Pork with Plum Sauce & Choy Sum

A few weeks ago, my assignment for the course was to put together a recipe, create a sequence/plan, complete the dish within 40 minutes and serve.  The chef then tasted the dish and gave advice on how to improve it if we were to serve it as a dish in a cafe or restaurant.  This… Continue reading Pork with Plum Sauce & Choy Sum

Potato, Leek & Bacon Soup

If you are in need of comfort food during the cold winter months in Melbourne, soup is the way to go.  Soup making can be quick and easy such as this leek, potato and bacon soup.  A recipe that is easy to prepare. It’s hearty, flavoursome and totally delicious. Ingredients 2 kg washed potatoes (peeled… Continue reading Potato, Leek & Bacon Soup

Austin’s Squid Ink Pasta

Today is Friday YAY!   The weekend brings family and friends together, fresh food, drink and conversation.  What ever the weekend brings your way I hope that it is your nirvana of joyful and happy moments.  A few weekend’s ago my son Austin decided to prepare a dish which he has been wanting to cook… Continue reading Austin’s Squid Ink Pasta

Sticky Pear and Fig Cake

This delightful cake recipe I am sharing was passed onto me and fellow students by our chef Sebastian. We used Nashi pears for the recipe in class however, for this recipe I have used William pears.  You can use other varieties such as Bosc, Packham, Asian, Comice, Red Bartlett or Conference as long as the pear’s flesh remains firm.… Continue reading Sticky Pear and Fig Cake

Rustic French Onion Tart

Originally posted on Milanka's Fine Food:
Pastry 125 grams Plain Flour 60 grams Butter (room temperature) 1 Egg Pinch Salt Water Filling 7 Large Brown Onions (finely chopped 1cm) 3 Egg Yolks 150 ml Cream (full fat) 1/2 teaspoon ground Nutmeg Black Pepper (freshly ground) 60 grams Butter (to cook the onions) 4 tablespoons…

Hearty Bean Soup (juha sa grah, špek i kobasice)

Growing up as a kid in Croatia, meat wasn’t on the menu all that often, especially beef.  We had fish from the river, our own chickens, eggs if the chooks were happy laying, if not you had to buy them from your neighbours providing they were willing to sell or barter for something you had an abundance of… Continue reading Hearty Bean Soup (juha sa grah, špek i kobasice)

Potato Bites

There will be a number of vegan guests at my daughter’s birthday party.  An idea came to mind that the central element of the vegan dish would revolve around potato.  The only time consuming part of making these little bite size morsels is cooking the potatoes and refrigerating them overnight.  The result will be delicious… Continue reading Potato Bites

Russian Salad

I have been wanting to share this recipe for some time now and other ideas and recipes have taken over.  The salad is loved amongst our family members and is always served on special occasions and festivities. Ingredients 3 medium Desiree potatoes (cooked) 300 grams green beans (lightly cooked) 250 grams baby peas (frozen &… Continue reading Russian Salad