Spring Tarte Tatin

A tarte tatin is a simple tart that is baked upside down ie with the pastry on top.

It is then turned out to reveal the dark, caramelised underbelly whilst the layers of the puff pastry compress into a crispy, golden disc.

It’s Only Nacho-ral.

I got married last week. In a smart, sky blue suit from the 60’s to an even smarter, beautiful woman I can now call my wife. All the way. Kid was Maid Of Honour too. As part of my vows I promised to make everything taste of coriander and lemon. I am nothing if not…

Pad Thai – Me Kangaroo Down Sport

Our third  dish (and possibly best/worst pun ever!) for our series In With The Old, Out With The Noodle. See the first  editions  here and here.Pad Thai. Just as much a staple of the take away Thai menu as spring rolls and red curry. For our antipodean tastes, chicken is the most common offering but I have it…

Breakfasts Of Champions

10 Great Warming Winter Brekkies. To make at home.Going  out for breakfast is one of my favourite things. Except on Sunday. I try to avoid going out for breakfast on Sunday because that’s when everyone else is going out for breakfast and why it takes an hour for the wrong dish to arrive at your table. Cold….

Out With The Old, In With The Noodle. Pt 2.

Part 2 in the Cook and Kid noodle series.Kid and I have got Japan pretty high up on our list of places to visit, if not right on top. Mainly for the food of course but I also day-dream about cherry blossoms, tea houses, massages and Manga. This week we’re getting our Ud-on (!) and…

Out With The Old, In With The Noodle.

5  super easy, heaps tasty, fried noodle dishes.Straya! It’s really close to Asia. Have you been to Bali too? (We have not,  just between you and me, but it’s on the list). We are gifted with migrants from many different parts of the globe and, arguably, our cuisine is influenced most by the folks from this…

Autumn Heart Mother

Autumn Vegetable and Ricotta Tart w/ Caramelised Figs. Wahcumba St. Dutton Park, Brisbane. The address of one of the best little share houses of all time. Well, to my mind. As a young apprentice chef working at Southbank, Wahcumba St provided everything I needed for a good four or so years. Cheap accommodation, a short walk…

Home On The Free Range. Part 2.

Roast Chicken w/ Baked Vegetables, Leaves, Pomegranate Molasses and Pistachio.Baked vegetables. The transformation of hard, woody root vegetables into something soft, caramelised and delicious is a sublime one. This post is a follow-up to Home On The Free Range  and how we went about serving that lovely bird.A roast doesn’t need to be heavy and filling, particularly…

Home On The Free-Range

ROAST FREE RANGE CHICKEN We’ve had a few false starts to Autumn here in Brisbane. Finally and with just a few weeks left, we’re experiencing some crisp mornings and chilly nights. Time to  try out the new hoodie! It’s amazing how a change in season changes our food cravings. Just a few degrees lower and my mind…

Cheap Picasso Fake.

“Can I have another, piece of chocolate cake?” Happy Birthday Doctor!! That’s my fiance, right. I am going to marry her. And in case you missed it, it is the lady’s birthday !! So we made her a cake. The first time I celebrated one of the Doctor’s birthdays with her,  I arranged a secret (shop bought) rainbow cake…

Little Red Courgette

Or ‘The Post Formerly Known As’. Whatever. This article is totally about zucchini. (And maybe a little bit about Prince.) Here is a vegetable that has undergone a renaissance of sorts in recent years, thanks largely to the health food and Paleo movements. Sign of the times I guess. Zoodles anyone? I remember seeing smaller purple (which would…

Punchinello Portobello.

Portobello and Porcini Mushroom Pie.Kid eats well. Always has and I feel forever blessed for this. I can probably take at least some credit for this, but luckily she has always had a fairly broad appetite. Will eat most things that come before her. Lettuce was a struggle for a while. Mushrooms I’ve tried in…