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Winter Warmers — Hearty Stew Recipes for Cold Winter Evenings

Winter Warmers — Hearty Stew Recipes for Cold Winter Evenings

While Europe and North America have been experiencing a brutal winter, here in Siem Reap we have not been faring much better. Okay, sure a 14˚C (57˚F) minimum during winter would come as a relief to many, but in Cambodia that’s practically freezing. Well, that’s...
The Dish: a Scottish Produce Dinner Party

The Dish: a Scottish Produce Dinner Party

This post continues from the last post about Local Produce here. 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...
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...
The Dish: Spicy Turkish Lamb Chops with Bulgur

The Dish: Spicy Turkish Lamb Chops with Bulgur

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...
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...
The Dish: Soft-centred Chocolate Cake

The Dish: Soft-centred Chocolate Cake

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...
The Dish: Sopa de Tortilla – Tortilla Soup

The Dish: Sopa de Tortilla – Tortilla Soup

I know we ate Sopa de Tortilla (Tortilla Soup) on our first trip to Mexico 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...
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,...
The Dish: BBQ Pork Texas Style!

The Dish: BBQ Pork Texas Style!

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...