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…

Great Scones

Unfortunately my kitchen isn’t seeing much creativity at the moment.  It consists of fairly basic fare trying to entice my toddler to eat something beyond strawberries and plain pasta.  We’ve hit the fussy stage and as a foodie, its driving me nuts that he won’t even try some of the foods I put in front…

Thai Barbecued Yellow Chicken

I’m a big fan of chicken. I cook with it at least twice a week, sometimes more. I love its versatility and it’s natural pairing to fresh healthy flavors.  With the temperature being up over 30c every day at the moment seeking recipes that don’t require too much time in the kitchen is essential and…

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…

Blueberry & Lemon Pikelets

The first day of the new year is a good enough reason to treat ourselves to a special breakfast and this year pancakes loaded with fresh seasonal fruit were calling out to welcome 2017, particularly when it’s 30c at 8am here in Brisbane. Grabbing the nearest reference to hand for a guide, these pikelets (thick…

Last Minute Chocolate Goodies For Christmas

Some times I get that impulse to bake last minute for Christmas, and the last thing I want to do in our summer heat is turning on the oven, or sweating my way through a day in the kitchen. I thought I would collate and share some of my recipes that have gotten a work…

Chocolate Hazelnut Crunch

  So much of my food experimentation these days is spent trying to get my little man to try new things and keep food in his mouth.  He has a strange love of baby tomatoes that involves sucking the guts out of them and then spitting out the skins.  I’m hoping one day he’ll take…

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…

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…

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…

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…