Bacon Bourbon Jam

“Bacon jam??” my friend said incredulously. “What are you going to do, spread it on scones or something?” She said this as we were tucking into a chocolate pizza at Max Brenners; both of us missed the irony of her comment at the time – you can have chocolate pizza but not bacon jam? My…

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,…