A new rhythm of life

Such a lovely food delivery from a friend

Another week gone and still corona virus dominates the news. I fear this is still the first round of infection and not the dreaded second spike. Please be careful.
The days and weeks go on and John and I have a new rhythm of life, punctuated by medical appointments, treatment and tele-conferences but we have settled into a new routine which is comforting. Friends continue to bring us care packages and food, which is so wonderful to receive – and I just had to show this beautiful one complete with wine and flowers – and those sourdough crumpets were unbelievable. Called pikelets in Yorkshire, John tells me and I was pleased to see him tuck into them.
I was able to go out for a socially-distanced lunch nearby with a friend and colleague from the magazine industry this week which was a really enjoyable too. Delicado is largely Spanish with some lovely wines available by the glass.  I am so out of the habit that I only remembered to take photos of the small Antipasto platter ($19) of Jamón Serrano, pepperoni, Manchego cheese, semi-dried tomatoes, artichokes, olives, hummus & sourdough bread and sensational Prawn Tostadas ($18 for 4) flavoured with capers, onion, chipotle salsa, chilli  on corn chips with avocado. I forgot wto photograph the Beef Empanadas ($18 for 4) with the flakiest of pastry encasing spiced Beef mince, eggs & olives, served with both tomatillo & chimichurri sauces. Bliss.
And thank you to my dear friend who sent me a voucher for a massage at home. I just had it and it was wonderful!

Aside from that I will be continuing Facebook Live on Sunday nights at 6pm AEST. See below for details.
Wherever you are be safe, well and happy.

LEFT: Antipasto plate and RIGHT: Prawn Tostadas

YouTube video

My Tuna Tataki with Rice Noodles

Here is another YouTube video for your enjoyment, Tuna Tataki with Rice Noodles. It is one of those low stress/high impress recipes. I love the fun of this recipe using rice as the base product in both the noodles and sake in the dressing. If the tamari is wheat-free, then this is a gluten free recipe. I recreated this when I was filming Lyndey & Herbie’s Moveable Feast.

Watch me make it on YouTube hereYou’ll find the written recipe here. You can subscribe to my channel here, so you can see other videos including my meals in a minute.

Now read on or scroll down, remember there’s something for everyone in this newsletter wherever you are in the world.

Recipe of the Week

Beef Cheeks in Baharat Spice with Polenta and Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Photography: John Paul Urizar

It is certainly chilly this week where I am, so I thought to share my recipe for Beef Cheeks in Barharat Spice with Polenta and Roasted Brussels Sprouts. I love roasting sprouts for a completely different taste from when they are steamed or boiled and soft polenta is so much quicker and easier to make than mash. Beef cheeks vary in their need for cooking time depending on the breed of beef. Therefore it is better to start this recipe the day before you want to eat them as they can take anything from 3-6 hours. While this recipe is great in a slow cooker, at low oven works too.

My Ultimate Four Cheese Macaroni

My Ultimate Four Cheese Macaroni

I got a big reaction on social media this week on International Macaroni and Cheese day (yes there is such a day) that I thought I should share the recipe again here. My Ultimate Four Cheese Macaroni is a bit different because I do not make a flour-based bechamel sauce. Instead I whisk ricotta into egg and other flavourings. So to make this gluten-free, you only need to use gluten-free macaroni and leave out the breadcrumb topping (or use gluten-free breadcrumbs). Vegetarians can leave out the prosciutto which I put in. I hope you enjoy it. I have even made this in advance for cocktail parties, cut into cubes, then dipped in egg and breadcrumbs and fried. It was a winner as finger food.

Facebook Live

Zucchini, Dill & Mint Fritters
Photography: Chris Chen

Now things are a bit more settled at home, I ahave returned to Facebook Live. Last week I cooked some finger food, Zucchini, Dill & Mint Fritters from my lovely Lyndey & Blair’s Taste of Greece cookbook. For the meat lovers I cooked Red Wine Glazed Chorizo Bites. Click on the names for the written recipes or watch how I did it on Facebook here, as well as talking a bit about sparkling wine.
Please join me at 6:00 pm (Sydney Time) this coming Sunday as I show you how to make an easy yet delicious beef noodle soup. Simply visit my Facebook page at 6:00 pm to click here to join and watch Facebook Live video on Sunday night.

If you are planning to cook with me on Sunday, here are the ingredients you will need (serves four):
1 tablespoon peanut oil
600 g rump or flat-iron steak
½ bunch green onions (shallots)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
150 g mushrooms, sliced
5cm piece fresh ginger, grated
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1–2 red chillies, deseeded and chopped (optional)
1 litre beef consommé or beef stock
350 g packet fresh udon or other noodles – you can also use dried noodles.

See you then!
You might also enjoy my blog on The Best Winter Soups.

What are your kitchen essentials?

What do you value in your kitchen? A sharp knife is a must for me!

I know there has been an incredible upsurge in buying kitchen appliances during the COVID lockdown but how many do we really need? I saw a piece somewhere which said that dehydrators are the new essential, taking over from the air fryer. I’m currently into downsizing and while I would never, ever part with my espresso machine, just how many different types of appliances do we need? Therefore I rather enjoyed this piece in the Irish Times A US Food writer moved to Ireland. Here’s what he found.  Russ Parsons, former food editor of the Los Angeles Times, left California behind and learned he could get by with much less equipment, but also discovered Ireland’s great ingredients. I was touched by his writing and the fact that he had found some of the same great ingredients I had when I was filming in Ireland: carrots, potatoes, cabbage, mackerel and bacon.
There are quite a few recipes form my Taste of Ireland TV series on my website. You might enjoy my Mackerel with Warm Potato Salad and Chorizo – and for once when filming, I actually caught these mackerel on camera beforehand!
Here’s an article from some years ago called Kitchen Spy where I share my favourite things in my kitchen.

And here’s How to stock a pantry.

Mackerel with Warm Potato Salad and Chorizo

Wine for a cause

2019 Hills Appeal Syrah Menuier


Paying tribute to the industry and a celebration of community, 21 winemakers in the Adelaide Hills Wine Region have come together to create the Hills Appeal Wine, a 2019 Syrah Meunier, with all proceeds going back into the bush fire damaged region.

At $28 per bottle, all funds raised from the 10,800 bottles will be distributed back into the local industry, to grape growers, winemakers and vineyard owners impacted by the December 2019 bush fires. The fires burnt across 23,000 Hectares in the Adelaide Hills region, with hundreds of primary producers and businesses having been impacted with significant losses and damage to vineyards, horticulture, farms and stock.

Approximately 1,100 hectares of vineyard belonging to more than 60 growers are within, bordering or partially in the fire scar. This accounts for almost 30 per cent of the entire Adelaide Hills plantings. Whilst the fire has directly impacted more than 60 grape growers and wine producers, the flow on effect within the region has been severe and will be felt by many for years to come.

To support and enjoy the taste of the Hills Region bottles are available to purchase here: https://www.adelaidehillswine.com.au/hills-appeal/

My TV Shows on Demand Globally

Luscious Ginger Layer Cake from Baking Bad Episode of my Baking Secrets TV show

You can still catch up on my various TV shows wherever they are in the world.
In Australia on SBS on demand there’s only a couple of episodes left so catch up quickly on

Lyndey Milan’s Baking Secrets

Prime video also has some of my shows – in the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
Lyndey Milan’s Taste of Australia – all 16 episodes and many other of my TV serie
Wherever you are in the world, you can probably access some of my shows online if you google.
I hope  you enjoy them.

Coming Up Next Week

My Lamington Trifle

Next week I’m helping my Facebook community with their wine matching questions. Check out my post on Monday night and pop your question in the comments.

July 21 is Lamington Day. Yes, there’s a day for everything! I will be sharing my non-traditional take on lamingtons. You will get the same flavours of chocolate, raspberry and coconut but not as you know it!

I’ve also been on a roll with creating beautiful egg recipes for Pace Farm Eggs. Next I will share a fantastic brunch recipe for baked eggs with pancetta.

So don’t miss out, join me on Facebook and Instagram this week!

Travel with me in 2021?

A very special lunch at Li Velli winery is included in my trip to Puglia


I am full of hope for next year. So while I had to postpone my wonderful culinary tours this year, we have rescheduled them for next year. Many more details to come, but here’s a heads up, although it is too soon to be thinking about travelling overseas again. Here are the dates:
Culinary Adventures in Puglia and Basilicata: 10-16 October 2021

Full details and prices here,
Morocco culinary tour approx 13 – 24 May – some information here.

Meknes, Morocco

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