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…

Herb and Garlic Foccacia

Faithful reader, I have a confession to make. I call myself a baker, but I had never made bread. I had only used yeast on a small handful of occassions to make a sweet dough, and lacked the confidence to bake. Yes, I called myself a baker, yet I hid away from bread. It was…

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…

Pho Bo (Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Asian cuisine is not my strong suit. I find it very difficult to get the balance of flavours just so and, frankly, this is one area where I am more than happy to leave it to the professionals and frequent my local noodle shop for dinner….

Curried Cauliflower Soup

I know it doesn’t sound like the most exciting soup and cauliflower isn’t the most glamorous vegetable, but believe me when I tell you, this soup is an absolute winner. Although cauliflower isn’t your typical soup vegetable, many’s the time I’ve had half a cauliflower languishing in the fridge, having used the other half in…

Osso Bucco

This is a recipe I grew up eating; that scented my childhood home through winter weekends and one that was always enjoyed with relish. As the days grew cold earlier this month, I rang Mum for a chat and asked her for this recipe. What she told me wasn’t a recipe in the traditional sense…

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…

Cheese biscuits (or straws)

So many recipes call for egg whites as a leavening or binding agent, leaving me with egg yolks sitting in my fridge (most recently coffee and banana vacherin). Because I loathe wasting food, I am constantly on the lookout for recipes to use up egg yolks. Usually I make lemon curd or custard but I…