Home-made marshmallow and goji berry jelly rocky road

This is an adults only kinda rocky road, not overly sweet, and with dark chocolate and goji berry jelly you can enjoy it all to yourself. I had a too-late thought that pistachio nuts instead of peanuts would make this extra Christmas-sy but I think I would prefer the taste of the peanuts anyway. I…

a Christmas pickle

I’m eager to start our Christmas tradition of home-made gifts – but this year I am making pasta and cookies or rocky road and so I can’t start until the 23rd/24th of December. It’s put me in a bit of pickle as I am in the mood but can’t do much about it except make…

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 😂), 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…

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: http://www.sbs.com.au/food/recipes/roast-beetroot-salad, but I have made…

(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  …

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…

(cold brew) coffee and garden(ing)

It was the first one of those relentless heat days; I was sweating just as much standing outside as I did at the gym when I was helping Cass secure shade around our little avocado tree. I didn’t sleep well and consequently was up at the crack of dawn – which was handy because I…

the (cured) salmon dance – gravadlax

Cass and I have worked quantities out for 300g (as 2 x 150 g fillets) of fish. This works well as you can cure quickly. Most recipes will give quantities for 1-2 kg which will take 24-48 hours with turning of the fillet involved. The pictured serving idea is grilled sourdough (rye would also be…

Christmas – it’s a wrap

I wanted to blog the menu we organised as it was no fuss and very tasty – a good one to remember for entertaining. Links to recipes are included. I had some fun and wrote it up on our kitchen blackboard. Cass and I enjoy having Christmas at our place as we both like to…

Christmas is all around

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a post dedicated to Bill Nighy’s Christmas is all around. It’s a tradition between mum and I to watch this movie in the lead up to Christmas and also a tradition of mine to bake a pavlova. And I thought hey, why not put together some dessert recommendations (from pavs…

tabouli wonderland

Makes enough to take to a BBQ. Will feed 10-12 as the only salad. Also great in falafel/ lamb yiros or topped with falafel/steak (marinated in middle eastern spices, grilled and sliced). Or on its own with hummus and pita. Hummus recipe: click here. All of these dishes are also fab with 1-2 garlic cloves micro…