The Potting Mix, Alexandria

The Potting Mix

 This slow-cooked Wagyu beef rib is succulent and yielding.
But the notoriously long wait might quash your appetite before you even get to it.

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A Frank Canvas ~ Drawing flavours from the heart

Sydney is blessed with some of the freshest seafood money can buy.
But a beautiful ingredient we can always add to our cooking pot is a good dose of love.

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Easter Weekend at Callala Beach, Jervis Bay

Callala Beach

 It was gloomy Good Friday but the sun came out to play on Easter Sunday.
And so did we. 

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“You mean I’m finally getting to spend a long weekend with Penny and Margaret?” I ask Mysaucepan with bated breath.

“Yup, they can fit us in coz it’s a five bedroom beach house and there’s nine of us” she replies.

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Cottage Point Inn, Cottage Point

Chef Guillaume Zika

The natural beauty of Sydney harbour is breathtaking to say the least.
But this city is truly world class through its excellence in food, wine and hospitality.

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A Weekend in Central Coast, New South Wales

 It’s a glorious day in the Central Coast.
But what makes this weekend special is the company of good friends.

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Do you need an excuse for a nice weekend away from your usual routine?

I don’t need one but it seems that some friends have found a reason to celebrate milestone birthdays for The Monk and I.

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He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother

The road is long with many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where, who knows where
But I’m strong, strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother 

~ US songwriters Bobby Scott & Bob Russell, 1969

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The Old Civic, Frenchs Forest

The Old Civic, Frenchs Forest

 Sydney has seen an explosion of burger joints.
Some are good, some not so good. 
This burger is one of the better ones. 

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Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

As I tuck into smørrebrød and skagen at this cafe touted so unique and different,
I am thinking, “Where’s my bacon and eggs?”

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Indonesian Oxtail Soup

Indonesian Oxtail Soup - Sup Buntut - Sup Ekor

This rich oxtail soup is peppery with spicy aromas of
ginger, star anise, cinnamon and cloves.
It’s one of my all time favourites
and especially heart-warming in the cold winter months.

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Cipri Italian, Paddington

Cipri Italian, Paddington

I feel ambivalent with each bite of this suckling pig….
there’s melting fat and crisp skin that are so decadently beautiful.
But there’s also chewy skin and strands of lean meat that felt dry like the Sahara.

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Suckling Pig Noodles

Suckling pig noodles

This recipe is dedicated to the memory of my late Popo.
My grandma was a wonderful cook who taught my mother how to cook
and in turn, my mother taught me.


In a beautiful country like Australia,
I will be forever grateful to them 
for helping me discover the joy of cooking.

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Chinese New Year of the Goat 2015, Sydney

Mysaucepan's yee sang

 ”Gong Xi Fa Cai, Nian Nian Gao Sheng!!!”
Well wishes for good health, prosperity and longevity
are heard the world over as the Chinese usher in the Year of the Goat

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Arisun Express, Sydney

Arisun Express Sydney

Sticky sweet and spicy with its residual crunch of deep fried batter,
this style of Korean fried chicken have jostled its way into Sydney’s young hearts.

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Kiyomi, Gold Coast

Kiyomi Gold Coast

Dressed with edible flowers, green apple matchsticks, foie gras and mizuna
this scampi is a feast on the eye and a seductive dance on the palate.

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Longueville Hotel, Lane Cove

Longueville Hotel, Lane Cove

 Seared to golden brown and laced with sweet potato
cous cous, rocket leaves, pearls of red pomegranate and Persian feta,
this barramundi fillet is like an Ancient king among dotting princesses.

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Breakfast by Sokyo

Breakfast by Sokyo

The rich miso hollandaise and edamame are clever Japanese twists.
Paired with crisp, streaky bacon and a pillowy brioche,
this eggs Benedict is up there with Sydney’s best.

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Cafe Paci, Darlinghurst

Cafe Paci Darlinghurst

“There’s prawn oil, meat, tomato and melted cheese. 
It’s like eating a deconstructed pizza, except I prefer the comforts of a regular pizza”

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Chen’s Kitchen, Wembley, Perth

Chen's Kitchen

This toothfish is crisp with its sweet, succulent flesh coming apart in flakes.
Paired with a special soy sauce, this is the quintessence of good Cantonese cuisine.

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Hawker, Sydney

Hawker, Sydney

The flesh comes apart in succulent strands.
With a squeeze of lemon juice and pungent sambal
this grilled skate wing is doing a spicy and exotic Malaysian joget in my mouth.

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BLACK by Ezard, Sydney

Black by Ezard, The Star, Sydney

No doubt this rib eye steak is good but it is like the Tiger Woods of late.
Sous vide execution is flawless but mojo is lacking bold flavours of chargrilled meat.

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Tramontina Churrasco Feast

Tramontina churrasco feast

This picanha churrasco sizzling away on the griddle is sexier than
a dozen half naked Brazilian girls doing the samba in my face.

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Ichi-ban Boshi, Sydney

Ichi-ban Boshi, Sydney

The chunky strips of chasu in this ramen is smoky and so delicate
it melts away in my mouth.

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Momofuku, Sydney

Momofuku, Sydney

“I was like, ‘what da f*&%’ !
Keep your pants on guys, i
t’s just a freaking pork bun for Christ’s sake!
Food tastes better when you stop reading pesky food reviews
and just listen to your own heart.”

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A beautiful day in Fremantle, Western Australia

A beautiful day in Fremantle, Western Australia

 You are the sunshine of my life, that’s why I’ll always be around
You are the apple of my eye, forever you’ll stay in my heart

~ Stevie Wonder, US singer and songwriter

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Vic’s Meat Market, Pyrmont

Vic's Meat Market

“My father came to Australia in 1971 literally with just the shirt on his back.
As humble migrants from Croatia, our family worked extremely hard.
And this is where we are today”

~ Anthony Puharich, Owner of Vic’s Premium Quality Meats

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In search of a better life, Victor Puharich arrived in Australia from Croatia in 1971.

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