make friends with salad – silverbeet, spinach substitute

Growing your own food makes you consider replacing like vegetables with like vegetables to save a trip to the shop. Silverbeet is a great substitute for spinach. It is easy to home grow and comes in a range of pretty colours (rainbow chard) which can brighten up your salads. I use it a lot to…

pizza guy #8 – anchovy + chilli

per pizza (small size) 8-10 anchovies 1-2 tsp chilli flakes ½ lemon Make a quantity of pizza dough: https://crichtonscoop.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/pizza-guy-pizza-dough/ While the webber is getting up to temperature, make the sauce (and organise all your topping ingredients):  https://crichtonscoop.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/pizza-guy-2-quick-tomato-sauce/ (You can be even lazier and just do a tin of tomatoes, salt, pepper and garlic. Just bring ingredients to a…

pizza guy #7 -tomato and fresh oregano

per pizza (small-med size) 1 tomato, sliced. shaved parmesan or crumbled fetta (not if making a vegan version – you could add olives or capers on top instead) fresh oregano olive oil (drizzle to serve)   Make a quantity of pizza dough: https://crichtonscoop.wordpress.com/2016/08/12/pizza-guy-pizza-dough/ While the webber is getting up to temperature, make the sauce (and organise all your…

pizza guy #6 – casalinga sausage + shaved parmesan

We had a last minute decision to make pizzas on the webber on Saturday night. The result were some tasty effortless pizzas and the next 3 blog posts. We had bought some Casalinga sausages from the local butcher during the week and had taken them out of the freezer intending to make a pasta dish….

hang me up to dry – dried oregano (rigani)

Dried oregano (rigani) When your oregano is beginning to go to flower, you can cut back lengths to dry as a whole stem to make dried oregano (rigani) – what you can usually by at Greek speciality stores. Once you have it handy around your house, it becomes a staple cooking herb. Cass and I…

lette the sunshine in – asparagus omelette

With asparagus coming in thick and fast in our garden we have been incorporating it in several dishes throughout the week. I made this omelette one Sunday morning we felt like eggs but didn’t have much in the house besides what came from the garden and some odds and ends in the fridge. asparagus omelette…

crimson & clover – pavlova 2 ways #2

pavlova topped with cream and macerated balsamic strawberries (leave out the balsamic for plain macerated strawberries) The balsamic vinegar does an excellent job of cutting through the cream and sugar in the pav – perfect if you are not a massive sweet tooth. One version of this pavlova didn’t survive the car journey to lunch….

crimson & clover – pavlova 2 ways #1

pavlova topped with cream + fresh strawberries, blueberries and passionfruit pulp The result of this recipe is the divine combination of a crusty pavlova outside with a pillow soft centre – harmony in your mouth! The quantities and general method for this pavlova base are from Stephanie Alexander’s Cook’s Companion. A great thing about pavs…