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prawn and mango salad

My Secret Christmas Prawn Stash

Seafood, especially prawns are very popular for Christmas. When temperatures are rising it’s great to cool things down a little with a prawn and mango salad and a sparking wine, all with minimal exertion in the kitchen. Things can get a little heated metaphorically in the lead up to Christmas too as you frantically try…

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sprintime asparagus gets political

Springtime Asparagus Gets Political

Springtime asparagus is here, so say goodbye to kale, silverbeet and pumpkin for a while and start picking up bundles of fresh, local asparagus. Our asparagus is grown in Koo Wee Rup which just happens to be Australia’s largest asparagus growing region; ninety percent of asparagus is grown right at our doorstep. The rich soils…

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navel gazing

Sunny Citrus In Winter’s Gloom

Winter is the time to enjoy all manner of citrus fruits, which is great because citrus is not only a healthy natural boost of vitamin C  but a tangy and juicy fruit to brighten up winter’s gloom. Think fennel, onion and orange salad, rare duck breast, baby spinach and orange salad, potatoes roasted with lemon,…

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artichoke in lemon and olive oil
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Artichokes – Getting To The Heart Of The Matter

Artichokes are a curious vegetable, stunningly sculptural in appearance but also intimidating to a lot of home cooks. While I have enjoyed artichoke hearts served on antipasto plates or when propping myself at a bar in Italy and tucking into delicious tramezzini filled with artichoke and hard-boiled egg, I never really thought too much about …

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coloured caulies

Cauliflower Rainbow

In spring and summer we have bright red, green and yellow tomatoes and capsicums and tender green vegetables and lettuces we can toss into a riot of colour on a plate if we want. While there are some colourful winter vegetables they aren’t  quite the show-offs that their summer counterparts are. With the winter chill…

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