She’s a rainbow contd. – eggplant salad

Not sure about you guys but – depending on the week – Friday nights tend to spent either comatose or up and about. This was made on one of those Friday nights where Cass and I are super productive in the kitchen but don’t eat dinner until about 10 pm – hence the inside lighting…

Christmas is all around – home-made gifts

What kicks off the Christmas season for you? Aside from binge watching Christmas movies like Love Actually (which is on tonight πŸ˜‚), home-made Christmas presents are one of our traditions that begins the Christmas season for me. Cass and I have made these for our loved ones every year since we have been together. This…

hang me up to dry: kitchen organisation

These are ones to do if you are renovating as you will need to put reinforcing behind the plasterboard so that the rods can take the weight. Rods, shelving, knife wall magnet and hooks are from Ikea. Having hanging pots and utensils and wall shelving make cooking and cleaning in your kitchen so easy! I…

I see red, I see red, I see red – roast beetroot salad

My hands were definitely red after making this dish which was just as fun to make as it was to eat. A nice little starter for your Christmas. The vinegar and rhubarb can be prepped a week before, and the ricotta the day before. The original recipe can be found here:Β http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/roast-beetroot-salad, but I have made…

good mornin’ – avocado and home-made ricotta on pita bread

Yes, another avocado on some form of toast recipe, but you can make this one a bit special by making your own ricotta and/or pita bread. Serves 4 3-4 avocados 1-2 cloves garlic. Microplaned or very finely grated. about 250 g ricotta (scroll down for recipe) 4 pita breads (scroll down for recipe) smoked paprika…

the salmon dance – easy pan fried crispy skin salmon

The key to crispy skin when pan frying is don’t dance with the salmon – you may be tempted to move it around while it’s cooking or flip it over – hold this urge – the longer you cook skin side down, the crispier it will be. Points 1 to 3 also help remove moisture…

(banana passionfruit and native) lime rickey

Knock offs? Had a banana passionfruit that was getting a little too on the ripe side, so I came up with this spin on a vodka ime rickey this afternoon: Serves 2 in tumblers: 1 banana passionfruit 3 Australian native limes (these are like lime caviar) 3 shots of good quality vodka soda water  …

(I can’t get no) organisation – on improving blogging

This is no longer the case – I discovered scheduling on WordPress today. This may not be a new feature, and I am fairly new to blogging, so forgive me if you have tuned out here because you already know about it. However, still working on the improving bit of the title. I don’t see…

pickle in the middle – rhubarb pickle

This is a tasty little pickle that was featured in the roast beetroot salad on SBS Food Safari Earth (Nov 9th 2017). When I saw it I immediately thought, ‘awesome – another thing to do with all the rhubarb we have at the moment!’ I grow giant rhubarb which is green, and is slightly more…

millions of peaches (and nectarines)…peaches (and nectarines) for me

Fruits of our labour, a cheeky peach cocktail, and nectarine, ricotta and polenta cake We did think our duo peach/nectarine was a little odd shaped, and when the peach fruited last season, a friend pointed out that we had a doughnut peach! Turns out, the nectarines are doughnut shaped too! They are of the variety…

all about that pesto

I share this a lot – but it’s so good! I whipped up a batch of basil pesto yesterday afternoon for tea tonight – all ready to go – just gonna whip up a quick salsa with avocado, tomato and diced red onion with a red wine vinegar dressing and put the pasta on. I…