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sizzling steak burrito

One of the first exciting food discoveries I made moving to California from Australia was the burrito. Actually it was a breakfast burrito from a van outside Home Depot and it was the beginning of a beautiful thing. (more…)

nasi goreng

I first tasted Nasi Goreng while honeymooning in Bali, Indonesia and fell instantly in love. I'm not sure why I started thinking about this tasty fried rice-based dish now...maybe I have the travel bug after my trip to Australia or…

chicken tikka masala

I love this dish. I order it every time I have Indian food but my local curry restaurant has started to add more and more salt to their dishes, so I decided to make it myself. (more…)

easy rack of lamb

If I need to cook a nice dinner quickly, I'll often choose rack of lamb. I like lamb from Australia or New Zealand. Maybe it's just a flavor I'm used to and it's readily available at most supermarkets. While this…

my lasagna

This is probably my signature dish. I make it for friends who have just had a baby, or who need cheering up. It's a once-a-weeker in our house, and I could probably do it blind-folded, which means I don't really…

grilled lemon rosemary chicken

We're having a run of beautiful, hot days as summer winds down in Los Angeles. We're even enjoying some balmy nights by the beach (extremely rare here!), so I'm trying to cook outside more to avoid heating up the kitchen.…

grilled pork tenderloin with cherry salsa

This delicious summer-time recipe was a big hit at my house last night. The fresh cherries and cilantro are perfect with the tender pork straight from the grill.  This is an easy one to throw together in less than an hour…

fresh herb and garlic meatballs with quinoa

Somehow, this recipe makes meatballs seem like a summer meal, maybe it's the quinoa but it ends up being not-too-heavy, delicious, comfort food. I guess you could substitute with store-bought, frozen meatballs but then you'd miss out on the fresh…