An Abundance Of Lemons And How To Preserve Them

  One of the first things that drew me to the house we have lived in for the past couple of years were the two lemon trees growing in the back yard. This is not entirely unusual for Sydney, yet to find a sunny back yard that had TWO established lemon trees was a bonus. It…

Baked Rhubarb With Orange And Cloves

Although rhubarb is readily available through autumn it’s often not till early winter that I get round to baking my first tray. I keep it on hand in the fridge mainly to eat with breakfast, be it with porridge, yoghurt, or muesli. But it would be a crime against rhubarb to stop there. It’s such an…

Quinoa, Cinnamon And Chia Seed Bars

It’s been a lot of years since I have eaten store-bought muesli bars. They have too much sugar for my liking and added preservatives that I just don’t care for. I prefer to make my own. This simple recipe is adapted from one I wrote for Who Magazine last year. Oats and quinoa flakes are…

Nectarine and Coconut Bread

Nectarines have become a favourite summer fruit and when they are this good and plentiful I buy nothing short of a kilo at a time. With these sweet beauties I decided to make a simple nectarine and coconut bread. Well, it’s more like a loaf really. I call it a bread as after enjoying it…

Blueberry and ricotta, buttermilk hotcakes

  There was a period there, about 10 (or more) years ago, where I spent entire weekends cooking ricotta hotcakes. I guess that’s to be expected when you’re working in a cafe, but there’s a limit to how many hotcakes one can make and still think of them as a food one might want to…

Cardamom and ginger poached pears

I’m fussy about poaching pears. You have to be. For a perfect poached pear there are rules to follow: I can think of seven. Don’t go for heavily sugared poaching syrups – these must be avoided at all costs. Water enhanced with a little sugar, spice or citrus is just right and allows the natural…

Quinoa tabbouleh with feta and pomegranate

This salad was inspired by my yoga teacher,  Linda Apps, who runs the Yoga Nook , a small yoga centre in Dulwich Hill, in the Inner West of Sydney. She follows my blog and every now and then, when not discussing yoga, we talk about food. She asked for a recipe that was yummy, and vegetarian, that she might…

Pear and Date Chutney

Keeping homemade chutney in the pantry or fridge is like having a jar of flavour on hand. A good chutney is vinegary, slightly sweet, and subtly spiced. It should be cooked till it’s thick and coloured. The simplicity of throwing everything in the pot, all at the one time, has me making this pear and…