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How to stage a break-up dinner

A box of chocolates might win you a date and a tub of ice-cream will cure a crushed heart, but what happens after the wooing and before the tearful binge? A break-up dinner, of course. Whether your partner’s been a cheat, snake, beggar or jerk,...
1. “I smell a cheat.” Nothing says “I know you’re a lying scumbag” quite like cheat’s laksa. Made from all the usual suspects – prawns, tofu puffs, coconut cream and egg noodles – plus commercial laksa paste, it’s a quick and delicious way to end...

Why Thanksgiving is a holiday worth hijacking

So what if our nation wasn’t “founded” on Plymouth Rock and native turkeys are nothing like their North American cousins? We’re thieving Thanksgiving, thank-you-very-much, and counting our blessings too. Join the gratitude club this weekend and...
1. Who’s for hamming it up?Think of Thanksgiving as a test-run for Christmas and hone your ham-glazing skills with this recipe from Matthew Evans. Mixing apple cider and sugar, with allspice berries, Seville orange marmalade and mustard powder,...

How to pack a picnic like a chef

Who better to inspire your Tropfest picnic basket than 10 chefs who've dined on many a checkered blanket? Start with Nic Wong's eggplant-miso dip, move on to Kirsty Chiaplias' crab and haloumi tart, then polish off Mitch Suchowacki's chewy choc...
1. Joel Valvasori | Lalla Rookh, Perth"When we go for a picnic, we like to keep it pretty simple. We bring a block of cheese, a cacciatore salami, fresh tomato, a loaf of crusty bread and some pickled or cooked vegetables. Plus, of course, a...

Kitchen farmacy: What's Cooking Good Looking

This week in Kitchen Farmacy – our food lover's blog where good health and great taste come together, with recipes to nourish the soul and body – we bring you Jodi Moreno, New York-based natural foods chef and blogger at What’s Cooking Good Looking.
As far as food bloggers go, Jodi Moreno – of What’s Cooking Good Looking - has it all. There’s her unique wholesome, vegetable-based recipes that bring out the very best in healthy eating, as well as her knack for stunning food photography (she...

Make like a pop-up restaurant at your place

Pop-ups are indeed sprouting all over our cities, teasing us with their adventurous menus and agonising impermanence. While the temporary lease on the Next Big Thing might be drawing to a close, set aside one night to turn your pad into an...
1. Presentation is everythingIf there was ever a course to make people gasp, it's this Lebanese chargrilled garlic chicken that's barbecued over charcoal for extra smokiness. Butterflied chooks naturally have an air of "restaurant fare", yet...