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Rich & Meaty Lamb Ragu


The first slow cooker recipe of the season, and wow it was good. I had it with polenta and it was like a warm blanket. I had to start it early and be patient, but on a rainy Sunday there

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Quiche Lorraine


I ate at Le Pain Quotidien recently and had an AMAZING quiche. I was expecting an overcooked fairly tasteless quiche but this was anything but tasteless or overcooked. They also served it with pesto which was also a great addition, but

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Cider Can Chicken, Papa Sita’s Corn and Potato Salad


This recipe was from a short-lived contestant, Kevin Perry on the last Masterchef series. I think he was Canadian or at least North American as this has big North American flavours in it. The corn is sooo tasty and the

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Home-made Hamburgers


Sometimes you just have a craving for a hamburger. I watch what I eat and don’t really want something from a take-away place that is dripping with oil and packed with fat. I found this on the Taste website one

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A Tavola’s Spaghetti con Polpette (Spaghetti Meatballs)


This was recommended to me by the editor of Gourmet Traveller magazine so I just had to try it (that doesn’t happen to me everyday!). It was featured in their winter copy of their magazine in 2010 and is on

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Miguel’s Best Ever Seafood Paella


I have modified this a little but the flavours are true to the recipe by Miguel Maestre from his book Miguel’s Tapas. I have struggled to get this exactly right and the best results have come from using half the

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Gary’s Beef Wellington


I have never been inclined to even order Beef Wellington, let alone cook it. However, the challenge on Masterchef All Stars the other night, made it look pretty good. Really good, actually. So I decided to give it a go.

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Best Ever Bolognese Sauce


This is a Marcella Hazan recipe which means very few ingredients but a lot of time required. And as most of the Marcella Hazan recipes I have made so far, its not obvious how much time is needed until you

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