I’m absolutely obsessed with dumplings and buns and grab them from our food trucks when I can. So when I received Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook in the mail recently, I immediately zeroed in on this steamed bun recipe in amongst the other delicious looking dishes in this gorgeous cookery book. You’ll need a bamboo steamer to make[read more…]
I’ve always thought that stroganoff didn’t really need the beef (it’s all about the mushies and sauce after all) so wondered what this classic dish would taste like with just hearty brown mushrooms. Well we had this one weekend recently and it was delicious! Mushrooms are a sort of beefy vegetable anyway, and so long as[read more…]
The fragrance of these roast peaches throughout the house while baking! Vanilla scented, sweet and caramelised – a lovely (and health conscious) breakfast, even if you do have to turn on the oven on a sunny morning. Totally worth it and their warm sweetness went so well with some cool Greek yoghurt.
This is a lovely, fresh and healthy salad I made recently. Now just to warn, it’s quite onion .. y so if you’re not into raw onion I would (Obv), leave out the red onion. The paper thin slices of vegetables aren’t mandatory but texture wise and as far as flavour goes, they do make this salad[read more…]
This light, naturally sweet, low cal, yet full of antioxidants smoothie was just the thing after Christmas/new years …
Remember the black sticky rice pudding I made a while back? Well lately, due to hot mornings and such, I’ve been cooking black glutinous rice and storing it in the fridge it for breakfasts for the next day or two and serving it with maple syrup, Greek yoghurt and berries. It’s a really convenient breakfast if you make the[read more…]
This classic Italian recipe, which I changed a bit by using cherry tomatoes, is amazingly flavourful. The trifecta (so unpopular when I was a kid but now I love them) of olives, capers and anchovies make for a delicious dish without being overpowering at all. I really enjoyed this!
Sometimes I prefer fried onion rings to chips, sacrilege I know! I’ve never made them though because the take-away ones are pretty good. With our milk delivery the other day though, we received the quarterly magazine which had a recipe for onion rings in it so I spontaneously thought I’d give it a go and they were surprisingly easy,[read more…]
I love me a taco! So I whipped some up recently with buttery, spicy salmon – combined with fresh summer vegies and a zesty, spicy sour cream dressing, these were really delicious but also nice and light.
I’m always banging on about spring produce but this time of year always inspires me to cook up huge, steaming bowls of pasta with this season’s fresh and lovely vegies. There’s something about their sweet, crisp flavour combined with comforting spaghetti; fresh, lemony and perfect for a weekend lunch.
I’m not quite ready to give up sweet potato even though it’s already hot here and turning the oven on is a bit of an effort. This is a side dish but to be honest, I had a bowl of these for lunch on their own; sweet, caramelised, spicy and with a gorgeous, fragrant crunch[read more…]
Watercress is one of those elusive things in Australia but I love the fresh little peppery leaves and how well it goes in salads so always grab a bunch when I see it. I remember my mum growing it near a creek at the bottom of our garden when I was little and we’d walk down and pick some[read more…]
I’ve not cooked with lentils for a while. Recently though, I’ve spotted this salad and this one and their loveliness inspired me to make a late Autumn salad with lentils and carrots. There’s a few steps to this dish but don’t let that stop you if you’re keen for a hearty and healthy salad (it serves[read more…]
Years and years ago, I ordered some vanilla brown sugar body scrub from an online fancy cosmetic store for about $40. Clearly I had more money than sense at the time …. when I used it (and it was lovely) I noted it only had a few ingredients in it and thought how easy it would[read more…]
This is a spicy and flavourful Jamaican dish which is a combination of a fresh and dry rub over hearty chicken legs. If you buy chicken with the skin on, you’ll get a crispy skin thing happening however I prefer not to eat chicken skin. I also roasted it in the oven; I have eaten Jerk[read more…]
While making my usual winter pumpkin soup recently, it occurred to me that with a few tweaks, it would make a lovely, healthy sauce for pasta, so I gave it a go. Adding nutmeg, sage and a decent amount of full fat coconut cream, this turned pumpkin soup into a lush, creamy and flavoursome sauce which goes[read more…]
Finally! A diet I can get my head around which is basically all my favourite foods. The (new) Nordic diet is a regional way of eating food which encompasses clean, fresh, natural and local produce such as oily fish, lean meat, whole grains, root vegetables, almonds, greens and berries; studies are saying it decreases your risk of[read more…]
I often make sweet baked loaves, in fact, they’re a staple in our freezer for morning teas and things. But the other day I thought about making a savoury loaf, a type of quick bread, something spicy and warm to have on cold mornings with butter or with a bowl of steamy hot soup. So because[read more…]
Oh hi! I entered a competition yesterday called the Bioglan Superfoods Project I thought some people might be interested in. Run by Bioglan, a company specialising in super food products and vitamins (you’ve probably seen the ad on TV), you have until 31 August to submit a superfood recipe or health conscious social media page to be in[read more…]
I mean I like broccoli; green, crunchy, good for you but it’s not exactly the most exciting food on the planet to prepare or eat, so finding a way to dress up ye olde steamed broccoli is always good. The classic flavours of chilli, garlic and lemon go brilliantly with this rustic vegie and I’m[read more…]
I love these frozen crumbed calamari rings I’ve been buying lately. If you want a quick and healthy salad, wash and dry some salad leaves, slice some radish, whip up a quick French dressing, toss in a bowl then scatter over some oven baked calamari rings with a drizzle of aioli. Happy Friday!
Walnuts are the untapped resource of the nut world; a lot of people find them bitter and perhaps not as enjoyable as other nuts which is a shame, because they’re a good source of omega 3 and heaps of other nutrients, and we should eat them a few times a week ultimately. I’ve come to appreciate the slightly bitter[read more…]
I’m really getting into rice bowls lately, they’re such a perfect meal with all their little bits and pieces of crunchy vegies, luscious seafood and comforting rice. Also, this marinade! Teriyaki sauce is a perfect mixture of fragrant, spicy, sweet and salty and it goes brilliantly with salmon. This healthy, fresh dish goes well equally with earthy,[read more…]
I’ve heard a lot of negative remarks about the humble little muesli bar lately … too much sugar! Additives! You may as well drink a can of coke! etc etc. Poor muesli bars, being a child of the 80s I’ve always liked them and if you buy a brand which is quite healthy and lower[read more…]
Phew, I needed something to reset my body after a couple of days of eating basically empty (yet delicious) carbs. This very tasty, healthy rice bowl full of protein and good fat was just the thing! Nutty brown and wild rice, creamy avocado and fried egg, savoury tuna and some salty Tamari to top it off (and a little[read more…]
Summer to me is smoothie weather and since I posted a lovely green one recently, I thought I’d post this one before the weather gets too cool to really get into them. I love this thick and creamy smoothie full of fresh flavour and good things which I whipped up a while back on a[read more…]
I don’t know how Swedish these actually are so if anybody from Sweden is reading, apologies! They are, though, creamy and flavourful and pretty easy to make however I will say, you need to use a non-stick pan to sauté meatballs (I always forget and they stick like crazy). You could use any type of[read more…]
I had grand ideas of making a chocolate Guinness cake for St Patrick’s Day but ran out of time. Instead, I thought I’d go off the beaten track and offer this green smoothie I made recently which is such a lovely green colour, it seemed serendipitous, despite being devoid of butter, cream, potatoes or Guinness I’ve[read more…]
I made this lovely fresh pasta dish on a recent weekend. It only requires a few ingredients which most people would have on hand and the flavours pack a punch; lemony, fragrant garlic, fresh herbs, crunchy walnuts, salty parmesan and a bit of heat.
I make muffins quite often to freeze for morning teas and such, so thought I’d use some blackberries I had in the freezer and a few limes left over from gin and tonics on a recent weekend to bake some summer inspired, vegan little cakes. There really isn’t any difference between these and muffins using eggs and dairy; they[read more…]