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Middle Eastern Eggplant Salad – ‘Bring a Plate’

I love eggplants (aubergines) and have written about them a lot. They are versatile and adaptable, featuring in the cuisines of many cultures. We have an eggplant bush in our garden that’s had a crazy growth spurt. This recipe for a warm Middle Eastern Eggplant Salad is a quick way to deal with an unexpected… >> Read more

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Filed in: Entree & Starters

Going…. Going… Gone…. Well, that was the kitchen that was. When I was asked* by Barbeques Galore to create a recipe for the barbeque, the timing couldn’t have been better. We are now living off pre-prepared meals from our freezer and what can be produced in an electric frying pan and barbeque. Let me tell you… >> Read more

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Filed in: Soups, Salads, Snacks

Broad Bean & Feta Salad – ‘Bring a Plate’

As we know, December and January are times of celebrations great and small, parties, picnics, feasts and fun. We all join in and contribute a dish to help the hosts and share the load. In Australia this is called ‘bring-a-plate’. It’s similar to a ‘potluck’. On occasion, this has led to confusion when those unfamiliar… >> Read more

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I Was Standing on the Corner

Since Alfred & Constance opened 18 months ago, I’ve traipsed past it with alarming regularity on the way to and from my dentist, just around the corner.  I often take a look at the menu and a peek into what’s happening but usually have a mouthful of anesthetic or a dentist bill in my hand so… >> Read more

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Filed in: Brisbane, Restaurant Review

Spring is just around the corner. Can’t you feel it? Balmy, sunny days. One less blanket on the bed. The first rebellious fruit trail-blazing in the garden. Technically it’s still winter in Australia but the mercury is already tipping 24c on a regular basis in sub tropical Brisbane. So, the recipe I selected for this… >> Read more

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Friendship Is…..

That saucy minx, Rio….having Tapas & Cocktails with your BFF on a Wednesday at lunch time.  Why is she my BFF? We share a taste for the finer things in life including Duran Duran, the song ‘Another Girl, Another Planet’, cats, tequila, gossiping and delicious Spanish morsels.  In fact, I met my BFF at school… >> Read more

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Yotam Ottolenghi’s Pearl Barley Tabouleh

With the weather starting to warm up, my mind and body has well and truly been set to salad mode.  With a long summer ahead, I am keen to broaden my repertoire and enjoy salads with all sorts of grains and pulses tossed through to give some substance to the dish. I have written before… >> Read more

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Over a Tuscan BBQ

As you know, I have just returned from a week in Gaiole in Chianti in Tuscany.  It was a low key affair but we still managed to drink 2 bottles of champagne, 7 bottles of red wine, 2 of white, a few beers, countless wine tastings and a bottle of vodka between the three of… >> Read more

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