Day to Day Stuff · Dinner · Reviews

A weekend of good food, good friends and close family. Grateful.

It was Tweenie’s 12th birthday this month, and when asked what kind of cake she wanted, her answer was quick. Chocolate. Chocolate mudcake. The kid loves chocolate anything. If I introduced her to chocolate insects, she’d probably delight in another food group that she could just add chocolate to. She didn’t want a party, she…… Continue reading A weekend of good food, good friends and close family. Grateful.

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Saturday Night Chippy Nuggets, it’s this easy.

If you have small, mid and teen sized children then you’re well aware of the allure, the addiction, the absolute obsession that children of all ages have for the chicken nugget. And if you’re intelligent enough to have read all the Women’s Weekly, Parenting Monthly (?) and Donna Hay magazines, you know just how much…… Continue reading Saturday Night Chippy Nuggets, it’s this easy.

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A blood orange cure – for salmon

  I’ve never cured my own salmon before. Why would you when it’s much easier to buy it already cured? It has always been something I’ve wanted to do, but I usually lack the occasion to do it, dinner parties for me are about cooking the main and/or dessert and buying in pre-prepared hors d’oeuvres.…… Continue reading A blood orange cure – for salmon

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A box of blood oranges, a sense of nostalgia and a new camera

Just look at the beauties that I recently received via Aust Post whilst I was overseas in Bali. Aren’t they glorious? Don’t you want to just dive mouth first into one of those divine red, red, orbs? You see blood oranges every now and again in the green grocers, but if you’re like me, you…… Continue reading A box of blood oranges, a sense of nostalgia and a new camera

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A winter rescue – Yellow split pea, curry and bacon soup

  I can’t rave enough about this soup. It was born out of a lack of ingredients, which seems to be a common theme in my cooking. I had a big bag of bacon bones from Jordo’s Chop Shop, and was wanting to do a pea and ham soup for the cold winter weekend. Who…… Continue reading A winter rescue – Yellow split pea, curry and bacon soup

Dinner · Reviews

Mushroom risotto with truffle oil and roasted mushrooms

Throughout June the Australian Mushroom Growers Association (AMGA) is promoting local mushrooms. Did you know that you can buy Canberra regional grown mushrooms? Canberra Mushrooms, from Yass and Majestic Mushrooms, from Murrumbateman supply fresh mushrooms to ACT independent grocers, food outlets and our weekly farmers markets. The EPIC Regional Farmers Markets and the Southside Farmers…… Continue reading Mushroom risotto with truffle oil and roasted mushrooms

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A Thai Adventure without leaving Canberra, Thai fish cakes

I’ve never been to Thailand, in fact the only country I’ve been to outside of Australia, was Fiji when I was 8. But I love Thai food. And I love Rick Stein. So, I try to experience the Thai culture occasionally through food. SO isn’t a fan of Thai, but he does like these, so…… Continue reading A Thai Adventure without leaving Canberra, Thai fish cakes

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We’re on a Mexican tirado, Quesadilla’s with spicy green sauce

We had slow cooked roast Moroccan chicken last night for dinner, which meant stacks of leftovers. Of course all the potatoes cooked in duck fat were snaffled up by SO last night, as he was putting the leftovers away. Damnit, he does it every time! I cook more than I need, so I can have…… Continue reading We’re on a Mexican tirado, Quesadilla’s with spicy green sauce

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Roasted pumpkin and chestnut soup, Canberra autumn in a bowl

I saw this recipe in the Canberra section of Goodfood.com.au and knowing that I had a big Queensland Blue in the cupboard from the Collector pumpkin festival, and excited about embarking on a hunt for local chestnuts, this was a recipe high on my list of things to cook this weekend. I love that I…… Continue reading Roasted pumpkin and chestnut soup, Canberra autumn in a bowl

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Chipotle chicken burritos. Yet another slow cooker recipe

Speaking of Mexican food, want to know how to make your own spicy, tasty, Mehicano burritos for dinner? It’s as easy as uno dos tres cuatro cinco. Take a slow cooker, 5 ingredients, 5 hours and some fridge essentials, and you’ve got a trip to Mexico on your table, without needing a passport. And trust…… Continue reading Chipotle chicken burritos. Yet another slow cooker recipe