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Richly Braised Lentils

Winter is well and truly here and whilst the Winter Solstice has passed, there are a few more dark nights ahead of us. I thought I’d share a recipe that’s ticks all the boxes as far as hearty, comforting fare. A bowl of braised lentils with some crusty bread will stick to your ribs and you’ll… Read more

Filed in: Mids & Mains

Smoked Tomato Sorbet (Sorbete Ahumado Tomate)

I recently hosted a Gastronauts Supper Club dinner with a South American theme and decided to offer a palate cleanser in between courses, using an ingredient from the Americas. Not long ago I read a post by Rhubarb Whine about how to make a home smoker using your wok when the idea of a Smoked… Read more

Filed in: Entree & Starters

Gazpacho on the Verge

In Pedro Almodovar’s 1988 black comedy ‘Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown‘, the plot revolves around Pepa and her fraught relationship with Ivan and his extended family. Pepa’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown!  Swallowing sleeping pills hand over fist as she tries to work out how to deal with Ivan, she… Read more

Filed in: Soups, Salads, Snacks

The first thing I should point out is that the Quark I am referring to is not a particle that makes up a Hadron (as witnessed on my recent visit to the LHC in Geneva). I am referring to ordinary Baker’s Cheese which used to be readily available as Quark in Australia, was then rebadged… Read more

Filed in: Entree & Starters, Travel