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I am a lucky man. Blessed in many ways.  This is a something I cannot help but feel when surrounded by family and/or good friends, while drinking great wines together over a nice meal.  And luckily for me, many of … Continue reading

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I may have made this suggestion before, but it merits repeating.  When it comes to using truffles, keep it simple.  I find truffles come to life shaved over fairly plain pasta (eg with just a butter sauce and cheese), braised … Continue reading

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I received a new toy for Christmas – a sous vide cooker (which is a fancy name for a water bath). Yes, it’s a water bath.  Essentially, you heat water in it, and hold that water at a constant temperature.  … Continue reading

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The highlight of our recent truffle dinner was the Mushroom Risotto with Shaved Truffle.  I was very pleased with this dish; it was perhaps the best thing I’ve ever cooked. The inspiration for this dish came from dinner at Guillaume’s … Continue reading

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I’ll call this dish Cheeky Brasato. Brasato al Barolo is a dish made in Piemonte by braising beef in red wine.  I have cooked it before (see here) with varying success.  I often struggle to get the kind of tenderness … Continue reading

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At our recent truffle-themed dinner I gave this unusual but classic combination a try.  Venison can be a very rich and gamey meat, which is perhaps why it carries a rich (though not sweet) chocolatey sauce well.  I wasn’t too sure … Continue reading

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Earlier this year my friends and I organised a truffle dinner, featuring imported French truffles: see here.  While it was a great dinner, we didn’t think the truffles were quite up to the standard of the Tasmanian truffles we usually … Continue reading

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Pasta Madness was a charity event held at Otto Ristorante, featuring six of Sydney’s best Italian chefs.  All proceeds for the night went to a wonderful charity: Walk Talk Fly Pty Ltd, the Jackson Keleher Cerebral Palsy fund.  The event also … Continue reading

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Brasato al Barolo is a Piemontese (North-West Italy) dish of beef braised in red wine.  It is a classic meal to have with Barolo or Barbaresco, the great red wines of Piemonte made from the Nebbiolo grape.  While I don’t … Continue reading

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What am I talking about?  Cork.  Cork is bark stripped from the trunk of Cork Oak trees and has many uses, the most common of which is as a wine stopper.  Corks is very elastic and near-impermeable, which makes it … Continue reading

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