Basil Pesto

Pesto is an incredibly versatile thing to have in your kitchen.  It is perfect for the busy household when you need a quick meal, and in my experience, kids love it as much as adults do. And if you’re keen to make Pesto from scratch and love the idea of gardening, basil is possibly one…

Cucumber and Sesame Salad

Sometimes the simplest of ideas are the ones that resonate as being the best.  Such is the case with this Japanese inspired salad that I made from Bill Granger’s Simply Asian Cookbook. Simply make the dressing, cut your cucumber and combine to serve.   This recipe generously serves 2 people but can easily be multiplied…

Creating Traditions

I’m a sentimental person.  I thrive on evoking memories of good times and look to lay the foundation now for future dreaming in what I do.  Christmas is particularly a time that this comes to the fore, although as an adult of late I’ve been pretty slack about maintaining any kind of routine. Without hesitation…

Peanut Butter and Strawberry Muffins

Strawberries are in season at the moment in Brisbane and I’m finding myself buying them by the kilo I’m eating that many.  The price is right so I’m not holding back.  It does mean at times there is a few too many hanging around so I’m happy to throw a few into my baking if…

Coconut Flour Pancakes

I’ve had a bag of coconut flour hanging out in my pantry now for about 12 months, that I purchased on impulse one day.  I tried using it once and found it so absorbent that it ruined a recipe that the rest has been languishing until this week. A visit from my niece who is…

Crunchy Peanut Butter Biscuits

Sometimes it’s just time for a sweet treat.   The inspiration for this one had its origins in a jar of peanut butter. I picked up a jar of Pic’s peanut butter when I shopped last because I liked that it only contained peanuts and salt. I’m sad to say my favorite brand has more…

Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes

Pancakes are the perfect Sunday treat in my mind, something to be lingered over leisurely with a cup of milky coffee and good conversation.  Their only downfall in my opinon is that they are best eaten straight from the pan which means someone cooking whilst the rest are eating.  Fortunately my kitchen area is open…

Hob Nobs

How have I not made Hob Nobs sooner?  It’s quite astounding when I can confess to having a borderline obsession with chocolate hob nob biscuits.  I’m pretty sure I love the texture & flavour equally and if they’re in the house they are unlikely to last more than a day. Needless to say, they are…

Baked Sicilian Sausage with Tomato and Fennel Seeded Potatoes

Sausages are quite an underrated thing.  In my kitchen they are often relegated to the BBQ in summer and only then when I find some that are of great taste and quality.  It’s one of the few things I grew up not liking, and given my flexibility at dinner time, Mum let me have this…

Pork Satay Skewers with a Fresh Cucumber and Radish Salad

Recently I managed to sneak in a little bit of time to make us something new in my kitchen.  I’m not sure that I should mention that its actually supposed to have been dinner for the past 3 nights and has only just been created….such is life with a baby in the house unfortunately. I’m…

Vegetarian Curry Puffs

I’m putting it out there, I’m a massive fan of curry puffs. Our local Thai restaurant make some of the best I know with crumbly, buttery pastry and a tasty filling with just the right amount of bite to whet your appetite. Until now I’ve preferred to leave the curry puff making to the experts…

Sicilian Sausage and Orange Risotto

Winter is here….and it’s a cold one, even here in sunny Brisbane.  Whilst we are not freezing ourselves like our friends down south in Victoria and Tasmania, we’re still experiencing single digit temperatures overnight and craving comfort foods like slow cooked meat, pasta and risotto. Risotto is particularly a favourite of mine, which I really…