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Friday List And Mr Wilkinson’s Carrot Cake

I always get excited for long weekends. It usually means living in pyjamas and indulging in some slow kitchen cooking and baking projects while sneaking away every now and then to sip some hot tea and play hide and seek with the soft winter sun poking through the bare branches. I try and get the kitchen all shiny and organised for the 3 days of mess I plan to make in there. Sometimes, it amazes me how much a spot of good cleaning and a cu... Read More >>

Puffed Brown Rice And Grape Salad Plus Win A Marble Fruit Bowl From Marble Basics

Over the past few years, I have truly gravitated towards eating seasonal. Which means apart from buying from local farms and small organic co-ops, I also adapt more of a seasonal approach to sourcing an ingredient when its season is coming to a close. I either freeze, bottle or can it to keep it longer in my kitchen. In the past I would buy Australian garlic or grapes during their season here. Once their season finished off, I would often... Read More >>

Caramel Grape Pound Cake

Back in the good old days, a pound each of basic baking ingredients was quite literally mixed in a bowl to get what became known as the pound cake. One can never go wrong with an old-fashioned pound cake. Soft, pillowy and yet firm when warm from the oven, a pound cake tastes even better unadorned and stale a couple of days later. With the Aussie grape season fast coming to a close in the end of May, I tend to buy grapes even more and use... Read More >>

Roasted Corn And Raw Zucchini Coleslaw. Win A Copy Of Plenty More By Yotam Ottolenghi

  My preorder of Yotam Ottolenghi's new cookbook Plenty More arrived just as I was shoving two French tart tins filled with a raspberry cake batter that I was planning to take to a community barbecue an hour later. Of course, I had to stop everything else that I was meant to do including showering, getting dressed, packing a picnic basket and making sure my little clan remembered to put on their shoes before the hour was up. Five minute... Read More >>

Herb Pesto Stuffed Grilled Flatbread

  When life gives you lemons, make apple juice! I have somehow always lived by this motto. Sometimes, it is just not possible to make this anomaly work but most of the time there is always a work around. It makes life more interesting and definitely more fun. So when The Good Guys sent me the final appliance - a spunky looking compact George Forman grill as part of  Kidspot's VOICES of 2013 Food & Wellbeing Challenge, I decided t... Read More >>

Passionfruit Curd Cake

  Since posting a recipe for passionfruit butter yesterday, I realised a lot of people wanted to know why I called it butter and not curd. There are two reasons. The lemon curd and passionfruit curd concept is very new to me. I never grew up with it and did not experience it until a few years ago, well into my foodie shenanigans here in Australia. Curd in India was always a reference for yoghurt. My mind associates curd with yoghurt. Ca... Read More >>