• Roasted Barramundi

    I've been re reading Paula Wolfert's book The Food of Morocco and playing around with the concepts and ideas. The paste used for my pair of barramundi is part chermoula (though without parsley and paprika) and laziness (a tablespoon of ready made harissa paste). For the paste. Two handfuls of fresh coriander (about 6 small plants, roots and all), 3 cloves of garlic, 1-2 teaspoo ...

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  • Later

    his right eye became more and more droopy as the night wore on, bearing witness to a ...

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  • Myattsfield Pinot noir 2013

    Myattsfield is a small producer in the warm Perth Hills region. This is their first attempt at making a pinot noir, though wisely the grapes have been sourced from the cooler climes of Pemberton. It's a worthy effort, and only $24. It's small and supple, meek and slightly squeaky. My brother in law was b ...

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  • Postcard: Mullaloo

    One of the benefits of being a parent is being exposed to the randomness of your child's education. . . today we found ourselves thirty kilometres north of home in the coastal suburb of Mullaloo. While my child pondered his lesson I looked for food and coffee and found the small and sweet Sista Barista Cafe. It's located at the mostl ...

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  • Clonakilla Viognier 2009

    Gold and seemingly mature, it smoulders and smells ripe, lush and curiously like newly washed woollens. Almond meal and marzipan. Amygdala. A passing moment of zip and pace, mostly it is nutty, bitter, fleshy and warm. An Italian accent, if I were blind I would utter the word Arneis, though in unblinded reality it is too diffuse and big boned.

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  • Domaine Ostertag Clos Mathis Riesling 2012

    I purchased this from Lavinia in Paris, it's a phenomenal though soulless store (and you can get a tax refund if you spend enough and have a foreign passport). Enomatic machines on the ground floor dispense First growths; and in the basement seemingly all of France. There are thousand and thousands of bottles, the good and all of the acknowledged.

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  • Braised lamb shoulder

    Like a game of Chinese whispers, I found I kept getting further and further from the original recipe. I had a picture and a list of odd ingredients, but some were just too hard to locate and improvisation and approximation was required. A 1.5kg shoulder of lamb, scapula and four ribs in situ. Rubbed with two tablespoons of crushed black pepper and the same of amount of salt.

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  • Sunday

    A brief pause before the craziness. All of my siblings and parents are here together, it happens so infrequently, perhaps once every two or three years, and so a celebration is in order. I've been preparing dinner in expectation. . . Morocco will be the destination. A blood orange salad with pickl ...

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  • Rhubarb vermicelli sorbet

    A curious combination that I came across in this book. I found the rhubarb a little too tart and the vermicelli distractingly crunchy. I've adapted the recipe for a thermomix. 500g of trimmed rhubarb stalks, cut into 5cm pieces / 50mls of water / 330g of white sugar. Process at Speed 1 @100 degrees for 10 minutes.

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  • Bilancia La Collina Syrah 2008

    A heavy bottle with a deep punt. 14.5%. Diam. Approx $A110. I remember the last bottle of la collina very clearly. Someone else was paying for the meal and I spent the night sniffing and luxuriating in the wine while my work companions talked shop. The talking came to nought, but the memory of the wine has remained. . . I remember the scent being impossibly beautiful. . . I ...

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  • Moss Wood Cabernet sauvignon 1999

    The last two bottles I tried were from a warm cellar, in contrast this bottle has been in my wine fridge since purchase. The cork was crusted with tartrate crystals and mostly I thought the shape was better, though in end my opinion was unchanged. The opening few minutes is the most convincing. The nose in particular is deep and ...

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  • October books

    Treachery in Bordeaux. Book one of a wine maker detective series. The protagonist Benjamin Cooker is a wine maker, critic, buyer of modest works of art / wine paraphernalia and part time detective. He spends sleepless, tortured nights struggling over his tasting notes (?!) and he even writes harsh words about his own wines (the slings and arrows).

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  • Lamb tagine with seven vegetables

    Somewhat belatedly I've invested in a tagine and heat diffuser. Till now I've been making do with my trusty Le Creuset cocotte. . . I suspect the difference in the meals I cook will be fairly marginal, but the sounds and smells of my imaginary Morocco already seem clearer. Seven, the magic number. In summary - brown the meat and while doing this prepare the spices, vegetables a ...

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