Do you want hot buns? Dine in

Easter is the time of year for traditional hot cross buns – despite Woolworths and Coles stocking them as soon as the Christmas decorations are removed. I boycott buying them until April! Or, you can make them yourself! I cooked these buns this morning, and they were delicious. Stu told me so at least 3 times in between mouthfuls of hot, butter soaked bread. Baking bread makes me feel really clever and accomplished and this recipe is easy so I can pass that same feeling on to you. I didn’t bother piping a cross on the top or glazing these as per the...

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Spinach cob loaf dip Dine in

This recipe is a stand out crowd pleaser. One of the reasons I love cooking is seeing the joy on someone’s face when they eat and enjoy something I have made. Once you put this dip on the table it will be instantly surrounded by a crowd of people who can’t stop dipping and dunking, it’s so good and it will be gone in about 10 minutes flat. A friend’s mum made it at a party years ago and I only just asked for the recipe, wish I had asked sooner! I made a few tweaks and this the result....

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Satay chicken and vegetable stirfry Dine in

We were counting down the days to our trip to Vanuatu so I was in operation Fridge Clean Out mode and eating what we had so nothing went to waste. While riding home from work I was trying to figure out what we could have for dinner as the options were dwindling… but then I remembered I had a trusty can of Ayam satay sauce in the cupboard! Another reason for always having one in your pantry – instant flavour. I had a pile of vegetables in the fridge and a chicken breast in the freezer, along with a packet of...

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Ode to satay sauce Dine in

This post (and one to come) are an ode to satay sauce. Specifically Ayam brand satay sauce. It’s delicious and I highly recommend you seek it out from your local Asian grocer (I can’t usually find it in the supermarket) and keep it as a cupboard staple. Today’s dish is Indonesian gado gado, a room temperature salad made with a variety of  lightly steamed vegetables alongside the necessary boiled egg, sambal and prawn crackers. The simplicity of the salad is the secret, along with a very decent satay sauce (you can make your own with this recipe if you’re keen!)...

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Simple roast fennel pasta Dine in

This is one of my favourite recipes to make when I’m feeling lazy or I’m cooking for one. Apart from chopping a few bits, the oven does all the hard work for you! Once roasted, the strong aniseed flavour mellows and caramelises into a sweet, soft partner to the pasta, jazzed up with a bit of chilli, garlic and lemon. I had a handful of lonely spinach leaves which I added this time around, use this recipe as a base to add or remove bits as your fridge allows. Let me know where this recipe takes you. Ingredients 1 large...

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Handful Prawn Pasta Dine in

Cooking in self catering accomodation is a bit of an art. You need to make do with a (usually) ill equipped kitchen with blunt knives, not enough saucepans and a non existent pantry so you need to make maximum flavour with minimum ingredients. I called this Handful Prawn Pasta because that was how I measured everything out, using delicious prawns from Canarvon WA (well up the coast from Perth, but still fresh and so sweet), local colourful tomatoes, breadcrumbs made from my woodfired loaf of bread, along with parsley, garlic and lemon. Simple and delicious. Pangrattato is also known as poor...

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Beautiful WA Travel

I have been to Perth several times for work but it doesn’t really count… from store to hotel and back again, I really didn’t see much to be able to say “I’ve been to Perth”. Friends of ours were getting married and Stuart’s sister and her husband live in Perth too so it was the perfect excuse to take some time off work and see a bit of WA. With a flight around 5 hours from Sydney, you need to stay a few days to make the trip worthwhile anyway! We flew in after work on Friday (business class upgrade!...

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