Pork Agrodolce

This sensational Chef John dish is so easy to throw together and the taste is out of this world. The word Agrodolce literally means sour and sweet and this sauce is exactly that. It’s almost like a BBQ sauce but so much better… We bought a prepackaged roast pork shoulder in the net bag and…

Home Made Dim Sims

This is our first serious attempt at making the wonderful Aussie Dim Sim. Invented in the 1940’s by William Wing Young, these are a variation of the Chinese Dumpling but are bigger and traditionally contain meat, cabbage and spices. Found in fish and chip shops particularly in Victoria, they can be steamed or fried and…

Stir Fried Asian Rice Cake Noodles

This delicious dish is a favourite of ours as it made so simple by using Mushroom XO Sauce which packs a punch flavour wise. It is made predominantly with shiitake mushrooms and soybean paste plus spices and a little bit goes a long way… Tips: Asian Rice Cakes are available fresh or frozen in Asian…

Sriracha Spiced Bacon

I first saw this recipe on Pinterest  (acknowledgement to The Kitchen Whisperer) and was determined to try it.  Being a bacon lover, this ticks all the boxes – crispy, sweet, spicy – it is divine.  We fell upon it and devoured it in  minutes, fighting over the last little crumbs… One tip – the drippings in…

Pancetta & Parsnip Pappardelle

I saw Jamie Oliver prepare this on TV many years ago and was very impressed with how quick & easy it was.  The combination of Pancetta, parsnip and rosemary go together really well.  Use a vegetable peeler to shave the parsnips into lovely ribbons which only take minutes to soften and cook. This is also…

Italian Style Sausages & Vegetables

I love a good one pot meal. If I can throw everything into one big pan and come back 30 minutes later I am a happy cook indeed.  This scrumptious meal is the brainchild of my Italian friend Linda and makes a regular appearance on her dinner menu as it is so easy and can be…

Pork Tacos with Black Beans & Green Salad

Tacos are a wonderful meal any time of the year and this Jamie Oliver recipe is delicious.  I have tweaked it a little bit  – I use pork fillet instead of pork belly as I find the latter too fatty for our taste and I didn’t have cumin seeds but found the powder was just as good. This…

Baked Kransky, Bacon & Pea Risotto

Cold winter nights need some comfort food and there is nothing more tasty than Kransky Sausages baked in a risotto with bacon and peas.  Add some red pesto and you have a delicious combination and it’s hard to stop at just one bowl! Kransky is a Slovenian sausage most similar to a Polish sausage and…

Spanish Style Chorizo and Lentil Stew

There is nothing better than fresh Chorizo sausage.  It is luscious and juicy and spicy – we love them.  The dried ones are great for pasta or pizza but the fresh ones are divine as part of a tapas meal or in this instance a stew… The addition of paprika and coriander powder gives the…

Chorizo & Spinach Spaghetti Carbonara

We love Spaghetti Carbonara and eat it a lot as it’s probably the easiest pasta dish to put together.  When hubby suggested adding chorizo sausage instead of bacon that sounded very interesting and combined with the spinach it was really delicious… Nutmeg is the best friend of spinach and I always add a pinch when…

Pork Scaloppine Limoncello

We love Scaloppine.  The lovely thin slices of pork or veal – I have even made it with chicken – only take minutes to prepare and cook and are so light and delicious.  Having run out of fresh lemons we tried using the beautiful Italian lemon liquor Limoncello.  I usually save this for sweet pancake dishes but…

Sensational Sarma (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls)

The Balkan name is Sarma – we call them Cabbage Rolls…  There is something so wonderful about this combination of cabbage, meat and rice – it’s so simple yet so damned delicious.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t salivate over the thought of Sarma and mashed potatoes….  Heaven on a plate… We have several friends with kind…