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  • Asian Recipes
    Thai Kangaroo Salad – What is Australia’s national dish?
    It was Australia Day a week ago. For a longtime I'd been wanting to cook and present one of Australia's National Dishes to the blog. However, I was having a hard time selecting one, or actually, I don't know if I had even found one that didn't have its origins from elsewhere. Pizzaboy and I came up with a few possiblities: Meat Pie & Sauce Shepherds Pie Fish'n'Chips Pavlova Sticky Date Pudding Lamingtons Masterchef runner-up Poh Ling Yeow suggests that it may be Salt & Pepper Squid. I don't think she was too far off. You see, Australia is culturally multi-layered, built by many years of immigration from around the world. Almost all of the world's cuisines are represented here, we are very lucky in that respect. With all this in mind. I do believe that we show our "Australianess" by throwing together a barbeque. Everyone can bring whatever they want and "chuck it on the barbie". It is an opportunity to take advantage of the fresh produce that is available to us, soak up the warm climate and relax. What can be more Australian than that? I received my copy of Delicious magazine in the mail and my decision was made when I came across a recipe for Thai Kangaroo Salad. Jill Dupleix makes the following observation, "It makes sense that if we are to produce our food from animals, that we do it from those that belong here. I bet if Thailand had kangaroo, they'd cook it like…
  • Australian Recipes
    Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon & Chives – Curtis Stone
    In honour of Australia Day celebrations, here is a blog post about a wonderful Australian chef, Curtis Stone. Enjoy! Like many people who choose a voluptuous life in the food industry Curtis started his career studying for a degree in business. However, his hunger for food called louder than graphs and numbers, so, he packed his bags and jetted off to London. He made a name for himself in restaurants throughout Europe, Australia and England and his big break came when he was featured in the book London on a Plate. Curtis has appeared in many television programs. He appeared in two successful seasons of Surfing the Menu, along with fellow chef Ben O'Donoghue. He was also the host of the first series of My Restaurant Rules before being replaced by Ian "Dicko" Dickson. He has made several guest appearances on NBC's Today show and most recently appeared on Martha Strewart's show. Oprah Winfrey also invited him to cook on her show! Most notably he was heavily featured in the phenomonly successful Masterchef Australia and is now one of the faces of Coles. Recipe adapted from Relaxed Cooking with Curtis by Curtis Stone 6 large eggs 2/3 cup pure cream 1/4 cup fresh chives 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons butter 125g cream cheese, softened 125g sliced cold-smoked salmon 1/ Using a fork, mix the eggs, cream, salt and pepper in a large bowl to blend. 2/ Melt the butter in a large heavy non-stick fying pan…