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Kongnamul banchan (soybean-sprout side dish from Korea)

My mother uses bean sprouts in her rice paper rolls, salads, noodle broths, stir fries and savoury crepes. Like Metamucil, it keeps her regular and she’ll happily crunch through kilos of the stuff. Unfortunately, I’m not so keen on bean … Continue reading

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It’s not about the limitations: The $120 Food Challenge

In February 2010 I found myself without a job. With no replacement job forthcoming, I signed up for unemployment benefits and reined in as much expenditure as I could. Faced with the option of either paying an electricity bill or … Continue reading

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Herbalicious

‘Herbs are absolutely at the cornerstone of all genius cooking,’ says Jamie Oliver on one of his 30-Minute Meals videos. ‘If you have herbs in your cooking, you have more flavours and sensations and dynamism in your cooking.’ Delia Smith … Continue reading

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Wanting wontons

Once, on a cold July night, the thought of wonton soup was enough to make the hungry mortgager wanton and weak-willed enough to stop by at a noodle shop on the way home from work. After perusing a laminated menu … Continue reading

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The not-so-clever cook

My mum hates dining out. She doesn’t understand why we should pay more for a meal that she can cook better herself. Hence we ate home-cooked meals three times a day, seven days a week and I grew up seeing … Continue reading

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