Old hand-me-down recipe book

This is sadly falling apart. But I like to think that is largely helped by the immense use and love it has had over the years. My mum used it always, then I bought it over from Australia and here it resides in my kitchen, calling out for me to frequently bake banana cake, scones…

Quick grilled lunch

I love anything Italian, anything with cheese and anything with smoked/cured meat. So a quick panini with pepperoni, mozzarella, extra virgin olive oil, sliced beef tomatoes and a mix of pizza seasoning and tomato paste, all grilled and gobbled up, was the answer today!

Tabbouleh

I have been dreaming about making this dish since my aunt in Australia served it over 15 years ago. Only now, with my burst of Mediterranean inspiration, have I dived into the realms of middle eastern grain salads… And there was plenty leftover for a side accompaniment for today’s lunch (with some extra flat leaf…

Cookbooks…so many!

First world problems, but I’ve been collating all my cookbooks and my word they’re chunky and many. Idea’s on how to store, show/display? I basically need another non-existent room… I am actually going to start an audit (just because it’s an excuse for a spreadsheet creation) because I have been on the verge of buying…

Cheesy tuna pasta bake

I need simplicity in my life. I crave the boring and I really don’t do drama (save that for the 3 year old going on 15, in the house). And last night I needed comfort, easy, no fuss cooking. Well as no fuss as comes easy to me. Tuna and corn, cheesy pasta bake: •…

Garlic flatbread

I wanted something a little more homemade to accompany my lazy shop-bought pizza lunch… garlic cloves, fresh garden parsley, unsalted butter and some extra virgin olive oil slathered on white flatbread… wrapped in some foil and bunged in oven for 10-15mins.

A fish dish

I have never been able to eat fish. End of. Except tuna in brine from a tin. That counts I’m sure.When I was three I visited the Victorian Markets in Melbourne with my family and was so overcome by the immense and overpowering odour of fresh seafood from the market stalls that the smell to…