The Real Australian Food

Today, we are looking at dim sim, a snack that can be found in Australia. No, this is not a typo, this is not dim sum, a style of food in Chinese cuisine. A dim sim is meat mixture wrapped in a wonton wrapper, then steamed or deep fried, served with soy sauce. Sounds familiar?…

Not Russian Salad

  Unlike Russian Salad, this version does not use potato and we are using pasta instead, so it is really a pasta salad with Russian salad flavour profile. Essential components: • Dried pasta • Frankfurters • Frozen peas, thawed, lightly steamed • Diced carrots, steamed • Dill pickle and dill pickle water From the pantry:…

The Two Sides of Avocado

When I first arrived in Australia in 1999, there isn’t a lot of thing that piqued my interest more than seeing avocados are consumed as savoury meal. Pizza, pasta, salads, and mashed on top of toast, I just can’t get my head around it as growing up in South East Asia, my association to avocado…

Slow Cooker Black Sticky Rice Porridge

I am going traditional this time for a change, but this dish can be altered easily. Traditionally consumed as snack or dessert, it is a great warming aromatic comfort food. The final taste is just subtly sweet with the slightly salty coconut cream accent. Essential components: • Black sticky/glutinous rice, washed and drained • Coconut…

Prawn and Green Pepper pizza

  Ok, we have our dough and we have our pizza sauce, we can now assemble the pizza: Essential components: • Pizza dough • Pizza sauce • Green bellpepper/capsicum • Cheese • Prawns, cleaned, heads and tails removed • Salt and pepper Method: • Preheat your oven to the highest setting (I am baking my…

Cheat Pizza Dough

Following the previous post of my cheat pizza sauce, this is my quick pizza base. No yeast, no waiting, you use it instantly. You need very few ingredients and you don’t need to have a mixer for this. I will give you my measurements for 1 small pizza dough so you can scale it up…

Cheat Pizza Sauce

As a homecook, cooking homemade pizza from scratch comes with bragging rights that you can of its own. This is my almost instant pizza sauce recipe that requires no cooking for when you just want a quick homemade pizza. If you keep your pantry stocked up, you will most likely have all the ingredients already…

Sardine Tapenade on Rye

Tapenade is basically savoury spread. The most well known one is probably the olive tapenade, which is black olives chopped and made into a paste. It may not be the sexiest looking food you’ll ever see, but it is quite delicious and while I don’t usually touch upon nutrition and health in this blog, this…

Spicy Fried Rice

This fried rice gets its vibrant colour from the Indonesian Balado Sauce, which is a cooked paste of tomato and chili pepper. It is a sauce used in a lot of Indonesian cooking with basically  everything from fish to boiled egg. I have done one balado recipe before and I’m sure more will come in…

The Empty Restaurant Dilemma

I am not certain about a lot of things in the world, however I am certain that I am not the only one who has experienced what I call, the empty restaurant dilemma. The scenario is, you are walking around, looking for a quick meal in an average restaurant, nothing expensive, you just want to…

Spiced Cauliflower with Frankfurter

This dish is influenced by the Indian cooking style, which we will do one day in this blog, in the meantime, please enjoy this ‘fusion’ recipe. Having frank sausages in a spiced cauliflower dish may sound weird, but it adds chewy and slightly crispy texture to contrast the soft cauliflower Essential components: • Frankfurter, cut…

Rosemary Sour

Components: (for 1) • 2 parts bourbon • 1 part lemon juice • rosemary leaves from 1 long stalk (30cm/12 in) • 2 teaspoons sugar • Ice cubes Method: • Gently muddle the rosemary leaf and sugar together • Mix with bourbon, lemon juice, and ice cubes, stir and shake vigorously • Strain and serve…