Monthly Archives: August 2015


Eggs three ways Dine in

I used to say that I can cook but I can’t boil an egg. Boiling an egg was (in theory) the first thing you learned in the kitchen but it was something I found difficult to master. Too many variables! Egg size. Egg temperature. Water temperature. Timing. End result – unknown until you crack the top. Egg yolk – solid, runny or too far gone with an unappealing ring of green. White just set and perky or with the consistently of the snot from a runny nose. I am proud to say that I can now raise my slotted spoon...

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Delicious monkey bread Dine in

I don’t know why this bread is called Monkey Bread, if someone can enlighten me that would be great! This recipe was on strong rotation when I was growing up and Mum would often make a batch or two when we had people coming over for dinner. My cousin Amy was particularly fond of it and Mum still makes it for Amy when she visits! We had a couple of friends over for afternoon tea and I had a giant bunch of parsley in the fridge, so I decided to make Monkey Bread for the first time (on my own!...

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Vietnamese pork rolls Dine out

A tiny, slightly dodgy looking shop front in what used to be a public toilet does not sound like a place where you would find delicious food. I am a firm believer that in order to find the best Asian food you need to learn to appreciate the mystery and have a sense of adventure, so take a breath and make your way to the Vietnamese Pork Roll shop. The prices have gone up a whole 50 cents since we moved here and the queues have increased but the quality and value is still outstanding. Word is getting out about these pork...

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Carrot cake Dine in

I had 3 sad carrots lost in my fridge drawer so instead of making soup I turned them into a delicious carrot cake. I made this recipe regularly when I lived in France as my host dad loved to have a slice (sans icing) for breakfast every morning which he dunked in his bowl of coffee. I haven’t made this recipe for years and I have no idea why  (original post) – moist, slightly spiced cake spotted with crunchy nuts and covered in cream cheese icing, what’s not to love? I also owed a friend some baked goods after being on...

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Chimichurri sauce Dine in

Chimichurri sauce is a flavour filled South American dressing that goes well with grilled meats aaaand pretty much anything else. Eggs, avocado, slow cooked chickpeas or beans, steamed vegetables, fish, baked potato and sour cream… the list goes on. This sauce is a perfect blend of sour, salty and spicy rounded out with parsley to finish. This recipe makes quite a lot but it keeps well in the fridge. It’s an easy way to spice up your dinner, you’ll be glad you have extra! Ingredients 2 cups Italian parsley leaves and stalks 4 garlic cloves 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves (or...

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