A south coast version of Ottolenghi’s chicken with clementines and fennel

by Angela Marshall

This is an adaptation of a recipe by Yotom Ottolenghi whose recipes are a byword for fabulous flavours and very long, involved and often unobtainable ingredient lists – but at this time of year we have a bounty of citrus and fennel bulbs as well as thyme and parsley. And the rest of the ingredients are pretty common pantry items.


1/3 cup of dry vermouth (ouzo is even better if you have … Read more »

Lemon and garlic fish sauce 

Anh-Thu Stuart

4 cloves garlic, crushed

juice of 1 large lemon

4 ½ tablespoons sugar

125 ml fish sauce

125 ml cold water

1 chilli, chopped (optional)

Mix all ingredients together. Add more water, sugar or lemon juice to taste if necessary.

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 … 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 … 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. … Read more »