44. Vietnam – Gỏi cuốn

We had a Halloween party this weekend, and I made some Gỏi cuốn – or Vietnamese fresh spring rolls for the adults to enjoy while the kids were stuffing their faces with chocolate. Gỏi cuốn are traditionally made with pork/prawn/duck/chicken, shredded vegetables such as carrot and lettuce, bún (vermicelli noodles), wrapped in Vietnamese bánh tráng (rice paper). The bánh…

41. Spain – Paella

According to my European food bible “Culinaria – European Specialities”, paella is the dish most typical of Spain. It comes from the Albufera region where rice has always been cultivated and eaten and is usually prepared with mussels, squid and shrimps. There are countless versions of this dish however – in the past the rural…

37. Italy – Tiramisu

So it has been a while since I’ve blogged, mostly because cakes, kids and the day job have been all consuming of late! But I have been missing my little cooking project and blogging about it, so I’m going to get back into it. Plus I’m nearly half-way there. I have actually made way more…

33. Indonesia – Base Gede Bumbu Kuning (Basic Yellow Sauce)

Well it’s been a while since I’ve a.) cooked very much and b.) blogged about it. The build up to Christmas was super-busy, then we went on an amazing holiday to Bali, Indonesia in the New Year, and returned to our house for a couple of nights before moving out again while it has been…

26. Italy – Ossobuco (Braised Veal Shanks)

Well it is an absolute disgrace that I’ve got a quarter of the way through my challenge and haven’t yet featured anything Italian.  Considering it’s way up on my list of favourite foods, I’m not quite sure how that happened.  Anyway time to rectify that. Ossobuco is braised veal shanks, a dish that originates from…

Rachel and Owen’s wedding cakes

It has been a huge few days making cupcakes and the wedding cake for my friend Rachel who got married on Saturday.  Cake Fix and I were very flattered to be asked, and also very nervous as we’ve never done anything like this before and are not at all professional cake makers but enthusiastic amateurs! Anyway…

15. New Zealand – Individual ‘Mid-Winter Christmas’ Puddings

Mid-winter Christmas is (I think) a uniquely New Zealand/Australian tradition. As it is the middle of summer for us at Christmas time, more and more people are choosing to keep it simple by having a BBQ, salads, seafood and strawberries, rather than the heaviness and hassle of a full traditional Christmas dinner in 25 degree…

7. Portugal – Caldeira de Peixe (Portuguese Fish Stew)

June the 10th is Portugal day (dia de Portugal).  I’m making Caldeira de Peixe which is a fish and seafood stew, similar to the French bouillibaise.  The ‘caldeira’ refers to the preparation of the dish, and the copper pot in which it is cooked. For my 30th birthday a few and a bit years ago…

What is Around the World in 80 Plates?

Cooking and travel are two of my passions in life. I’ve travelled to over 40 countries and tried some amazing (and not so amazing) dishes. I’ve collected a stack of cookbooks along the way that are gathering dust on my shelf. At the moment travel is on a temporary hiatus due to the arrival of…