Cumquat season
Jul20

Cumquat season

Have you ever tried a fresh cumquat? It’s an experience. It’s the only citrus fruit where the whole fruit can be popped into the mouth and eaten. Weirdly, the skin and pith are very sweet and the flesh is extremely sour and both parts are required to balance the flavours. I love slicing up cumquats and adding them to salads. It adds a wonderful citrus-y brightness to every mouthful. However, a little goes a long way with...

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Empanada – Easy Peasy Spanish Pastry Pie
Apr28

Empanada – Easy Peasy Spanish Pastry Pie

I first ate empanada at my friend Veronica’s place. Her family comes from the north of Spain and her mother makes a great empanada. She showed me how she makes it and it’s her recipe that I have shared  here with you. It makes a great dinner served with a salad. This is a recipe that can be made ahead of time  as it’s delicious cold. Don’t skip the step to rest the dough after kneading. A well rested dough...

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Banana bread
Apr11

Banana bread

I had a whole heap of overipe bananas at home and instead of letting it go to waste I decided to make some banana bread. We haven’t had any in a long time and I think it was time for some.   However, when I went to gather my ingredients, I found I was out off butter. I’d finished it last week making a cake and hadn’t had time to go out and get some. I didn’t feel like rushing out to the supermarket so I...

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Eggplant and capsicum pasta sauce
Apr01

Eggplant and capsicum pasta sauce

  Pasta sauces can be made from many vegetables and comes in a rainbow of colours. The red tomato based and white cream based sauces are the most popular pasta sauces. You also have the green pesto sauces and I’m sure you have seen the black squid ink pasta that has a purple black hue. Today though I’m making a homemade pasta  sauce recipe made from eggplants and capsicum. This easy pasta sauce recipe is heavier than...

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Friday Curries
Mar18

Friday Curries

On Fridays, my family and I are vegetarian. That has been the tradition for as long as I can remember. Friday’s are temple going days and as a nod to our Hindu heritage, we don’t eat meat on temple going days or special festival days. There are days when we don’t cook meat in the house by preference rather than tradition. But pasta with pesto sauce or bean nachos, is very different to Friday vegetarian food. I love...

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Recipe – Retro rock cakes
Mar04

Recipe – Retro rock cakes

I miss the things I used to eat when I was growing up. There are so many new things to try now and so the tried and true recipes get shoved to the back of the line. Today I decided to go retro and made rock cakes. I have a very sentimental attachment to this cake, as it was the first cake I learnt to cook. Back when my mother was introducing my sister and I to baking, we learnt that there were two main methods to cake making. The...

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