The Secrets of the Swiss Potato Rosti Revealed

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Swiss potato rosti are simply grated poatato cakes. They are easy to make for a very gourmet breakfast, lunch or brunch. It is probably the inspiration for the American “hash brown”. Many people consider it to be the Swiss National dish, especially those living in German-speaking Switzerland. A potato rosti recipe makes a  delicious dish and provides some indoor “exercise” with a fair amount of potato grating to be undertaken! Sounds like a good excuse to involve the kids to … Read More

This Genuine Greek Spanakopita is Irresistible

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Genuine, Greek spanakopita is a classic, spinach pie, surrounded with filo pastry. Filled with spinach or silver beet, cheeses and mildly spiced, Greek spanakopita is a great way to increase your or your children’s green veggie intake. I can promise you, they will be coming back for second helpings! Let’s be honest, who doesn’t like pie made from filo pastry? And the filo pastry? It’s very forgiving and despite ripping a few sheets here and there, it really doesn’t matter. … Read More

Genuine Greek Baked Beans Full of Taste – Gigantes Plaki

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Ever heard of Gigantes Plaki? No it’s not some Greek, mythological monster from Jason and the Argonauts (remember that fabulous film?), although you could be forgiven for thinking so! They’re basically a version of Greek baked beans made with larger beans such as butter beans or lima beans in a typical, Greek sauce. The sauce is quite thick and the dish is hearty for the cooler times of the year in Greece, including on the islands. Greece and the word … Read More

Traditional Roast Pork with Better Crackling

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Pork is going through a renaissance in Melbourne, with new cuts making a big impact on the local food scene. Pork Belly, in particular, is very popular in various Asian and European cuisines such as Spanish. As an avowed lover of pork this is a great thing. But let’s not disregard the old classics like plain and simple traditional roast pork with better crackling! Today we feature an easy-to-make, traditional roast pork recipe that almost guarantees you achieve great pork … Read More

Mai Chau Confessions and Blissful Beef Noodle Pho

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The idyllic Mai Chau Valley. Standing here is like being in the middle of a postcard of rice fields. A slightly cooler part of the country, it is the perfect location to enjoy beef noodle soup  or pho bo as it is called in Vietnamese), the national dish of Vietnam. Fabulous, Asian-style beef stock, chock full of rice noodles, herbs and pickles, this dish is a meal in itself. Read on about our surprising village visit that ended up being … Read More

Turkish Stuffed Eggplant Recipe

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Stuffed Eggplant is a dish you find everywhere in Turkey. And there are many regional versions of it. Indeed, we loved it so much we cooked 3 different versions of it! Dolma refers to any vegetable which is stuffed with a grain such as rice or bulgur, other vegetables and sometimes meat. And one of the most popular dolmas are stuffed eggplants. True to the guild system developed in the royal kitchens, the vegetable cooks had their own guild so … Read More

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