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Orange Braised Pulled Pork TACOS! TACOS! TACOS!

It’s raining tacos in Australia and it has been for sometime. Actually it’s more like a fiery storm whipped up in the Pacific Ocean, somewhere between Mexico and Melbourne, and bought with it thunder, lightning and bucket loads of chipotle chilli, queso fresco, limey mayo and pulled pork ladened tacos. And I’m not complaining about […]

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Oh So Sticky Pork Ribs and Wombok Peanut Salad

Let’s be honest, I’m happy when there is pork on my fork. Any kinda pork gets me going, a chunk of gelatinous belly, a sliver of grilled sweetly marinated cheek, and don’t even get me started about crispy salty skin. I’m literally drooling on my keyboard imagining all these morsels of deliciousness hitting my palate […]

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Homemade at Dani’s: Crispy Rice Paper Rolls

I wish inventors would hurry up and create push-button instant travel because it would mean that I would be able to have lunch in Hanoi everyday. Instead I have to settle for recreating magical Vietnamese flavours at home, which isn’t a bad thing because it’s my favourite cuisine to cook and eat. It’s pretty hard […]

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How About a Spit Roast?

I’m happy to admit that in my household there are some things that are a male’s domain. Outdoor cooking falls into this category. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy flipping a snag on the barbie* but there’s something about the flicker of a gas flame that men seem to love. It brings out there inner […]

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Pork Satay with Pickled Cucumber Salad

When I lived in Vietnam, I spent a lot of time hanging out at a very dodgy backpacker lodge in Hanoi strangely titled ‘A-Z Queens Café.’ I still ponder the relevance this place had to the English alphabet or the Queen? Nonetheless, the one asset ‘A-Z’ had was its tiny balcony that allowed backpackers like […]

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A Winter Warming Soup

I don’t really understand people that love winter. Well, people who love winter in Melbourne anyway. The novelty of snuggling in front of an open fireplace, or in my case electric heater, wears thin in about 45 minutes. Give me a pair of thongs, the smell of coconut and hot sun any day. But holding […]

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Sizzling Vietnamese Pancake

Sizzling Vietnamese Pancake / Banh Xeo Recipe  This is a classic Vietnamese dish and is really very simple once you get the hang of making the pancake. Banh Xeo literally means ‘sizzling cake’ in Vietnamese which is the sound the batter makes when it hits  hot oil. This is a tasty dish and combines all […]

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