Pork and prawn rice paper roll (Goi cuon)

Anh-Thu Stuart

400 g boneless belly pork (remove skin) or pork rashers

½ teaspoon salt

300 g cooked or uncooked, small to medium prawns

100 g medium rice vermicelli

20 rice papers (medium to large)

lettuce leaves

mint leaves

150 g fresh bean sprouts

1 bunch garlic chives (optional)


Wash pork thoroughly. Boil two … Read more »

Beef skewers (Bo nuong)

Anh-Thu Stuart

1 kg fillet steak or rump steak

1 large onion, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons finely chopped lemon grass

1 teaspoon sugar

½ teaspoons salt

5 tablespoons oil or lard

100 g roasted peanuts, crushed

bamboo skewers (soak skewers in a dish of water for 30 minutes before using)


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Cauliflower Cheese


 1 large or 2 small heads of cauliflower  – cut into bite-sized pieces
2 tablespoons butter
 3 tablespoons flour
 2 cups whole milk
 1½ teaspoons salt
¼ teaspoon cracked black pepper
 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Preheat oven to 190 ºC degrees.
Steam cauliflower al dente. Drain and set cauliflower aside.
In a large saucepan, melt butter over … Read more »

Zucchini Bread


1/3 cup melted coconut oil
½ cup honey or maple syrup
2 eggs
½ cup milk or water
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
340 grams grated zucchini
¾ cups roughly chopped walnuts
210 gms flour


Preheat oven to 160°C. Prepare a 20 cm x 13 cm loaf pan … Read more »

Whipped butter with honey

125 grams unsalted butter, softened
3 tablespoons honey
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
salt flakes

Combine the softened butter, honey, cinnamon and salt.
Whip the ingredients together until the butter is light and fluffy.
Scoop into a bowl and drizzle a bit of honey on top plus a sprinkling of flaky finishing salt.
This is delicious on zucchini bread, pancakes, toast, porridge or on roasted sweet vegetables like pumpkin, sweet potato and … Read more »

Pumpkin Pies

John Xuereb’s favourite

1½ kg pumpkin, cut into equal sizes (use a tasty, dry pumpkin like Queensland Blue)
2 – 3 medium potatoes cut into medium chunks
2 onions, chopped
½ cup rice
1 tin Hamper Lite Corned Beef
3 rashers bacon, chopped
1 tablespoon tomato paste in ½ cup water
1 to 2 teaspoons sugar
basil leaves
salt and pepper to taste
6 sheets puff pastry 

Bake pumpkin until cooked. Put … Read more »