KITCHEN ARTICLES

Masterchef Jamie Fleming has teamed up with Ocean Spray to bring some Christmas crowdpleasers including this beautiful biscotti dessert.

How do you cook up the perfect kitchen? The owners of the collection featured on the following pages would tell you it's a matter of combining the right ingredients then adding a dash of spice to suit your taste.

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When husband-and-wife team David and Sohani Bitton launched a line of gourmet cooking products and a cookbook, their love of family and food provided the perfect inspiration – and where better to test recipes than in their streamlined, European-inspired kitchen?

A kitchen that is streamlined and functional is a joy to work in and makes everyday life much easier not only for the principal cook, but for every member of the family. The following ideas will help you plan the design and placement of work areas and give your kitchen a professional edge.

  • Plan your kitchen around the classic ‘working triangle’ as far as possible. This means keeping the distances between the stove, sink and fridge as close as possible. If you’re a keen cook, minimising the trips back and forth will make a big difference.

250g cherry tomatoes, halved
Olive oil, to drizzle
3 tsp chopped thyme leaves
500g fresh ricotta, drained
1 tsp chilli flakes
1 cup (80g) grated parmesan
150g fresh or frozen peas
1 cup wild rocket leaves
2 tsp truffle oil*, plus extra to drizzle

Preheat the oven to 120ºC.

Place tomatoes on a baking tray and drizzle with a little olive oil. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper and sprinkle with 1 tsp thyme. Roast for 11/2 hours or until tomatoes start to collapse. Remove and set aside.

When the temperature drops, nothing can beat a mug of delicious hot chocolate to get you feeling warm all over. It’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself – and maybe a loved one – with this recipe courtesy of Ella at Umsum Chocolates at Forresters Beach NSW.

Ingredients:
100g dark couverture chocolate
1 1/2 cups milk
150mL thickened cream
1 1/2 tsp icing sugar
2 pinches ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 pinch ground pimento (allspice)
1 pinch ground cardamom
1 pinch ground chili

Method:

A favourite on the MasterChef show, Marion Grasby has since carved a successful name for herself as one of Australia’s best-loved chefs. Off the back of her beautifully designed cookbook, Marion: Recipes and Stories from a Hungry Cook, in 2011, Marion is also set to appear on the next season of Celebrity Apprentice.
MY IDEAL KITCHEN WOULD HAVE … space! I spend so much time in my kitchen I prefer an open-plan style where I can see the dining and lounge room while I’m slicing and dicing. I’d also love to have two ovens.

Recognised as one of the country’s leading chefs and restaurateurs, Teage Ezard is a man who knows what he wants in the kitchen. After taking Melbourne by storm with his establishments Ezard, Gingerboy and Gingerboy Upstairs, he’s moved north to Sydney, opening Black at The Star in 2011 to much fanfare.

MY IDEAL KITCHEN WOULD HAVE … a Plancha cooktop for grilling seafood, an open-wood grill with rotisserie and a Carpigiani ice-cream machine for the kids.

From Julie Goodwin to Guy Mirabella, if you love to cook, you will love the latest crop of cook books. Danielle Hanrahan takes a look at seven of the best...

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BY ROWIE DILLON, $39.99, HARPERCOLLINS

Display homes of the major builders provide one of the best sources of inspiration for any area of your home – and when it comes to kitchens, you can be sure they’re ahead of the pack in technology and styling. Our kitchen case study is Burbank’s Forrester and it’s a winner for energy-effi ciency, layout and good looks.

Award-winning designer Karl Noonan combined classic style with contemporary design and innovative solutions to give new life to a 25-year-old bathroom.