hack the knife: kitchen organisation #4 storing lids

Storing lids This is great for keeping your cupboards clear of pot lids – which keeps them neater! I attached the rods to the end of the kitchen cupboards. Buy the rods from Ikea. what you need: Rods Pencil Tape measure Metre ruler Level Appropriate screws for where you a securing the rod Drill Leaving…

hack the knife: kitchen organisation #3 storing tea

Storing Tea An easy and neat way to store tea! I got these from Smiggle (I am sure Kikki K, Kmart, Target, Officeworks would have similar) – they are for stationery and fit 500g packets of loose leaf tea perfectly! Fill the tea in the desired tin section. Can cut the label or write on…

makin’ (fancy) toast

tomato and bocconcini bruschetta The first time I had this was at the Tin Cat in Kent Town. My cousins took me to the Jet concert in 2004 and the next morning we went to the Tin Cat for brekkie. I remember the whole day. I was in Year 9. I had a count down…

bittersweet symphony – balsamic vinegar reduction

balsamic vinegar reduction makes around 1/3 cup 1 cup balsamic vinegar 1 tbs soft brown or white sugar In a small saucepan, combine vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil. Stir every now and then so that the sugar doesn’t catch. Reduce heat to medium-low, stirring occasionally and simmer 20-30 minutes. I stopped at 22 minutes, I…

chocolate & cigarettes – chocolate and almond cake

This seductive (like Julia Stone’s voice) chocolate cake recipe is from Stephanie Alexander’s – The Cook’s Companion. It’s an easy cake to make and is not too sweet. It’s a winner for impressive and easy entertaining, particularly if you have guests who are gluten intolerant. To take it to the next level, dust icing sugar over…

green onions

This is a great trick to finely slice or dice onions: preparing for slicing or dicing: If using the whole onion, with the skin on, chop off one of the ends about 5 mm in. Then chop the onion in half. If only half a onion is needed, chop the onion in half and then…

fish in the dish – tomato and anchovy pasta sauce

anchovy and onion tomato pasta sauce This is a great sauce to accompany home-made pasta as it is not complicated so you can devote your time to the pasta. For a vegetarian or vegan version remove the anchovy and use capers and/or kalamata olives – add both if you like salty flavoured foods. It is…