Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: June 2010

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup

Here’s a mid-week quicky.

I have been eating soups for lunch for many months now and I am tiring of the same old, same old.

So, inspired by my friend L-Mac, I created a lovely little soup that you might like to try.

It is LOW fat, LOW GI and vegetarian.

Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup Recipe


1 smallish sweet potato

half a butternut pumpkin

1 carrot

1 cup of dry red lentils (or so)

2 leeks

2 stalks of celery

2 tsp minced garlic/ or 2 cloves

2 tsp minced ginger

1 large carton, or 4 cups of …

Strawberry Shortcake with baby basil and brown sugar cream


This is no ordinary strawberry shortcake. Perfect for when strawberries are in season when they not only taste great but are cheap too. Fairly easy to make, always impressive and lovely to eat, this almond shortbread and with strawberries served with baby basil leaves and brown sugar creme fraiche is a recipe I have held onto for years. Ideal for dinner parties, you can make the shortcake the day before and it takes only minutes to assemble. While you can use almond meal in place of processing your own almonds, you won’t get the rustic, chunky texture that adds another …

Mum’s Lasagne

Well it finally happened. The stars aligned and I happened to be at mum’s house when she made lasagne, with a camera in my bag.

Yes, I did invite myself over.

Yes, I did suggest we have lasagne for dinner.

And yes, I bought my camera with the intention of blogging about the entire experience.

So, I guess it wasn’t so much fate, rather more like imposition.

I know it doesn’t look the way most people would expect lasagne to look, and yes, it was a particularly runny batch.

However, I actually think it is the abundance of fluid in …

Recipe Alert! – Browned Butter Cookies

This is an emergency recipe alert.
I see it as my responsibility to share good recipes, when I find them.
Like the National News for Recipes.
So, I made these today and they are too good, the flavour of the browned butter is so lovely.
I predict a weight gain of 1kg this week, directly in relation to the amount of these buttery beauties I intend to eat.

I am off to further investigate the Bake List Blog.

Click on the link below to get the recipe – it’s on PAGE 2 of the post.

Brown Butter Shortbread Cookies

Eastern European Food Guide

A little while ago I was asked by the creator of an Eastern European food blog, Barbara Rolek, if I would like to add my blog to the directory she was compiling.

Of course I said ‘yes’.

So I thought I’d make a little mention of it here. It is a great resource to find out about recipes, products and general information. It of course has a US slant, but that’s because it’s from the US.

So take a look around if this is something that interests you.

Barbara Rolek’s Eastern European Food Guide

Feeding Time Blog on Eastern European

Corn Succotash

This is a kind of succotash, but I think nature of the dish means that it can be made using what ever is at hand and in season.

It is supposed to be primarily made of corn, which this one is….plus some other goodies.

It is as simple as dicing and frying up your favourite veges.

However, I do believe that this combination is particularly good and worth sharing.

Dice a few shallots, and zucchinis, mushrooms and corn cut freshly off the cob.

Put a little olive oil in a frying pan and throw it all in.

Season well, heavy …

Pasta Bakes

This is a post dedicated to my most favourite kind of pasta…the baked kind. Whether it be baked sheets of lasagne, stuffed tubes of cannelloni or just good old rigatoni with some cheese on top, I love pasta best when it’s been baked with lots of cheese. I have two offerings today. One was something VC knocked together one fine Sunday evening of late. We wanted lasagne, but it was too much trouble to make, and so I suggested a spaghetti au gratin, but the kids don’t like spaghetti anymore and so we came up with Bolognese and penne pasta …

Ode to my Coffee Machine

If she had a name it would be Lady Gaggia… and instead of singing ‘I Like it Rough’, she would sing ‘I like it Decaf’…sorry bad joke. I don’t even drink decaf…The coffee machine is my favourite appliance, my one and only true love of small kitchen electricals. The Gaggia Classic Coffee Machine.


AT and I bought it about ten years ago when we sold our cafe back in the day. It was gift to ourselves for the hard work and memories. It cost about $700 I think, which, ten years ago was a LOT of money and this was …

Caramel Chicken


Caramel Chicken Recipe


Chicken thigh or breast sliced into pieces (not too small or will over cook)
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 red onion, diced
3 tblsp light soy sauce
4-6 tblsp brown sugar
5 tblsp fish sauce
handful of sliced spring onions
salt & white pepper

In a little peanut oil, brown the chicken in a hot wok. Set aside.
Fry up the garlic and red onion in some oil, and then add the chicken back in.
Season with salt and white pepper, add soy and fish sauces and sugar.
Simmer until the sauce gets darker …



That’s what I had for dinner tonight.

As I sit here typing, I can feel congealed lamb fat on my face and disgracing my mouse and keyboard.

Ok, I am showing off.

It all turned out way better than I expected.

I thougth there’d be no gravy, the lamb would be undercooked…but it was PERFECT.

The gravy was fine, the lamb was soooo tender and the roast potatoes and pumpkin were crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.…