Chocolate Orange & Ginger Hedgehog gone awray…

I had intended to share with you a really cool version of the traditional hedgehog, but alas it was not meant to be.  Normally this would mean back to the drawing board, but cooking is as much about the lessons from failures, as it is from our successes so I thought it was only fair…

Homemade Baked Beans

I tossed up the alternative title for this post as ‘why I will probably never eat commercial baked beans again’. Seriously a little experiment has turned into a major revelation about the humble baked bean. I will start with declaring myself to be a fan.  I grew up with them as a part of my…

Chicken Congee

What a wonderfully healing dish this is to eat. This recipe was shared with me as an idea of something I might be able to handle when I was recovering from having my wisdom teeth removed this past week.   Whilst it has suited perfectly to this situation, I believe it may just become a part…

Food Love….Poached Quinces

Quinces.  They are one of those autumn fruits which are not easy to handle, but well worth the effort to try.  These are particularly special because of how I came by them. I had my sister visiting from Melbourne recently and we took the opportunity to indulge our passion for food by trying out one…

Creamy Cauliflower Soup

Soup is such a quick comforting food in the cooler months. It warms your insides and often takes the chill from your face (and if you happen to be drinking from a mug, your hands as well). I love soup for its simplicity, it’s cheap to make and great to freeze for last-minute can’t be…

Turning Mushy Banana’s into a Tasty Treat….

It was late sunday morning, Paul Simon on the stereo, and the sky was threatening to rain…. Perfect time to jump in the kitchen and deal with the overripe banana’s I’ve been staring at for over a week. This little gem is thank you to Stephanie Alexander’s Cooks Companion: Simple Banana Cake Butter and flour…