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Hi Raiders, after making some comments in recent previous cooking threads & prompted by Mrs Swordy I thought it was about time I started to input some cooking ideas for you all. I have been on these pages for a while now but a bit of back history, if you haven’t already gathered I am a chef by trade with 35 years of experience from cafe/bistro to fine dining & events based work, at times cooking & planning for up to 35,000 guests & single events up to 3000 guests at particular venues(not on my own of course!), I have had the pleasure of cooking for various Presidents, Prime Ministers & some of Australia’s rich & famous over that time & as well as people like us…….…..the average aussie. So the way I look at it & without trying to offend anyone at all or sound toffee nosed but the usual fried food has its place & I will not be showing you fish & chips or salt & pepper calamari etc & attempt to show you some dishes that when I am at home & have some time on my hands I like make something that I think most of you should be able to attempt if you choose or want to challenge yourself a bit further. In essence I consider myself a hunter & gatherer & love the idea of going out on the hunt for land & see based animals to provide myself with as much protein that will fit into the freezer till I next get the next opportunity. Apart from what seafood that I can gather myself while at home I also like to delve into making things I have taken from the wild like my own venison sausages, jerky, slow cooked dishes like curries of all nationalities, cured dishes, pies from rabbit, wild pork on the bbq, duck & other game birds & all by respecting & utilising as much of the animal & its parts to the best of my knowledge. I may also at times throw in a dish from work that I have been a part in making but really would just like to make this about what can be made at home. Also if you have something like a request or after tips on some creation of your own then I would be happy to help if I can. Anyway I intend on creating a bunch of threads titled “Dining at the chefs table” that I will add to when I get the opportunity, all in a different array of styles, origins & ingredients plus if your interested I will also add some game dishes as well? Tonight's dish is from my catch yesterday while on botany bay, a nice 40cm flounder or sole(I cant tell the difference). The dish is- Seared flounder with carrot puree, potato marquise, peas, saffron & lemon beurre blanc. Not a hard dish but does require some simple techniques. While I am not going to go through the entire dish as anything that I have stated can be easily looked up on the net but I am happy to offer any tips you may need to refine it if attempting. I hope you enjoy. Bon appetite Adrian