moreton bay bugs

Last week the very lovely people at Kirribilli Seafoods gave me two Moreton Bay Bugs caught that morning off Queensland’s coast. They were huge and freckled from the harsh Northern sun. The meat is found only in the tail. The succulent meat is sweet but bold and best cooked in the shell, where a lot of its flavour is held. I asked for the bugs to be halved lengthways as the shell is very rough and difficult to do at home.

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tiger prawns with filei calabresi aglio e olio

This incredibly fun dish is much simpler than its name makes out. The most important thing is that you buy yourself some great, fresh produce – especially when it comes to the seafood – and prepare your ingredients before you start cooking.

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long lunch: pei modern, sydney

What is a Friday in summer without a long lunch shared between best friends made up of simple, approachable dishes and a glass of the most bountiful white (I’ve ever had)? Justin took me to Pei Modern, the new restaurant in Sydney’s Four Seasons Hotel. Although the restaurant was bustling, it felt intimate and like, for a moment, the day had taken a moment to pause for us as the hot summer afternoon drew long into our desserts.

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vanilla sugar cookies

It’s the ninth day of Christmas and you’ve likely, at least once, thought about, or actually gone (I feel sorry for you) to the shops. I’ve committed myself to doing my Christmas shopping 100% online this year and, because not all gifts can be bought, I’m going to be baking and making delicious treats for my favourite people this year.

Here are cookies I’m planning on decorating, popping in some boxes and tying up with a ribbon.

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salted caramel meringues

If you don’t know already, you’re about to find out that I’m a total sucker for Christmas. What better excuse to try decadent desserts and lavish lunches? Saying that, decadent and lavish needn’t be complicated, and this salted caramel meringue is as easy as cracking some eggs, sprinkling sugar and whisking away while scrolling through your instagram feed. (Which is actually how I spent the ~20 minutes of whisking time.)

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marrakesh prawns with bulgur

It takes forever to get to summer, but it’s always worth it. It’s time to breathe, take our watches off and just let it all soak in. Summer days stretch long into the night, warm and filled with old friends.

Easy summer dishes come hand in hand with the ingredients that are in season. Tomatoes are ripe, seafood is fresh and cool, crisp white wines pour freely. So here’s a recipe for a simple summer dinner to eat warm or pack up and picnic on the grass, in the sun that keeps our backs warm late into the night.

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