Quinoa Buttermilk Fried Chicken With Cabbage Slaw

A delicious hipster twist on the world famous American Buttermilk Fried Chicken by adding quinoa to the batter for added crunch and a dash of hot sauce for a chilli hit makes this an instant crowd please. Serve heaped on tangy coleslaw in raw cabbage leaves bowl at your next party or game night! It is hard to believe that I have been cooking for almost three decades – almost. Over the years I have accumulated my share of cooking battle scars, mostly on my hands and forearms. The occurrence of minor splatter burns was more frequent when I first started cooking along with the odd cut from a freshly sharpened knife. With practice and experience, the splatters receded and the angry welts ... Read More >>

Sumac Roasted Eggplant, Lentil And Cherry Salad

This is a thoroughly satisfying, hearty and savoury salad made with minimal fuss by roasting eggplant slices rubbed with sumac, making a garlic balsamic dressing in a mason jar and tossing it all together in a bowl with some lentils, dried cherries and herbs. Need some quick vegan and gluten free lunch inspiration on a busy week day? Make this salad! A few months ago I bought the Messermeister Pro-Touch garlic press. Honestly, I don't know how I survived all these years without one. It is one of the most useful kitchen gadgets I own. Now mincing garlic is quick and kinder to my hands. No more tedious garlic mincing with a knife! And it is also self-cleaning. So with some help from cla... Read More >>

Lamington Cake

A delightful picnic cake fashioned after the iconic Australian Lamington Slice has layers of tangy butter cake squashed together with homemade roasted rhubarb jam, drizzled with chocolate ganache and topped with coconut. Hard to stop at one bite! The easiest layer cake you will ever make! Earlier this year I collaborated with CSR Sugar to invite baker’s across Australia to share their favourite sweet recipes and memories to be compiled and published into a cookbook to celebrate CSR’s 160th Anniversary. I am excited to announce that this cookbook compilation of love and sweet memories called Made For Memories is now available at Woolworth’s from October 14, 2015. Buy any 3 X 1kg produc... Read More >>

Rhubarb Strawberry Balsamic Jam

A ruby red jam made by slow roasting rhubarb and strawberries with a dash of balsamic and vanilla in a heavy cast iron pan on the cooktop is ready in just under an hour and is delightfully tart and sweet. Makes an ideal Christmas present. I am a jam fiend. My mum made sure of that. During my primary school years, a butter and jam sandwich on pillowy soft bread was my jam. Everyday. As part of my elaborate lunchbox. I would leave that for the very end of my school meal. Best things for last, right? Whenever I was sick, a jam and butter sandwich washed down with a glass of cold milk cheered me up. I am just realising that it was essentially to me what a cookie is to other kids. With onl... Read More >>

Spicy Cauliflower Falafel With Beetroot Dip

These incredible vegan cauliflower falafels made with wholesome spelt flour and almond meal are a party-stopper. Always make extra as these disappear very fast and everyone asks for the recipe. Served with a made-in-minute beetroot dip and salad greens, these falafels make the perfect canape platter. Falafels are the next big thing, I tell you. With recipe enthusiasts getting more creative with plant-based, time-tested classics; I predict that this is the year of the falafel - whatever is left of it. At least for me. After binging on this incredible green falafel recipe for many weeks, I started experimenting with different beans, nuts and veggies to create amazing flavour combination... Read More >>

New Zealand Trip Part II

After the first leg of our New Zealand road trip of North Island earlier this year, we drove to Waitomo and stayed in a charming little country cottage. We had booked ourselves in for the three hour Spellbound cave tours and the adventure we had while caving in the Spirit Caves and the Glow Worm Caves was truly the highlight of our trip to New Zealand. On a bumpy, dirt road drive to the mouth of the caves with Emma (best tour guide ever!), we learned about and saw tomos (spectacular sinkholes in the ground that swallowed up cattle and led to the discovery of many caves underneath in the Waitomo region). Walking up to the cascading creepers forming a living, shimmering curtain at the entr... Read More >>

Tray Baked French Toast With Yuzu Curd

A delicious quick-to-make breakfast of sweet French Toast baked in a tray and served laden with fresh berries, whipped cream and a tart tangy yuzu (citrus) curd will make your weekend mornings with the family even more special. I love the novelty and fanfare of weekend breakfast. No one is rushing off to work or school which means we are all hanging out in the kitchen putting out the plates, squeezing fresh orange juice, setting napkins at the table (fancy!) and getting ready to indulge and have something naughty and nice. Nick makes a mean savoury French toast coated with herbs and chilli which gets requested on most Sundays but every now and then when we have exhausted our waffle ro... Read More >>

Market Veggie Strata

Dinner is served with a hearty mix and bake casserole of market fresh veggies, torn sourdough and plenty of herbs that get baked to a delicious roast goodness. Light, healthy and no-fuss make-ahead cooking at its very best. We might not be familiar with the term strata here in Australia but we definitely cook and eat it from time to time. A term coined in the realms of American cuisine, a strata is a layered casserole of sorts baked in a single pan and will often consist of bread, veggies or meat cooked in an egg base. Yes, you guessed it. We probably call it frittata. But I think the main point of difference between a strata and a frittata is the inclusion of torn bread in the former... Read More >>
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