The Cook

The Cook

Author's details

Name: The Cook
Date registered: April 10, 2017


I’m Natasha and the chief cook and bottlewasher around here. I live in West Footscray, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia with my husband and cooking is my pleasure and passion. Being so close to the Footscray Markets and many ethnic grocery and supply stores for ingredients I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try something different. That’s where it all started and it hasn’t stopped. It is an exciting adventure everyday in my kitchen, trying my hand at cooking with new ingredients from a wide range of cuisines. Sometimes it is necessary to substitute with local ingredients so you too can enjoy these recipes.

Latest posts

  1. Hasselback Chicken Breasts with Roasted Vegetables — May 26, 2019
  2. Char-grilled Capsicum Relish — May 19, 2019
  3. Democracy Sausage — May 18, 2019
  4. Baked Bananas with Chocolate Cream — May 13, 2019
  5. Red Dates (Jujube) — May 4, 2019

Most commented posts

  1. Pomelo — 6 comments
  2. Steamed Barramundi with Ginger — 6 comments
  3. Nyonya Hot and Sour Noodles in Fish Soup – Penang Asam Laksa — 5 comments
  4. Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce — 4 comments
  5. Crumpets — 4 comments

Author's posts listings

Hasselback Chicken Breasts with Roasted Vegetables

This delightful recipe for hasselback sliced chicken breast filled with a tasty capsicum relish and topped off with a crispy melted cheese crust sitting nicely on top of a bed of fresh baby spinach and sweet roasted vegetables is an easy winter warmer

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Char-grilled Capsicum Relish

This brightly coloured creation is easy to make and can be finely diced or left in larger strips and served as a salsa-like relish. Try this with our Hasselback Chicken

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Democracy Sausage

A definitive guide to making a Democracy Sausage.

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Baked Bananas with Chocolate Cream

Try these delicious baked bananas paired with a decadent chocolate yoghurt cream tonight as a treat after dinner.

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Red Dates (Jujube)

Consumed all around the world there is much to enjoy about jujubes whether eaten crisp and fresh, or dried and chewy.

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Coconut Sugar

Coconut sugar (also known as coco sugar, coconut palm sugar, coco sap sugar or coconut blossom sugar) is a palm sugar produced from the sap of the flower bud stem of the coconut palm.

Other types of palm sugar are made from the Palmyra palm, the date palm, the sugar date palm, the sago palm …

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Spice Rubbed Lamb Chops with Silver Beet

A rub of spices reminiscent of Tunisian cuisine is a flavourful addition to these lamb chops, and we give silverbeet a boost with sweet dates and toasted pine nuts.

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Blue Mussels

Information on the Blue Mussels including buying guide, storing guide, cooking methods, substitutes and more.

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Mussels are a wonderfully affordable bivalve mollusc found all over the world and one of the easiest to prepare. They are particularly popular in France, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain and Italy.The mussels that grow in Australia are either the same species as, or almost identical to, those found in the Mediterranean and North Atlantic.

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Lemon Sautéed Spinach

Sautéed spinach with garlic and lemon is a simple combination that lets the spinach shine.

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Trout Fillets with Lemon Sauce

These quick-cooking trout fillets are an excellent choice for an appetiser in a hurry. For a healthy meal, serve this lemon-glazed trout with a side of sauteed spinach.

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The trees ellipsoidal yellow fruit is used for culinary and non-culinary purposes throughout the world, primarily for its juice, which has both culinary and cleaning uses.

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Silver Beet (Swiss Chard)

Silverbeet is also known as chard, Swiss chard and seakale beet. It is similar to spinach but has a stronger flavour. Silverbeet usually has a white stalk, however, red beet is sometimes available; it has the same green leaves but has a rich pink-red stem and veins.

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Rigatoni Pasta with Italian Sausage and Silverbeet

Italian sausage and silverbeet pair nicely in this fully flavoured rigatoni pasta dish. A quick and easy meal to make and satisfying for all.

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Silverbeet Tart

Tarts are a versatile dish that can be served as a snack, light meal, or main dish. And this quick and easy Silverbeet Tart is packed with flavour showcasing just how wonderful this underrated vegetable can be. A nice crisp crust with a rich, and creamy filling for all to enjoy.

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