Fig and brown butter tart

Fig Tart

I love showing people the amazing features of the Thermomix.  Watching their faces light up when we create icing sugar from raw sugar in just 9 second and 2 litres of fresh fruit sorbet in 2 minutes with no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.  The smallest, smartest kitchen machine as it is known [...]

Cranberry and almond toasted muesli

Toasted muesli

As mentioned in previous posts, eating a healthy breakfast is important to both G & I.  In winter we usually enjoy a bowl of porridge and in the warmer months we both like some kind of cereal.  I’ve been making quite a bit of bircher recently but G wanted a change.  Normally we would just [...]

Individual beef and red wine pies

Beef and red wine pie

I have mentioned in my recent posts that G and I have been making a very conscious effort to eat healthy and exercise a little more.  This includes making sure we consume lots of fruits and vegetables into our daily meals, something that we have always been very good [...]

Mandarin almond cake

Mandarin almond cake

 

Recently I wrote about the generosity of a friend who gave me some mandarins from his orchard and that I decided to make mandarin muffins to take to the office and share with others.  On the day I chose to make them I needed a recipe that was quick and easy because I was extremely [...]

Orange cake

Orange cake

Whenever we have visitors I always like to have something in the cupboard to offer them to have with a cup of tea or coffee.  So when G told me that he was going to catch up with a couple of mates and then invite them over for a cuppa my first reaction was one of [...]

Meringue nests with berry and cream topping

Meringue nest with cream and berries

I have always loved having friends over for dinner parties more than going out to a restaurant.  Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind paying someone to create delicious food and to do the washing up for me.  I just like to try and create things that I think my friends enjoy [...]

Peanut butter crinkles

Peanut butter crinkles

Winter time in Perth is generally milder than most other Australian cities but this year it has been exceptionally so.  Last weekend temperatures were in the mid 20’s (70°F) with no rain in sight for at least another five days.  While the lack of rain causes its own issues I [...]

Lime slice

Lime slice

I am fortunate enough to have some wonderful friends who not only recognise my passion for cooking but also foster it in many ways.  Their generosity is, at times, somewhat overwhelming although sincerely appreciated.  I am often lucky enough to be given ingredients, especially home grown items such as fruit and vegetables, and [...]

Make your own - Lamb stock

Lamb stock

In cooking, there are certain things that are just better made at home, even if they are a little time consuming.  Stock is one of those things that, whenever I have the time, I like to make myself.  There are some very good chicken and beef stocks on the market so I tend not [...]

Spagettini with meatballs

Spaghettini with meatballs

Throughout my childhood and many of my teenage years I was a competitive swimmer.  This meant that I consumed large quantities of complex carbohydrates to fuel my body for the long training hours.  One of the most frequent things that I used to eat was pasta.  I think that was because it was something the whole [...]