Baba Ghanoush

I had the most exciting of packages sitting on my kitchen counter when I got home from work on Thursday night.  My copy of Claudia Roden’s The New Book of Middle Eastern Food had arrived.    First a happy dance, and then it was not too long until my nose was deep into the pages of…

Roasted Carrot, Lemon and Harissa Dip

It’s been a while since I’ve shared a dip recipe with you all and to be honest, it has been a while since I’ve made some to share in our house as well.  We have the fall back guacamole but even that has been rare with avocados being pretty expensive.  I’m not quite sure what…

Fetta, Olive & Yoghurt Dip

The flavours of this dip held particular appeal to me as I love feta cheese and olives.  The result was a little different to what I expected with the it being quite salty.  Not the recipe’s fault, more that it highlights the importance of selecting a feta cheese that you particularly love.  In this case…

Labna: soft homemade cheese to take away the rainy blues

Like most people in South East Queensland, we found ourselves cooped up for the long weekend.    What would traditionally be a sunny long weekend on the beach or in someones backyard, got sidelined by an ex-cyclone named Oswald! (I do love the names that they come up with for these things!)   I’m counting my blessings…

Why Everyone Should Travel….MS. Galileo’s Greek Tzatziki

My experience of Greece, or more particularly the Greek Islands, was one of a homecoming.  I don’t have a family back ground from the Mediterranean, but it certainly felt like I did, the way I was literally buzzing my way around the place, feeling like I’d been Greek in another life.  The food, the history,…

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…

Smoked Trout Dip

For me, fish always seems like a treat, probably because I always think its so expensive.  The reality is that most meat is expensive these days, and with the health benefits of fish, and how much I love to eat it, I really should have it on the menu more.  In spite of this logic,…

Roast Carrot and Garlic Dip

  We have rather a penchant for enjoying a glass of vino and a snack at the end of the day before our proper evening meal.  Quite frequently this translates into dips and crackers.  Whilst I love the simplicity and convenience of the store bought versions, the cost adds up, and I do get a…

Hummus

Chickpeas were a slow forming love affair for me, only exploding into my diet in the past few years.  They are a seed that has been cultivated as a part of the human diet for well over 9000 years.  Known for being rich in protein, they are a significant part of many culture’s diets, eaten…

Beetroot Dip

I love dip. It’s a little bit civilized, a whole lot easy and very very tasty.   I love that I can take my favourite vegetables or crackers and slather them in something that is healthy and tasty.   It’s always a pleaser when you are entertaining, and it doesn’t have to be expensive.  Whilst it’s…