Slow-cooked lamb pasta with basil pesto

It took me some time to be introduced to the pleasures of eating lamb. Growing up in a Taiwanese household, lamb is not a regular ingredient in traditional Taiwanese cuisine; pork and chicken are more common. My first taste of lamb wasn’t particularly pleasant either – a tough and rather pungent-tasting roast at my Year…

Roast Capsicum & Macadamia Pesto

If any of you have ever watched the television show on SBS called Iron Chef, you most certainly will know of the infamous introduction to Kitchen Stadium and then that shot of the ever-flamboyantly dressed Chairman Kaga picking up a yellow capsicum, taking a massive bite out of it, then doing a slow-motion forced smile, slightly…

Basil Pesto

Not many people know this, but back when I was in high school, I was a kitchen hand for a week as part of work experience. Granted, it was a short week, but it sealed my fate in that I decided that I never ever wanted to be a commercial kitchen chef. On day one,…