Cream of Tomato Soup

I think we may have a winner! I talked earlier this month about my contributions for this month’s The Cookbook Guru and trying to decide which of my cookbooks on my shortlist should be my official nomination for next year’s list. Well I’ve been spending the past week or so flicking through pages, browsing and…

Honey Ginger Semolina Porridge

It’s a fresh Autumn morning here in Brisbane.  We’ve had a cold snap sweep through Australia  the weekend just gone with winds blowing up from Antarctica and we’ve not been immune from its effects, even halfway up the country.  Now cold for us is in single digits celsius which might make me sound like a…

A Tale of Lokum

The time has come for me to attempt this delicious and exotic sweet in my kitchen once again.  Many of you would remember a not so successful attempt that was made at Christmas time to make Turkish Delight (Rahat Lokum).  The weather was perhaps our biggest enemy as the heat and humidity resulted in a…

Fig and Walnut Soda Bread

Bread is possibly one of my all time favourite foods.  For a foodie like me that is saying something, but it’s a food that I find difficult to stay away from and have an endless curiosity about texture, flavour and density.   So far I’ve been far more of a consumer than a creator with time…

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…

The Cookbook Guru is Going Independant

After a lot of thought and deliberation The Cookbook Guru is making the big move to be independant of Sharing The Food We Love.  This means it will be able to focus exclusively on the bookclub and allow this blog to continue to be about the food and drink we are exploring everyday in our…

Join Our Christmas Kitchen Today

Lady Red Specs from Please Pass The Recipe and I have a very special treat for you all just in time for Christmas.  If you are about on social media on today and looking to distract yourself in the wind down at work we will be in the kitchen together making some delicious treats and…

The Cookbook Guru for December: Your Favourite Christmas Cookbook

Yes we have arrived at December… scary isn’t it???  Whilst we are busy preparing the roundup from November’s Cookbook Guru we wanted to jump right in and launch this months book so that you all have time to think about what you would like to add to the conversation. This month it’s time to mix…

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…

Tomato Chutney

I’m sure I’ve already mentioned before, my family has quite a tradition of preserving.  I have quite clear memories of Mum with her Fowler’s bottling kit and kilos upon kilos of apricots, plums and cherries being preserved each year when I was a child.  Even now there is always a jar of jam or pickles…

Making my own Recipe Archive

I’ve been scribbling down notes now for months on the recipes I try, create and use along the way.  Somehow I’m finding myself coming back to my blog online to find things when I want to make them again and can’t remember exactly what I did first time around, which is not really very practical…

A foodie’s view of Bali

About 3 years ago I took my second holiday to Bali.  The first time round I had been fortunate to go with work, but it had been a few nights in Kuta Beach, which wasn’t really my style.  This time around I travelled with my foodie friend Tui, and we choose to stay in Ubud,…