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Recipes using turmeric

An old Indian spice lauded for its health benefits, turmeric adds both colour and a peppery, warm, sometimes slightly bitter flavour to food. Use it in curries, with rice, as a paste for grilled meats and in warm winter soups.

Best winter breakfast recipes

If you need a little more convincing than usual to get out of bed when it's cold outside, try these warm, hearty breakfast ideas to get you going, from waffles to warm polenta and smoky beans with bacon.

What to cook this winter

From rib-sticking beef rendang to the perfect goat's cheese quiche, these are the recipes to tick off for winter (so far).

Chocolate hob-nobs

These extra-large oat biscuits are exactly what you need to get through the afternoon slump. Have one with a strong cup of tea and you'll be firing.

Six sweet biscuit recipes

From soft meringue alfajores to chocolate hob nobs and Swedish spiced ginger cookies, these treats will be swept up in a snap.

Roti canai

Here, we've made the dough in a food processor, but it's really quick and simple to do by hand as well. If the dough seems a little too wet just add a little more flour.

Winter tart recipes

Tarts are as versatile as they are delicious, and are perfect for baking on a cool winter's day.

Citrus recipes

From tarte au citron to canard a l’orange, citrus flavours have long been friends of French cuisine. Pucker up for a taste of the sun-kissed Mediterranean and further afield with these recipes featuring oranges, lemons, grapefruit and mandarins.

Smoked suckling pig


"Suckling pig is a real special-occasion dish," says Alistair Wise, "and not a bad substitute for cooking a pig in a pit. We cooked ours in a wood-fired oven with a few chunks of hickory slowly smoking on the side, which imparts a beautiful flavour to the meat and pan juices. You can replicate this at home using chips in a pan in the oven, although they won't smoke very long. Injecting the pig with apple juice helps keep the meat juicy, and the mop sauce cuts through the rich pig fat."

You'll need

7.5 kg suckling pig 300 ml fresh apple juice 300 gm hickory and mesquite wood chips (see note)   Mop sauce 500 ml (2 cups) apple cider vinegar 2 Spanish onions, coarsely chopped 5 long red chillies, thinly sliced 50 gm sea salt flakes   Spice rub 145 gm (½ cup) coarse sea salt 6 fresh bay leaves 1 tsp fennel seeds 5 whole Tasmanian pepperberries (see note)

Method

  • 01
  • For mop sauce, combine all ingredients in a bowl and set aside for at least 2 hours for flavours to develop.
  • 02
  • For spice rub, crush ingredients with a mortar and pestle until finely ground, then set aside.
  • 03
  • Score skin of pig with a sharp knife or Stanley knife along the length of the body. Fill a syringe with apple juice and inject into the pig where the flesh is thickest. Rub salt evenly into the cavity and skin of pig and place in a large roasting tray.
  • 04
  • Preheat oven to 220C. Heat woodchips in a small cast-iron pan over high heat until beginning to smoke, then place pan on bottom shelf of oven. Place pig on middle shelf, roast for 30 minutes, then reduce heat to 160C and roast, basting pig occasionally with mop sauce, until meat is falling from the bone (3-3¼ hours). Serve hot with turnip slaw, Alistair’s barbecue sauce, chow-chow and lardy flatbreads.

Note Hickory and mesquite woodchips are available from select barbecue shops. Tasmanian pepperberries are available from Simon Johnson and Herbie's Spices; otherwise substitute whole black peppercorns.


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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  • Serves 6 - 8 people

Drink Suggestion

Orange wine such as Cantina Giardino “Adam”.

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