Slow braised mandarin chuck on the bone

Ever since I read ‘Thin Blue Smoke’, where pulled chuck was mentioned, I’ve been trying different versions of chuck beef on the bone. This one worked very well, and I used it for tacos. After cooling, merely pull chunks of meat off the bone, set aside, and briefly pan fry to heat up before serving….

Smashed potatoes (Aussie style?)

Smashed potato? I had never heard of the phrase until recently. Supposedly it is an Australian thing? Now, twice-baked potatoes I know. I grew up with these. Larger potatoes, baked in the oven until tender, cut in half, innards scooped out and mixed with any combination of butter, sour cream, garlic, onions, chives, peppers, bacon,…

The winter garden 2013

After the last of all the summer/autumn vegees were finished, I eventually cleared the space for winter vegees.  Of course, all of the dead plants went into the active compost bin, and I emptied out the compost bin that I had left undisturbed for a few months to let all the contents fully break-down.  In…

Seafood and smoked pork neck cream chowder

The original recipe was from the Delicious magazine, but altered a bit by what was available and what I thought would taste better!  The result is smoky, rich and creamy, and goes well with crusty bread on a cold day. Ingredients 1 medium brown onion, finely minced 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 250 g (1/2…

Grilled and marinated eggplant and red (bell pepper) capsicum

We were going to our friends Andrew and Sarah for dinner on Saturday, and wanted to bring a snack to precede dinner. So I decided to grill and marinate eggplant and red bell peppers. It’s so quick and easy, and so rich and tasty. Cut 2 eggplants lengthwise in 1/2 inch thickness, and grill on…