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Welcome to A Wok on the Wild Side.

Please join me in my adventures in the culinary world and all things gastronomic.

Food, travel, books, music and the arts are all close to my heart, not to mention my tastebuds!

I've enjoyed tasting and testing recipes since I was a child in primary school who insisted on helping Mum stir her cake batters and test her bread and butter puddings for afternoon tea.

Book review: Cook and Feast by Audra Morrice

Interview with Audra Morrice on Cook & feast.

Interviewing chef, author and television presenter Audra Morrice was like talking to an old friend.

We share similar interests in both eating and cooking food and are very involved in the media.

In her latest book, Audra says, “Food is very powerful in bringing people together,” and she has happy memories of growing up in Singapore with a very Chinese mother, who came from Sarawak in East Malaysia, and an Indian father.

Father's Day 2019

Father's Day 2019

Happy Father's Day to all fathers, stepfathers, adopted fathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, fathers-in-law and Dads who are no longer with us.

Enjoy your special day and be pampered by the ones you love, whether they take you out for a beer or two, breakfast, lunch, dinner or coffee.

Book review: Bish bash bosh

Book review

Bish bash bosh

By Henry Firth and Ian Theasby

Published by HQ. RRP$35

Known as the "vegan Jamie Olivers," the authors of Bish Bash Bosh have come up with a stylish book of 140 simple, tasty recipes that will please any vegan or anyone trying plant-based food for the first time.

If you just want to try a meal a week without meat, this book has all the know-how and inspiration you need.

Mother's Day 2019

Mother's Day 2019

"No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love," said Edward Chapin, whose mother loved him dearly.

When I think of my Mum, memories of an idyllic childhood caress me like the cool sea breezes of the beach she brought me to when I was a child growing up in Singapore.

If Mum said we were going to Marine Parade that afternoon I would wolf down my lunch, complete my homework speedily and look for my spade and bucket.

Foolproof roast pork belly

If you're looking for a delicious meal at Easter, and I don't mean chocolate eggs, try this delicious recipe from Australian Pork.

Foolproof roast pork belly

1kg Australian pork belly

1 tbsp oil

1 tbsp flaked salt

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

    Remove roast from the packaging and pat dry with paper towel.

    With a small sharp knife, deeply score the rind at 1cm intervals, being careful to not cut into the meat.

    Chinese New Year 2019

    Year of the Pig

    There are many myths and legends about the year of the pig.

    One of the myths said that the pig was the last to arrive when the Jade Emperor called all the animals for an important meeting.

    Eleven animals arrived for the meeting and just as the Emperor was about to end the meeting, an oink and a squeal announced the arrival of the pig.

    It seemed that the "lazy pig" had become hungry on the way and stopped for a feast, after which he promptly fell asleep and so was the last animal to arrive at the meeting.

    Father's Day 2018

    Father's Day 2018

    This Father's Day, why not serve him breakfast in bed with this scrumptious recipe from Australian Pork?

    Maple glazed egg and bacon brioche

      4 eggs, at room temperature

      2 tbsp maple syrup

      1 tsp Dijon mustard

      6 rindless Australian bacon rashers, halved

      1/3 cup store-bought hollandaise sauce

      4 thick slices brioche bread, toasted

      50g baby spinach leaves

      Bastille Day 2018

      Bastille Day 2018

      Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the national day of France, which is celebrated on the July 14 every year.

      In French, it is formally called la Fête nationale, The National Celebration.

      The French National Day is the anniversary of Storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fete de la Federation, which celebrated the unity of the French people on July 14, 1790.

      Celebrations are held throughout France.

      Book reviews

      Book reviews

      101 Things to do instead of worrying about the World

      By Felicity Brightside

      Published by Faber

      Do you feel like not getting out of bed sometimes?

      With political pandemonium, nuclear apocalypse, climate change, dementia, the dangers of sitting down, traffic jams and more, worrying about the world has become a national pastime for some.

      Hey, how about thinking positive for a change?

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