Baby Pea, Mint and Asparagus Salad

Baby Pea, Mint and Asparagus salad

I didn’t raise my Archie to be cruel.  But a few days ago he was watching some old home videos.  And the video footage isn’t that old; just 18 years old which went by like three or four. But he came down from his bunker and said, ‘Mum, I’m really shocked; I’ve just been looking […]

Mushroom and Asparagus Toast Cups

Toast Cups

After I made citrus peel that was such a gourmet trend back in the 70′s I thought I would post another recipe from that era.  And it’s one I mentioned in that same blog post where proficient home cooks wouldn’t just serve something from a jar, or even serve a pickled onion and cube of […]

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

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 […]

Raw, Vegan Lemon ‘Cheesecake’

A cheesecake with no cheese

I’m no longer limping. I’ve been to see an osteopath and after telling him my tale of stupidity (air-headed notion of training for less than four weeks for a 10km ‘fun’ run), he looked at me like he was dealing with a slow learner and said, ‘That’s not very wise’. I said, ‘I know that […]

Rocket and Pomegranate Salad

Toast the walnuts in a dry frying pan over medium heat

I could just give you the recipe, but I’m just dying to whinge a little bit about my jogging career.  What a business it is, trying to get fit! The jogging group meets on Tuesday evenings at 6.30pm.  That just doesn’t suit me.  Last week I was full of good intentions but when it came […]

Arabella’s Vegetarian Brunch

A plate of colour

Arabella has bought herself a cookbook.  It’s Donna Hay’s Fresh and Light.  All inspired, she said she wanted to cook brunch for when we were down on the farm. Arabella doesn’t cook very often.  Case in point, she recently found a recipe she’d like to cook.  She went out (with my wallet) and bought mountains […]

Raw Spelt Muesli

Serve with fresh berries

Just quietly, Miss Arabella and the boyfriend are no more. I can’t say too much but he was invited to Archie’s 21st and he’s now been uninvited.  I didn’t ‘uninvite’ him.  Prior to the announcement of her newly proclaimed single status, I did send the boyfriend a text asking if he could help us, on […]

Radicchio, Watercress and Witlof Salad with Pomegranate Dressing

Radicchio and watercress salad with pomegranate molasses dressing

When I was preparing our Christmas Eve dinner where glazed ham and crispy potatoes roasted in duck fat were two compulsory menu items, I needed something to bring a little colour.  And I knew pomegranate seeds could do just that.   I’ve always loved the taste of pomegranates but I’m even more impressed with the […]

Three Vegan Dips

Three dips with potato crackers

Last month we celebrated Arabella’s 19th birthday and as you know she had a small party to celebrate.  I’m a big believer in serving food at teenage parties and although Arabella kept insisting I wasn’t to make anything because, ‘no one will eat it’, I ignored my wise old sage and stepped into the kitchen. […]

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 […]