dinner October 19, 2019

Simple brined roast chicken

It’s time to start thinking about the “entertaining” season. As the year starts to wind up, there are parties, Christmas, New Year’s celebrations and holidays in the not-too-distant future. For some home cooks, feeding people en masse can be...

dinner December 17, 2016

Piri piri chicken

One of the nicer things about this column is that I get the opportunity to cook things I wouldn’t normally cook.  I had heard about this thing – piri piri chicken – that has a reputation in this country built on the strength of a...

dinner January 29, 2022

Roast chicken with fennel gratin

Most chefs I know don’t enjoy their own cooking. The hours spent on a dish, repeatedly tasting it, tend to dull the palate. Ironic injustice, not being allowed to enjoy the spoils. There is one exception, though: roast chicken.  The...

dinner March 19, 2016

Azerbaijani chicken

This recipe came from a cookbook of Georgian recipes that was given to me by one of my chefs. He’s not Eastern European, but he found it and thought it was a cool book. Flipping through, the photograph of this chicken struck me, but I was...

dinner January 15, 2022

Rolled chicken with potatoes

Entertaining can be so much more enjoyable if all the work is done in the preparation stage, rather than when your guests are present and having fun and you are stuck in the kitchen. Or, worse, when they are all crowded around you, giving you a...

dinner November 4, 2017

Chicken sandwiches and chicken noodle soup

Sometimes I feel we look for the new at the expense of the old. Nothing brings this into sharper focus than the Melbourne Cup carnival. A week-long extravaganza of the latest fashion, the newest hats, the most beautifully tailored suits, and a...

dinner January 29, 2022

Golden chicken soup (calendula fever)

I have lately spent a lot of my time in cafes pushing single viola flowers off poached eggs and choking on dried petals in my smoothies. The trend that started with nasturtium flowers has run deep into anything non-toxic. Flowers in food – or...

dinner July 4, 2020

Pot-roasted chicken

It is no secret that a good roast chicken is one of my favourite things. I smear chickens in butter and roast them. I soak them in buckets of brine and then roast them. But in the depths of winter I love nothing more than to pot roast them....

salad November 8, 2014

Shredded chicken and chickpea salad

The success of a salad is, of course, dependent on the selection of flavours and quality of the ingredients. But consideration of the various textures must be given equal importance. The ingredients’ individual flavours should complement and at...

side dish July 16, 2016

Chicken livers on toast

The expression “What am I, chopped liver?” comes from the experience of being ignored, which is the lot of greying offal. But that does sell short the true attraction of this dish: rich, sweet and savoury all at once, and full of the iron and...

dinner April 8, 2017

Sweet and sour onions and chicken livers

In the vegetable world, what we source and use in the restaurants changes season to season, sometimes with things we’ve never seen before. Often these are one-offs. Last year, for instance, we started to get celtuce from one of our growers....