Special cookies – just like the ones Oma used to make

Anzacs are a great biscuit should you ever want to make ‘special’ cookies – if you know what I mean. Mum has been churning out Anzacs to the same recipe ever since I can remember. When I left home and started carving a life of my own, this recipe was one of those home comforts…

Mum’s Anzac biscuits

Anzac Day was yesterday, so I think it is only fitting to post a blog about the connected food item for said day! Anzac’s are a great biscuit, crunchy on the outside, sometimes a little bit chewy on the inside. Their benefit is that they store well in an airtight container for a long before…

Rose’s Florentines

OK, I admit that Florentines and Sustainability, or living more healthily aren’t words that you would associate together, but let’s face it, if I am going to be bad, then this would have to be my choice of thing to be bad with. What’s more, if you make it yourself, then you know what’s in…

Picking ‘n pickling olives

Last weekend we picked some olives from Uncle Bob and Aunty Marg’s tree. It was so laden with fruit that the 5kgs we took didn’t even make a dent. My olive tree (which I have had for 7 years) only this year fruited for the first time. It must have known I was going to…

Tuna casserole (aka White lasagna)

This meal is one my mum used to make (with a white bechamel sauce), and I have adapted it to make it even easier, as I don’t have the patience for bechamel sauce, nor do I think feeding my family on butter, flour and milk in large quantities is good for you, unless it’s for…

Working mother survival style boring dinners…

As today was back to work day for this chicken, I am devoting a few hours today to getting ahead on this weeks dinners – otherwise I might be tempted by the restaurant strip outside the door, which is not only not good for me, but expensive too. You know the kind of dinners I…

Brandied cumquats

My cousin Freya has left a cumquat tree at her folks place, and it WAS covered in cumquats. But not anymore! That’s what you get coussie bro for not talking all your stuff with you when you leave home! We went over to my Aunty and Uncle’s place today to shake a few olives out…

I LOVE it when I see a change for the better!

In an earlier blog I wrote about how disheartening it is to hear that perfectly good food is wasted by the major supermarket chains as it isn’t deemed to be of the quality they want to be known for (No rotten bananas… the price for being so picky). Can I just say, today I am…

Bad parent of the year award goes to….

When can or should you introduce your baby to chocolate? Well – Amber is 6.5 months old, and she has tried rice cereal, pumpkin, pear, zucchini, porridge, and carrot. So I guess now’s probably not the chronologically ideal time to introduce her to chocolate, but then it’s just been Easter, and everyone in our house…

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…

A sea change – such a nice way to get rerooted

My story continues….after a few days in Eden, we headed up to Gerroa. No one I talk to ever knows where this place is. It is 40 mins South of Wollongong and sits at the top of the Seven mile beach National Park. I am blessed to have a friend who loaned us his house,…