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Greek Salads and Milk Bars.

Greek Salad and Milk Bars. The ingredients for my Greek salad are sitting pretty on the shelves of the green grocers now. It is a favorite in our household and naturally we prepare it in the Greek cooking classes. It’s a salad mixture of the best sweetest tomatoes, the shiniest and juiciest cucumbers, succulent green […]

March 08, 2017 / Uncategorized / thechef

REDISCOVERING WATERMELLON

  It was David’s Christmas   gift that is mainly responsible for this story. He was given a cocktail making set.  While   I was dreamily researching a cocktail for him to make me, and because it was such a hot day, I chose one that included watermelon and put in my order to the barman. Lately […]

January 31, 2017 / Uncategorized / thechef

Digging For New Potatoes

Apparently potatoes are the most popular and widely eaten vegetable in the world, It is the world’s fourth-largest food crop, following maize, wheat, and rice. The green leaves and green skins of tubers exposed to the light are toxic.  I have a confession to make, I don’t really like potatoes. Well it’s not that I […]

January 04, 2017 / Uncategorized / thechef

Cauliflower Can Do Anything

  Mark Twain described cauliflower as ‘Cabbage with a College Education’ and a well-groomed cauliflower certainly is a handsome site…. I agree, especially with the right amount of cheese sauce and when it is nicely browned. Mr Twain would be even more impressed with the versatility in the way that we prepare this humble vegetable […]

December 29, 2016 / Uncategorized / thechef

Easy Christmas Ideas

When I was thinking about what food to feature for the Christmas edition of the TM news, an episode of the Vicar of Dibley came to mind. The one when Dawn French over committed and ended up having to attend three different Christmas lunches. I can recall her eating lot of boiled, grey looking brussel […]

December 18, 2016 / Uncategorized / thechef

JUST BEET IT….

Beetroot is a surprisingly good vegetable; it looks and tastes fabulous, and grows well on our Mountain. Recently for Eat local Week I ran a bus tour to some of the producers on the mountain. We called into Bruce’s organic farm and he asked the group a question – “What do you think the most […]

December 18, 2016 / Uncategorized / thechef

Super Food Kale

Tamborine Mountain’s climate and rich soil is ideal for growing kale. You will see large bunches of it at Joseph’s and at the Green Shed. Sometimes it’s hard to get excited about greens, but my favorite way to enjoy it is to make chips. That’s right Kale chips, they are delicious!! Kale is one of […]

November 18, 2016 / Uncategorized / thechef

Quinces and Camellias

I look forward to Mother’s Day every year. As well as it being a time to spoil my mum, I have started a family tradition of always having a quince dessert and decorating the table with the Camellia reticulatas that grow so well in my garden. It’s also when the weather gets a bit cooler, […]

November 18, 2016 / Uncategorized / thechef

Quail, Chicken and Duck Eggs – We Have them All on the Mountain

I love chickens, but I don’t keep them because I don’t like the problems that come with them i.e. snakes, rats, mice, foxes – get the picture. If you have a neighbour with layers, I would recommend making friends with them; that way you get fresh eggs, and if you have ever fried a very […]

November 18, 2016 / Uncategorized / thechef

A Glut of Limes and Lemons

I use lemons more than any other flavour in my food. Their juice provides a gentle acid balance, neither too biting nor too fragrant, that brightens a dish, while the zest delivers depth and a piquant flavour. All my friends on the mountain know how much I use citrus in the cooking school and they […]

November 18, 2016 / Uncategorized / thechef