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Nostalgic Family Food

“We taste with our hearts as much as our tongues. What else could explain adult preferences for their mother’s dishes over those prepared by a great chef.” From The Flavour … Continue reading

July 22, 2014 · 8 Comments

Vegetable Moussaka

There was a period in our lives when we were vegetarians, not motivated by health or moral sanctity but purely by economics. Feeding a hungry Dad and three growing teenagers during … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · 15 Comments

Chocolate Orange Mousse

As young newlyweds in the seventies, we often hosted dinner parties for family and friends. They were simple, casual and good fun. Entertaining business associates and their spouses on the … Continue reading

July 15, 2014 · 20 Comments

Italian style zucchini and parmesan cheese soup

It’s rare for me to feel constrained by ingredient supply or immature palates when I cook, but choosing a Neil Perry recipe to prepare for this month’s Cookbook Guru has … Continue reading

July 10, 2014 · 21 Comments

Meat Filled Blinzes

It’s no secret that I’m a Claudia Roden fan. I use her encyclopaedic “New Book Of Middle Eastern Food” weekly, and her “Food of Italy” is the most food splattered … Continue reading

July 8, 2014 · 23 Comments

In My Kitchen – July ’14

It’s the beginning of July and my kitchen is in chaos. It’s winter school holidays and I have my darling grand daughters to stay for the duration. They are both … Continue reading

July 3, 2014 · 59 Comments

Macadamia Meringue Layer Cake

Another family birthday has come and gone. Miss S celebrated turning eight with a gymnastics party and lots of Lego gifts. The second small family celebration with the oldies called … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 21 Comments

Fabulous Fennel Gratin

I’m not very fond of fennel bulb in salads despite my love of aniseed flavours, so when I see the elegant white bulbs with their green feathery flag tops piled … Continue reading

July 1, 2014 · 23 Comments

6 hour Roasted Lamb Shoulder

All Australian lamb is free range. It is sweet and succulent having fed on grass or salt bush. Braised, roasted, grilled and barbequed, as curries, souvlakis, soup and pies, lamb … Continue reading

June 26, 2014 · 33 Comments

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Sometime in the early 1990s I pasted a recipe clipped from from The Australian Gourmet Traveller into my battered blue recipe folder. I have altered it a little but that … Continue reading

June 24, 2014 · 30 Comments

Pear and Ginger Upside Down Cake

Lost, a tatty, food splattered magazine clipping. It’s the recipe for a much loved pear and ginger upside cake. I’d already bought the pears and checked the pantry for treacle … Continue reading

June 19, 2014 · 24 Comments

Slow Oven Braised Beef Cheeks

There’s lots to love about winter. Slippers, sloppy joe jumpers, open fires, soup, scarves and oven braised meat are some of my highlights. Melbourne has mild winters by world standards, … Continue reading

June 17, 2014 · 34 Comments

Pure and Simple, Natural Savoury Oatcakes

I don’t buy dry biscuits (crackers) because they tend to be made with wheat flour and palm oil. I don’t buy rice cracker either as they are usually flavoured with … Continue reading

June 12, 2014 · 27 Comments

Elizabeth David’s Blue Cheese Tarts

The Cookbook Guru this month is exploring Elizabeth David’s classic “English Bread and Yeast Cookery.” Thirty plus years ago, when I first became interested in cooking more than just the … Continue reading

June 10, 2014 · 27 Comments
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