paint it black – kitchen blackboard

Looking for a quick way to lift your kitchen? Put a little spring in your kitchen’s step by creating an instant blackboard to record immediate lists (no more forgetting that one thing you just ran out of!) and dinner menus for entertaining. When we renovated our kitchen 2 years ago, we gave the laminate on…

Shape I’m In – whip your kitchen into shape!

What do you do to get your kitchen into shape? With the change of season and a new arrival (the fridge!) I recently re-tidied our kitchen and so a few kitchen organisation tips will be up on the blog over the next week or so. Of course they will be weaved in with some recipes…

bettlebum – beetroot + silverbeet leaves

We have a few beets that are ready in our garden at the moment. I love beets to add colour to salads and also baked, wrapped in aluminium foil, with some vinegar and salt and pepper. Their leaves are also great to use in your salads. I find growing your own veggies makes you more…

coffee & tv – home-made cold brew coffee

This is a smooth and tasty cold brew coffee that you can make at home, and also take in an esky to enjoy camping or on picnics. This also makes a thoughtful gift and we made up bottles to include with our home made Christmas gifts. We did the batch Christmas morning. We are camping…

Add a dab of salt to your onions

I have moved away slightly from my song titles for this post. This title comes from Episode 1 of Black Books when Manny swallows the Little Book of Calm. In my head my blog post sounds like an excerpt from there – perhaps the Little Book of Calm Cooking? You may already do this, but…

fed and watered

I wanted to give a little shout out to the book, Dough by Richard Bertinet. Cass has been getting into making bread in preparation for the wood oven we are constructing in our summer holidays – watch this space! He has been using this book to prepare starters and make loaves of sour dough, whole…

oh! dahling – green lentil curry

This recipe is an adaptation on a simple dahl recipe in The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon.The coconut milk adds a subtle, but tasty, coconut flavour. This adaptation turns into more of a green lentil curry rather than a dahl – but I like the Oh! Darling play on words too much. It was…

hakuna matata – garam masala

This home-made dahl recipe is slightly adapted from The Complete Asian Cookbook by Charmaine Solomon. She puts in a lot more cinnamon. When making a dishΒ with few spices that includes a garam masala, it is very noticeable when you use your own home-made spice. But in saying that it is good to get into the…

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…

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…

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…