Middle Eastern Pearl Barley Salad

It’s the hint of sweet spices, orange juice and currants that I love most in this Middle Eastern spiced pearl barley salad.  The flavours and the irresistible turmeric colouring infuse into the nutty pearl barley, making every mouthful layered with taste. A sprinkling of toasted almonds, garnished over the top, adds the perfect and necessary…

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…

Roasted Brussel Sprout And Chickpea Salad With Garlic Yoghurt

  A dear friends Aunty who I lived with for six months in Brighton, the UK, (20 odd years ago now), would steam her brussels for hours on end. On a Sunday morning (it was always a Sunday) she would begin the day by steaming the vegetables for the evening meal (gulp). The poor overcooked…

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…

Kale And Pickled Carrot Slaw With Green Tahini

I have about half a dozen fantastic salads I’ve been eating over the summer that have all been on high rotation. There’s barely been a sandwich in sight! And why not? Salads have become the staple that make me happy. They lessen the guilt of chocolate… cheese… and wine… The simpler the salad the better. Like…

Turmeric Potato Salad With Red Quinoa And Yoghurt

This is far from the conventional mayonnaise based potato salad that most people have in their repertoire. This little beauty uses fresh turmeric added to the potatoes before boiling so the colour leaches out and stains the potatoes a vibrant yellow. It’s flavoured with coriander seeds, cumin seeds and nigella seeds, which are all roasted…

Roast Pumpkin, Black Bean and Halloumi Fritters

  Most of you would be familiar with the combination of roasted pumpkin and halloumi cheese, you’ve probably seen it on numerous cafe menus. But did you know how brilliantly these two ingredients combine with black beans for a vegetarian fritter out of this world? I have this thing with black beans at the moment…

Salad love – Lilly pilly, goats cheese and honey

There’s been much salad love this year. When I work from home I can mix together a salad in no-time. For me, salads are all about texture. There must be something crunchy, either a raw vegetable or toasted nut (I keep a small amount toasted on hand). There must be something soft – goats cheese,…

Bubble and Squeak with Caramalised Onions

This is the only dish I know that’s been named after the sound it makes whilst it cooks (yes it really does bubble and squeak). It’s not a name that you’d expect to hear of a dish that uses up left over roasted vegetables. I’ve tried in the past to make bubble and squeak with freshly…

Basil and Macadamia Nut Pesto

I feel like getting back to basics. I’m officially on holidays from my food editor job, and the past weeks have seen all manner of festive dishes cooked, tested and prepared for the magazine. I feel I’ve already cooked my way through Christmas fare and now I just crave some simple food that requires no…