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…

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…

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…

Minestrone Soup

Sunday nights are usually lazy affairs, heralding as they do the dawn of a new working week. If I can summon the energy, I like to make something for my lunch over the coming week – a soup, a stew, a lasagna etc. Last Sunday I decided to make Minestrone soup, knowing my birthday was…

Spaghettini con le Melanzane (Spaghettini with Eggplant)

Pasta, is a food I take for granted. My grandparents emigrated to Australia from Southern Italy. My paternal grandfather in 1921, and my remaining grandparents in the 1950s.  I sometimes think about the difficult choices they made; I discovered when I visited Ellis Island in 2006 that my paternal grandfather John had originally lived in New York…

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…