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Corned beef air fried

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Something different: corned beef not boiled but roasted in the air fryer oven. Rinsed under the tap then cooked 20 mins on high, 30 mins on low. Crusty surface, tender, moist, salty and very, very tasty. Hot or cold. Also, it doesn’t shrink like...

Happiness is two hash browns

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Easter Monday Morning. A grey, sullen sky and a chill in the wind as if Winter’s icy fingertips are creeping around the corner. Shake off the gloom, grab the hat and saunter down to Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, in search of a sign life...

It’s a kofta kinda day

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Did you know “kofta” comes from the Persian word for rissoles/meatballs? Or so I was told, by an ebullient Malaysian Indian chef in a restaurant overlooking the Mekong River/Tonle Sap in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Kofta is truly a global dish, and today it’s right...

Leftover lamb lunch

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Like many of us, it is nicer that it looks: warm lamb and tomato “salad” with my own spearmint and peppermint leaves, real egg mayo, salt, ground pepper and a sprinkle of hot paprika. I’m happy …

Every drip matters

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Can’t travel but the appetite remains:filter drip Vietnamese coffee at home on a wet Summer Saturday morning in St Kilda. A gift from lovely Nanna Soerensen visiting Phu Quoc island, it was sure to come in handy during Covid-19 pandemic …

Day Tripping to Epping

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These hills that greet visitors on Melbourne’s northern approaches once were dotted with sheep and rocks. Now they are blanketed with houses and huge shopping centres. For lunch, a taste of Japanese tonkatsu at Happy Valley. Not fancy, just crumbed pork with udon noodles,...

Evening Serenity

evening serenity
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Magenta sunset brings calm on the Mekong River/ Tonle Sap, in Cambodia, 2015. The floating vegetation are clumps of hyacinth.

Instant noodles have their place, but …

instant noodles have their place, but …
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Food TV in 2021? A “serious” doco on how Maggi instant noodles is now integral in the modern cuisines of the World – India, Singapore etc. No kidding. Chefs, CEOs, experts all trotted out to opine about Maggi noodles in a super cheap production with a...

Grandma has boozy breath after brekky?

grandma has boozy breath after brekky?
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Marmalade meets sav blanc. Artisanal (?) orange fruit preserve infused with sauvignon blanc wine (0.1% alcohol by volume). Verdict: yes, zesty tasty. $4 at ALDI Australia

Travel can be a bit ‘touch and go’

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The experiences of a Travel Editor can at times seem a little too hands on, as Greg Hackett recalls with a laugh If I moved any farther away from him, I would be hanging out of the limo’s door. I should have wised up when...