In mid-March, not long before Australia went into lockdown, I visited Peter Gunn's IDES restaurant to talk to him about his signature Black Box dessert. This is an incredible dish - mystery giving way to intricate layers of taste, revealed through an act of sunny, sanctioned violence. For me, the Black Box is the thread which allows us to explore other themes. I love what the dessert says about the chef who created it and the restaurant he owns and runs. It's a tale of creativity, persistence, leadership, teamwork and the importance of fun.
In the wake of International Women's Day on March 8, I wanted to shine a light on some of the amazing women featured on my site. I love them for their warmth, generosity, intelligence, kindness, camaraderie and - of course - their food.
When you're invited to morning tea with cooking legend Stephanie Alexander and chef Curtis Stone, you say 'Yes!' The purpose of the event was to launch a partnership between Coles and Stephanie's Kitchen Garden program but I grabbed Curtis and Stephanie for a broader chat about healthy and diverse eating. I hope you enjoy my little video above! One of my main takeaways is that good cooking doesn't need to be complicated, and it's fine to rely on great ingredients to make a meal satisfying. I plundered my own recipe archives to find some recipes that reinforce these messages.
Hong Kong is thronging, noisy, tasty - and troubled, as protests continue to up-end life in this most engrossing of cities. In the meantime, and in amongst it, street life and market life persist. Join me as I eat my way along the streets of Mong Kok.
Lunar New Year (or Chinese New Year) is one of the world's great annual celebrations. How big? Well, in China people are expected to take around three billion journeys as they travel to join family for festivities. The shebang begins on Saturday January 25 with the Year of the Rat starting the following day, and celebrations continuing for 23 days. Special 'lucky' foods are eaten during this period, sometimes because of their colour (red is lucky) and often because their name is a homonym for words such as 'luck', 'prosperity', 'wealth'.
Dainty bites, fresh flavours and dishes that don't mind being moved from kitchen to hamper to blanket, or being passed around on a tray at a stand-up gathering...That's what's on my mind with these picnic and party favourites. Rustle up some of these beauties at your Melbourne Cup Day party, spring luncheon or pool-deck gathering.
You know the Thermomix is actually a cocktail machine don't you? Yeah, we make food but how about the drinks?! With the cocktail recipes at Dani Valent your anytime party, hen's night or New Year's Eve is sorted.
I had such a fabulous day with celeb chef Saransh Goila, India's butter chicken king, TV star and big fan of street food. We crowded into this Mumbai market, dashed from stall to stall, exclaiming over spicy bites, sharing thalis, finding fun with every step. Together, we were excited by the energy of the street, the deliciousness of the snacks and the way that a love of food can connect people, no matter where you are in the world.