Michelle French

Leeks with sauce Gribiche

A versatile sauce that works well with other greens such as asparagus, beans and artichokes. Ingredients:2 eggs4 tsp capers3 cornichons or small gherkins3-4 tbsp chopped chives and/or tarragon3 tbsp chopped parsley1 tsp Dijon mustard2 tablespoon sherry/red wine vinegar or lemon juice140 ml olive oilPepperSalt Method: Gribiche sauce:Boil the eggs for 10 minutes, refresh, peel, let …

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Cabbage recipe: okonomiyaki

Japanese savoury pancake INGREDIENTS (makes 2 ) 100 ml water1 tsp dashi stock powder60 g plain flour2 eggspinch salt1/2 tsp sugar240 g finely chopped cabbage (1/4)3 or 4 chopped spring onions1 tbspn shopped pickled ginger20 g panko crumbs (if you have any)grape seed oil garnishesbonito flakes (katsuo bushi)pickled ginger, slicedtoasted sesame seedsextra sliced spring onionsmayonnaise (with a squirty nozzle) okonomiyaki sauce1 tbsp tomato …

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Pumpkin & Red Lentil soup

To celebrate our return to working bees with the easing of COVID restrictions, everyone’s favourite garden stalwart, Kevin, cooked up some delicious treats. Including the recipe below for Rhubarb chutney, which went down very well with a little cheese. Ingredients 1 onion, roughly chopped4 cloves garlic, crushed2 Tbsp red curry paste2 Tbsp olive oil1 cup …

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Guide to replenishing a bed

About twice per year, before planting the Spring/Summer and the Autumn/Winter crops, a bed needs to be replenished with organic matter. 1. Harvest and clear the bed, remove the irrigation 2. Check and adjust pH (the acidity of the soil)Use the pH kit in the shed to assess the soil acidity, test 2 areas (separately) …

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Pandemic Pestos!

Dean’s vegan pesto Cheesy, flavourful and little different! Ingredients 40 g packed fresh basil (large stems removed) 10 g pine nuts or walnuts (if nut-free, try sunflower seeds) 3 g cloves garlic  12 ml lemon juice 4.5 g nutritional yeast (available from The Source in Balmain or Woolworths) 0.1 tsp sea salt (plus more to taste) 11-16 ml extra virgin olive oil* 17- 26 ml water (plus more as needed) Instructions To a food processor or small blender, …

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Jerusalem Artichoke chips

by Betsy Baker We had a bumper crop of Jerusalem Artichokes from the garden this year, and as they need to be used I began to scour all the cookbooks we had on the subject.. There were soups, salads, and simple roasted ones – we tried them all, but there was one recipe that stood …

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Tomatillo Salsa

Recipe from www.Epicurious.com Makes about 2 cups Total Time 45 min Ingredients 1 kg fresh tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and quartered 1 fresh serrano chile, seeded and chopped 1/2 large white onion, cut into 4 wedges 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 cup water 1/2 cup chopped coriander 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice Preparation Coarsely purée tomatillos, …

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