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Month: May, 2015

5 days of .. easy weeknight meals .. day 4

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Trust me when I tell you this: You are NEVER going to miss bread again after you’ve tasted this burger! The hardest thing about making this dish is waiting for the chips to cook so you can devour the whole thing! It’s a beautiful moment when it all comes together.

Make this dish on a Friday to kick start your weekend the right way! (or eat it every night which is what I am tempted to do)!

It’s a delight.

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Gorgeous beetroot is coming into season here in Australia and it’s such a pleasure to cook with. I used pickled beetroot (recipe not on blog yet but can be found on my Facebook page). If you don’t want to make pickled beetroot, simply roast some along with the chips. You won’t regret it. Beets contain phytonutrients called betalains. Betanin and vulgaxanthin in particular are two betalains which have been shown…

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mini steak, onion & ale pies

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mini steak, onion & ale pies | table twenty eight

::  For most of us, the ingredients for a great Australia Day are simple – an esky filled with ice cold beer and a hot barbeque stacked with steak; a swimming pool of any form (paddling pools are entirely acceptable for young and old alike); and finally, Triple J’s hottest 100 countdown providing the day’s soundtrack.

Meat pies are a quintessential Australian love.

All over the country, bakeries compete for the title of ‘Best Pie in Aus’ and pride themselves on the flakiest pastry and most meltingly tender fillings.

We take our meat pies seriously here…

So to mark this year’s occasion, I’ve combined the classic flavours of steak and onion, added some local Little Creatures’ ale and shrunk the whole lot down to pint-sized party pies.

Tender pieces of beef, falling apart in a hearty onion gravy and surrounded by crispy, buttery pastry – topped, of course, with…

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rib-eye roast & yorkshire puddings

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rib-eye roast & yorkshire puddings | table twenty eight

::  We celebrated Mother’s Day a bit early this year with a Sunday Saturday roast, complete with all the trimmings.

Mum loves Yorkshire puds so I made a batch of these, along with steamed broccolini, heirloom carrots with honey and mint, and even a very first attempt at duck fat potatoes (the loud crunching of potatoes and contented exclamations seemed to indicate success).

It was a happy, low-key evening spent with our angel of a mother, who has blessed my brother and I with her unconditional love, support, laughter and wonderful cooking.

Thanks Mama x

bailey | table twenty eight

bailey | table twenty eight

As for me – I’m lucky to have my own darling fur child.

Bailey’s very much the defiant teenage boy, galloping round the house and skidding across the floorboards, playing wildly with massacred parts of my houseplants and ambushing unwitting toes poking out from in between bed covers.

But he’s also incredibly sweet-natured and…

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