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Simple and tasty Sourdough

Simple and tasty Sourdough
Sourdough bread has got to be the most versatile and delicious of all breads. With a bit of practice it becomes easy to make and as it is made with...

Homemade Sauerkraut - A Traditional German Recipe

Homemade Sauerkraut - A Traditional German Recipe
There are some well known German dishes that have made their way into food culture all over the world, and one of the best known is Sauerkraut. It...

Thai Chicken Spring Rolls - The Salsa Bar Favourite!

Thai Chicken Spring Rolls - The Salsa Bar Favourite!
  Anyone who has been to Salsa Bar & Grill in Port Douglas will know the amazing Thai Chicken Spring Rolls. Crispy wrappers packed full of tas...

Cherry Clafoutis

Cherry Clafoutis
Over the school holidays Chef is spending some time in the kitchen with the mini-chefs teaching them how to cook simple things – and last weekend C...

Spicy Kimchi

Spicy Kimchi
Fermenting is very much in the culinary spotlight at the moment and one of the most popular fermented dishes is Korean Kimchi. Traditionally Kimchi...

Chef's tasty sausage rolls

Chef's tasty sausage rolls
Sausage rolls are a big part of childhood in Australia - from bite sized pieces at parties to school Tuckshops, sausage rolls are the go-to food f...

How To Make Amazing Pickled Gherkins

How To Make Amazing Pickled Gherkins
There are two types of people in life – those who savour the tart taste of a jar of well pickled vegetables and those who will pick through a dish ...

Ricotta Gnocchi Recipe

Making gnocchi
I love pasta, I’m not afraid to say it! It’s tasty and filling and second only to bread as the ultimate comfort food. My kids would live on it if I...

Testing a Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Testing a Chocolate Fudge Recipe
We recently added the book “Atelier: Confectionery” to our store and whenever we receive a new title Chef likes to look through it and occasionally...

How to make the perfect Mashed Potatoes

How to make the perfect Mashed Potatoes
I have a confession – I find mashed potatoes are impossible to get right. If you are anything like me you’ll have fond memories of your Grandmother...

Anybody can make a Black Forest cake……

Anybody can make a Black Forest cake……
The humble Schwarzwald Torte is a cake that’s not humble at all......layers of chocolate sponge cake, cream, cherries and chocolate shavings all co...

Cheese Making

Cheese Making
When Chef Zonai moved to Port Douglas many years ago he found the amazing local organic milk inspiring. It brought back memories of the rich, crea...