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The Grand Budapest Hotel Blu-Ray DVD Giveaway + Recipe for Courtesan au Chocolat!

As much as food and culture has influenced film, I think as much can be said of the reverse. Often a book or film can fire the imaginations of chefs, leading them to create...

Balinese Spice Magic, Wollongong + Traditional Corn Fritter Recipe

Indonesia celebrated Independence Day last weekend, and marked its 69th year since declaring independence from the Dutch. Indonesia is an archipelago made up of around 17,000 islands, (try saying that three times quickly - archipelago,...
iftar

Ramadan, Iftar and my Lahm Bi’ajeen

I like food. Like, really like food. So growing up, I never particularly enjoyed fasting. For one whole month, every year, my family and I (and roughly 1.2 billion other poor, hungry souls around...
Val Verde pizza master class

Authentic Napoletana Pizza Masterclass & Recipe

I recently had the pleasure of attending an Italian masterclass at Signorelli Gastronomia to celebrate the launch of Val Verde’s new San Marzano P.D.O Peeled Tomatoes. The San Marzano tomatoes are grown in the volcanic...
Delicately poached chicken is served at room temperature with a portion of fragrant rice, and a selection of condiments

The Myth of Hainanese Chicken Rice + Recipe and Recommendations

In the food world, Singapore is almost synonymous with Chicken Rice, which - in Singapore - is known as Hainanese Chicken Rice. This has been cause for much confusion for me growing up -...
Red wine is spiced with cloves, and cinnamon, and sweetened with oranges and sugar.

Christmas in July! Fancy some mulled wine?

Source: Grisha I've always envied the European ideal of Christmas - families gather in front of a roaring fire, with steaming spiced wine scenting the house, and an endless stream of hot food coming out...
Oxtail, stewed with vegetables, served with dumplings.

Nelson Mandela’s Favourite Oxtail Stew and Dumplings

Nobel Peace Prize Winner. Human Rights Warrior. Peace Icon. Nelson Mandela was born Rolihlahla Mandela on this day in 1918. He was given the Christian name Nelson on his first day at school - a...
truffle; canberra; farm

Truffle Hunt and Cook at Ruffles Estate, Mt Majura

Most food lovers would have had a similar experience to me – there would have been a time, a place and something you ate that completely shifted your views on what food was and...
Hot bread loaves, cooling.

Gluten Free Baking at Brasserie Bread + Recipe for Gluten Free Bread!

Gluten Free Tinned Loaf As a person who has no food allergies, I think I take a lot for granted. Gluten, a composite of two proteins found in wheat flour, is the component that provides...

Élan’s Caribbean Flavours + Recipes for Caribbean glazed ham and cheat’s jerk chicken +...

   The caribbean, for me, often conjures up images for smoking barbecues, sunshine, and beautiful scantily-clad people. Whether that's truly the case, I have no idea. But we can pretend right?  So when I got a...

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