Hugh’s Pear & Almond Cake

I’ve got a bit of a crush on Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.  His River Cottage series’ are just divine. Uplifting.

But the food always seems a bit hard. Even some of the  ingredients that aren’t gathered from a hedgerow are a  bit hard to obtain in regional Australia. Continue reading

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Two Dads’ Chilli Mud Crab

Both my Dad and my Dad-In-Law love Chilli Mud Crab.

The recipes (and their origin) are quite different.

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Going all the way with Bread

I have made this basic bread recipe a few times before, but I can’t remember ever having gone all the way.
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Eating, drinking and being merry

I am trying to do two things this year. Well, that is apart from submitting my PhD thesis on sport event legacies, doing some great new consulting projects in sport management and being a Mum.

One is that I want to cook more. I didn’t cook much at all last year. This is mostly because we moved into a role in boarding at my husband’s school.

This meant we could eat meals in the dining hall. With a small bub and no shortage of things to do, this was great. The food is good, it saves us some money and it a great social event each night for our daughter (and the boarders who love their ‘little sister’).

But I love cooking. And I own shelves of cookbooks and 10 years worth of Gourmet Traveller magazines. But I realised that unless I actually cook from these (sadly I have read them all), they are really just fiction. I sadly am also a cooking show tragic.

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Chicken Tikka Masala

The week before last I made a Chicken Tikka Masala. I love Indian and we eat it all the time, but I don’t cook it at home all that often – it just seems easier to buy. I picked a random cookbook off the overburdened shelf. It was Jamies Dinners. It might not have been completely random. I follow Jamie Oliver on Twitter, and I must admit that I couldn’t recall cooking anything from this book. Ever. Continue reading
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Asparagus and Potato Tart

This week I was watching Jamie [Oliver] at Home, and saw him make this tart. I love asparagus, so I thought I would give it a go.

I have only used Filo pastry for Spinach and Feta pies before, so this was new. I am more of a puff pastry girl. But this endeavour is about getting me out my cooking rut, so it’s all good.

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Deceptively delicious couscous

I’m trying this on my iPhone… I always thought blogging from a phone was crazy seeing how I type at 80 wpm on a normal keyboard. I have this far kept my writing to 140 characters or less on Twitter. But I so rarely get to a computer regularly enough at the moment, and when I do it is very finite  and work focussed. So any port in a storm. I want to form a regular writing habit, so quantity is not important: hitting publish is.

My first recipe comes from a book my sis-in-law recommended: Deceptively Delicious. It is all about concealing puréed veges in food from your kids (and husband). It is written by Jerry Seinfeld’s wife. I love that she talks up the magic bullet that Jerry bought from an infomercial. My Dad has one too and feels vindicated by this shared purchase. Continue reading

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