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…

Zucchini, Tuna And Borlotti Bean Salad With Chilli And Lemon

Not even I can deny the convenience of opening a can of pulses, rinsing them under water, and having them ready to use. It’s what I call fast food. The type we should all be eating. Whether it’s Borlotti beans, cannellini beans or chickpeas (which by the way, the later two make a great substitute…

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…

French Ratatouille

Ratatouille, I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s a fancy French name for cooked provincial vegetables, consisting of eggplant, peppers, garlic and tomatoes. It’s one of my favourite dishes, yet I can forget to cook it for months at a time. How can this be? What I love about this ratatouille recipe is everything is…

Dukkah – The King of Spice Blends

There are days where the craving for freshly made dukkah is so strong that I find no satisfaction till a batch is roasted, pounded, and then eaten whilst still warm.  It has to be said, possibly the best way to enjoy duukah is with bread and extra virgin olive oil. It certainly is the way…

Fennel and leek sourdough gratin

I cooked this fennel and leek, sourdough gratin for my lunch last week after spotting some fat gorgeous bulbs of fennel at my local fruit store. I had half a loaf of wholemeal sourdough that needed using when it dawned on me it would be the perfect companion for the fennel.  When the gratin came…

Backed ricotta salad with black rice and corn

  The Blue Mountains, two hours west of Sydney, has always held a special place in my heart, and it will continue to do so as I had the great pleasure of marrying my spunky husband there last weekend. For those of you who have had the experience of getting married, you’d know how absolutely…

Not quite hummus

  A good dip is essential for any cooks table, be it a barbecue, picnic, actually for any gathering of any kind really. I never buy supermarket dips. I think they’re horrible and expensive and filled with processed stuff. I like to make my own. And when it’s this simple, you should too. I call…

Pumpkin freekeh salad with basil and goats cheese

  I’m not going to tell you about my landlord selling our house, or how we’ve spent copious amounts of time looking for a new home. I’m not going to tell you about all the packing and sorting and cleaning to be done. No I won’t tell you any of that. Instead, let me tell…

Asparagus and rocket penne – for two

  A number of years ago I worked in a cafe in  Surry Hills, called Lumiere. The kitchen was smaller than my bathroom, yet we churned out great food and made almost everything from scratch. This chicken and asparagus rocket pasta always featured during the months of spring, when asparagus was in season, and rocket…

Salsa verde – the magic green oil

    Salsa verde – ever tried it? You really must. This vibrant, rustic, green herbed sauce adds a little touch of magic, with a big touch of flavour. And serving it with a simple steak is one of my favourite ways of eating it. Though don’t stop there. In Italy, where salsa verde comes…