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The importance of bone broth

The importance of bone broth

“A big stock pot is the most important gift a bride could receive.” – Dr Francis Pottemger Making bone broth is a regular part of my kitchen routine.  I use bones from chicken, duck, beef, lamb and pork, odd bits such oxtails (my favourite), pig trotters, pig tails, pig skins and chicken feet.  When available, Read More…

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Chicken, Quail Eggs & Galangal Soup

Chicken and galangal soup originates from Thailand and if you have been to a Thai restaurant you will most probably see it featured in the menu.  It is quick and easy to prepare at home and hugely satisfying.   Besides chicken, you can use seafood, pork, duck, mushrooms, … lots of possibilities. Recipe (source:  David Thompson’s Read More…

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Roast Tomato Sauce & Soup

Roast Tomato Sauce & Soup

A very versatile sauce made from ripe, full flavoured tomatoes.  Use it as base  for sauce,  stew or soup. Roast Tomato Sauce (recipe source: The River Cottage Cookbook) Ingredients 1 kg ripe organic tomatoes (like those pictured above) 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tbs live oil sea salt & ground black pepper Method Cut Read More…

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Spiced Carrot Soup

Spiced Carrot Soup

With nutritious homemade stock, a touch of warming spices, healthy fats from the coconut and  fresh carrots (from Wonderworld Organics), I made this very satisfying and nourishing soup. Spiced Carrot Soup Ingredients * 450 ml coconut milk * 3 cups homemade stock * 1/2 lime, juiced * 1  onion (medium size), peeled and sliced * Read More…

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Spiced Beef Soup Vietnamese Style

Spiced Beef Soup Vietnamese Style

This simple beef soup with warming spices is perfect for cold winter nights. Spiced Beef Soup Vietnamese Style Inspired by Charmaine Solomon’s recipe for Pho (Vietnamese Beef and Rice Noodle Soup) Ingredients 1 litre of homemade beef broth 10 whole black peppercorns 2 star anise 3 cardamon pods 3 cloves 1 sprig of celery leaves Read More…

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Beef Broth

Beef Broth

Beef Broth (Recipe from Jessica Prentice’s Full Moon Feast.  ) Ingredients A few large beef soup bones, knuckle bones or marrow bones 1-2 tbs tallow or other fat An oxtail, some short ribs, a couple of shanks or other meaty bones Filtered water to cover A tablespoon of white wine or other vinegar (I use Read More…

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My favourite mushrooms

My favourite mushrooms

I love mushrooms especially shiitake, oyster, enoki, wood ear and where I come from (Singapore) they are commonplace, you find them everywhere at the supermarkets and wet markets.   Here in Australia where I am they are  hard to find and are considered gourmet and exotic  and quite pricey.    Nevertheless, I was delighted when I Read More…

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French Onion Soup (without the tears)

French Onion Soup (without the tears)

The rain and cool weather of the last few days put us in the mood for some warm hearty soup.  With slow simmered beef stock all ready to go, Max suggested we make soupe a l‘oignon gratinee. Knowing it is not my favourite part of making onion soup, he volunteered  to do the peeling and Read More…

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