Monthly Archives: June 2016


Showdown mushroom omelette Dine in

Cooking omelettes have traditionally been Stu’s domain as one thing he offers to do for me (in addition to always asking me if I want floss when once a week he heads upstairs at 8.30pm to grab said floss so he can multitask while watching GoT). Unfortunately, I’m not a fan of Stu’s omelettes as they always have absolutely everything he can find in the fridge. Bacon, spinach, mushroom, capsicum, cheese, tomatoes plus a huge number of eggs to bind it all together. It ends up being a massive egg stew (!) on my plate which I have no hope of finishing. We usually...

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Guilt free lemon and poppy seed cake Dine in

I love baking with butter… and sugar… and white flour. Pretty controversial! I’m sure the gluten/dairy/egg/sugar free concoctions taste OK and I get that some people have genuine allergies which need to be seriously considered. However, for the same reason I don’t call spiralized zucchini “pasta” (it’s grated zucchini) or cauliflower rice “rice” (it’s blitzed cauliflower) I don’t do baking without the good “bad” stuff. Food wasn’t always demonised and labelled and people weren’t always made to feel guilty for eating what they enjoy. When my parents were growing up you ate what you were given and what you were given was...

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Beef gratin with roasted cauliflower Dine in

Slow cooking in the oven is one of the easiest ways to cook and the extended time in the oven results in butter soft meat and complex flavours. This casserole is a winner and with only a few ingredients and minimal preparation, you can let your oven do most of the work. The red wine matters – I’m not suggesting you buy a $40 bottle to tip into your casserole but equally don’t think a cask of Stanley’s “red” wine will do the trick either. The wine will either flavour or ruin your dinner so if you would drink it...

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Golden syrup self saucing pudding Dine in

The wind is roaring outside my window. Branches are whipping violently in the wind and the rain alternates between torrential and steady. At times the wind is so strong I can hear more than just the leaves moving and the house creaking. It’s a whistle followed by a long, slow grumble – the sound of a crotchety old man combined with the speed of a gazelle. It’s lovely to watch from inside my house… and I plan to remain safely ensconced for the rest of today. Winter has finally arrived and it’s my favourite time of year to cook. Casseroles cooking...

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