Posts Tagged ‘Asian food’

Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)

Being a staunch advocate of OzHarvest, I am always looking for ways to reduce food waste.  Nasi Goreng (which literally means “fried rice” in Indonesian), is typically a dish made from leftovers.  This is an authentic recipe which we cook in our Indonesian Banquet Cooking Class, and was passed down from my Mother-in-law who grew up in Indonesia. Whilst we use Speck (smoked pork) in the cooking class, you can use whatever leftover meat you have. It’s a great way to use leftover cooked rice (which you can freeze for later use), and feel free to add any leftover vegetables.

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Stir Fried Beef with Szechuan Peppercorns and Vegetables

Another mid-week marvel that I make regularly, this Chinese-style stir fry packs a punch thanks to the Szechuan peppercorns and fresh chilli. You can replace the beef with either chicken or pork, and substitute beans, asparagus or other vegetables for the snow peas.

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Spiced Crispy Skin Duck Breasts with Asian Slaw

Just because we’re in isolation doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy home-cooked restaurant quality food! Many people seem to shy away from cooking with duck but it’s actually very simple. The secret to achieving crispy skin is to start cooking the duck in a cold pan then heating it until the fat renders. This easy recipe will be on the table in 30 minute from start to finish. Serve with a  glass of Pinot Noir.

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Pickled Cucumber Salad

Cucumbers are at the height of their season, and this refreshing salad is a delicious way to enjoy them.  It’s ideal served with an Asian meal or alongside a spicy dish, or even as part of a buffet. We serve it our Indonesian Banquet Cooking Class, and it matches perfectly with Chicken Satays and Peanut Sauce.

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Four Fabulous Days of Foodie Fun

The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival just celebrated its 10-year birthday, and what a party it was! Australia’s premier food event pulled out all stops to mark the occasion, with an amazing line-up of local, national and international chefs, food personalities, winemakers and first class entertainment. Visitors to the festival were spoilt for choice, with a diverse selection of cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, lunches and dinners, food and wine tastings, lifestyle events, concerts and much more – all taking place in stunning locations.

Seafood Lunch on Noosa Main Beach

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Authentic Thai Food in a Gorgeous Setting

I am a big fan of Thai food – I love the balance of flavours, the diversity of ingredients and textures, the bold taste sensations. Surprisingly for a country that has many ties to Asia and numerous Thai restaurants, only a few seem to get it right and create that “wow” factor.  One such restaurant is Sprit House in Yandina, who serves up not only exquisite food but creates an authentic Thai experience in its setting and service.

Crispy Pork Belly

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