Dinner for two

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 […]

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 […]

Burnt Eggplant on the Barbecue

Eggplants are my favourite vegetable. What’s better than an eggplant? They’re great in Italian, Indian and Middle Eastern food. You can slice them and throw them on the barbecue to accompany grilled meat, you can fry them up or you can throw them in a stew – and they’re hearty enough to make a meal […]

Chickpea Yoghurt Salad

This chickpea yoghurt salad is a great hearty salad for a hot day. You can have it with another salad or a snack (like we did with the rava prawns) for a quick summer meal. 1 tin chickpeas 1 tbsp coconut oil or vegetable oil Tsp black mustard seeds Tsp cumin seeds Tsp fennel seeds […]

Goat Vindaloo

This is a classic marinade usually reserved for pork. I have made it a little differently here, using goat and giving it a longer marinade to offset the toughness of the meat. Vindaloo is normally served very hot – and that’s the way I like it – but it’s not all about the heat. A […]