In the pantry: Kaffir lime leaves

In the pantry: Kaffir lime leaves

Much as the name suggests these leaves originate off the citrus trees of kaffir limes, a plant native to tropical Asia including Thailand, Myanmar, and Malaysia. But unlike normal lime leaves, kaffir limes are thicker and more aromatic, which means not too many leaves are needed to give a zesty punch to a dish. The leaves are often when used in stews, curries, and stir-fries. … Continue reading In the pantry: Kaffir lime leaves

In the pantry: Japanese seven spice

Last time we explored Lebanese seven spice, otherwise known as baharat. This time we’ve taken a trip to Japan to check out their version of seven spice. Most likely, you would have come across it eating at your local Japanese restaurant, usually one that’s serving udon or ramen. Otherwise known as shichimi togarashi, the Japanese seven spice translates to seven flavour chilli pepper. The bright … Continue reading In the pantry: Japanese seven spice

At the table with: Sammy and Bella Jakubiak

Sydney-based sisters Sammy and Bella Jakubiak quickly realised that their true passion lied in food and cooking — and not in their fashion or marketing jobs — after winning Channel 7’s My Kitchen Rules Season 2 in 2011. Since then the Polish-Australian pair have been busy running their individual catering businesses. Bella has been running Bella’s Feast, which specialises in creating beautiful canapés; while Sammy’s … Continue reading At the table with: Sammy and Bella Jakubiak

In the pantry: Cloves

Native to Indonesia, cloves are tiny dried aromatic flower buds that come from clove trees. When used for cooking, people use it for its sweet, but peppery aromatics. Available either grounded or whole, the spice can be used for sweet or savoury, for meats, and even drinks (think mulled wine). However, even though it may appear like a tiny nail it should be used in … Continue reading In the pantry: Cloves