Home made lime pickle

It’s impossible to have the perfect curry experience without a good pickle or chutney. It’s a very personal thing, and every Indian grocer will want to foist their preference on you. One thing’s for certain – it needs to be spicy and salty to act as a seasoning for your curries, yoghurts, or breads. It […]

My perfect carbonara

This is not a traditional carbonara. But after years of trial and error, multiple recipes and many arguments I am finally happy with my take. Serves two 2 egg yolks An eschallot 200g high quality bacon or speck Salt, pepper A whole clove of garlic Parsley 250g (half a packet) fettucine Place a pot of […]

36 Hour Sous Vide Pork Belly

After our initial success with cooking all sorts of meat sous vide, it was time for something more ambitious – slow cooked sous vide pork belly. There are a few sous vide pork belly recipes out there but as we had all weekend I decided to try Heston Blumenthal’s 36 hour version. It actually took more […]

Sous Vide Pork Fillet with Kale and Apple Slaw

Cooking sous vide is amazing. It feels like a scientific experiment. Cooking in plastic bags feels like something you might do on a spaceship. This used to be a technique used mainly in restaurants, but you can get quite cheap domestic machines now that sous vide cooking is increasing in popularity. I’ve spent the  last […]

Eggplant and Tomato Salad

Our eggplants and tomatoes survived and thrived through the heatwave conditions in February and March and after a bumper crop we’ve now reached the end of the season. I went for a variety of heirloom tomatoes this year and it paid off. The big meaty oxhearts are mild and great for eating raw in a salad […]

Wild Rabbit Ragu

If you find a wild rabbit, preferably one that’s been skinned and butchered rather than hopping and burrowing, then wild rabbit ragu is a nice way to have it feed four people.  While farmed rabbits are bigger I haven’t found one with much taste.  I’ve seen wild rabbit for sale for as much as $30-40 […]

Vietnamese Osso Bucco

This recipe for Vietnamese Osso Bucco was created just before my wife and I went on a trip to Vietnam last year. We were reading up on Vietnamese food in preparation for the deliciousness to come. With one of the only dinner options in the house some frozen osso bucco, we thought – after the […]

Masala Peanuts

Masala peanuts are a mainstay of barflys in India – it is maybe the only thing worth ordering in some seedy drinking establishments.  But really, with this and a Haywards 5000, maybe a few papadums, why would you bother with anything else.  In my mind this in the ultimate accompaniment to cold beer on a […]