Banana and Coconut Bread with Raspberries

This banana bread recipe is one that I keep going back to, and playing with along the way.  It’s simple to make, reliable and has great flavour.  Looking for something a little different and borrowing an earlier idea of adding strawberries, I threw in 1/2 cup of frozen raspberries to the mixture and a few…

Stuck on Repeat and Honey Jumbles

My current food status is a bit boring and stuck on repeat. With a toddler in the house I’ve found myself having to resort to very simple foods, mainly consisting of meat and 3 veg to get him with eating with us. I am just now getting to the stage where we can occasionally find…

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…

Tomato Magic

With a title like Tomato Magic how could I not be intrigued by this recipe. As I’ve been exploring Paula Wolfert’s The Food of Morocco for The Cookbook Guru I’ve been very much concentrating on learning the building blocks of what creates the flavours in Moroccan savoury foods. Seeing this recipe gave me a little…

Buckwheat Pancakes

Pancakes always seem like a decadent treat for me.  It brings up ideas of long lazy Sunday breakfasts over a newspaper with too many cups of coffee.  As I’ve gotten older they also have turned into a yummy breakfast to create when I have the nieces and nephew’s over for a weekend visit.  I know…

Chocolate Chunk Biscuits

I’ve been casually attempting to find a good chewy chocolate chip biscuit recipe for the few years now.  Mr G loves a chewy biscuit filled with good sized bites of chocolate and so many of my recipes turn out with more crunch than is really desired.  Flicking through my The New Classics Cookbook by Donna…

Bacon, Cheese and Green Onion Buttermilk Biscuits

The idea of creating a savoury flavoured scone that I could portion up and freeze for early starts sounded great. I love something different for my breakfasts and tend to mix it up with toast, eggs, pancakes or cereal.  When I’m on the early shift at work it comes down to what is easily pre-prepared…

Toulouse-Lautrec’s Gratin of Pumpkin

When browsing through a cookbook some recipes literally leap from the pages and beg for more attention.  Generally it is the ingredient combination that appeals to me first, but in this case it was the recipe combined with a wonderful tale of the origins of the dish, being inspired by the colours of a piece of…

Brown Sugar Kitchen’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Recently I discovered a wonderful cookbook called Brown Sugar Kitchen by Tanya Holland with Jan Newberry (2014).  Brown Sugar Kitchen is actually a soul food restaurant based on Oakland, California and the book is a reflection of the food experience of the chef and the generous american home style cooking served in her corner store…

Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is much maligned in the cafe world, particularly in the 90’s and early 00’s. So often served with slathering of mayonnaise, oversized croutons and horrid violently salty anchovies and lots of random additions. Made right though this salad can be a beautiful balance of textures and flavours that will have you changing your…

A Bundle of Greens

Recently I inherited an old copy of Home Beautiful magazine.  It’s a publication I’m always more than happy to have a browse through to get some new idea’s for home decoration, but also for foodie inspiration.    When I saw this idea in a special food lift out I instantly grabbed it as something that…