Nine perfect dishes.

There are no reasons why one cannot publish a series on ‘Nine Perfect Dishes’ the same as a well known writer has published a book named ‘ Nine Perfect Strangers.’ There are rumours abound that Nicole Kidman has been seen in town, the town of Mittagong no less, and that’s where I live and work. The book of Nine Perfect Strangers is of course by Leane Moriarty, she with Nicole Kidman has the film rights. The book will be made into a TV series, but Covid has thrown a spanner in the works and at the moment the work has stopped. Anyway, Covid is not stopping people from cooking delicious meals and what better way than to look at Gerard’s pictures and feel the inspiration welling up!

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Dish 1, Meatballs with vegies and pair of spectacles.

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Dish 2, a piece of fish with mushrooms and basil.

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Dish 3, A golden oldie, lamb curry.

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Dish 4, the humble spam sandwich making a great comeback.

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Dish 5, Garlic prawns with fresh mango, spinach and rocket salad.

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Dish 6, perhaps to sample in between cooking? Greek yoghurt with REAL maple syrup.

For the next three dishes, keep your eyes glued to the Oosterman Treat website and I promise you they will appear soon. Happy cooking and as for recipes, just look at the pictures and follow your cooking instincts. Use good ingredients and olive oil, sesame oil and salt& pepper or spices you think might add flavour.

21 Responses to “Nine perfect dishes.”

  1. Sandie Says:

    Hi Gerard
    Just catching up on my reading but must remark on the Basa fish from Vietnam. I am one of those people who would not touch it with a barge foot pole! Hopefully it does not come from the waters of the Mekong but there are many fish farms along the river and the water is filthy. I am sure that any fish coming into Australia would pass all health regulations BUT…..
    Still reading and will respond later on other subjects. Love your blog. Great fun in reading the articles.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Hello Sandie,
      You have probably seen the same videos that I saw on the Basa fish grown in Vietnam made during the 2010/14. They were put out by fish farmers who lost out on the success of the Vietnamese exporters. I have since upgraded my information and have found that the fish in Vietnam now are grown in state of the art fish farms. There are plenty of videos praising the Basa as a cheap and healthy alternative to the much more expensive mercury laced Tasmanian Salmon.

      https://www.netmeds.com/health-library/post/basa-fish-nutrition-advantages-for-wellbeing-and-health-risks

      One could say the same of the local produced hormone fed beef, chickens, and pork.

      The most dangerous and life threatening situations to be in are relationships, it seems. Coercive laws are hopefully passed and implemented soon. The horror of domestic violence is now a daily diet of news, and than the Tik-Tok and other internet dating sites are now the preferred hunting grounds for rapists who can hide behinds different aliases.
      What’s wrong with men?

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  2. Robert Parker Says:

    most of these look delicious! I think I’ll take a pass on the spam however — my dad still eats that once or twice a year, but the combination of salt and pork fat makes my stomach do backflips. About Dish #1 — I know you get no bread with one meatball, but do the eyeglasses come with that when you order? The rest of this looks really 😋 good. Probably better to not look too closely, when you’re eating that spam.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, spam is often seen in a rather negative manner and the colour of it doesn’t help. Opening the tin releases an odour reminiscent of war times and bombings of cities.
      We had spam raids during the last few months of the 1940/45 war when Holland was in the grip of a terrible hunger winter, and plane loads of spam were dropped from the sky by the British.

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  3. doesitevenmatter3 Says:

    Your meals look delicious and do inspire me…and make me hungry! 😉 Are there any leftovers? 😉 😛

    OOH! Maybe you will run into Nicole Kidman and you can invite her over for a meal! 😉 I will keep an eye out for the Nine Perfect Strangers project. I like her acting.

    So many good TV shows and movies had to be put on hold…but we are enjoying watching some well-seasoned (old) movies on the Classic Movie channels. 🙂
    HUGS!!! for you!!! 🙂
    PATS and RUBS for Milo!!! 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Nicole for lunch would be the icing on the cake. I have been watching an excellent Swedish crime series called Wallander. They are all subtitled, so easy to follow. Most English language movies I can’t hear what is being said and I have stopped watching English language movies unless they have English sub-titles for me to read. Modern movie makers seem to include as much background noises as possible. Perhaps to make them more authentic? Who knows? It irritates me no end.

      The Smart TV is a wonderful invention. I can watch all sorts of things but generally I don’t.

      I prefer to watch my own mind-movies and I can spend hours delving into them and no background noise. It’s amazing how the time flies. Thank goodness for the memories. Of course, the classic movies are never to be ignored. I love them too.

      Pats and hugs for you and Cooper.

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  4. Curt Mekemson Says:

    “Just look at the pictures and follow your cooking instincts.” Laughing a bit at that, Gerard. But the dished do look tasty. How hot do you make your lamb stew? –Curt

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    • Big M Says:

      I was shocked and surprised to discover that a friend of mine cannot be trusted to do more than operate the coffee machine. Can’t boil pasta. Can’t roast meat and vegetables (surely the most basic and fundamental meal). Nothing at all.

      Even the glut of You Tube videos on cooking hasn’t inspired him.

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        I suppose those males you see grazing out of carton boxes inside their cars are the ones who can’t cook.

        Mind you, last Sunday I saw a woman hoeing into a box of brown nuggets propped up against her steering wheel. I had stopped at a traffic light and I saw her next to me seated in one of those giant double story cars that she was driving.

        Was she so hungry perhaps or Covid driven, lonely?

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      • Big M Says:

        I can’t understand why people eat inside their cars. We used to stop at places like McDonald’s when travelling, but now we find ourselves in a pub or cafe enjoying a drink and a decent meal. As for double story cars…

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        I’ve always liked to cook, Big M, so it is never a chore for me. In fact I cook the majority of our dinners. No complaints from Peggy… 🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I tend to now have mild curries. I got inspired about this post and I got up early at 6.30 and started making a chicken curry. By 9 o’clock the curry was done and dusted. I invited a friend but she can’t make it as she accidentally spilled a pot of boiling water over her foot trying to make a cuppa tea. He shoe was tied by lace and below the shoe she wore a sock as well. Poor friend. Burns are so painful.

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        Ouch. Yes they are! I always worry about spilling boiling wanter on myself when backpacking since stoves can be precariously perched. I even carry burn ointment. Unfortunately, I’ve had to use it a few times. So, I am empathetic.
        I prefer my curry on the spicy side. Peggy goes for mild so I cook it mild for her and then spice it up to meet my taste. I have an insta-pot that has made cooking curry ever so much easier. –Curt

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  5. shoreacres Says:

    I’d rather have Spam than lamb — just me. I’d never heard of Nine Perfect Strangers. I see now it’s a NY Times bestseller, so that reveals a little something about my taste in reading material. I usually end up reading best sellers a decade after publication — if I read them at all!

    I’d sure take on your nine meals, though — including the Spam. I’m rather fond of the stuff, especially now that they’ve created a low salt version. I’m not cooking it up every week, but it stays in my hurricane survival kit. For one thing, they package single-serve slices now, which really is convenient. No need to open a can and then try to figure out what to do with it all. A slice with eggs, or fried up for a sandwich, is just fine.

    I do enjoy a good curry, and of course shrimp’s in the rotation. You don’t suppose Sir Elton John was remembering a particularly good meal when he wrote “Rocket Man,” do you?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Linda. That book was found in one of the bookshelves that a friend was foraging through. I never read it but perhaps Helvi did. She was a great reader with stacks of books threatening an avalanche perched on a little table next to her pillow.
      The friend took the book home and then told me about the Nicole Kidman and the intention to make a TV series on that book.

      I wonder if the rocket vegetable is named differently elsewhere? A Dutch friend thought it looked like Rochetta or Eruca. In any case, a very popular addition to salads in Australia.
      On our previous farm it escaped and it grew everywhere.

      Sometimes I would sneak a tin of spam in the trolley when Helvi wasn’t looking. However at the cash register she had no hesitation on taking it out with an admonishing look on her face.
      She was so funny.

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      • shoreacres Says:

        Rocket does have another name: arugula. It’s often used here, especially in mixed green salads. I like it mixed, although I’m not so fond of it ‘straight’ — but in your dish, I think it would be splendid.

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  6. freefall852 Says:

    I’ll take a pass on those meals, Gerard…NOT because they aren’t appetizing, but because my good lady is a whiz in the kitchen..and she loves cooking…here, it’s “everyday gourmet”…Though when I was a batchelor…between wives…”resting”..I used Tess Mallos “Complete Middle east cookbook”…the batchelor’s pal, I called it, because one only had to follow the recipes to the letter for a decent meal out the end…so to speak!…
    I still advise single men who are courting to have at least two reliable recipes up one’s sleeve…with those, you can impress your paramour with your cullinary skills on a couple of days in the month..then take her out on some others and eat at her place some others etc…swap the types of fish used or add salad instead of cooked veggies and so on…she’ll soon think of you as Peter-g’day-Russell-g’day-Clarke!
    But hey..if I ever come calling….

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, well I am now bacheloring and till I find a good woman again, I’ll do my own caring, cooking and cleaning.
      It’s easy to slip into sloppiness and it does call for some discipline to remain enthusiastic and positive on own accord.
      My prawns, mangoes and salad is a solid standby which I will use to impress suitable females, together of course with my impressive élan.

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  7. rangewriter Says:

    Holy cow, Gerard. You’re quite a man of the kitchen. You know how to dress a plate and how to elevate a Spam sandwich! The veggie meatballs really got me salivating.

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