A Weekend in Hobart…Convicts, Lost Souls, Bushfires and Doomsday Preppers?
Tim and Lola had rung to say they were going to Hobart for the long weekend and wondered whether we’d like to join them. It took all of two seconds to say ‘yes’. I’d been there three years ago and loved it so much that I made it the main setting for book two, ‘Capturing’…
The very best Apple Tart.
This is the apple tart that started my obsession with pastry. The ridiculously quick and easy shortcrust will completely revolutionize your dessert repertoire and possibly turn you into a Queen of Tarts just like me!
Looking for Pho and finding so much more…
I’d been craving a bowl of that delicious, aromatic Vietnamese soup Pho. My favourite restaurant to satisfy this need is Than Phong on Victoria street Richmond and only a pleasant 30 minute walk away. Victoria Street is often called ‘Little Saigon’ because of its wonderful array of Vietnamese shops, supermarkets and restaurants and is one…
Pull-Apart Dinner Rolls and Poppy Seed Crackers.
These rolls and crackers use the same dough base but produce two very different yummy treats…both are ridiculously easy. I was motivated to make them because I’d learnt how to harvest poppy seeds over the weekend.
Traditional Christmas Shortbread
What do you bring to dinner when the hostess says, “Just bring yourselves!” Of course I’d bring wine…lots, but at this festive time of year it just doesn’t seem enough. A big bunch of flowers can be nice but a pain in the ass if the busy hostess has to stop what she’s doing and…
Kale Chips… salty, crispy and great with a beer.
It’s Summer here in Australia. A cold beer and a salty snack is the perfect way to toast the sunset and relax after a blistering hot day. Kale chips are easy to make, don’t require deep-frying and are ridiculously moreish… and even if you are not so fond of this self-righteous super-food, I dare you…
Chocolate Tart…an easy festive season treasure!
Chocolate pastry, chocolate filling and sweet summer berries. What’s not to love? “Looks tricky?” I hear you say. Nah…it’s so bloody easy. No rolling, no resting, no blind baking, no shrinkage. This pastry (and its sinfully rich filling) is so simple to make that I’m sure you too will add it to your dessert repertoire…
Potato Pizza by the Metre…and learning how to whack the cork off a champagne bottle using a bloody big Saber!
What do you serve if you decide to have a last-minute, casual dinner for quite a few people, are too lazy to shop and don’t want to blow a fortune on home delivered junk food? You make Pizza of course…Potato, Italian Sausage and that old favorite, ‘Fridge Clean’ (cheese on top of all that stuff…
Giorgio Locatelli you would love this Porchetta!
I’d been back from America for just over two weeks and couldn’t settle down. I’d procrastinated by cleaning the house from top to bottom, replanted the veggie patch and cooked way too much food. My husband suggested we go away for the weekend and I jumped at the chance…any excuse to avoid stepping back into…
Easy as Lemon Meringue Pie
I’d been away for six weeks, missed my family, so I did a quick ring around to organise a Sunday night dinner.