This week in Melbourne we’ve had a handful of days over 20°C and it’s felt like spring in the air. Since then it’s back to reality with average temperatures but it was nice just to lift the spirits. With the hint of warm weather I found I was craving a big green salad. I found this Courgette salad recipe of Jamie Oliver’s on his website and altered it a little bit and added green beans. I fried the courgettes with some oil that had sundried tomatoes in it so it

Chicken & Leek Pie

…this is what I finished my amazing Sunday off with. Chin chin…here’s to this weekend!     Chicken & Leek Pie olive oil 1 leek, chopped 1 onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, finely chopped Salt & Pepper 1/2 cup white wine 1 carrot, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 1 large chicken breast 200ml cream 200ml milk 2 tbsp flour Puff pastry, store bought, thawed 1. Preheat oven to 200°C 2. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add leek, onion and garlic and stir until browned. Add diced chicken and

Sunday was the best day I’ve had in a long time! I woke up early and made pikelets for breakfast and then a spot of gardening in the beautiful sunshine. I have the rocket in the greenhouse along with my coriander and basil and all are coming along nicely. I’m looking forward to Summer when everything will (hopefully) leap out of the ground! It was such a beautiful day here on Sunday that I went for a m-a-s-s-i-v-e bike ride around the Yarra trail and stopped off for a bite to

Oat biscuits

These are essentially anzac biscuits but with less butter to make them a little less naughty. I’ve now found Seb’s biscuit weakness…I swear, any recipe with golden syrup in it is always a winner. Mark my words.   Oat Biscuits 1.5 cup flour 1.5 cup oats 1 cup of shredded coconut 1/2 cup sugar 175g butter 2 tablespoons golden syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda 2 tablespoons boiling water   1. Place flour, oats, coconut and sugar into a bowl and mix until combined. Make a

Since moving to Melbourne I’ve been using my friend’s bike to get around but last week the brakes went and had to catch a tram to work (eeiiiwww). Sooooo, I decided to buy a brand new bike. My new bike is very pretty indeed – Image courtesy of Giant Bikes It’s got all the bells and whistles, including a kickstand, reflective wheels, mint green wheel hubs (I guess that’s what they’re called?) and a matching mint green basket (all I need now is a little puppy to put in it!)

These American style sticky pork ribs are a-m-a-z-i-n-g and stupidly easy. I found a few different recipes online and made my own version so I was a little unsure about how it would turn out but I highly recommend making them this weekend – do it! American Style Pork Sticky Ribs and Spicy Chips 1/2 cup tomato sauce 1/4 cup golden syrup 2 tbsp soy 2 tbsp malt vinegar 1 tsp brown sugar 1/4 cup barbecue sauce 1 tbsp worcestershire sauce 1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl. Add

It’s been cold and rainy in Melbourne lately and I’ve been busy with work but have had a hankering for some sort of warming stew. After searching recipes for Beef Bourguignon I noticed the beef is actually marinated in the wine over night but I clearly couldn’t wait that long. So behold, my version of a quick Beef Bourguignon, with what ever was in the kitchen cupboard! I decided to serve it with polenta instead of rice/pasta/potatoes as a nice alternative. I’ve always loved polenta (which Seb has now nicknamed

I’ve been thinking recently why exactly I’ve taken on this blog and taking the time to cook/bake/photograph and post everything;. I’ve discovered two things about myself. 1. I love baking. It puts me in a happy place and it’s always nice offering people home baked goodies. And 2. I’m not as good at cooking as I am baking. I’ve got my staple dishes that are always favourites but I want to teach myself how to be a better cook. I plan to cook lots of staple dishes that are always

  I made this Apple & Blueberry Pie for a bbq a few weeks ago and it was so well received – to say the least! If you’re not confident about making pastry, have no fear. The recipe is dead easy as you pretty much just put everything in your food processor/mixer/bowl and just beat it till it comes together. I think one of the most important things in pastry making is letting it rest and cool in the fridge. Let your filling cool quite a bit before you start

Almond Biscuits

Hmmm…what to bake? I know I have some almonds in the pantry and I’d love a little biscuit to go with my afternoon tea so it’s decided. Almond biscuits! I found this dead easy recipe on the taste.com website which makes 24 biscuits, if you can get the mixture out of your mouth and in the oven.     Almond Biscuits Makes 24 Biscuits 125g butter 1.5 cups self raising flour 1/2 cup sugar 60g chopped almonds 1 egg lightly whisked 1tsp vanilla essence 1. Preheat oven to 180°C.  Melt

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