Lemongrass chilli chicken (aka Ga Xao Xa Ot)

It’s funny how at times I cook dinner and forget to include it in my blogs, like tonight’s dish. This is a Vietnamese dish, and is most probably Australianised, but it is one we cook regularly, and have for years. Tonight I felt really tired (Tom was suggesting take away) and then I got the…

Pistachio, yoghurt, cardamom and lime cake

Most of this cake was gone before I managed to get a photo! Ingredients 1 cup unsalted pistachio nuts 2 teaspoons ground cardamon 150g unsalted butter – chopped 1 1/2 cups self raising flour 3/4 cup caster sugar 3 eggs – lightly beaten 1 cup plain yoghurt Glaze 1/2 cup caster sugar 1 lime 100…

Cucumber and mint raita

A raita is always a great accompaniment with Broad bean and dill rice or onion bhajias, and nothing is more refreshing than the combination of cucumber and mint. I pick the mint straight from the garden, and it’s always great to find a use for something that grows like a weed! This recipe comes from…

Onion Bhajias

I am sure there are a million and one recipes for onion bhajias available, so I am just adding to the lot. However, you have to go with what you know, and I know and love this one. When you taste onion bhajias they are a convincing argument to going vegetarian. Who needs meat when…

Dukkah

I first tried this Dukkah at a baby shower about 8 years ago. I was intrigued by the bread dipping into olive oil and then the strange seed mix. Once you start, you can’t stop. This stuff is great. One of my friends recently came for lunch, and she is unable to eat wheat, so…

Chocolate chilli cinnamon ice cream

My wacky friend Fran is like Helga the milk maid – every few weeks she gets a delivery of organic ‘un-anythinged’ cows milk, and distributes it to a couple of die-hards like myself who would rather know what goes into their food. However, what’s there to do with lots of fresh milk when you don’t…

Plum, strawberry or peach sparkling wine

What do you do when your Dad turns up on the doorstep the day after New Years with the biggest bag of plums you have ever seen?  Well for starters, whatever else you had planned for the day just goes out the window. And if you have more plum sauce than you need, then naturally,…

Lara’s Pumpkin & Fetta Frittata

I wouldn’t call myself a frittata or quiche kinda gal, but when I tasted this one, I developed an obsession for it. I also ate most of the frittata, and went home the next day and made it for myself. This recipe is from the ‘House of Lara’ (or little legs as I like to…

Andrea’s Pomegranate and pistachio salad

My cousin Andrea is over from Belgium at the moment on holiday in Australia. She made a salad similar to this one, and it is simple, delicious, and isn’t smothered in mayonaise (which is weird for a Dutch person). Ingredients 1 cup cracked wheat boiled water 1/2 pomegranate 2 handfuls unsalted pistachio nuts Bunch of chopped coriander…

Chocolate coconut brownies

The quest for the perfect brownie is well understood by chocolate brownie connoisseurs. The relentless quality control that goes on until one day, there it is….crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside, deep rich chocolate flavour. I only make one type of brownie, and it’s this one. Comes from the Edmonds cookbook again, and it…

Broad bean and dill rice (aka Green rice or Baghali Polow)

This dish takes half a day to prepare, and may involve the whole family shelling broad beans. But hey, it’s worth it! Ingredients 500g long grain rice (I use basmati) 4 tablespoons of salt 100ml vegetable oil (I use sunflower) 20-30 saffron pistils 6 grains sugar 60g clarified unsalted butter 2kg in pod or 1kg…

Chilli pork spare ribs

When making bacon, I buy a Otway Ranges free-range pork belly. I comes with the ribs attached. If you were making bacon and air-drying it, the ribs protect the underlying meat. But we have the modern-day convenience of putting our bacon in the fridge or freezer, hence the ribs are spare – so to speak.