To celebrate Mother’s Day, we caught up with Chef Seth James (Wills Domain) to ask what it’s like to be in the kitchen with his Mum. We were also lucky enough to have Seth share his Mum’s delicious Curry Pie & Dumplings recipe with us. Keep reading to see what we found out!
What’s your favourite memory of yourself and your mum in the kitchen?
One of my favourite memories of being in the kitchen with my mother would obviously be when she was cooking dinner! I remember hanging around like a fly So I could try what she was making those precious moments instilled in Me a great love for food.
What’s the best cooking hack you’ve learnt from your mum?
Double dipping to ensure everything tasted nice.
In what ways do you think you’re like your mum?
I would have to say that everything would be in preparation of the food. Having hungry kids and a husband, they would come home from work and after school activities and all want food straight away. Also having a variety of food to always capture your imagination and to please everyone at the table . Food was always a time when all the family were together and today’s day I believe food brings everyone together.
Are there any of your mum’s cooking habits that annoy you when you cook together?
I would say growing up my biggest hate was over cooked vegetables especially zucchinis. To this day I still do not like them.
Why have you chosen the recipe below in particular to share with us for Mother’s Day?
This recipe reminds me of when I was a kid on cold stormy nights we would have this. To break the dumplings off and have them with the lamb and veg was soul warming its also a segway into learning how to share and enjoy sharing meals (there were never enough dumplings).
Prep time: approx. 30 minutes | Cooking time: 2 hours
1 1/2 kilos of lamb shoulder
1/4 cup of oil
2 onions diced
2 carrots diced
1 small celeriac diced
2cm knob ginger
2 garlic cloves crushed
2 teaspoons of gara masala
2 teaspoons of ground turmeric
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
1/4 tsp of chilli powder
2 tablespoons of tomato paste
4 stalks of thyme
2 stalks of sage
1 tablespoon of sugar
4 cups of chicken stock
1 tablespoon of corn flour
for the crust
24 cm by 20 cm pre-lined pie tin
2 1/2 cups of self-raising flour
1 tablespoon of butter
1/2 cup of rolled oats
2 tablespoons of chopped chives
1 tablespoon of salt
To Make The Crust:
Image features: Seth James and Mum Tia
Image credit: Seth James & Rachel Claire
Click here to read Alice Zaslavsky’s Cooking With Mum Mother’s Day feature.
Click here to read Mark Best’s Cooking With Mum Mother’s Day feature.
Mother’s Day Gift Ideas – Support local businesses this Mother’s Day with our Mother’s Day edition of #takeawayforwa
Mother’s Day Brunch at Home Ideas and recipes for you to bring brunch to Mum!