Tag: Side Dishes


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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Buttery soft roast lamb shoulder Dine in

My absolute favourite way to roast meat at the moment is slow roasted lamb shoulder. It’s so easy to do and absolutely yum served with a variety of different sides. We enjoyed this particular lamb with coleslaw and flat bread, and then left overs with tabbouleh and tzatziki later in the week. If you are coming to our house for a meal, chances are I’ll serve you lamb because it can just cook away in the oven while I socialise and enjoy your company! Make sure you enjoy the caramelised roasted garlic from the pan as well… delicious! Ingredients 1/4 cup...

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BBQ cajun chicken Dine in

The weather is finally warming in Sydney (most days anyway..!) so it’s finally time to get back into BBQ dinners. We live in a townhouse beside a heritage listed house which has been turned into 4 flats. I often feel sorry for my neighbours when I’m outside cooking on the BBQ because I’m quite sure all the smells are headed straight for their living rooms. I don’t think everyone would appreciate roasted eggplant (for baba ghanoush) or sealing BBQ pork ribs for a long slow cook in the oven at 8am in the morning  as I do (yes, that’s right)...

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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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Simple salmon parcels Dine in

We were having friends over for dinner on a school night and I had grand plans of making roast chicken but… traffic was bad (it takes the longest time to travel the shortest distance in Sydney), the sapphire fell out of my engagement ring and time was marching on so by the time I arrived home I had no interest in making anything complicated! I was first introduced to cooking en papillote (meaning in parchment) when I was living in France. It is basically dinner in a bag – all your ingredients are wrapped in paper/foil and baked. It’s a...

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