I came across this doll’s tea-set in the back of a high cupboard the other day, whilst rummaging around for something else. It belonged to my great Aunty Gwen, who passed away some years ago aged ninety. The teapot and milk jug are different to the rest of the set; they’re painted with little violets and are … Continue reading Afternoon Tea with Aunty Gwen.
I’ve always wanted to try a chocolate and beetroot cake, but just never got around to it until now. We are huge fans of beetroot at our place, and one of our favourite comfort meals is a roasted beetroot risotto that I finish with balsamic vinegar. A little while ago, whilst watching Masterchef, Miss E … Continue reading Expect the Unexpected: Beetroot Chocolate Cake with Balsamic Ganache.
Last week I had an Op-shop win, and bought this cute little cake tin for $2.35. What a bargain! So much more than a second-hand cake tin though; it was pure inspiration. It conjured up a vision of a lemony, rose-petally kind of creation, and I set about trying things out in the kitchen. I based the … Continue reading Inspiration Strikes! Flourless Lemon, Almond and Moroccan Mint Cake, and a Lesson in Moody Lighting.
When I first posted about my family’s new eating ideas, here, my sister recommended A Modern Way to Eat as a good introduction to tasty, vegetarian cooking. I needed all the help I could get, so dutifully went out and bought it straight away, and I’m so glad I did. Anna Jones is a protege of … Continue reading Cooking the Books – A Modern Way to Eat by Anna Jones
Bliss balls, energy balls, protein balls; I’ve seen them called all types of things, but had never tried them. They always look like a handy, healthier-type treat to pop into a lunch box, so I bought a couple of peanut butter ones to try out on the kids recently. The report was unfavourable; dry with a … Continue reading Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls
For more than a decade I’ve been dreaming of the Chickpea Bake from Melbourne’s humble restaurant treasure, Moroccan Soup Bar. If you are in Melbourne, go there for the earthy, inclusive and unpretentious experience, packed with happy diners and chatter, and taste, first hand, the unforgettable flavours and intoxicating aromas. This modest establishment has been my favourite Melbourne … Continue reading Cooking the Books – Moroccan Soup Bar: Recipes of a Spoken Menu by Hana Assafiri