Recipes

Wild Samphire

Wild Samphire

I first discovered this curious and intriguing vegetable in France when a good friend of ours took us to a garden that grew rare heirloom vegetables and fruits.  Since then I had been on the look out for it, eager … Continue reading

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Blue Cheese and Chestnut Omelette

Blue Cheese and Chestnut Omelette

Chestnuts are currently in season and I wanted to try cooking them in some new and different ways. We also had some of the amazing King Island Dairy Roaring Forties blue cheese in the fridge. I decided to combine the … Continue reading

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Vegetable Tajine with Steamed Fig Infused Cous Cous

With Steamed Fig Infused Cous Cous

As we travelled through Europe these recipes were naturally refined.  In Avinos, Turkey we discovered the beauty of cooking in clay pots, the tradition of this region.  At the Avinos markets we found the most beautiful produce and strings of … Continue reading

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Braised Brussel Sprouts with White Wine and Goat Milk

Braised Brussel Sprouts with White Wine and Goat Milk

As every child seems too I hated brussel sprouts. But now they are one of my favourite vegetables and I always look forward to them in Autumn and Winter. One very simple but delicious way to prepare them is to boil or steam them first, then transfer them to a baking tray along with some minced garlic… Continue reading

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Fried Green Tomatoes with Corn Bread Crust

Fried Green Tomatoes with Corn Bread Crust

  We had this beautiful green tomato from the vegetable garden sitting on the window sill waiting to ripen.  But it was far too green to ever turn red and it had a greater destiny ahead!  Fried Green Tomatoes was … Continue reading

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Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem Artichokes

Jerusalem artichokes, also known as Sun Chokes, are one of my favourite ‘forgotten’ vegetables.  When I was a kid my Gran always grew them and I remember before we would go home going out to the vegetable garden and digging … Continue reading

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Sourdough Focaccia with Rosemary and Caper Pesto

Sourdough focaccia with rosemary pesto

This sourdough focaccia has the rich and delicious flavour of wholemeal sourdough but is still rather light and fluffy. It is covered with parmesan and a garlicky rosemary pesto before baking. Ingredients (yields about two 25 cm round focaccias) 1 … Continue reading

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Middle Eastern Baba Ghanoush Smoked Eggplant Dip

Baba ghanoush

This is one of my favourite dips and has a delicious smoked and lemony flavour. Quite often the store bought variety isn’t cooked in the traditional manner over open flames and hence lacks the amazing smoky flavour. Some recipes say … Continue reading

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Orange and Almond Cake

Orange and Almond Cake

This is a simple and delicious cake that uses the whole orange, which I find exciting each time I make it.  I like it with flaked almonds as well as the almond meal for the texture they add.  It is … Continue reading

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South Indian Coconut Barley and Millet Soup

South Indian Coconut Barley and Millet Soup

I really enjoy using lots of the ancient grains that we have forgotten about in the West. Two such grains are barley and millet which make a feature in this South Indian soup. While I don’t really know if these … Continue reading

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