Chermoula chicken with apricots Dine in

Terrible photo, but a delicious casserole made with the Chermoula spice blend I purchased from Gewurzhaus Herb & Spice Merchants a little while ago. They are an Australian company which freshly blends small batches of spices each week to ensure maximum quality and flavour, and they ship around the country. Bonus! Chermoula is a bit of a blanket term for a spicy marinade/spice rub originating from northern Africa. Like most recipes everyone has their own variation and you can definitely make your own, but sometimes it’s just easier to buy a delicious one for an hassle free and yum dinner. Chicken...

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Persian love cake with fresh nutmeg Dine in

I’m pretty sure I know why this is called Persian love cake – because everyone who eats it loves it and has seconds! I made this and the Basque burnt cheesecake for our Beer ‘n Books club and this one was the stand out. It’s super easy and keeps well too, I snacked on the left overs the next morning while the kettle was boiling and then poof it was gone. Using fresh nutmeg is key – the flavour is super important. Just stare out the window while you’re grating the hard nuggets of nutmeg, it will be done before you...

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Basque burnt cheesecake Dine in

If you are someone for whom the smoke alarm tolls when you are active in the kitchen, this is the recipe for you! This cake is actually meant to be burnt – admittedly there are layers of burnt and charcoal is not where you want this to end up. However, shades of hazel, cocoa, cinnamon to a tad of inky coal black is delicious and actually what this cheesecake is all about. This recipe hails from Basque in the northern part of Spain. It’s deceptively simple and decidedly good. It was one of two desserts I made for a dinner party, so...

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Coconut, pumpkin, spinach and lentil soup Dine in

After spending 3 days cooped up in a hotel at a work conference, eating very average buffet food and subsisting in rooms without fresh air or natural light I could not think of anything better than a big bowl of vegetable soup for dinner when I got home. This recipe is a combination of others I read and I like it for the simplicity, subtle spice and big hit of vegetables. It’s almost more stew than soup. Garam masala is an excellent one stop spice blend to keep in your pantry – maximum flavour for zero effort and much easier...

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Spinach and ricotta cannelloni Dine in

I was googling for an easy spinach and ricotta recipe and for some reason was pretty difficult… all the recipes I came across had too many ingredients or too many steps for a school night so I made this up instead. It turned out really well! You can’t go wrong with an all in one baked dinner which can go straight from oven to table. I made a point of using whole ingredients, by that I mean not using 600g of ricotta when you can buy 250g or 500g pre packaged in the supermarket (also, zest or juice from half...

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Chocolate banana cake Dine in

For some reason I always end up with a sizeable supply of peeled banana soldiers in ziplock bags waiting patiently to be called into service. During the summer months this isn’t a problem as one of my favourite quick breakfasts is a frozen banana smoothie with the optional additions of oats/chia seeds and milo/frozen berries. Winter isn’t really the weather for frozen drinks and my freezer was overrun with bananas so I decided to make a cake. Yes a banana cake. Not banana bread. Bread has yeast. Cake does not. Why do people insist on calling it banana cake? It...

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Breakfast in someone’s garage at Two Chaps Dine out

At least that’s what it felt like… we drove down a street lined with orange brick warehouses and reverse parked against a wall padded with a cushion of grass and weeds. I’m super good (most of the time) at reverse parking courtesy of Sydney. Driving anywhere is a challenge and finding a park can be worse unless you are comfortable squeezing into small spaces or parking half in/half out against a yellow line because other people can’t park properly. My logic is if my car is only half out of the designated parking area then I can only get half a...

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