Hazelnut Meringue Torte – A Gluten-Free Dessert

A lovely light dessert to enjoy after a heavy main course

Yes, there was dessert at the Sunday lunch.  On the Saturday I made a Hazelnut Meringue Torte that is also gluten-free.  You need to make it a day ahead as it’s best served around 12 hours after making it.  I like being able to make desserts a day ahead as it takes a lot of […]

Pork Satay Skewers with Peanut Sauce

Makes about two cups

Earlier this week I posted about my family’s birthday get-together.  I mentioned I had made pork satay skewers with a peanut dipping sauce and showed an image I had taken on my i-phone of the cooked satays. From the wonderful comments it became clear that quite a few of you were interested in the satays […]

Gluten-Free Choc-Nut Cake

Gluten-free chocolate nut cake

September is always a busy month for my family; so busy that as usual, this year we didn’t have time to get together to celebrate my sister’s birthday, my daughter’s birthday, my father’s birthday, my niece’s birthday and a nephew’s birthday that had been even a little bit earlier than the others. So in October […]

Passionfruit Meringue Semifreddo and…The Visions

Should serve 8-10

At the beginning of next year, my Archie will turn 21.  As is custom, he’ll have a 21st birthday party. Planning is now underway.  The greatest hurdle has been in trying to find a venue.  As there will be more than a few guests we are not able to have this event at home and […]

Gluten-Free Sour Cherry Cake

Gluten-free Sour Cherry Cake

Last week the weather in Sydney warmed up to the point where it had me totally convinced Spring had already arrived (today I have no such delusions).  When the weather warms up after the winter months you tend to want to come out of hibernation and get together with your friends. On Sunday my cousin […]

Saffron Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Sicilian Olives

Saffron Chicken with Preserved Lemons and Sicilian Olives

Years ago when I was growing up my mother was always an enthusiastic cook.  She liked to be up with the latest trends and would scour the newspaper for the most up-to-date recipes; (cooking magazines weren’t yet invented).  One day there was in the paper a recipe calling for preserved lemons.  No one in our […]

Slow-Cooked Beef Cheeks with Mushrooms and Red Wine

Slow-cooked beef cheeks

Since starting my blog I’ve become addicted to visiting blogs every morning.  I like this for the sense of community I feel from being invited into a part of your lives but also because I love the sneak peek into your kitchens and seeing what you’re putting on your table.  I find this inspiring and […]

Raw, Vegan Protein Balls


Archie is stressed. And over-worked and over-tired. It’s because Rent opens in just over two weeks and Archie is feeling the pressure.  He says Jonathon Larson wrote a musical score that can kill a singer’s voice because of the range the performer has to sing coupled with the length of time his character has to […]

How to Make Gluten-Free Pasta with Truffle Butter Sauce

Excellent with a glass of red

A few weeks ago I attended a cooking course on how to make gluten-free pasta and gnocchi.  Gabriele Taddeucci who is Italian and a coeliac and the head-chef of Balla, ran the course and has allowed me to share his recipes. Gabriele has two different recipes for making pasta by either hand or machine.  I […]

How to Make Gluten-Free Gnocchi

Mushroom gnocchi all plated

A few weeks ago I attended a course by Gabriele Taddeucci on how to make gluten-free gnocchi.  He kindly and generously allowed me to share his recipes with you. A close-up view! I do have to let you know that I’m no expert in making beautiful, light-as-a-pillow gnocchi.  I have horror memories of once ambitiously […]