Stuffed Tomatoes and Baked Salmon Fans

I think I may have mentioned in my previous post, it’s the middle of Summer. I was fortunate to spend some time recently at the beach enjoying quiet days of reading, walking and just enjoying some great meals. We are very fortunate to live in an area where beautiful seafood and seasonal produce is so…

My Grandma’s Pasties

Once again I have been in my Grandma’s ear, asking her for another of my favourite recipes; this time her beef pasties. Another classic Australian recipe, I’m sure many families enjoyed these at the peak of their popularity and even continue to do so now (despite pastry-wrapped meat having fallen from favour due to the…

Zucchini Slice

I have been making this Zucchini Slice for years. I’ve made it countless times, and often can make it from memory. It’s adaptable and can easily suit vegetables you have. It’s also perfect to make the day before and take into work for lunch. I prefer to serve it warm, but it can easily be…

African Drumsticks

Working full time can have its disadvantages, one being I don’t have an afternoon to spend in the kitchen preparing dinner. Therefore, I often look to cook meals that I can prepare in advance. This recipe for African Drumsticks is one of those I turn to. I often prepare the chicken the night before and…

Spaghetti alla puttanesca

I think I may have mentioned once or twice that I take pasta for granted. It’s something that I know will be served at least once or twice a week in my house. I’m never content with just an ordinary sauce (and it’s a sad, sad day when a store brought pasta sauce makes it into my…

Vegetarian Tofu Laksa

  It’s quite amusing that Alex posted only recently a mouth watering recipe for Pho Bo. I say amusing, because like Alex, Asian cuisine is not my strong suit. I find it difficult to get the balance of flavours quite right, and often I find the list of ingredients daunting. I was browsing my favourite…

Cottage Pie

Winter is fast approaching here in Melbourne. As the temperature drops, the clouds darken and the kitchen becomes a welcome place of comfort and warmth. What better way to feed such desires than a cottage pie? I’ve been making this for many years and have yet to receive any complaints. It’s easy to increase the quantity and freeze the spare pie for…

Mexican Lasagna

Once again this recipe was first published by Nigella Lawson in Kitchen. It was always one of those recipes I wasn’t sure if I wanted to try but looked easy enough. I first made this in December. Mum was in hospital and I needed to make dinner for the rest of the week, without any…

Roast Seafood

I love seafood. Seafood, unfortunately, is expensive which means I don’t cook with it as often as I would like. Once again this recipe is from Nigella Kitchen (18 months later this is still my favourite book). I have wanted to make the roast seafood from the chapter titled ‘Kitchen Comfort’ since I first flicked through the book. While…

(Looks aren’t everything) Vegetable Lasagna

OK, so it’s not the most attractive lasagna ever created but it is darn tasty and I get regular requests to make it from Mr t2kBrisbane, an avid meat-lover. The lentils provide protein, the pumpkin thickens the sauce and the olives give it a fantastic flavour. It is also economical, a great way of using…

Coconut Curry with Prawns

This meal begs to made on a lovely warm day, when you lack inspiration and energy and just want something that is fresh and tastes delicious. The recipe is from Sophie Dahl’s Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights.  I know that the show that accompanied the book received mixed reviews (I really liked it, Alex did not)….

Stephanie Alexander’s Middle Eastern Meatballs

With a pack of mince meat in the fridge and a new cookbook in hand, I decided to try out this recipe from Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion. We had all the ingredients to hand, excepting the coriander, but a tube of coriander paste in my fridge was a good substitute. For dinner, this was…