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Taste Tibet Famous Chicken Curry
From: Taste Tibet by Julie Kleeman and Yeshi Jampa Serves 4–6 If you take momos out of the equation, then Taste Tibet’s famous chicken curry is definitely our biggest seller. Its name did not come about without the wild appreciation for all the joy it provides to starving festivalgoers across the land and to the fi ne, curry-loving people of Oxford. So here we are – the great reveal. We’ve kept nothing back, and we hope you’ll enjoy making it as much as we enjoy serving it. For the full Taste Tibet experience, pair it with basmati rice or Balep (Tibetan flatbread, see page 173) and Yeshi’s dal (see page 206). 2 tablespoons cooking oil
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2.5 cm (1 inch) piece of ginger, washed but not peeled, thinly sliced
1 small red onion, thinly sliced
2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
¼ teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon Bassar curry masala (or hot chilli powder)
1½ teaspoons Madras curry powder
2 tablespoons coconut milk powder
6–8 fresh curry leaves, or 10–12 dried
1 x 400 ml (14 fl oz) tin of coconut milk
600 g (1 lb 5 oz) chicken breast fillets, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 teaspoon salt
Chopped coriander (cilantro), to garnish – optional Place a heavy-bottomed saucepan over a medium-high heat and add the oil. When it’s hot, add the garlic and ginger and let it brown for a couple of minutes, then add the onion and stir for a further 2 minutes. Now add the tomatoes, turmeric, curry masala and curry powder. Mix together and cook for 10–15 minutes, turning the heat down a little and adding about 50 ml (2½ tablespoons) of water if anything starts to catch, then add the coconut milk powder, curry leaves and coconut milk and mix thoroughly. Take your time here: you are making a curry paste, and it needs to be cooked through completely before you can add the chicken. Now add the chicken and salt. Turn the heat back up to high, stir the chicken through the sauce and cook for 8–10 minutes, adding a little boiling water – but only a little – if anything sticks. The pan should be quite dry to begin with, before the juices from the chicken start to be released, so wait a while before adding any water. After the chicken has been in for 8 minutes, check to make sure it is fully cooked. To do this, take a piece out and cut it through the middle – it should be white all the way through. If the sauce looks too thick, add a little more boiling water and stir briskly for 2 minutes. Garnish with coriander, if you like, then serve. Images and text from TasteTibet by Julie Kleeman and Yeshi Jampa, food photography by Ola O. Smith, travel photography by Keiko Wong. Murdoch Books RRP $49.99.
Postcard from La Paz, Mexico
Our guest on this episode of ExtraVirgin Postcard lives an enviable life in La Paz on the Bay of California in Mexico. Travel writer Kristen Gill fell in love with the town on a work trip and made it her mission to move there. Now, as she tells us, she rides her bike along The Malecón, goes down to the seafront of a morning to watch the fishermen return with their catch, hikes in the desert and explores secluded islands with crystal clear water. All in a place where it only rains for 5 days of the year. And of course, there is the seafood - from fish tacos to local shellfish, marlin and tuna, washed down with a 'Ballena' - a beer named for the region's most famous visitors - its whales. If you've visited La Paz, you'll enjoy reminiscing while listening to Kristen. If you haven't you'll be packing your bags by the end. Here are a couple of links to places Kristen mentions - listen to the podcast for more. McFisher fish tacos: https://www.facebook.com/Mack-Fisher-123826931001222/ Tecolote Beach: https://www.tripadvisor.com.mx/Attraction_Review-g150771-d1172821-Reviews-Playa_El_Tecolote_Tecolote_Beach-La_Paz_Baja_California.html Live music/events at Capuchino Cafe: https://capuchino.mx/ You can also download to listen later at Apple, Spotify or wherever you usually listen to your podcasts. Pic: Alejandro de Casso via Unsplash and Kristen Gill
Episode 87 - A Taste of Tibet
Writer and editor Julie Kleeman was on a hill in Dharamshala photographing monkeys when she met Yeshi Jampa. Yeshi had grown up in a semi-nomadic family in northern Tibet, living a traditional lifestle, taking care of their many animals. At 19, he made his way over the Himalayas in an arduous 24-day journey to the Indian town, now home to the exiled Dalai Lama. Their chance meeting saw love bloom, and the couple now live in Oxford with their two children, own a Tibetan restaurant and have just published their first book - Taste Tibet - Family Recipes from the Himalayas, based on Yeshi's recipes. In this episode of ExtraVirgin Food & Travel, we hear not only about life in the highest country in the world, but all about the historical and geographic influences of its cuisine and how fate bought this couple, from such very different cultures to meet on that hilltop. Pics: Supplied & Danielle Salutari via Unsplash
Postcard from Venice, Italy
LISTEN HERE Venice has been on travellers' wish list for centuries, but in this postcard, we're taking a tour of a Venice way beyond St Mark's Square, the Rialto Bridge or the Grand Canal. Artist, writer and committed conservationist, Allison Zurfluh lives on the island of Burano, in the northern section of the Venice lagoon. Passionate about her adopted home, she tells us a little of the history of the lagoon's islands and shares some of her favourite things to see, do and taste - from taking an excursion on a traditional boat with a local fisherman to where to eat the best seafood, how to do a cicchetti crawl like a local, where to go to visit an island winery, visit a lace museum or call in on friars living a monastic life on another island. Whether you've never been to Venice, or you're a regular, this view from the lagoon will give you an entirely different perspective of La Serenissima. Eating
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Lia Leaves the Library The Veremonda Resurrection The Last Sacrifice: The Potential of a Revived Venetian World Art exhibition LISTEN HERE
Three Experiences You Can Only Have in Queensland, Australia
Thank you to Shelley Winkel, my recent podcast guest for these three tips on very special experiences you can have in Queensland. They're just a couple of the many Queensland destinations and experiences Shelley talks about on the podcast. She's incredibly inspiring - have a listen to the whole podcast here if you want to know more.
Australia's Best Restaurants
LISTEN HERE Are you a foodie planning a trip to Australia? Or a local just looking to add to your dining bucket list? In either case, you'll want to listen to this episode of ExtraVirgin Food & Travel. Our guests are Joanna Hunkin, editor of Australian Gourmet Traveller, and restaurant critic at The Australian newspaper, John Lethlean. You'll find out what Joanna reckons is Australia's 'most fun' restaurant and which formal diner John was forced to eat at on his own. Both Joanna and John generously share their extensive knowledge, nominating what they believe to be the best restaurants around Australia, from Brisbane to Perth.
Postcard from Bangkok
LISTEN HERE Thailand's capital, Bangkok is a large, sprawling city best known for it's river, ornate temples and delicious street food. Our guest, Wisrute Buddhari has lived in Bangkok most of his life. Not only does he share the best time of the year to visit and what to see and do; from temple hopping to viewing the city from a boat on the Chao Praya river, as well as a secret beach only locals know about, but this keen foodie lets us in on some of his favourite places to eat and drink. Have a listen to discover: Where to get the best roast goose in the city (Chua Hah Seng Goose - no webpage) Where to go for Thai beef noodles Which markets locals shop at Where to find the best beef ribs The cities best Italian and French Where to eat regional Thai food Am idyllic winery just out of Bangkok His favourite place for a cocktail and live music
Episode 85: Five Destinations That Changed My Life
LISTEN HERE Have you ever taken a trip that changed your life? ExtraVirgin Food & Travel Podcast host and travel writer Natascha Mirosch certainly has. In this episode, Natascha shares five destinations that have had a huge impact on her life.
She reads from her diary, written as a 20 year-old on her first overseas trip as an adult, to Florence, Italy, explains how she came to understand her roots better on a short break in Kyiv, , shares what happened on the Greek island of Skyros that changed her life in a way she could never, ever have foreseen, talks about a deeply spiritual experience in the Australian outback and how a trip to Sri Lanka saved her ailing health. It's a deeply intimate episode, examining how travelling can often offer up the most unexpected and precious gifts.
Ravioli with fresh tomato, basil and garlic sauce
Around the Kitchen Table by Sophie Hansen and Annie Herron Ravioli with fresh tomato, basil and garlic sauce (p. 120) Prep time: 1 hour, plus 1 hour resting
Cook time: 10 mins
Serves 2–3 Ravioli is very satisfying to make. And it’s much easier to get on the table than most pastas, because you can freeze a few batches without worrying that the pasta will stick together, and cook it straight from frozen. You can change the filling, limited only by what’s in your garden/pantry/imagination, but in summer when sweet tomatoes and basil are abundant, this gentle, delicious pasta supper is perfection. Tomato sauce 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) cherry tomatoes (a mix of varieties is lovely)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 handfuls basil, leaves picked and roughly torn, plus extra to serve
¼ cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil, plus extra to serve
Grated parmesan cheese, to serve Pasta 2⅔ cups (400 g) plain (all-purpose) or 00 flour, plus extra for dusting
2 tsp salt
4 large eggs Filling 1 cup (230 g) fresh ricotta cheese
½ cup (50 g) grated parmesan cheese
A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
Grated zest of 1 lemon Make the tomato sauce first and leave it to sit at room temperature for a couple of hours for the flavours to really get to know each other. Halve the tomatoes and place them in a large bowl with the garlic, red wine vinegar, basil and olive oil. Sprinkle in a good amount of sea salt and black pepper, stir well and set aside. For the pasta, combine the flour, salt and eggs in a food processor and blitz for 10 seconds or until the mixture just comes together. Turn out onto a work surface and gently knead for about 5 minutes or until you have a smooth, springy dough. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and let it rest at room temperature for an hour or so. For the filling, combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Divide the pasta dough into quarters. Flatten one portion into a thick disc between your palms and wrap the remaining portions in plastic. Lightly dust a pasta machine with flour and set it to the first/widest setting. Feed the pasta disc through the machine, then fold it in half and repeat. Next, feed the pasta through the machine on the second setting, fold it in half, then return the machine to the first setting and repeat. The idea is to work the pasta through the first few settings by rolling it through, folding it in half and going back a setting each time. Once you get to about the fourth setting, just go for it, gently feeding the pasta through each setting until you have a lovely thin, silky and smooth rectangle of pasta. Gently fold the rectangle in half lengthways, then unfold it so you can see the halfway mark. Spoon the filling in little mounds along one half of the pasta, about 4 cm (1½ inches) apart. Run a finger dipped in water along the edge of the pasta, then fold the bottom half of pasta over the top. Gently press on either side of each mound to remove any air bubbles and then press along the moistened edge to help seal the pasta. Use a ravioli cutter to cut across the top of the pasta, pressing down firmly to seal and cut at the same time, then cut down the sides to make individual pieces. Place the ravioli on a tray lined with baking paper, cover with a tea towel and pop it in the freezer. Repeat with the remaining pasta and filling. Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil. Drop the fresh or frozen pasta into the pan and cook until al dente (5 minutes if frozen; 3 minutes if fresh). You’ll know the ravioli is cooked once it bubbles up to the top of the water. Drain the ravioli and tip it straight into the bowl of fresh tomato sauce. Gently toss to combine, then drizzle with a little extra olive oil (the best you have!), sprinkle the parmesan and extra basil over the top and serve straight away. Note: If you don’t have a pasta machine, use a rolling pin to roll out the pasta until it’s as thin as possible. This does take a little time, but you can get there with lots of elbow grease. Alternatively, buy some good-quality fresh ravioli and serve it with the fresh tomato sauce. Images and text from Around the Kitchen Table by Sophie Hansen and Annie Herron, photography by Sophie Hansen. Murdoch Books RRP $39.99.
Here's what to see and do in The Scenic Rim
Queensland's Scenic Rim was the only Australian destination to appear in Lonely Planet's recent "top 10 hottest destinations to visit in 2022" recently." If you're keen to explore the region, whether it's for a day trip or weekend away, here are some of my favourite Scenic Rim destinations. Kalbar My recommendation is to visit the gorgeous Scenic RIm Farm Shop for morning tea and wander the flower gardens Elderflower Farm, then head into town and wander the shops (there's a couple of really good interiors/gift shops) then have lunch at Lovett Cafe or the friendly Royal Hotel Kalbar. Each October, the town also has have a hay bale exhibition, when people create incredibly imaginative sculputes of hay outside their homes. The Overflow Estate 1895 It ticks all the boxes for a perfect day out for me. Set on an isthmus jutting out into the Wyaralong Dam, this charming winery is picturesque, feels pleasingly off the beaten track and has good food - either inside the contemporary architect-designed building or outside at picnic tables overlooking the water. Have a wine tasting, listen to live music on weekends and enjoy the serenity. Summer Land Camel Farm I have been known to drive out here just to pat the camels, especially the adorable babies! About an hour from Brisbane, this camel farm makes great day out, particularly if you have kids. You can do a farm tour, feed the camels, have a meal in the cafe and buy camel milk products, from cheese to camel milk coffees. Kooroomba Vineyards & Lavender Farm Set on a rolling hill with lovely spreading views and rows of gorgeous, fragrant purple lavender, you could almost be in Provence. Have a wine tasting and stay for lunch - the food is excellent. Just be warned, it is incredidibly popular on weekends and you'll need to book -often a couple of weeks in advance. Hazelwood Estate It's a inspiring drive up into the Gold Coast hinterland to Beechmont, with 360 degree views at every turn. Make sure to stop at one of the lookouts for views all the way to Surfers Paradise and across Mt Warning. Pack your walking shoes for a hike in Lamington National Park then head to Hazelwood Estate, a new polo club, restaurant and accommodation for lunch. You'll need to book to get the code to gain entry to the charming farm estate. The food (under chef Simon Furley is fantastic. Mt Tamborine Come up the mountain on a the second Sunday of the month to experience the local markets. The rich red soil in these parts producers a lot of premium produce, often organically grown, avocados and rhubarb being specialities. Visit the cellar doors, do the rainforest walk on a cantilevered bridge, go to the local distillery or craft brewery, or one of my faves, visit the glow worm cave. Boonah Make sure you've booked to ensure a table ar the small but fabulous Blume. Owner and chef Jack Stuart, ex-Congress Wine in Melbourne, then Brisbane's Gauge, made a tree change to this lovely, historical little town to open his own venue. The clever, modern food at Blume is a seasonal set menu that draws from the rich produce of the area. Speaking of which, pack an esky and buy from the local butcher, fill up on fresh fruit and vege from the historic Oppy's Farm produce and pick up some great bread from Arthur Clive bakehouse
Postcard from Los Angeles
LISTEN HERE Headed to California? Or just California dreaming? Los Angeles is far more than just Hollywood, as this "Postcard" episode guest, travel writer Wendy Lee explains. Wendy, who has a blog, Empty Nesters Hit the Road, shares with us some of her favourite things to see and do in Los Angeles and you might well be surprised to find out what a rich multicultural and cultural city Los Angeles is. Wendy tells us about its theatres and galleries, its green spaces and mountain hikes, as well as its 76 miles of shoreline. She also shares secrets about LA’s ethnic neighbourhoods and street art, food markets, roof top bars and her favourite restaurants. So, whether you’re planning a trip, or just armchair travelling, enjoy this tip-packed Postcard from Los Angeles. LISTEN HERE Parks https://www.laparks.org/griffithpark/ https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/angeles/recreatin/hiking Eating and Drinking https://www.sunnongdan.net/ https://www.olvera-street.com/ https://redbird.la/ https://thefactorykitchen.com/ https://www.manuela-la.com/ Theatres and Galleries https://www.lacma.org/ https://www.thebroad.org/ https://www.getty.edu/ https://www.centertheatregroup.org/ http://www.pantagestheatre.net/ A Weekend in LA https://artsdistrictla.org/ https://www.grandcentralmarket.com/ https://rowdtla.com/ https://la.smorgasburg.com/ LISTEN HERE Wendy Lee is a travel writer based in Southern California. She created the blog, Empty Nesters Hit The Road, to help and inspire couples 50+ to travel more. She and her husband, Jason, love to travel the world, but during the past few years have focused on their home state and one of their favorite cities, Los Angeles. When traveling they love outdoor adventures, good food and wine, and excellent museums. Pics: Jake Blucker, Unsplash/Wendy Lee/Jason Leung, Unsplash/Dhoomil Sheta, Unsplash/Juliette Contin, Unsplash/ Robert McGowan, Unsplash/Shea Ruda/Denys Nevozhai, Unsplash
Episode 84:Restoring the Reef
LISTEN HERE No-one can deny the effects climate change is having on our oceans, with temperatures and sea levels rising. The world's biggest reef, Australia's Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is the canary in the coal mine and right now its health is of serious concern. The good news is, that while politicians argue about the way forward vis a vis climate change, scientists and tourism operators in Australia have partnered up to develop a stewardship program, the Coral Nurture Project with the goal to transform both ecological and social resilience to environmental change. Part of this, is a unique 'coral gardening' project, sucessfully growing and replanting coral onto the reef. In this episode of ExtraVirgin Food and Travel , Natascha Mirosch talks with David Suggett, a marine biologist and professor in the Climate Change Cluster at the University of Technology of Sydney, who heads the Future Reefs program, about the propects of The Great Barrier Reef. If you've ever dived or snorkled among the spectacular corals and marine life of The Great Barrier Reef, you'll want to listen to this. Pics: Tourism Events QLD/David Suggett