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Asado Argentinian Beef Ribs – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

This week Mauro Callegari of The Independent in Gembrook is back, sharing one of Argentina’s favourite dishes – Asado style beef ribs.

Traditionally, Asado style cooking refers to meat cooked on the barbeque or grill, but this version is all about slow cooking the meat until it is tender in the oven. Mauro pairs his ribs with a salsa verde style sauce, the perfect zingy accompaniment to this rich, flavoursome dish.

The Tastiest Tuesdays of 2014 · Tamsin's Leek Tart with Floral Salad – The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Undoubtedly, one of the most popular foodies we covered last year was the delightful Tamsin Carvan of Tamsin’s Table.  There is SO MUCH to love about Tamsin’s inspiring little business, and the idyllic life she has created for herself and daughter Martha amongst the beautiful rolling hills of South Gippsland. In November, Tamsin joined us for Tasty Tuesday, sharing four seasonal recipes from her kitchen. Her individual leek tarts with freshly picked flower salad were an instant TDF favourite!  Photogenic and delicious.

Today we finish up our highlights of 2014 with this wonderful recipe from Tamsin.  Next week Tasty Tuesday is officially BACK, with all new recipes!


Australia’s Most Stunning Gardens, Revealed!

Call us biased, but Australia is home to some of the most beautiful gardens in the world.

Representing the very best of the industry are the shortlisted Landscape Design entries in the 2020 The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards. This category awards one standout residential, public or community garden completed within the last three years, as determined by industry legends Paul Bangay (Paul Bangay Garden Design), William Dangar (Dangar Barin Smith) and Georgina Reid (The Planthunter). 

Finalists in this year’s awards range from rugged coastal gardens, to historic suburban estates, family-friendly backyards, and a museum pathway. Take a closer look below!

Cold Soups

FOODCold Soups

Cold Soups

Made with fresh fruits and vegetables, cold soups are nutritious, light summer fare. Vichyssoise, gazpacho, and other chilled soups refresh the palate.

As a child, I always looked forward to summer when my mother would prepare wonderful cold soups. I still remember being sent to the garden to get fresh chives to garnish the vichyssoise! Back then cold soups were very unusual, and most of my friends had never heard of them.

Today most people have heard of cold soups or enjoyed them. I hope the following recipes will make you a fan of cold soups during the summer months—or any time you feel like it.

Cold soups are quick and easy to prepare, and most don’t require a heat source (oven, microwave, or stove top) for their preparation. Equipped with a food processor or blender you can make a cold soup in as little as 10 minutes.

Effects of heat on appetite

When the weather is hot and muggy, our appetite decreases. When we eat, our body temperature rises due to the work involved in digesting food. Instinctively, our body sends us messages to limit our food intake. Because of the loss of fluids through sweating, we drink more water and other liquids to rehydrate, which may also contribute to appetite suppression.

Benefits of cold soup

Cold soup provides the nutrients our body craves. Cold soups are made with fresh fruits and vegetables, and are processed quickly, leaving vitamins and nutrients intact to provide healthy fuel for our body. Soups also help replenish the fluids we lose through sweating and help rehydrate our body.

The following recipes include the vichyssoise recipe from my childhood, which is the only cold soup included that requires cooking. All other soups are cold preparation only.


  • Strawberry Soup
  • Chilled Cucumber Soup
  • Vichyssoise (Cold Leek and Potato Soup)
  • Chilled Cantaloupe Soup
  • Traditional Gazpacho


Always wash fruit and veggies before cutting into them. Even if you buy organic produce, bacteria can be transferred from the skin into the flesh of the fruit or vegetable when you cut through it with a knife.

Cold soup tips

  • Use seasonal ingredients for the best flavour.
  • Buy the freshest and ripest produce you can find, as most soups are not cooked. Raw flavours need to be intense.
  • Use more herbs and seasoning than you would in a hot soup, as cold temperature dulls their flavour.
  • Chill the soup until it is really cold and flavours have developed, at least a few hours before serving time.
  • Chill serving bowls to help keep soup cold.
  • Add garnishes that complement the flavour, not compete with it.

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