BBQ Pork with Vietnamese Caramel Sauce

It’s not often you’ll hear one of us say our kitchen smells like dirty Thai. We’re not being offensive when we say that, we mean good real Thai food off the back streets of Bangkok, cooked on well seared woks and bbqs. The aromas floating into the allyways and combining with the city smells in…

Grilled Chilli Sauce

Sometimes it is simplicity which works the best with food.  I’ve been discovering this as I’ve been exploring the latest cook book that we are looking at for The Cookbook Guru, The River Cafe Cook Book by Rose Grey and Ruth Rogers.  The recipes take regional Italian cuisine, staying true to local tradition and priding…

Special Herbs and Spices in My Kitchen

For me learning to cook with herbs and spices is something that has come only with experience in the kitchen.  I started out very quietly and uncertain of what I was doing, where now I’m quite happy to be putting handfuls of this and handfuls of that in if I think it will suit the…

Greek Inspired Cous Cous

When I recently made a yummy lemon, oregano & garlic marinated chicken I was looking for something to accompany it for dinner and created this little gem.  Couscous is a very versatile grain like pasta which goes well in salads, as a replacement for rice with slow cooked casseroles or even for breakfast, served with…

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…

Spanish Inspired Risotto

When the weather is cold, and I have some time to spend in the kitchen, I love making risotto.  It’s warming and hearty and can stand up to pretty strong flavors.  Plus its fabulous with a great glass of red wine. There is a plethora of versions to be made but thought I would try…

Broccoli & Bacon pasta

Lately I’ve been feeling the need to eat more vegetables.  For some reason when this happens my go to seems to be broccoli. I have memories of travelling in Hawaii in 2006 and being desperate for a plate of  veg after so many days of hamburgers and chips,  so much so that I ordered the…

Cloudberries’ Chickpea Salad

It’s a big rich to say this recipe changed my life, but it certainly changed my opinion about chickpeas. I used to avoid them, not being a fan of the side effects of a bloated belly that would eventuate after consuming them. Making  Tessa Kiros’ chick pea salad changed all that for me….  removing the…

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…

fried rice with bite

    A quick and easy dish to make, the secret to good fried rice is having your rice cooked well, and preferably cold, as I find it fries up better.  Preperation is also a key factor.  Well cut bits and precooked egg, along with meat can make a difference too.  And finally add the…