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…

Pickled Carrots with Schezuan Peppercorns

My meals of late have been rather boring and simple.  We’re eating the same old stuff due to necessity and a lack of time and inspiration.  Our chief cause is one very handsome little boy that is now over 4 months old and dominating our home with his presence.  He’s a very good excuse for…

Neil Perry’s Tomato Jam

We’re firm lovers of chutneys, sauces, salsa’s and kasundi’s in this house, so when I saw this recipe in Neil Perry’s The Food I Love I put it to the top of my list of recipes to try for The Cookbook Guru for July.  The Cookbook Guru is a monthly bookclub where various food bloggers…

Food Love….Poached Quinces

Quinces.  They are one of those autumn fruits which are not easy to handle, but well worth the effort to try.  These are particularly special because of how I came by them. I had my sister visiting from Melbourne recently and we took the opportunity to indulge our passion for food by trying out one…

Poached Stone Fruit

I have many memories as a child of pitting boxes of apricots and plums in order for mum to preserve them, either by bottling, jamming or stewing the fruit.    Sometimes if we were lucky the juices of poached or stewed fruit would make their way into homemade icy poles.. a definite treat. I was inspired…

Cherry Conserve

Well what do you do when your other half comes home with a 5kg box of cherries?  He makes cider, and I cook jam….match made in heaven or what? Cherry Conserve 1kg pitted and washed cherries 1kg white sugar rind off 1/2 lemon, juice of whole lemon 1 vanilla pod (optional) Wash and pit your…