spelt linseed and cumin bread

July 15, 2018
spelt bread with linseed and cumin seeds

We used to be surrounded by good bread shops. By surrounded I mean there was a  couple of little bakeries that sold great bread, so you could choose what you felt like eating on any given day. But it’s changed at lot and now bread is a commodity that is hard to find if you don’t want to pay $9 a loaf for it, and you’re not particularly fond of the light spongy variety that comes in a plastic bag.

The common sense approach would be to make your own, but I don’t often make bread and that’s mainly because it takes so much effort. I used to (actually, I still do) make a fine focaccia, as the perfect accompaniment to pumpkin soup. It never seemed to take that long, and there was always someone who wanted to help. But bread bread seems so much more intense. It’s the process: blend, knead, rise, knead, then rise again. A good three hours if you’re lucky.

But then I went to the library…and found The Australian Women’s Weekly Made from Scratch. I’m a huge fan of hanging out in the library because you can find so many books that you get to take home for free. Books that you may never read, books that have amazing photographs, and just books about stuff you can’t believe a publisher was on board with. I’m the first to admit I poo-pooed anything under the mantle of The Australian Women’s Weekly. I think it was the association with the magazine, or the slender cardboard covered cookbooks that you found in the magazine section of the supermarket, that were just a bit boring. But I have to take back every disparaging comment I’ve ever made. Continue Reading

chicken with moroccan spice currants and olives

chicken with currants and almonds

For quite a few months we stopped eating chicken! Who would have thought that was possible given chicken has been part of our family diet forever. It wasn’t a conscious decision, more something that happened because there were lots of delicious vegetable based recipes…

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July 8, 2018
apple crumble

apple crumble

I was going to share the recipe for Ella’s chocolate brownies today. I made them a couple of weeks ago adding in shredded coconut instead of the usual walnuts. That little twist was a result of not having any walnuts in the cupboard. The…

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June 30, 2018
spaghetti with cauliflower and olives

spaghetti with cauliflower and olives

Once upon a time I made this amazing broccoli pasta dish which used orecchiette, broccoli and breadcrumbs. I loved it, and if I remember correctly, one other person loved it too. Everyone else not so much. From that point on this culinary masterpiece was…

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June 24, 2018
date walnut and oat cookies

date drops

I’ve started clearing out the cupboards in the house. Bookcases are the main focus because although I don’t hoard other kind of things, books are in a completely different category. There is a cupboard that acts as storage for all things cookbook, and houses…

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June 17, 2018
chicken and spinach curry cooked in yoghurt

chicken and spinach curry

This is one of my all-time favourite chicken curry recipes. When I first started making this curry I used to fry the whole spices and grind them with a mortar and pestle. That was a hard task that I would often palm off onto…

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June 10, 2018
lemon pistachio semolina cake

lemon pistachio semolina cake

It’s the start of winter. The skies are clear and the air is crisp, until about 10am when it starts to warm up and you wonder why you thought wearing a cardigan was a good idea. Living in a subtropical climate comes into its…

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June 3, 2018
orange poppy seed muffins

orange poppy seed muffins

Orange poppy seed muffins are a revelation. They are light, fluffy and full of poppy seeds. A bit like an orange poppy seed syrup cake but without the syrup. They have the moistness of the cake, and to some extent the syrupy top, but…

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May 20, 2018
lasagne

beef lasagne

Beef lasagne is a staple in our house and that’s because everyone loves spaghetti bolognese. It is rich and creamy and full of comfort. It’s what you crave when you need a hug, or when the weather has turned a bit cool, or you have…

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May 13, 2018