Homemade Dukkah

Dukkah is one of those things I’m often tempted to buy at a market on a weekend expedition.  It seems like a treat to be eaten sparingly.  There is something about it that makes me want to sit around a table with friends, a few glasses of wine and a good loaf of bread on…

Baba Ghanoush

I had the most exciting of packages sitting on my kitchen counter when I got home from work on Thursday night.  My copy of Claudia Roden’s The New Book of Middle Eastern Food had arrived.    First a happy dance, and then it was not too long until my nose was deep into the pages of…

Roasted Carrot, Lemon and Harissa Dip

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a dip recipe with you all and to be honest, it has been a while since I’ve made some to share in our house as well.  We have the fall back guacamole but even that has been rare with avocados being pretty expensive.  I’m not quite sure what…

Exploring The Humble Potato with Tessa Kiros

I really had a tough time deciding what recipe I was going to cook from January’s book for The Cookbook Guru.  So many beautiful recipes and not a lot of time. As I started flicking through the pages, lingering over recipes that sparked memories of my travels I started to realise that there was quite…

Elizabeth David’s Prawn Paste

Prawns have always held a special place in my life for being celebratory food.  Not cheap when I was living in Victoria, they were a treat that would be brought out at Christmas with my grandparents when I was a child. These days they have turned into a celebratory food of another kind, if we…

Fetta, Olive & Yoghurt Dip

The flavours of this dip held particular appeal to me as I love feta cheese and olives.  The result was a little different to what I expected with the it being quite salty.  Not the recipe’s fault, more that it highlights the importance of selecting a feta cheese that you particularly love.  In this case…

Labna: soft homemade cheese to take away the rainy blues

Like most people in South East Queensland, we found ourselves cooped up for the long weekend.    What would traditionally be a sunny long weekend on the beach or in someones backyard, got sidelined by an ex-cyclone named Oswald! (I do love the names that they come up with for these things!)   I’m counting my blessings…

Why Everyone Should Travel….MS. Galileo’s Greek Tzatziki

My experience of Greece, or more particularly the Greek Islands, was one of a homecoming.  I don’t have a family back ground from the Mediterranean, but it certainly felt like I did, the way I was literally buzzing my way around the place, feeling like I’d been Greek in another life.  The food, the history,…

the green and gold goodness of Australia Day

It’s Australia Day today…and I view it as an opportunity to do what Australian’s do best… eat, drink and be merry! It’s highly likely that one in every two Australian’s are lighting up the BBQ today, but its been raining in Brisbane for the past 24 hours and it’s not looking like its going to…

Smoked Trout Dip

For me, fish always seems like a treat, probably because I always think its so expensive.  The reality is that most meat is expensive these days, and with the health benefits of fish, and how much I love to eat it, I really should have it on the menu more.  In spite of this logic,…