Conversations in Vegetables Stock

I am usually quite good at using up vegetables before they spoil. I wish I could be more like Alex, and plan my weekly meals, but I am much more of a reactionary cook based on what ingredients are present and what inspires me. Let me tell you, this is where Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion…

Spicy Blue Cheese and Avocado Dip*

Blue cheese and avocado are easily two of my favourite hors d’oeuvre ingredients so I can’t understand how I overlooked the possibility of combining them into one magnificent dip. Of course, that’s what the professionals are for; providing flavour inspirations that test the boundaries and occasionally stumbling upon a jackpot like this. Sorry if I…

Chocolate (Vegan) Olive Oil Cake

This cake is delicious. I was expecting a dense cake, and was surprised by its light and fluffy texture. I made this on a lovely lazy Sunday afternoon. When I first leisurely flicked through Nigellissima, I was instantly drawn to this recipe. It reminded me of the Vegan Chocolate Cake I love.If I had to…

Caramel Pecan Slice

I rarely make a slice (or a bar as they are also known abroad). I’m not sure why that is, as I usually love the result and they are often much easier than they appear. I think it can be traced to a failed attempt at a caramel slice many, many years ago. This slice…

Lazy Loaf from Nigella Lawson

Flicking through my latest cookbook purchase (Nigella Express – a little late, I know), I was interested to see a recipe for oat bread included in a booked titled Express, given that making bread is a notoriously lengthy process. Reading the recipe however, I can see how the ‘express’ section of the recipe comes into…

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…

Blythe Danner’s Blueberry Muffins

I love muffins. They require very little effort but can be gloriously rewarding. There are so many recipes, endless combinations and it seems everyone has their own little secret. I remember in year eight Home Economics, our teacher said that muffins should only be stirred 6 times. It didn’t matter if it wasn’t mixed completely, but…

Caramelised onion & blue cheese tarts from Stephanie Alexander

Or “how to turn a wedge of leftover blue-vein cheese into the most fantastic canapes” Blue-vein cheese is an acquired taste but in our house it is an essential addition to every cheese platter. Having bought this for a lazy, luxury friday night dinner, we found it too much to finish off between the two…

Mel’s (Famous) Cheese and Basil Muffins

I collect recipes. I love talking to people about cooking, about techniques and there is nothing I love more than someone sharing their recipe. This trait is a gift from my mother. The title is a little misleading as it’s not my original recipe. My mother Maria, received this recipe from a parent of one of my sisters primary…

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…

Passionfruit Meringue Kisses

So as it turns out, Christmas, New Years, an interstate trip and moving house in the space of three weeks doesn’t leave much room for blogging – my apologies! But fear not; I’m back (as is Mel with her delicious Venetian Carrot Cake) and baking with a vengeance. These are some little treats I made…

Spanokopita (Spinach and Cheese filo slice)

Growing up, I was often treated to Spanokopita in various forms, as I am lucky enough to have a Greek father. It is often made into individual pastries by talented Aunts who also make their own pastry. Luckily, I find that the flavour is not lessened by using boxed filo pastry! The recipe I am…