Red Wine Braised Short Ribs


With the last of this terrible weather passing over Perth, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to make one last wintery dish. Bon Appétite Magazine is on of my favourite and with recipes like this I’m sure you can see why. Whats even more great is you can get it on your iPad! Bring on Spring and Summer I have some amazing recipes coming your way!



– 2267g Bone-in Beef Short Ribs

– Salt Flakes and Freshly Ground Black Pepper

– 3 Tbsp Grape Seed Oil

– 3 Onions, Chopped

– 3 Carrots, Peeled and Chopped

– 2 Celery Stalks, Chopped

– 3 Mushrooms, Chopped

– 1 Paprika, Chopped

– 3 Tbsp All-Purpose Flour

– 1 Tbsp tomato Paste

– 1 750-ml Bottle of Red

– 10 Sprigs Flat-Leaf Parsley

– 8 Sprigs Thyme

– 4 Sprigs Oregano

– 2 Sprigs Rosemary

– 2 Fresh Bay Leaves

– 1 Head of Garlic, Halved Crosswise

– 4 cups low-salt beef stock


Preheat oven to 180°C. Season short ribs with salt, heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and Working in batches of 2, brown short ribs on all sides. Transfer short ribs to a plate.Add onions, carrots, celery, mushrooms and paprika to pot and cook over medium-high heat until onions are browned, about 5 minutes.


Add the flour, tomato paste and cook, stirring constantly until well combined and the colour becomes a deep red, 2-3. Stir in wine, add short ribs with any accumulated juices and bring to the boil. Lower heat to medium and simmer until wine is reduced by half, around 25 minutes. Add all herbs to pot along with garlic. Stir in stock. Bring to a boil, cover and transfer to oven. Cook until the short ribs are tender, 2 hours. Spoon fat from surface of sauce and discard. Season sauce to taste, serve over mashed potatoes with sauce spooned over and some crusty bread.


Varnish On King

Varnish On King 

To celebrate Home Cooked Heston and his girlfriends birthday (because we are a day apart :D), we decided on a bar in Perth named Varnish On King Whiskey Bar. King street is a tiny narrow street that runs through the middle of Perth’s CBD and is home to some very high end fashion shops and some amazing little bars. Varnish is down at the Wellington end. As you walk through the two big wooden doors and down two flights of stairs you are greeted to a very busy and happening bar. The walls are covered in all different types of whiskeys and the smell from the kitchen is just as exquisite.


There was eleven of us in total and we all had a good go at covering the food menu. The four dishes that my girlfriend and I had were the scollops, the prawns, the beef short ribs and the duck. All dishes were cooked perfectly but the one stand out dish for us all was the smoked duck it really was an epic dish.

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About halfway though dinner I was told that there was an item you could order that involved bourbon and beer. I was wondering why I missed this on the menu I had to try and I did. Four great bourbons matched with four amazing rashers of bacon. Probably some of the best bacon I have ever tried ever.

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Thank you to everyone who came and Thank You Varnish for the great night.