The Cook

The Cook

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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. Shiitake Mushroom — January 31, 2019
  2. Key Lime — January 17, 2019
  3. How to make Pandan Extract — January 11, 2019
  4. Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Sauce) — January 11, 2019
  5. BBQ Beef Satay Skewers – Satay Sapi — January 11, 2019

Most commented posts

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

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Shiitake Mushroom

The shiitake is an edible mushroom native to East Asia, which is cultivated and consumed in many countries, especially Asian. It is considered a medicinal mushroom in some forms of traditional medicine.

Culinary Uses

Fresh and dried shiitake have many uses in the cuisines of East Asia. In Japan, they are served in miso soup, …

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Key Lime

The Key lime is a citrus hybrid with a spherical fruit, 2½ – 5 cm (1 – 2″) in diameter. The Key lime is usually picked while it is still green but it becomes yellow when ripe.

It is smaller and seedier, with a higher acidity, a stronger aroma, and a thinner rind, than that …

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How to make Pandan Extract

Pandan essence, also known as pandanus extract or screwpine paste, has a delightful scent and is used in cooking throughout SE Asia especially Thailand. Pandanus leaves (in Thai “bai toey”) are often soaked in water and boiled to extract both the green colour, a natural food colourant, as well as the aroma which is a …

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Kecap Manis (Sweet Soy Sauce)

Kecap manis is an essential sauce in the Indonesian pantry and is by far the most popular type of soy sauce in Indonesian cuisine.

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BBQ Beef Satay Skewers – Satay Sapi

Nicely spiced cubes of tender steak are cooked on the barbie and served with a full-flavoured peanut sauce.

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Roma Tomato

Roma tomatoes are popularly used both for preserving and producing tomato paste as they are dry, tangy and thin-skinned, with few seeds. Roma tomatoes are also ideal for salsas, sauces and cooked dishes.

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Meatless Udon Noodle Bowl

This quick and flavour-packed meatless Udon Noodle Bowl is a perfect weeknight meal, and can be ready in just 30 minutes.

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Baby Beet, Red Onion, and Mandarin Salad

Put together in just 15 minutes, this refreshing salad is perfect for a light lunch or an elegant side dish to accompany any main dish. Gluten-free and diabetic appropriate this salad is a great all-rounder for your health.

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White Wine Vinegar

Information including health benefits and substitutes for White Wine Vinegar. It can be used for cooking, baking, cleaning and weed control and may aid weight loss and lower blood sugar and cholesterol.

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Curry Yoghurt Chicken Salad in Lettuce Wraps

These healthy wraps are lightened up using fat-free Greek yoghurt in place of mayo. And the lettuce leaves are a crisp, fresh alternative to flour wraps. Plus there is a gluten free option.

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Dried Apricots

Small apricots are normally dried whole. Larger varieties are dried in halves, without the kernel or stone. Dried apricots are an important source of carotenoids and potassium.

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Kaffir Lime

The kaffir lime, also known as the makrut lime or Mauritius papeda, is a citrus fruit native to tropical Southeast Asia and southern China.

Its fruit and leaves are used in Southeast Asian cuisine and its essential oil is used in perfumery. Its rind and crushed leaves emit an intense citrus fragrance.

Kaffir lime leaves …

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Capsicum (Bell Pepper)

Here you will find information on the vegetable or herb Capsicum, also referred to as a bell pepper. Read also the health benefits and more.

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Roasted Chicken Sausages, Capsicum, and White Onion

Colourful capsicums, red onion wedges, and tomatoes make this chicken sausage dinner burst with fresh flavours. And on a busy weeknight, roasting instead of sautéing makes this even easier.

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Salmon Fillet Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Raspberries are high in fibre and add colour and flavour to this healthy salmon salad. Easy to make and sure to please everybody at the dinner table.

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