winter

Mushroom Broth
Mushroom Broth

I have yet to try bone broth. I probably never will. I have never claimed to be a vegetarian. I do enjoy my occasional chicken, more frequent fish and the odd bowl of bolognese. But despite its professed health benefits, the idea of drinking very meaty concentrated...

Cream Of Pumpkin Soup And Chicken Glazed Swiss Mushrooms
Cream Of Pumpkin Soup And Chicken Glazed Swiss Mushrooms

  I love real stock that is made from scratch, stock that is simmered slowly with the freshest of ingredients. I have made fresh stock a handful of times. The rest of the time, I have used store bought stock. Don't judge me! I plan to go back to simmering my own...

Roast Garlic Chicken With Chestnuts And Sticky Marsala Sauce
Roast Garlic Chicken With Chestnuts And Sticky Marsala Sauce

  We are now into week 6 of our renovations and I will be the first to admit - it hasn't been easy. For one, it has been bloody cold in our garage where we eat our meals (our garage is partially open with fancy gaps in brickwork). Cooking and washing up at the...

Friday List And Mr Wilkinson’s Carrot Cake
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...

Festive Walnut Babushka Cake
Festive Walnut Babushka Cake

  Christmas baking is all about sugar and spice that appeals to both naughty and nice. Okay, I agree. That was cheesy. Even for me. But I love sugar and spice with the fervour of usage increasing dramatically during the festive season. A dash of nutmeg, a...

Apple Chai Spice Jam
Apple Chai Spice Jam

  Everything in life has a purpose. There is a multi-gazillion dollar industry built on that very fact. A car is for driving and not scuba diving. A hat is to wear and not use as a fish bowl. A frying pan is to fry eggs and not play tennis. But there are...

Mushroom And Roasted Garlic Risotto
Mushroom And Roasted Garlic Risotto

  A risotto is gratifying and terrifying in the same instance. I never made one until I was thirty. Not sure whether I liked it too. But back in 2008, I had overheard two schoolgirls on the train go on and on about how they had made a risotto in their home...

Rhubarb And Rosewater Crumble
Rhubarb And Rosewater Crumble

  The natural gift of pairing flavours is a quality ingrained in very few. For the rest it develops over time with trial and error like a fine honed extra sense. And for the flavour matching novice, there are books like Niki Segnit's The Flavour...

Natural Red Winter Cordial
Natural Red Winter Cordial

Autumn and winter are like my children. I am absolutely incapable of picking favourites. I just love them both. The seasons, I mean. Sydney is a good place to be in winter, especially. Because it never gets too cold. When the sun is out, which it usually is, it is...