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  • Chicken stock

    Allan Campion's favourite chicken stock recipe. Chicken stock is excellent to have on hand for many uses from soup to risotto. Gravy, casseroles and curries also benefit from the addition of good quality stock.
  • Home dried herbs

    One of the great aspects of seasonal food is preserving what’s abundant for future use. Obviously this can mean buying what’s in season to create pickles, jams, sauces or preserves. Making dried herbs at home is really quite simple and makes great use of excess seasonal ingredients. Super easy and you get to keep flavour for future use.
  • Is shopping and cooking with the seasons worthwhile?

    “Shopping with the seasons is one of the keys to great cooking.” Allan Campion
    ...... Or is it? What are the benefits to shopping with the seasons?
  • Orange and almond cake

    This orange and almond cake is a classic recipe I first came across in The New Book of Middle Eastern Food by Claudia Rodin. Over the years I have tweaked the recipe a little, and have included it in numerous cookbooks and recipe articles.
  • The Four Seasons of Food

    Following the seasons is something cooks have done by necessity for ever basically. Until that was, we began to send ingredients interstate and overseas. This has been of huge benefit for some growers.But those who turn ingredients into meals know deep down that cooking with the freshest, local, in-seasonal ingredients
  • Shopping and Cooking with the Seasons - Winter

    Winter makes so many great ingredients available for those who love to cook. Choosing in-season ingredients means you are choosing fruit and vegetables that are packed with flavour, ripeness, sweetness, are widely available and affordable. It’s a win-win!

  • Shopping and Cooking with the Seasons - Autumn/Fall

    Choosing in-season ingredients means you are choosing fruit and vegetables that are packed with flavour, ripeness, sweetness, are widely available and affordable. It’s a win-win!
  • Shopping and Cooking with the Seasons - Summer

    Celebrate Summer with the huge selection of fresh ingredients available for cooking. Choosing in-season ingredients means you are choosing fruit and vegetables that are packed with flavour, ripeness, sweetness, are widely available and affordable. It’s a win-win!

  • Shopping and Cooking with the Seasons - Spring

    Spring is a great time for cooks as so many ingredients become available again after the cold months. Choosing in-season ingredients means you are choosing fruit and vegetables that are packed with flavour, ripeness, sweetness, are widely available and affordable. It’s a win-win!

  • Pasta with wild Autumn mushrooms

    There is no better time to enjoy mushrooms that in Autumn with wild-picked varieties such as orange pine and slippery jack mushrooms coming available. Braised with white wine and tomato puree they make a magnificent pasta sauce.
  • Apple Tarte Tatin recipe

    Apple tarte tatin is one of my all-time favourite recipes as it takes apples to new heights by cooking them in caramel sauce, then baking under puff pastry. This is without a doubt the most incredible upside-down apple pie experience you’re ever likely to have. Especially good when apples are in-season each autumn and winter. 

  • Spaghetti with breadcrumbs, tuna, parsley and lemon

    Lemons are a kitchen staple that most of us just couldn’t do without. They are essential to squeeze over fish and chips or added to a gin and tonic. Where would we be without lemons for lemon tarts and cakes drizzled with tangy lemon icing. And the zesty tang of lemon in Thai and Mexican food.