The recovery process

It’s been a tough few days, emotionally and physically. But I’m on the road to better. It’s funny how small things turn out to be exactly what you need at that time despite not knowing it. My small thing in hospital at 10.30pm was ice-cream.

A little Italian side

I needed something heart-warming and Italian inspired. So I made a small side dish of buffalo mozzarella, fresh basil and sourced juicy tomatoes. I think I could eat this forever…

Banana cake

Creating, mixing and baking a much loved family recipe of banana cake with my 3 year old is just perfect. I made 2 from this batch (ate 1 and froze the other). She makes a mess but I want her to be involved in the process of making and cooking food… in this case cake!…

A kitchen complete

I have harped on about getting a coffee bean grinder for something like forever and ages… so I got one. And I’ve ground my first beans and the smell, THE SMELL!!! Amazing… I’m still going to lap up my instant each morning and yes, I’m sure already ground coffee (like the ones I’ve used for…

Homemade Greek gyros salad

This is the start of the ‘side’ salad creation accompanying my meat based Greek gyros tonight. Cabbage, lettuce, red onion,  lemon (for the garlic sauce) & pitta…

Hungarian paprika

This sweet paprika is going to form the basis of a heap of Hungarian cuisine in the coming weeks. Goulash here we come…

Coffee talk

It’s not always about food (well mostly about food, who am I kidding). Drink is just as important. Water is vital but coffee and good coffee is exquisite.I’ve become more of a coffee snob over the years. Yes, I’m partial to instant in the morning before work and whilst wrestling children, I’m not a dreamer,…

Anzac biscuits

I love this recipe. Crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside. I used to have another trusted source but then this 1914 gem popped up and I never look back. It’s also an awesome activity for little hands to get involved in. A little mess and flour explosion never hurts…

Street food – Greek chicken

This is a packed Greek lunch today. Giant marinated chicken pieces, Greek salad, lettuce, shredded carrot, pine nuts, sundried toms soaked in good olive oil, slabs of red and yellow peppers, whole olives, chilli infused feta cheese, slices of pitta and the old faithful tzatziki sauce. The pitta could do with some warmth but for…

Mediterranean veggie tray

This is the sort of side meal that moves seamlessly across all seasons. Courgette, peppers, red onion, baby toms, splash of balsamic vinegar and a generous covering of good olive oil, this is getting your Med on (without the travel expense)…