Green Pepper, Avocado And Tomato Salad

1 avocado, seed removed
juice of 1 lime
a little lime zest
olive oil
black pepper
6 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half, or 3 small tomatoes, cut into quarters
½ green or red pepper, sliced into ‘circles’

You need a perfect avocado, one at the height of its season. Same with tomatoes – those taken straight from the bush are preferred. The [...]

Beans Like Mama Used To Cook

This old Italian dish reminds me so much of my childhood, when the beans went on at the same time as the roast. Difference being these really taste terrific.
Good old Aussie gels made a habit of cooking beans until they were as grey as a losing punter. Soft, podgy, full of water, good only for [...]

Classic White Sauce For Cauli

A white sauce is the most simple of classic dishes. And it really does go beautifully with cauliflower, particularly when the white sauce is mixed at the end with an aggressive melting cheese like cheddar. It’s very simple to make. Just measure out equal quantities of butter and flour, and have plenty of simmering milk [...]

Veal Roast

6 slices bacon, fat reduced but not eliminated
roast of veal
several sprigs of rosemary
a little lemon juice
a little butter
black pepper

Heat the oven to 200°C. Lay half the bacon on the base of the pan and heat until sizzling. Put the veal on top of the cooking bacon, and place the rest of the bacon on top [...]

Beans and The Pressure Cooker

Too often beans are what comes in cans, either complete with sauce, or pre-cooked and ready to be added to the sauce of your choice. The pressure cooker brings all sorts of beans and all sorts of flavours into your sphere of cooking potential.
Beans are as much fun to play with as pasta and rice, [...]

Mussels in a rich tomato sauce

You’re hooked. You loved the pasta starter, now for the real fun. Start thinking. Start adding. Start creating havoc.
Pasta shapes were not all about bored artisans getting trendy, and offering the yuppies of the 12th century the pasta shape you need when you’re tired of spaghetti! More to the point: different shapes for different sauces. [...]