Pasta with Asparagus and Bacon

Last week I was up at the swim centre watching the little guy pound up and down the black line as usual.  While he did his laps I was thinking about the meal I was going to cook for dinner.  And I was totally prepared and organised as I knew I had an organic free-range […]

A Hearty Ragu

It was all as you said it would be.  ‘They’ll be fine’, you said, ‘they will rise to the occasion’.  And I can tell you that is exactly what happened even though when it came to looking after the little guy and caring for the home, one rose a lot higher than the other. Of […]

Macaroni Cheese with Leeks

I’m not in Bali yet but almost. Thanks for all your positive comments that the kids will be just fine.  However, because my ability to think positively is crumbling, I’ve brought in the big guns. Yes, Archie (Useless) and Arabella (the Cripple), still don’t have to share the house with a live-in watch-dog but in […]

Barilla Gluten-Free Pasta

There are a few people in my family who are gluten-free and one of their biggest complaints is that finding a decent gluten-free pasta is difficult and costly.  Since removing gluten from their diets, they say the food item they miss most is bread but enjoying a decent pasta dish is a very close second. […]

BRITA 3-Way Water Filter Tap and…Ricotta and Lemon Tortellini

This post is sponsored by BRITA. About a decade ago I became concerned about our drinking water and while not understanding completely what exactly is in the mix, I just knew I could have a cleaner form of water if the amount of additives were reduced.  I bought a water filtration system that had a […]

How to Make Gluten-Free Pasta with Truffle Butter Sauce

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

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 […]

Gluten-Free Pasta and Gnocchi

I’m absolutely not stalking Gabriele Taddeucci but I’m sure you’re all suspecting that I am.  It’s just that when I was at his restaurant, Balla, he let me know that he was running a hands-on course in how to make GF pasta and GF gnocchi. As I have previously mentioned, about 10 years ago Gabriele […]

Pasta with Sausage, Fennel and Beans and…A Crushed Toe

I’ve been away on the farm again.  We just decided to go for the last few days of the school holidays.  We again just took our ‘only child’ leaving the uni students to fend for themselves (much to their delight). While at the farm, internet connection is only available through my mobile using Hot Spot.  […]

Sausage and Leek Pasta and…the Licenced Driver

It was only a matter of time but yes, Miss Arabella now has her driver’s licence.  She was eligible to hit the roads some 18 months ago but just like Alfie’s belated birthday party, somehow there was just a lot of inertia about actually sitting the test. About a year ago she asked me to […]