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The Xmas fairy (my Mum) granted my wish for the new Ottolenghi cookbook Plenty and I made the first of the dishes that took my fancy this week. Those of you who know this cookbook and the previous one with the eponymous title Ottolenghi will already be familiar with the rich, creative mix of flavours and ingredients that make really surprising dishes full of colour and flavour.
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Just prior to Xmas it was my Mum and Dad’s 50th wedding anniversary. Now that’s a much more impressive 50th anniversary than my 50th blogging post that I wrote about recently – and we went somewhere suitably special to celebrate: Skilogalee Winery Restaurant in the Clare Valley.
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It has taken us a couple of years to get to this celebration. I have the great fortune to work in a field that matters to me with a colleague (Sally) who is one of the most intelligent, tenacious, and visionary women I’ve ever met and, not incidentally, we have a great boss. I also work 3 days a week so I can spend the other days with my 3-year-old daughter. Sounds like work nirvana to get all of those elements at once right? Well it is and I know it’s rare so I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
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Open for just over 2 months, the Red Door Bakery in Croydon’s Queen Street precinct is pumping out fabulous bready/pastry goodness on a daily basis. Elvin, Lola and I went for the first time last Saturday and devoured an enormous lamb and eggplant sausage roll, a large slice of potato and rosemary pizza, a pan au chocolate and a praline scroll. Everything was really, really good. I’m pleased to report that the coffee was also good – we each had two cups. Elvin is a bit of a coffee nazi and he approved of their long black.
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OK I know it’s really daggy for my first post about a cook book to be on a “how-to” level book but the Bay Books Thai Cooking Class by Somi Anuntra Miller and Patricia Lake has been one of my most used and best-loved cook books for the last ten years. Largely my constant use of it is for the very simple yet flavour punching stir-fries it offers.
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(I need to apologise up front for the quality of the photos here as I forgot my camera so they were taken with an iPhone)

Mini Wagyu Burgers

Mini Wagyu Burgers - Sparrow Kitchen & Bar

A very dear friend of mine who lives in Sydney came to stay on Thursday night and it was a good excuse to go somewhere a bit special for dinner. I’ve been wanting to go to Sparrow Kitchen and Bar for some time so we decided to try it.
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