Home plate can't be beat
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
Manu Feildel and his partner, Clarissa Weerasena, prepare a meal.