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An Australian dining landmark rises from the ashes: the Stokehouse is back ready to please the crowds for at least another generation to come, writes Michael Harden.
French bistro classics are suddenly hotter on the Queensland dining scene than a bubbling pot-au-feu.
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Pierre Khodja’s Camus opens this week, bringing the vibrant flavours of his Algerian homeland to Northcote’s High Street.
What better way to ring in the Year of the Rooster than a culinary spectacular?
Here's the story behind it.
Destroyed by fire in 2014, the Stokehouse has returned as an elegant foreshore precinct. Michael Harden talks to owner Frank van Haandel about the rebirth of a landmark.
Millbrook Winery chef Guy Jeffreys walks us through his approach to cooking and what's on the menu this month and next.
Whether it's mixed through black rice pudding with caramelised bananas, shredded on top of mango trifle or toasted and served with coconut jelly, coconut adds tropical touch and fragrance to summer desserts.
Spend less time cooking and more time relaxing at your next barbecue - these char-grilled meats and vegetables are low on labour but deliver big on juicy and smoky flavours.
Attica’s chef isn’t happiest when eating soils or smears on his days off, it’s souvlaki. We follow him to his favourite spot.
We approach an expert on the ground in Turkey for the inside word on the Salt Bae phenomenon. Just how salty is that steak?
Melbourne, it's finally your turn for a taste of David Thompson's uncompromising Thai cooking.
There’s never a dull moment at ultra-glam, slightly mad Pascale, QT Melbourne’s dazzling flagship diner, writes Michael Harden.
After a year of big name openings, a new Alexandria eatery arrives as a likable - and possibly lovable - local.
Whether caramelised in a tarte Tartin, paired with slow-roasted pork on top of pizza or tossed through salads, this sweet stone fruit is an excellent addition to summer cooking.
We ask In the Mix 2 author Dani Valent why we
should buy her book.
GT: Why should we buy your book?
DV: Because you have a Thermomix and you want to make more exciting food with it. "Surely there's more to this baby than risotto, hummus and soup", you think, perhaps a little desperately. Because you admire chefs such as Elena Arzak, Christina Tosi, Massimo Bottura, Andoni Luis Aduriz, Mark Best and Ben Shewry, all of whom have contributed Thermomix recipes to the book, along with other top chefs around the world. Or perhaps because you're sceptical about the whole "Thermocult" and want to see if a robot really can make you an amazing dinner. (Well, it's not exactly a robot, but yes, it can.)
Where's the easiest place to start?
Hit page 240 for the guasacaca recipe. Gua-what? Gwa-sa-kah-kah! It's the spicy, zesty Venezuelan version of guacamole and you can make it in 15 seconds.
What if we're looking for a challenge - what's the toughest recipe?
Honestly, nothing's that tough when you've got a Thermomix, but I guess the one that scared me most was Darren Purchese's green-tea sponge. When he sent me the recipe, one of the requirements was a spray-gun to colour the cake. I opened and closed the document about six times, priced a spray-gun at Bunnings, then realised that if I was having so many conniptions about this recipe I had to pull it back a little for my readers. The result is still a sophisticated layer cake that entails baking, freezing and careful squidging of ingredients in two sizes of cake rings. Do-able? Yep. Worth it? Absolutely.
Do we need any specialised gear or ingredients to make the most of it?
Did I mention a Thermomix? It's a food processor that also cooks and you should check it out (no, I don't sell them or get a kickback, but if you have one you might buy my book). A few recipes employ a cream gun. I use a few spooky powders here and there - nothing too hard to find - and electric scales might help.
And what's the single best thing in it?
You mean which of my children do I love the most? Maybe I'll just talk about the cover dish, from a Gary Foulkes recipe (he's head chef at The Square in London). It's a blue-cheese bavarois with pickled radish jelly - a super-tasty composed salad, really easy, and I reckon that everyone at home will be able to make it look as pretty as the picture.
Any last thoughts to get us over the line?
There's a whole chapter devoted to cheese recipes, including a red-wine cheese slice from James "Jocky" Petrie, the former head chef of Heston Blumenthal's experimental kitchen.
In the Mix 2: More Great Thermomix Recipes by Dani Valent (Slattery Media Group, $60) is available from 1 November at the Thermomix website, Thermomix consultants, The Essential Ingredient (currently in Melbourne only) and Books for Cooks.
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