summer

Blood Orange Granita

One of the hardest citrus trees to grow, blood oranges usually have a very short season and therefore very prized in the culinary circuit. In the past few years I have seen them in abundance and their supply seems to be growing. Yay for all those blood orange groves that have mastered their fruiting trees. Every year when the red belly, crimson fleshed fruit makes an appearance at the markets, I buy by the bucket (Sorry Australia, I might be ... Read More >>

Late Summer Mozzarella Zucchini Salad And Postcards From The Cook Republic Food Writing And Photography Workshop

Two months ago on the eve of my blog's 10th anniversary, I launched the Cook Republic Workshops. Six sold out workshops and an amazing few months of teaching food photography, food styling, cookbook writing, cooking long table lunches, styling spaces and meeting and working alongside the most amazing people later, I am already in the process of planning more exciting, inspirational and creative hands on workshops for later this year. But ... 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 >>

Coffee Nut Milk

  My mum always replied with "The person who cooks can't really eat much!" when we admonished her for not digging in with gusto,   a delicious meal she had toiled over. As a child, I never understood that. Even less when I was in my teens and my expanding tastebuds had suddenly opened up a whole new world of flavour sensations for me. How could someone not want to stuff their face with a dish so divine, you could smell it... Read More >>

No-Churn Condensed Milk And Jam Ice Cream

  No-Churn! I love that word. Not because I am lazy. I can churn like a machine, even by hand. But because it means the recipe is more accessible, might get done quickly and I might get away without bringing my ice cream maker out from the depths of the spare closet exploding with a million props and appliances. Okay, I might be a tad lazy. So, back to this fabulous no-churn ice cream. This is essentially a 4-ingredient no-brainer ice ... Read More >>

Summer Spice Bircher Muesli

  Bircher muesli was a very recent discovery for me. On this trip to the Hunter Valley, I was hovering over the breakfast buffet laid out with a million choices. When there is too much food, I am indecisive and I hover.  Like a kid in the candy store. Not being able to pick. Hovering. Often making the worst possible choice. Like picking up a mini carton of Kelloggs All Bran when there was all this fresh breakfast at my disposal. Bl... Read More >>