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Food for family

My cousin Tim is soon departing for a foodie’s dream job in Singapore. We decided to have one more cook-off before he leaves, to try some of the things we’d been meaning to have a go at, as well as … Continue reading
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How to make a stable cream sauce

Rather than add copious amounts of butter and double cream and reduce (which a lot of cooks recommend,) try to restrain them: use single whipping cream instead (35% milkfat, no thickening gelatine) and firm up the sauce using cornflour + … Continue reading
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Sous vide experiment: Maillard reaction

For those of you caught unawares, sous vide is French for “yum.” No, it isn’t really, it’s French for “under vacuum”: a style of cooking where a foodstuff is vacuum sealed and then cooked in a warm water bath at … Continue reading
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Cooking with the Cuz II

My professional-chef-cousin Tim and I both had a decent length of break over Christmas, so we decided to have some cooking funtimes. We made three courses, and it went beautifully. Delicious. My only problem was the wine we were drinking: … Continue reading
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Regard my roulade

Not a euphemism. I wanted to experiment with different cooking methods, and one that seemed to check the “vaguely healthy” requirement list was simmering a roulade. So, just what is a roulade? The word is taken from the French “rouler” … Continue reading
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Ten things: cooking tips

In a fit of inspiration, I decided to make a series of 10 things (following my fairly useless and mostly insulting 10 of the worst anime: part one and part two.) These are some secrets that I usually hold close … Continue reading
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Gastronomia III

It’s been a very long three months. At first, my thyme and basil looked like they were dying. Then, they started to flourish, which was when snails and other bugs decided to eat them to buggery. Straight after that, they … Continue reading
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Herb growing, day one

Let’s be honest. I had, and possibly still have, no idea what I’m doing. What do I know about growing herbs? I’m almost ashamed to admit that all I have learnt about it, I looked up on the internet (and … Continue reading
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Jackson’s Restaurant

One of the most amazing restaurants in Perth, with its ever-changing menu and inventive flavour combinations, Jackson’s Restaurant is definitely one of my favourite restaurants in Perth.
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Truffles and asparagus

I wish I could cook this good, but I can’t. So I’ll just sit, munch at it, and marvel at their awesomeness. Everything was very nice. Very, very nice. Loose Box’s truffle dégustation 2009 Keep a reason (excuse) every year … Continue reading
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How hungry are you?

All too often are the dreams of man crushed, destroyed under the pressure of this world—a world with great capacity for good as well as evil. Sometimes, it is us that need to take stock and re-evaluate ourselves; our lives; … Continue reading
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Warm plates II

I’ve been really, really busy lately. That’s the excuse. Anyway … While holidaying in London, we happened across a nondescript Asian eatery (an amazingly abhorrent blend of Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, and whatever else it could grab its hands on,) at … Continue reading
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Warm plates

I have a couple of side projects coming up—amongst having another cookalong with my cousin, I’m hoping to host a dinner party for some friends. I’m still working on the menu, so it’s very up in the air at this … Continue reading
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Review: The Gala Restaurant

I’ve been to The Gala Restaurant several times over the past few years, since around the time they first set up camp in Kearns Crescent, Applecross. My visits were mostly for special occasions (stuff like “I’ve landed a new job!” … Continue reading
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Cooking with the Cuz

Tim came over last Tuesday night, all set to cook up a storm. We had worked out three courses: entrée, mains and dessert. I don’t usually make desserts without J’s help (I blanket this ignorance with the line “I cook … Continue reading
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