Home plate can't be beat

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

DE­SPITE be­ing a celebrity chef, trav­el­ling and tast­ing some of the best food in the coun­try, Manu Feildel loves a home-cooked meal pre­pared by his part­ner Clarissa Weerasena.

The My Kitchen Rules judge, au­thor and restau­ra­teur says be­ing with Weerasena helped him dis­cover a whole new world of (Malay and Chi­nese) cui­sine which he just can’t get enough of.

“My favourite cui­sine af­ter my own is Clarissa’s,” Feildel says.

The cou­ple’s love of cook­ing is shared in their new recipe book, More Please! Feildel says the book is a snap­shot of their home cook­ing and life.

“When you be­come a so­called celebrity, peo­ple want to know (in my case) what I eat at home … I’m sure folks as­sume I feast on foie gras, oys­ters and cham­pagne.

“The truth is that I’m just like you — a pas­sion­ate home cook who likes sim­ple food made with good qual­ity sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents.”

He says most of the recipes in the book are fam­ily favourites.

“Some­times Clarissa cooks and I chop and some­time I cook but we have a good fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence in the kitchen,” Feildel says.

“We are al­ways think­ing about our next meal and who’s cook­ing what.”

The book high­lights recipes from Weerasena ’s back­ground of Malaysian, Chi­nese and Sin­ga­porean along with Feildel’s French her­itage.

It also fea­tures Feildel’s own take on Mid­dle East­ern, Span­ish and Ital­ian cui­sine.

“The book was a ‘50/50’ ven­ture … we like to cook at the same time and spend a lot of time in the kitchen to­gether. And we never fight,’’ Feildel adds.

Most recipes are about shar­ing and get-to­geth­ers.

“Bunche De Noel is a great ad­di­tion to a fes­ti­val Christ­mas ta­ble … salmon ter­rine is great to use from canapés to en­tree to shar­ing at a ta­ble. Over­all there’s lots of shar­ing and cel­e­bra­tions with food.’’

More Please! is out now through Mur­doch Books, $39.99

Pic­ture: More Please!

Manu Feildel and his part­ner, Clarissa Weerasena, pre­pare a meal.

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