10 best things we cooked last year

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10 best things we cooked last year

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New year is a time of reflection and setting goals for the year ahead, so we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on the most our most successful kitchen moments last year.

Squid ink burger

Our King Neptune of burgers – battered squid tentacles, smokey mayonnaise, coriander & crispy ice-burg lettuce on a black brioche bun.

Soba Noodles with Crab, Asparagus, Wakame & Anise

When I saw a tray of 4 local sand crabs for $10 at the markets recently, I decided this was deal that had to be taken up. I used them to cook up a crab & soba noodle dish. The delicateness of crab works well with the earthiness of soba noodles, sweetness of anise and freshness of a different herbs and ocean-umami flavours of wakame and dashi.


Sugar-cured Salmon with Pistachio and Beetroot cream

Using equal measures of sugar and salt gives the trout a delicate sweetness. Always keep the skin on when curing fish – when it’s cured you can fry up the skin and crumble it over the dish or any salad.


Nettle & Ricotta Ravioli with Lemon & Leek Sauce

This light pasta dish has a nice balance of creamy flavours (fresh pasta, pine nuts, caramelised leeks), with peppery verdant greens and some tangy lemon and sorrel.

Nettle and Ricotta Ravioli

Pigeon Bastilla

This is THE dish of Morocco …a sweet/savoury pie with layers of meat, loads of spices, nuts and honey.

Pigeon Pastilla

Crab Crêpes

Crab Crêpes with samphire

Pineapple & Licorice Cupcakes

These aromatic little cakes were inspired by an idea to combine two of our favourite foods. The sweet, tropical flavours of pineapple pair well with the exotic, herbal flavours of liquorice – pineapple is often combined with star anise in desserts and syrups, and a fennel and pineapple slaw makes a great summer salad.

Pineapple Licorice Cupcakes with pineapple buttercream icing

Smoked sugar macaroon with salted chocolate ganache

We smoke meat, seafood and cheese, so not sugar? If you don’t have one, there are a few ways to make a makeshift one at home, try youtube, life hacker or ehow. Crispy, chewy, salty, sweet, smokey goodness.

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Crispy Rice Salad

This salad has everything you want, crunch, char, herbs, raw, cooked and confit. Crispy rice, cema di repe, dill, radish, confit shallots, char onions & green beans make for the perfect vegetarian main or nice accompaniment to fish, chicken or steak.

crispy rice salad

Golden Oysters with Pomegranate Seeds & Champagne Vinaigrette

Just when you think oysters couldn’t get any more extravagant, they did. The addition of gold glitter to an oysters gives them an overwhelming sense of celebration, joy and happiness. It also has the added bonus of making your mouth sparkle all night.