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Cullen Skink, Venison loin, Scottish Dinner Party

Cullen Skink, Venison loin, Scottish Dinner Party

When I put out a call on Twitter for ideas as to what I should make in Edinburgh for my series The Dish, about the quintessential dishes of the places we visit, Scottish chef Gary Robinson (former personal chef to Prince Charles and former chef of Mezzanine,...
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...
Pörkölt Recipe, the Stew Formerly Known as Goulash

Pörkölt Recipe, 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...
Spicy Turkish Lamb Chops with Bulgur Recipe

Spicy Turkish Lamb Chops with Bulgur Recipe

A few years ago we spent a lot of time in Turkey. Not running around doing the tourist trail — we’d done that years before — but settling in for a couple of months. We spent four weeks at our friends’ lovely holiday house in Kaş on...
Tomato Bredie Recipe, a Classic Cape Town Stew

Tomato Bredie Recipe, 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...
Soft-centred Chocolate Cake Recipe

Soft-centred Chocolate Cake Recipe

Our visit to the Villa Vanilla spice farm was very inspirational. Seeing fresh vanilla and cocoa beans was a treat. Seeing the flowers that lead to the formation of a cacao pod and seeing the cocoa beans out drying in the sun was amazing. It...
Sopa de Tortilla (Tortilla Soup) Recipe

Sopa de Tortilla (Tortilla Soup) Recipe

I know we ate Sopa de Tortilla (Tortilla Soup) on our first trip to Mexico City many years ago although I can’t remember exactly where, and I can’t recall whether the recipe is even in Diana Kennedy’s tome on Mexican cuisine, The Art of Mexican Cooking, which...
Tacos al Pastor Recipe

Tacos al Pastor Recipe

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,...
Texas Style BBQ Pork Recipe

Texas Style BBQ Pork Recipe

Rusty Irons, the owner of our first holiday rental in Austin may be a petite woman, but her personality is a big as the state of Texas. Flush with local products, from aromatic salsas to BBQ spices, the open pantry that she offers to her guests...
The Dish, Part 2: Balinese Saté and Ayam Betutu

The Dish, Part 2: Balinese Saté and Ayam Betutu

In the first part of this post we gave you the recipe to make a good batch of delicious — and often fiery — Balinese Sauce. In this part we’ll put it to good use to make two dishes, a Balinese-style saté and ayam betutu. To make...