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…

slow now – osso bucco

Making osso bucco on a cold, slow Sunday in pajama pants with a glass of red and the fire on – good idea? I think so! With my blog book currently MIA and a recent blog birthday I thought it might be a good idea to re-share this early recipe. Enjoy; osso bucco 4 thick…

tortilla city – a bean version

Move over #tacotuesday and make way for #tortillatuesday! Perfectly paired with capsicum + corn salsa and guacamole. And of course you can enjoy wrapped up in a taco too. It has seriously been tortilla city at our place! A couple of Friday nights ago Cass felt like making tortillas with some ingredients we had around the…

soup, soup, a tasty, soup soup …I am gazpacho!

I am a summer soup Oh! This chilled soup is perfect for hot, summer days, and when you have a lot of tomatoes that need to be eaten! Cass and I often make it for dinner or lunch and make enough to keep in the freezer or take for our work lunch the next day….

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…

beetlebum #2 – chocolate + beetroot muffins

These muffins are the moistest muffins you will ever have! I love the earthy – but sweetish – taste of the beetroot too – a great substitute for sugar here. If you don’t want a slight pink tinge on your fingertips for a little bit, wear gloves when you grate the beets! I made these…

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…

state of the tart – little lemon curd tarts

I made little lemon curd tarts with the leftover lemon curd after making Oh! You Pretty Things: https://crichtonscoop.wordpress.com/2016/08/19/oh-you-pretty-things/. The lemon curd recipe makes about 600 g of lemon curd. The short crust pastry (from Stephanie Alexander’s Cook’s Companion) made enough for 14 tarts (using 12 muffin tin tray). I put 75g of lemon curd within each…