Dukkah Encrusted Almonds

This recipe is a new creation, inspired by our theme of the month over on The Cookbook Guru.  Whilst I have not taken it specifically from Claudia Roden, it is inspired by the flavours and thus I still think belongs as a part of  The Cookbook Guru for this month.  In fact, as I wait…

Rustic Chicken Pie

I’ve been thinking about this pie for quite a long time.  I love a good chicken pie, but have not really considered how I would go about making one until we made pulled pork the other day in the slow cooker.  I know I couldn’t have been googling my heart out and had an answer a…

Baked Plum and Almond Cake

Spending this month browsing and contemplating recipes from Karen Martini’s Cooking At Home for The Cookbook Guru has got me going off on all kinds of tangents.  Her food is really quite fragrant, easy to produce and very flavourful.  This cake had me at almonds and baked plums but what really got me was the…

Spanish Inspired Spiced Almonds

Nuts are one of our favourite snacks.  We will often pop a bowl out on the coffee table to nibble on with our beer or a glass of wine to celebrate the end of the day.  Our recent addiction has been more specifically smoked almonds.  A friend introduced me to them a few years ago…

changing kitchens…

Is there anything more challenging to a cook than changing kitchens? I’m beginning to think not. My absence from this blog has mainly been due to us moving house (I promise I haven’t forgotten about you) and as a consequence me not really having the inspiration or energy, let alone the tools to be cooking…

limes, wonderful limes….how I love thee….

I had the joy of taking on of my sisters on her first overseas journey many years ago.    We couldn’t decide between Bali, Thailand or Vietnam and so grabbed out a make of South East Asia, closed our eyes and pointed to pick our destination.  It ended up being Malaysia, a country neither of…

Luscious Lime Syrup Cake

If you love limes, then this is a beautifully light way to turn limes into a fresh, juicy and delicious cake.  Syrup over cake creates such a juicy texture, particularly when combined with the coconut, it’s a little bit of a lady-like holiday on your fork. I’ve used a recipe from one of Australia’s iconic…

Slow cooked, rustic chicken casserole

I love slow cooked casseroles, hours in the oven turning meal to tender tasty morsels of yummy goodness.  Served with a few greens or some cous cous and this for me is another perfect winter meal!  Stephanie Alexander, in her cooks companion, talks about coq au vin being a great dish to make, you do…

Lime Marmalade

Oh glorious limes….how I love thee… When I was tempted at my local market by a 5 kg box of limes for $5 my head starting buzzing with ideas of all the things I could make.  For some reason marmalade came to mind.  I have a bit of a thing for Rose’s Lime marmalade that…

Stuffed Zucchini

A wonderful blogger named Currie Rose asked me if I might have a stuffed peppers recipe…and it got me thinking…. Yes I know I got the wrong vegetable, but I worked with what I had on hand and I really think recipe could work well with bell peppers too, or even to stuff tomatoes.  I’ve…

Shepherd’s Pie

I thought it was time to share another winter warming recipe for you, as our weather continues to cool and the rain seems to be setting in on this side of the world. Shepherd’s pie is a dish I remember from my childhood.  Simple yet tasty, it’s also something very easy to make and plain…

Tomato Napolitana Sauce

This simple recipe is what started me many years ago on my cooking journey. I was 18 years old, just home from a year overseas.  For some reason at this point in my life I was quite stubborn about not wanting to cook.  I’m really not sure why,  as we did have quite a culture…