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…

Exotic Yoghurt

As I was browsing Sophie Grigson’s Spices book and discovered the Pulla Bread I posted over the weekend I also took a fancy to this recipe and thought I would try making a special little exotic brunch that is actually quite healthy. I loved the combination of rose water with cardamom and saffron and the…

Homemade Dukkah

Dukkah is one of those things I’m often tempted to buy at a market on a weekend expedition.  It seems like a treat to be eaten sparingly.  There is something about it that makes me want to sit around a table with friends, a few glasses of wine and a good loaf of bread on…

Brown Sugar Kitchen’s Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Recently I discovered a wonderful cookbook called Brown Sugar Kitchen by Tanya Holland with Jan Newberry (2014).  Brown Sugar Kitchen is actually a soul food restaurant based on Oakland, California and the book is a reflection of the food experience of the chef and the generous american home style cooking served in her corner store…

Neil Perry’s Tomato Jam

We’re firm lovers of chutneys, sauces, salsa’s and kasundi’s in this house, so when I saw this recipe in Neil Perry’s The Food I Love I put it to the top of my list of recipes to try for The Cookbook Guru for July.  The Cookbook Guru is a monthly bookclub where various food bloggers…

Spicy Plum Sauce

I’ve missed the window for our monthly discussions about Karen Martini on The Cookbook Guru from March, but I thought seeing as I made this sauce that I would still share it with you all because it was a great recipe. A weekend just recently I thought I would tackle Karen Martini’s Spicy Plum Sauce recipe. With a…

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Balsamic, Honey and Allspice

   I’ll admit to being very curious about pulled pork before I tried making it.  I wondered what the fuss was all about seeing it splashed across so many blogs.  Whilst I’d tasted it a couple of times from cafés I thought this week I would enter the fray and try my hand at making…

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…

Spiced Strawberry and Almond Smoothie

Another quick hit for your morning smoothies, this time with fresh strawberries. Strawberries are in season here in Queensland which means they are plentiful without breaking the bank to buy them.  During this time I try to go for larger quantities when I buy them and then I trim and freeze them in thought for…

Spice Up Your Morning Porridge

Porridge can be boring if you let it be.  Traditionally made of oats with water and cooked into a paste, it can be bland, gluey and altogether pretty unpleasant in the wrong hands.   It doesn’t have to be this way though… I love porridge, and I make sure that I cook it and serve it…

Easter Chocolate Hot Cross Buns…Take 1

This time last year I was planning to make hot cross buns for the first time ever… and for some reason that eludes me it just never quite happened.   I was dreaming of a spicy light textured bread, filled with plump sultana’s that filled the house with a wonderful aroma’s whilst they were baking….

Love that a recipe continues to evolve…Dairy Free Bircher Muesli

Dairy Free Bircher Muesli 2 cups rolled Oats 1/2 cup sesame seeds 1/2 coconut 2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cardamom 1/2 cup crushed almonds zest 1/2 lemon 2 apples grated 1/4 cup maple syrup 4 cups oat milk Combine all ingredients and allow to soak overnight before serving.  Goes well with Yoghurt if your so…