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I'm a Melbourne boy, hailing from St Kilda with one ex, one current wife and four kids. Love the outdoors and making new discoveries. I cook a lot at home (cheers from wife) and do some preserving, mostly jams, pickles and fruit liqueurs. This is the diary of a cooking journey.

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Friday, May 02, 2008
I'll Show You Mine...
I was at out to dinner and discussing food with a fellow food lover, when I thought to ask him, what was the dish that defined his cooking, his signature dish. After he answered, he turned the question back on me and it was surprisingly difficult to come up with something that could define the way I cook. After a few minutes pondering, the reply I was most comfortable with was the everyday dish of steak & chips, a firm family favourite.

That got me wondering, what would be your signature dish? I'd love to know, you can leave your answers in comments. It's not as easy it sounds to think of just one, so mention as many as you like.
  posted at 7:53 am

At 11:11 am, Blogger Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

I have two, and they're quite similar. One is jambalaya, the other is something I call pie-ella, a play on paella. Both rice based, one spicy and one made rich with arborio rice. The ultimate comfort food!

At 11:17 am, Blogger Cindy said...

My 'signature dishes' tend to be vego foods with a meaty angle:
- non-sausage rolls with sauce, greens and potatoes;
- balsamic mushroom 'steak' sandwiches with caramelised onions, salad and oven-baked potato wedges;
- soy bombs with barbeque dipping sauce.

I always save room for dessert, but don't have any sweet recipes that I'm especially devoted to.

At 12:16 pm, Blogger Kalyn said...

Definitely mine would have to be either some type of marinated grilled chicken, or salad. (I sound so boring don't I, but I do eat tons of different types of salad!)

At 5:28 pm, Blogger Ange said...

Funnily enough I was thinking about this too after watching Gordon Ramsays Hells Kitchen the other night which by the way I found hilarious. I am afraid I am unable to come up with one though I'm sure if you ask my friends they would say it is definietely my cakes although I always change them too & dont have a firm favorite. I love variety too much to stick to the one dish even though I find myself drawn to the same things over & over, ie soup - I make at least one pot a week over the cooler months, trying new ones & making old faves like good old reliable pumpkin, virtuous tomato & red lentil & a lovely chickpea & leek soup

At 7:05 am, Blogger gigi said...

I love this question. Mine would probably be chicken cacciatore ~ homey, easy and aromatic, it contains so many of my favorite ingredients.

At 1:17 pm, Blogger Steve D said...

Hi Neil -
I was just re-reading some of my old posts (relating to BADD) and notice that back in May 2007 you linked to one of them.

So I followed the link and "rediscovered" your blog, which I recall with fondness from my initial days of joining the autism blogosphere.
So, howdy!
And in answer to your question (because, as it turns out, I am somewhat of a foodie myself), my signature dish is Paella. And I recently did a post about it. Voila!

At 1:38 pm, Blogger MyKitchenInHalfCups said...

I think Gorn would say it's Baked Pasta with Spinach and Goat Cheese. I'd hope it was bread.

At 5:34 pm, Blogger Lucy said...

Braised fennel with lentils. It's fabulous. And dhal. But it's really good.

So that makes me a lentil freak, I think.

How do you make your chips, Neil?

At 9:01 am, Blogger neil said...

Hi lydia, I'm always up for comfort food, both sound great.

Hi cindy, that's a little strange isn't it? All faux meaty courses, don't fall off that wagon now!!!

Hi kalyn, nothing wrong with chicken, it takes on other flavour well and salads are always good!

Hi ange, all those soups sound pretty good to me.

Hi gigi, mmm, chicken, that is such a lovely dish too.

Hi steve, that paella looks awesome! Did you leave out the snails as well? No matter, it is prone to a few variations and I believe the 'turf' version is the slightly more authentic.

Hi tanna, that sounds like horses for courses! Would love to have some of your breads.

Hi lucy, let's hear it for lentil freaks, nothing wrong with that. Fennel and lentils, that sounds intriguing.

At 6:48 pm, Anonymous Ellie @ Kitchen Wench said...

My mother's kimchi jjigae (kimchi stew), it was the first Korean dish I learnt to make on my own and will forever taste like and signify 'home' to me.

At 12:34 am, Blogger Jeanne said...

I always agonise whether a signature dish should be defined as something you made up yourself or just something your friends associate with you. If it's the former, it's definitely boerewors and butternut risotto! If it's the latter, it's probably my chicken breasts stuffed with spring onions, tomato paste and feta, with a crisp topping of breadcrumbs and grated Permiggiano.

At 1:34 pm, Blogger purple goddess said...

I think it's perfectly permissible to have different sig dishes for different "aspects' of your life.

For my decidedly non-foodie family or origin, it's my potato salad. It meets their requirement of not being too "weird" while allowing me to convince myself I am providing them with something other than canned spuds covered with Praise.

For my female friends my sig dish is my chocolate mud cake, complete with gold-leaf ganache.

For my family, it would be my vine tomatoes stuffed with chevre and green olive "pesto"

For when it's just Furry and I, it would HAVE to be my cabonara.

At 1:35 pm, Anonymous Duncan | Syrup & Tang said...

It's such a stumping question! I always go blank when asked. I guess the Melbourne blogosphere would expect me to answer 'macarons'. LOL. In reality, i'm proud of my pizzas... but I think i need to survey my friends to see what they think i actually cook!


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