Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: September 2011

Ottolenghi Luncheon

Mum has been wanting to take me to lunch at Ottolenghi ever since I got here (over 3 months ago now)…but with the constant companionship of my family, I wondered if the day would ever come where we could nip into Notting Hill have a quiet meal.

Finally today, we made it to our lovely, quiet luncheon at Ottolenghi. We had to wait about 5 minutes to get a seat at the communal table in the back of the store. It was a little crowded, but I could sacrifice personal space for this particular indulgence. Next to the sweets, the …

Brighton Beach


Brighton Beach was a place I have desperately wanted to visit since reading Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock earlier this year.

It was exactly how I’d imagined it to be, and more.

It was colourful, kitsch, nostalgic and fun.

We ate fish and chips on the pier and drank Pimms by the jug.

The fish we chose was called Plaice, which I had not heard of since coming to England. It is a very fine fleshed fish, that doesn’t really lend itself well to being heavily battered and deep-fried.

They seem to serve everything here with peas. But I don’t mind, …

Flying Fajita Sistas

I am a huge fan of Mexican food but I am usually disappointed whenever I go to a Mexican restaurant.

I have been to my fair share of Mexican eateries and often find them over priced, miserly with their portions and lacking in ambiance.

Until I discovered the Flying Fajita Sistas in Glebe, NSW.

I can’t even remember how I found it, a friend I think and I remember taking my playgroup mums there for our end of year party.

Needless to say it was a huge success and I have been back many times over the years.

It is …

Secret Tea Room

AT and I got a night out on Friday night and after much speculation about which area, which pub, good food or good atmosphere, we decided to eat at a well reviewed pub.

I don’t mean a gastro pub (which is like fancy foodie pubs) I mean a normal pub that serves decent food.

We chose the Coach and Horses Pub on Greek St, Soho.

We had no idea that in fact we had picked a famous London pub, with a rich history and celebrity culture!

At first we were unsure because it was full to the brim with Friday’s …

Lemon Meltaways

I was looking for a lemony biscuit to make this week for my boys…we’ve done choc-chips to death. I was browsing through my beloved Martha Stewart Christmas Cookie Magazine that is looking a little worse for wear these days and found her Lime Meltaways recipe. Sugar dusted shortbread cookies with a hint of lime sounded like just the thing, but of course I didn’t have any limes lying around.  Rolled in icing sugar, they make a perfect sweet, but-not-too-sweet bite to have with a cup of tea.

Lemon Meltaways Recipe

Ingredients:
1 1/2 sticks softened butter
1 cup icing (confectioners) …

Savoury Coeur a la Creme

There’s the kind of recipe that you make, it’s great, but for some reason, you don’t make it again. Perhaps it was too fussy, the ingredients too difficult to source or it just wasn’t worth the effort. And then there’s the kind of recipe that’s great and you continue to make it again and again. They’re the ones I’m interested in, and they’re the ones I share.

Today, I have one of these little gems to share that you might not have stumbled across yet. It’s a Savoury Coeur a la Creme  from Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. Ina’s …

Dinner on the Farm

On our most recent holiday to Croatia, we had the opportunity to celebrate my Dad’s birthday together as a family. We enjoyed the generous hospitality of relatives for the occasion. They made dinner for us all at their remote farm located about ten minutes out of the main village. We ate in the shade of a glorious walnut tree as the warm, sun settled behind us. V&V served up the tastiest grilled pork I’ve ever eaten along side bread, blitva – a traditional Dalmation dish, and salad made with home-grown vegetables and home-made wine.

Definitive rustic splendour.

Here, you can …

The food in Croatia

I just realised I forgot to blog about the food I encountered while holidaying in Croatia recently.

There were a few highlights, one of those being the Lobster meal we ate as a family on our last night in Prigradica.

Dad had organised one of the local restaurants to cook us up a three course extravaganza of salted fish, octopus salad for entree, then lobster buzara for our main meal followed by grilled, whole fish and blitva.

Not as glamourous as this special meal, were our daily lunches that I prepared in our little kitchen.

VC was joining on the …