Category Archives: To Serve with Drinks

Peak Summer Deliciousness. Roasted Cherry Tomato And Garlic Focaccia.

High summer and we’re inundated with an abundance of impossibly sweet, gloriously fragrant , deeply hued vine ripened tomatoes. At the moment I can’t seem to  get enough of the mini cherry and roma varieties. Little peak season flavour bombs … Continue reading

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Eat, Fast and Live Longer. A 5-2 Fast Diet Recipe Idea Under 100 Calories. Mini Caprese Cocktail Santas.

December 1st and the silly season has well and truly started. A time for pre Christmas catch-ups, get togethers and cocktail parties. Full of conviviality, canapés and festive good cheer. Truly the most wonderful time of the year. In search … Continue reading

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Fish On Fridays. Prawn Bruschetta With Chilli, Ginger And Garlic.

I’ve been making this delicious bruschetta for over a decade. The star of this meal? Plump, juicy tiger prawns doused in plenty of chilli, garlic and ginger. It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe from one of his earlier cookbooks Happy Days … Continue reading

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The Summer Edition. A Beach Side Feast. Beer Battered Potato Scallops.

Another trip down memory lane. This time the focus is on the great Australian potato scallop. More popularly referred to as the potato cake in our southern states. For me it’s the quintessential taste of the long summer school holidays. … Continue reading

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The Summer Edition. Folding With Filo. Spinach, Herb and Cheese Triangles.

Summer is all about simple meals that make good use of seasonal produce. Bursting with flavour the ingredients often don’t need very much preparation at all. On hot, sweltering days we love a casual mezze style of eating.  Char grilled … Continue reading

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A Most Indulgent and Elegant Canapé. Medjool Dates With Brillat-Savarin and Pistachio.

Another feast day, another indulgence. This time a very simple canapé. Plump, luscious Medjool dates, split, seeded and  filled with a perfectly ripe triple cream white mould cheese. Finished with a generous sprinkling of freshly roasted, crushed pistachio.  A most … Continue reading

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Another Offering From The Japanese Izakaya. Butabara. Grilled Pork Belly Skewers With Green Spring Onion.

It’s Spring, and the weather has been unseasonably warm. The perfect excuse to fire up the barbecue. My family has a penchant for anything marinated, skewered and grilled. No doubt a consequence of many a visit to the Japanese izakaya … Continue reading

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For The Cheese Plate. Very Retro. Short and Crumbly. Baked Cheddar Biscuits.

Not so long ago we dropped by friends for a pre-dinner drink before heading out for a meal at a nearby restaurant. At the door we were greeted by the most delicious aroma. Home baked cheese biscuits. The perfect accompaniment … Continue reading

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The 5-2 Challenge. My Fast Day Snack With Crunch. Oven Baked Beetroot Crisps.

Sweet, earthy beetroot. Perfect fast day food. High in fibre and antioxidants. Low in calories and fat with an  impressive energy count of only 45 calories per 100 grams. A cooler weather vegetable, beetroot also happens to be in abundant … Continue reading

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Meltingly Delicious. King Island Double Cream Brie. Baked In Its Box With Garlic, White Wine and Thyme.

This is quite possibly the most decadent way to eat cheese ever invented. Based on the Swiss delicacy Baked Vacherin Mont D’Or.  Seasonally enjoyed in the depths of winter with a good  bottle of  wine. It’s mid July and mighty … Continue reading

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