A to Z of Vegetables – A – Artichoke

[ A globe artichoke. Photograph by Vanessa Pike-Russell]It’s a very fiddly vegetable but the thin layer of tender flesh on each leaf is a delicacy. I prefer the artichoke hearts marinated in oil when you’re in a rush. They are great as part of a Mediterranean salad, on pizza or added to a mezze platter. [Photograph…

Country Womens Association Cookbook

The Country Women’s Association Cookbook: Seventy Years in the Kitchen It is no exaggeration to say that The Country Women’s Association Cookbook is an Australian icon. Absolutely packed with hard-working, practical recipes, this has been an essential cookbook in Australian kitchen for generations. First published over seventy years ago, Murdoch Books are now very proud…

Seasonal produce – Kohlrabi

I was reading through the Sydney Food Markets guide to seasonal produce for July 2009 and spied the vegetable kohlrabi in the list. I have to admit I haven’t had much exposure to this vegetable so I decided to do some research. I opened up the wonderful Encyclopedia of Asian Food by Charmaine Solomon and…

Masterchef- George’s Blini with feta and smoked beetroot recipe

George Calombaris from Australia’s Masterchef cooksBlini with Smoked beetroot and feta Smoked beetroot First make the smoke with hickory chips (from BBQ shop, soaked) and add sugar, rice, sea salt, earl grey tea and mix. Line a pot with foil and spread out mixture onto it. Add a lid and get it smoking which may…

Caveau – French cuisine is Wollongong’s only hatted restaurant

I’ve always wanted to visit Caveau, Wollongong’s only hatted restaurant. It is also the Illawarra’s only French restaurant and it offers cooking classes! I’ve looked at their upcoming classes and one falls on October 18th, 2009. That’s the day after my birthday. Normally I am up in Sydney at the Good Food Month’s Night Noodle…