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spanish meatballs with picada

Spanish Meatballs In Picada

The sweet taste of almonds and saffron are what distinguishes these Spanish meatballs. While I’m a great fan of fennel seed laden meatballs in a tomato sauce made thick from the breadcrumbs or flour coating the sautéed meatballs, this Spanish version has a sauce directly thickened with a picarda of pounded almonds, bread and garlic….

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scottish cabbage and mash

Old and New- Rumbledethumps and Sous Vide Lamb

I think many foodies have participated in themed dinners, cooking demos or wine tastings to create a bit of social alchemy in this new virtual world we now live in. In the past few months I have enjoyed dumpling, pizza, risotto and soufflé zoom cooking sessions with family and friends as well as a blind…

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chicken skewers

Japanese Chicken and Egg Themes

I first encountered tsukune, a BBQ minced chicken skewer, in a yakitori joint in Kyoto. The tsukune was served with a raw egg yolk in a little dish in which to dip the skewered chicken meatball. The unctuousness of the egg was beautiful with the salty, tender chicken. I loved the place and that dish…

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An Upper Crust

Herb crusts add a layer of seasonal flavour and interest to fish or meats such as lamb, pork or chicken. As spring growth takes off in the garden herbs are often the first culinary plants with masses of tender leaves crying out to be used. Pay attention as it won’t be long before they toughen…

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LamBacon

Lamb producers, for the love of lamb, at Nulla Vale, 85 km North of Melbourne have been doing something interesting with their lamb. An Australian first, LamBacon is a wood smoked product from belly lamb just like streaky bacon but it’s not. It has the same tasty, crispy, meaty feel but with the sweet taste…

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