Persimmon honey cake

What the hell do you do with a persimmon? I've been discovering exactly what over the last few weeks, as I realised that all the summer seasonal fruits have dwindled off the shelves, and left me with a few recognisables that have food miles well over the 300 mark, a bunch of weird things, or... Continue Reading →

Persimmon and almond salad

Sometimes, I really have to give myself a pat on the back. Cooking is not hard, and throwing together a salad is probably one of the easiest things to do in the kitchen. But putting something up that is green and this banging is rare. It's one of those recipes that just fits in every... Continue Reading →

Caramel chestnut pie

Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. And I'm the mother of children who forget to buy flour when you send them down to the shop with family friends so you can whip up a nice little dessert for a hungry hoard while you're away on a weekend retreat. Blame iphones, blame music blaring... Continue Reading →

Chicken and chestnut fricassee

I can't believe I was finally back in Melbourne at chestnut harvest time, and I still missed the pick up at Greta's place in Beechworth. Purely life getting in the way, no real excuses. Isn't it silly how we all let that happen? After 10 years in Dubai and never getting to see a real... Continue Reading →

Zucchini carpaccio with smoked salmon

Lazy, lazy dish, partnered with some lazy blog writing. Sometimes you just need to start your Mondays on slow... Zucchini carpaccio with smoked salmon 1 large green zucchini 200g sliced smoked salmon 1 baby fennel bulb dash of olive oil fresh ground black pepper finely sliced red chilli (optional) lime juice and zest (grated) to taste... Continue Reading →

Zucchini and yoghurt fritters

I first tried zucchini fritters in Santorini, and now it seems that every time I make these, I'm taken back to an afternoon atop the white walls, drinking frosty, frothy Fix with friends, throwing back grilled octopus and keftedes, waiting for the alarm to signal its time to go back to the cruise ship. Despite... Continue Reading →

Chicken and pumpkin curry

You would think, that at the ages of 14 and 10, my children would have lost their fear of pumpkin (AKA buttkin, punkfart and orange-you-gonna-cook-me-some-potatoes-instead?), and I'd have been able to leave this recipe back in 2010 where it belongs. But, as discussed previously, they're still coming to terms with healthy eating, something I'm assured... Continue Reading →

Pears poached in red wine

I love eating ripe pears straight out of the fruit bowl, but I always seem to miss the perfect eating window. They’re rock-hard and green for ages, and then it always seems that while I'm asleep, it's the time they become slightly soft, intensely fragrant, full of juice and ready to eat all the way... Continue Reading →

Sweet potato and beetroot roesti

2pm on my most recent Christmas day: Prawn cocktails scoffed, martini glasses in the sink, painted with scraped remainders of Marie Rose. Cat fishing at shells and tails in the bin, being chased out in in a whirlwind of fur and snarls by sir barkypants. Brussels sprouts baconised and just finishing their charring on the... Continue Reading →

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