This is so exciting I thought it well worth while coming back to blogging after a bit of a break. Everten, an Australian home goods and kitchenware company I often shop from, recently offered me a free product to review for free and I chose this baby – how lucky am I?! So I promptly made a[read more…]
I’ve always wanted to make one of these as I’m a huge sandwich fan and I love all things Swedish and Scandinavian. I haven’t made it exactly as you would a traditional smörgåstårta, as I wanted to use ingredients I had already. However, I tried to think of traditional Swedish things while putting it together; making one layer with a fish[read more…]
I really really love brioche pudding, which is pretty obvious since there’s at least 3 other recipes on my site. Anyway, it’s finally cooled down here and feels like autumn so I made this one today for an impromptu afternoon tea treat. It’s definitely a keeper and possibly my favourite pudding so far.
As mentioned in an earlier post, I made some labneh! It’s very easy and sort of exciting seeing how it firms up. I added a heap of chilli flakes and some honey which made it subtly sweet with a nice bite and it’s creamy texture is perfect on crackers as a snack with some wine or with bread for a quick[read more…]
Haha no, it really is! I tried labna (labneh) cheese the other day (a bit late on the bandwagon I know but I couldn’t get my hands on it until recently) and it’s so gorgeously creamy and rich. We had some for lunch recently with oven roasted cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and toasted multigrain sour dough and I just want to[read more…]
I revisited one of my old recipes for strawberry vanilla rolls last weekend and made them a bit more special. It’s worth taking a look if you’re in the mood for some spring baking! Have a sweet weekend all.
If I’m honest, my favourite pizza lately is really simple; home made tomato sauce with basil and mozzarella. A few kalamata olives scattered over add a welcome touch of saltiness. I’ve made pizza bases before although it’s not a regular thing; I’ve finally come up with a recipe I’m really happy with though – chewy and[read more…]
Well I love bruschetta and toasted cheese sandwiches are my favourite thing ever so why not combine them? You could always slowly roast the cherry tomatoes beforehand, however I prefer them fresh and steeped in the olive oil/balsamic vinegar dressing beforehand. The combination of melted, decadent cheese with fresh tomatoes is really delicious.
I was reading a book in bed the other night and one of the characters made toasted cheese sarnies but in browned butter! Genius. It’s super tasty, even more so than a plain toasted cheese, which is one of my favourite things to eat in the whole world except for hot chips. So I got to[read more…]
I love a good burger! I don’t know if I’ve ever said on here (probably but then I have a tendency to repeat myself) but years ago, when I was in my late teens, I became a vegetarian for around 5 years. I really didn’t miss meat at all except for the odd bit of fish, but one[read more…]
Nutella and banana on toast is a no-brainer but in baked French toast is even better. You’ll need about an hour’s advance planning to make this but it’s so worth it. Rather than the crispy, pan cooked French toast I’m used to (which is fabulous by the way), this lush, gorgeous dish ends up pleasantly crunchy[read more…]
I like my French toast golden brown and crisp around the edges yet soft and cake-like in the middle, sort of like pancakes in texture. If you prefer it a bit crispier, less squishy, then use less milk in the mixture (or thicker bread). I love the cosy cinnamon sugar flavour in this and I didn’t make[read more…]
I don’t know who decided soft, white bread with lashings of butter and 100s & 1000s sprinkled over tasted good but there you go, it does. I, like a lot of Aussie kids, grew up with this sweet snack for morning teas and birthday parties. They’re perfect if you have kids or have small friends visiting as[read more…]
One of my favourite things to eat on the weekend is a sandwich or roll made with fresh, seasonal ingredients (and is there anything much better than fresh bread?). So we usually go down to the grocery store and bakery and pick up some nice stuff, come home and put it together. Of course, this often means we[read more…]
I loved this hearty sandwich I made using some of this roast chicken I made on a Sunday a couple of weeks back. A classic chicken salad recipe, it combined the flavoursome, savoury roast chicken with crunchy, sweet, tart, creamy and fresh ingredients, all piled onto some toasted, rustic bread rolls.
To celebrate this year’s St Paddy’s Day, I thought I’d make a hearty beef stew with Guinness. It doesn’t get more Irish than that hey?! I’ve never made one with a soda bread crust before (although I’ve made soda bread and am mad for it) and thought it looked really interesting. It was super easy[read more…]
I’m really very enamored with brioche pudding these days. This one’s full of squishy blueberries and crunchy almonds and was gorgeous with a drizzle of cream. I’m amazed actually, that a tiny bit of effort with a bit of bread; albeit lovely and luxurious brioche (I used a frozen one I made previously but you could always buy it from a[read more…]
I don’t often use cake or bread mixes as I enjoy baking from scratch, however it’s nice and convenient to use them occasionally and they have come a long way in the past decade or so. I also appreciate that people don’t always have the time or inclination to bake from scratch; I’m definitely no domestic goddess, I[read more…]
Honestly, once you make this you’ll wonder why you don’t do it more often, it’s so easy. It’s also the fresh herbs and garlic. No matter how great a quick supermarket fix can be, there’s no replacement for fresh herbs. I really love the combination of spring onions, basil and continental parsley but you could use any you[read more…]
There are so many bakeries selling delicious, healthy loaves; for example, the San Francisco sour dough bread I buy at our local bakery, and yet still I find the occasional bread making I do very satisfying and sort of old fashioned and traditional. I love the science of kneading the bread by hand and seeing it rise, watching it brown after being[read more…]
Cornbread is a lovely, rustic addition to soups or casseroles. I make mine with fresh corn when I can, which means I usually make it in summer. So although cornbread might go with more cooler weather dishes traditionally, I find it’s a delicious accompaniment with a chicken salad or summer tomato soup or even as a snack[read more…]
It’s been raining heavily here for the past few days and doesn’t look like letting up any time soon. Rain’s lovely, for a night or so, drumming on the roof in that comforting way while I’m reading and listening to music, but goes on for too long and it makes everything a bit flat and gray. Anyway. I pulled my[read more…]
Living in a big city where food is so easily accessible, lunch is one of those meals which is often neglected; it seems more convenient to grab fast food sometimes, especially on stressful days. It’s just as easy though, and well worth it to whip up a delicious and healthy meal at home in a matter of[read more…]
I’ve never appreciated the appeal of bread pudding – I always thought it would taste bland and I just couldn’t understand how bread belonged in a pudding. While shopping for Christmas I came across some brioche loaves which looked gorgeous and fluffy and sweet, thinking I would have some toasted with tea or something. But then for[read more…]
Today’s featured dish from one of my favourite cookbooks, How to Cook Italian by Giuliano Hazan, is a Tuscan ‘poor man’s soup’ made with a few simple, healthy, fresh ingredients. Historically, this recipe was a way to use up stale bread so it didn’t go to waste (something I still find useful now). I loved[read more…]
Sweet, doughy bites with the stickiest brown sugar butter glaze on the base which I just couldn’t stop picking at. It was worth washing the very sticky pan afterwards.
I have Irish heritage – you might realise this when you meet me by my blue eyes and freckles which I inherited from my late grandmother. It’s also apparent by my surname which, while it doesn’t sound obviously Irish, is distinguishable by it’s spelling (people often misspell my surname by leaving off the ‘e’ on the end which annoys me a[read more…]
I, like a lot of people, used to make egg sandwiches with mayonnaise. Nothing wrong with that! Eggs are healthy, full of energy-giving nutrition and protein and it’s a handy lunch to take to work. Still, if you’re trying to eat food as close to nature as possible, this recipe from Limes and Lycopene is the way to[read more…]