cook. Essentially the dish is made up of two corn (or sometimes flour) tortillas that are topped with...