Hana Watson

Hana showed me her beautiful house that’s complete with 4 gorgeous chooks and amazing veggie patch (looked after by her partner Toby). For the blog she made this delicious broccoli strudel – something different and very very tasty!

Hana and her favourite chook Florence.

  • Who: Hana Watson
  • Home is: Sydney
  • Family origin: Australian
  • I can’t live without my: Coffee
  • Occupation: Design student at COFA majoring in ceramics and jewellery and waitress at Felix
  • Dream job: Anything where I can make jewellery, ceramics and cook good food without having to worry about money
  • Childhood taste: My Dad’s meat lasagne, Grandma’s rosemary scone, Mom’s broccoli strudel and shepherd’s pie
  • I will always have in my pantry: Tin tomatoes, butter, dried pasta, minced meat
  • The one place I must visit: The whole of Japan!
  • Go to meal: Spaghetti bolognese and curry
  • 3 Unforgettable meals: Dinner at Tetsuya’s when I worked there, beef cheek stew I made while camping, peking duck pancake at The China Club Hong Kong
  • Perfect night in/out: In – A bottle of wine while watching River Cottage in front of fire, Out – Eating too much food and drinking too much wine at any restaurant
  • My piece of Sydney: The strip of the Cahill Expressway as you come off the Macquarie Street towards Harbour Bridge – purely for the awesome view of MCA and the Opera House and anywhere near COFA/Darlinghurst
  • I do my groceries at: Basics at Woolies, vegetables and butcher at Midway in Denistone East
  • Guilty pleasure: McDonald’s cheeseburger dipped in BBQ sauce
  • Who does the dishes: my boyfriend Toby

Tasty veggie patch produce by Toby.

Japanese ceramics hand made by the multi-talented Hana.

Writing down her family’s broccoli strudel recipe.


Broccoli Strudel

Prep time: | Cook time: | Serves 4

  • 6 cups broccoli heads
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 2 cups cheddar – grated
  • 2 cups good quality bread crumbs – rye or sourdough bread
  • 2 eggs
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • filo pastry
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 190˚c.
  2. Sautee onions in butter until soft. Add broccoli and cook on a low/medium heat for approx. 8 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and add lemon juice, grated cheddar, eggs and breadcrumbs. Season and combine.
  3. Layer 6 sheets of filo pastry, brushing with melted butter between each sheet.
  4. Place 1/2 of the mixture at the bottom half of the pastry and wrap into a log shape. Brush sides and edge with melted butter as you fold to seal. Score top of strudel with knife.
  5. Cook on oven for 30 mins or until golden.
Posted: Oct 8 2012
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