Good Weekend, Good Living on same menu. One of the strengths of The Sydney Morning Herald‘s extensive foodie sections are the weekly recipes of leading chef Neil Perry. Perry’s Asian-influenced food is fabulous, as are his use of spices and, importantly, the dishes are easy to cook and taste wonderful. You also have the added bonus that it costs a fraction of what it does to eat at his restaurants Rockpool and Spice Temple. Take this recipe for Cinnamon Scented Lamb that appeared in Fairfax’s Good Weekend on August 6 …

The recipe is also on Perry’s Rockpool website

Cinnamon Scented Lamb

600g lamb shoulder (boneless meat)
2 small eggplants
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
150ml extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
½ brown onion, sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and chopped
125ml chicken stock
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Juice of ½ lemon
1 tsp chopped mint
Mint leaves, extra, to garnish (optional)

It’s a memorable dish for anyone with an appetite for good food. Although it seems it’s not memorable enough for this morning’s Good Living section in The SMH where, in the section called “The Minimalist: Small Budget by Kate Gibbs”, a recipe for a dish called Cinnamon Spiced Lamb featured

Does this recipe looks familiar? Amazing co-incidence isn’t it? The only difference: Perry’s recipe uses two small eggplants, the other, five Lebanese eggplants.

Did anyone at Good Living notice the similarity? There doesn’t seem to be a mention of Neil Perry in today’s section, though. It may be a storm in a tagine, but why didn’t Fairfax pick this up? Do their respective inserts compare notes? Or swap recipes? — Glenn Dyer

Spun out of Human Services job. Victorian Department of Human Services spin doctor Kevin Broadribb has left his position following an ill-mannered spray directed at Crikey in May. Broadribb’s LinkedIn profile has been purged of all references to his DHS stint, listing his own strategic communications consultancy Sucellus instead.

After Crikey published an exclusive report revealing that DHS Director of Housing Margaret Crawford had been forced from her position after a spat with Liberal housing minister Wendy Lovell — despite repeated denials from the department — Broadribb pounced, threatening a “Slater & Gordon” lawsuit and ringing back two minutes later to tell Crikey‘s receptionist to “get stuffed.” It is believed the “public perception management” expert’s outburst was viewed dimly by Premier Ted Baillieu’s media unit. — Andrew Crook

Hate, love and the media. When someone pins a label on you, how do you respond? One way is to turn it back on the accuser with a nifty reversal — as Chris Kenny fails to do in The Australian. Increasingly tetchy (to judge by his Twitter feed) about being labelled part of the “hate media”, Kenny has written a scathing denunciation of Fairfax, Crikey, etc, which he has labelled the, erm, “love media”. Yeah. You see what he didn’t do?

“Hate media” follows on from “hate speech”, naturally. “Love media” sounds like an ad agency. Yeah, down with the love media. Next, the shocking truth about kittens. — Guy Rundle

Front page of the day. Victoria community paper the Whittlesea Leader subscribes to the notion that all news is local. And there’s nothing more local than a front page story about a mysterious and unidentifed man walking aimlessly around your community.

The Department of Corrections. Today’s Sydney Morning Herald carries a correction that in its News Review section on Saturday it published a photo of Darren Williamson that wasn’t Darren Williamson:

For the record, David Archbold is Managing Director at International Property Group. We don’t know how The SMH got it wrong.

News Int offers Milly Dowler’s family £3m settlement

“Milly Dowler’s family have been made a £3m offer by Rupert Murdoch’s News International in an attempt to settle the phone-hacking case that led to the closure of the News of the World and the resignation of the company’s chief executive, Rebekah Brooks.” — The Guardian

Embattled company forks out big to sacked execs, eds

“Fairfax Media paid its former chief executive Brian McCarthy a termination fee of $2.36 million when he left the company last December. Three months later, the company softened the blow for Michael Gill, sacked chief executive of the Financial Review Group, with a $713,000 termination payment. The payouts are included in the company’s remuneration report, published in this year’s annual report, released yesterday.” — The Australian

Cash-strapped SBS cancels upcoming drama series

TV Tonight has the first interview with new SBS Managing Director, Michael Ebeid, who explains he has had to cancel big budget drama series, Dusty, due to a lack of funds.” — TV Tonight

Economists lack an ethics code — a challenge for journos

“Unlike doctors, architects, dentists, building contractors, journalists and a wide range of other professions and trades, economists do not have a code of professional ethics.” — Poynter

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