What you need to know, before starting to grow your own Vegetables

Australians seem to have turned to their backyard gardens for growing vegetables this year.  Perhaps it is a way of gaining back some control when the world around us appears to be unstable.  What is certain, the pandemic has certainly made us think twice on how we lead our lives, and our dependency on others…

Mediterranean Risoni Salad

Greek Risoni Salad with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, plentiful of chopped kalamata olives and finished off with a tasty dressing makes for a quick and tasty meal, ready in 15 minutes.  Make your own variation with whatever you have on hand, orzo is a wonderful substitute to rice. Risoni can also be used as a…

Black Sesame Seared Tuna Steak with a light soy & lime dressing

Serve Tuna Steak marinated in a tangy refreshing soy dressing and coated in black sesame seeds. The Tuna steaks are then seared in a hot skillet and served with a gorgeous caramelised shallot and bean salad. To make this recipe low salt when using soy sauce, I always use Kikkoman brand. Tuna steak makes a…

Pan Seared Beef Fillet Topped with Mushrooms and Garlic

Prepare this delicious and quick recipe for Garlic, Mushrooms and herb Pan-Seared Beef fillets. These Beef fillets are perfect served on a bed of mashed potatoes and wilted English spinach perhaps or steamed vegetables.  You can use, eye-fillet, beef tenderloin medallions, beef fillet, steak, sirloin cuts for this recipe. Use a standard frying pan or…

Red Wine Apple Cake

Apples these days are in-season most of the year and what better way than to make use of this fruit by incorporating into a lovely poached wine apple cake.  The thick slices of poached apple in red wine are cradled in a lovely light and tenderly flavoured spiced wine cake perfect as part of an…

Lemon Myrtle Christmas Cake | An Australian Fruit Cake

Try this beautiful Fruit Cake this Christmas and celebrate it the Australian way, with the addition of the exquisite scent of lemon myrtle.  You can substitute lemon myrtle with any flavour tea if you like.   In this recipe, I will explain how to best extract the aroma and flavour of the lemon myrtle from…

Flourless Almond and Chocolate Cake | Torta Caprese

Torta Caprese or Flourless Chocolate Cake with almonds is one of those cakes you have to try making. With only six ingredients it is perfect to whip up a cafe-style cake in a flash. Made with ground almonds, semi-bitter 70% dark chocolate and cocoa this gluten-free cake is fudgy moist and decadent.  Serve with a…

20-minute tender beef casserole in red wine

This stew is the perfect comfort food.  Tender, fall apart beef simmered in a rich and wholesome tomato and wine sauce. There are so many recipes for beef stew, beef casserole,  beef bourguignon and beef ragu.  They are either simmered for hours over a casserole, in the oven or a slow cooker.    This recipe…