Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: May 2012


I couldn’t let this week go by without a Jubilee mention. Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for 60 years – a milestone the world will most likely never see again. I love it how all the longest reigning monarchs of England have always been women (Elizabeth I, Victoria, Elizabeth II). England is a flutter with Jubilee fever. There are Union Jacks everywhere, in every store and and window display. Pubs have got Jubilee menus on offer and Harrods has got silver plated commemorative gifts. I was in Harrods recently and was thoroughly impressed with their window displays. I didn’t get …

Refried Beans

A few years ago a tradition began between my sister and I. It was called ‘nacho night’ and it usually involved watching a dvd, drinking red wine and eating nachos. Sounds good right? Well, it was, which is why we still do it. The country might have changed and the dvds might not be Twilight related anymore, but it’s still a nice way to spend a Friday night. When Old El Paso took their nacho kit off the market (in Sydney anyway) we tried many variations and brands and eventually settled upon the Old el Paso nacho topping which is …

Chocolate Guinness Cake

I thought I’d better set the scene for you. Of course a half a can of Guinness should never go to waste so I gave it a good home while I baked. I found this recipe on twitter, as it had featured recently in a magazine (Stylist to be specific). I saw it and knew I must have it. Even though I’d just been complaining to AT about my weight and even after we’d promised each other that I would not bake this week – I just knew I would not be able to end this day without making …

Top Five Recipe Books

I don’t normally do these top five lists. It’s something I do when I’m writing for money so the charm kind of wears off when it applies to me. However, I think I am ready to share with you my favourite recipe books. For a foodie (and blogger) I’m not a big recipe book collector or reader. These days I’ll search the internet for recipes. But when I come across something brilliant, and more than one brilliant recipe, then I will usually go and get the book.

Kylie Kwong’sSimple Chinese Chinese Cooking

Consistently fresh, flavoursome and yet light …

Salted Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

I was in the mood for something chocolaty-peanut-buttery and yet easy to make. Cookies is usually the way to go and I know they’ll get eaten by someone other than myself. I haven’t got a photo of the cookies as such, because to be honest, they look pretty bad. I wasn’t in the mood to shape or even pat them down. It was one of those afternoons. But I do highly recommend salting them as per the recipe. I only salted a few thinking it wouldn’t taste very good, but actually it is amazing. These cookies are great, otherwise I

My macaron poster

Just thought I’d share my beloved macaron poster with you all…I’ve had it for months, but now that we’ve moved I have decided to put it on the wall.

I got it when I was at a book signing at Pierre Herme’s shop in Belgravia for Foodepedia. There were free macarons involved and fans of this sort of thing would have been pistachio-green with envy. But truthfully I find his concoctions too complex for my taste. I must be a macaron peasant, a bon-bon bourgeoisie if you will.  And so if you’re wondering why the poster then? Well, another testament …

Baked Chicken and Lentils

With such simple ingredients and so many lentils, I suspected this recipe would be a little bland. But I am pleased to announced that it was not in the slightest bit. The aroma of thyme, wine and garlic coming from the oven was heavenly and the taste was hearty and flavoursome without being at all challenging – perfect comfort food. I love one-pan-wonders. And for those who care, it is very low GI with no starchy carbs just the good fibre and protein from the lentils and chicken and very filling.

This recipe says to stir in the spinach and …