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 ๐Ÿ˜‚), 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:ย 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…

golden brown – pistachio amaretti (gf)

These gorgeous little biscuits were an idea from an old ABC delicious magazine. I have made some changes to ingredients and steps to achieve a more desirable biscuit. I am including them as little gifts as a part of our homemade Christmas gifts. They are super simple to make and look great wrapped in some…

sly gin – cumquat gin

This is the next in line for a bunch of infused spirits that will make tasty home-made Christmas gifts. 1 kg cumquats 7oo ml gin (we used Gordon’s and this was tasty –ย it wouldn’t be worth using a super good quality gin but you wouldn’t want to use super cheap or it won’t be nice…