Saffron and Lemon Chicken

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the spice saffron.  The smell evokes so many childhood memories for me that I love to cook with it just to take a trip down memory lane.  When I was charged with creating this recipe as part of The Cookbook Club earlier this month I was…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Balsamic, Honey and Allspice

   I’ll admit to being very curious about pulled pork before I tried making it.  I wondered what the fuss was all about seeing it splashed across so many blogs.  Whilst I’d tasted it a couple of times from cafés I thought this week I would enter the fray and try my hand at making…

Liquid Gold in Your Kitchen Cupboard

If you check out the cupboard above my stove you will see it groaning under the weight of dozens of bottles.  These bottles hold very special liquids to my kitchen, the magic flavours that with a splash here, a dash there and the latest stir fry or salad has the final dressing to wow our…

Fennel and Lemon Pork Chops

Inspired by the Orange and Fennel Chicken skewers I made recently out of the Donna Hay challenge I am doing, this recipe literally took 3 minutes to make and was an excellent way to add an extra zing to the pork chops we cooked on the BBQ. Fennel and Lemon Pork Chops 4 medium sized…

Fennel and Orange Chicken Skewers with Carrot Salad

Another yum moment from this cook book.   I loved the look of it when I started on this project, but as I move through the recipes that appeal to me I am learning some new flavour combinations and having my memory refreshed of others.  I love fresh fennel with orange, so combining the seeds with…

Lemon & Oregano Marinade

I think I’ve shared before that I lived in Adelaide a few years ago.  I moved there for work originally planning to be there a year. I ended up staying five years for the food, the wine and the people around me! It was during this time a group of my friends and I created…

Roast Leg of Lamb

When I was a child, there was an advertisment on TV,  probably put together by a lamb farmers organisation, that promoted that having Mum’s roast lamb was better than a date with Tom Cruise.  This was in the era of Top Gun and Risky Business…at a time when he was at the top of his…

Homemade Hamburgers

There are some things in life that are just better homemade… actually probably more often its better that way and I believe hamburgers fit into that category.  I will say there is starting to be more good hamburger offerings out there in fast food land here in Australia now than there ever has been, local…

Basil Pesto

I think I saw the largest basil plant that I have ever seen in my life on the weekend.  We were visiting family, at our old residence from last year, and I couldn’t believe my eyes at what has happened in our old herb garden.  Talk about proof of what love and care can do…

Cajun Spiced Roast Vegetable & Chicken Salad

This little gem comes courtesy of the yummy Cajun Spice Mix from Please Pass the Recipe.  I’ve altered the recipe to suit what I had in the fridge at the time, and as you can see below it’s a bitsa (bits of this bits of that) so don’t stress too much about quantities.  This is a…

Cajun Spiced Chicken

I’ve started a little cooking project with my Mum.  Working on this blog has made me realise how many recipes there are that I cook that I just know because of learning them when I was young, and also how many Mum used to make that I wouldn’t even know where to begin with.  The…