Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Month: June 2012

Wabi Sabi

When ever I make mash potatoes, it never turns out to be perfect. There’s usually lumps, sometimes it’s a little too dry or wet. When I make macaroni it doesn’t always turn out the same either, some times it’s good, sometimes it’s great. You could say this about every thing I make. You might even relate to this game of kitchen hit-and-miss yourself. Cooking at home, and for a family can be hard work. You don’t always have what you need, sometimes you have to improvise and sometimes things just don’t go as planned.

But it is this culinary imperfection …

Food stall at the summer fair

It’s a busy week. Mum and Dad have been helping me organise our Croatian food stall at the school’s Summer Fair. We’re going to be selling cevapi rolls and oblatne, a Croatian wafer cake. I’ve had a devil of a time trying to find cevapi in the UK. Cevapi are small sausage like snacks, made of beef and pork mince and blended expertly with loads of garlic. There is a small ‘Balkan’ contingency here, but not huge and certainly not exclusively Croatian, rather a mixture of ex-Yugoslav food products and specialties. They all seem to be in the Ealing/Acton area, …

Butter is better

Just thought I’d share my thoughts on butter. This has nothing to do with my Lurpak feature last year, it just happens that I do actually buy Lurpak spreadable butter. But I’ll tell you why. Years ago when I started making food for the kids, I began to look at the ingredients on things. I remember being shocked at the amount of ingredients in bread crumbs, and made the effort to make my own. Funny thing is that in the UK the bread crumbs are simply made from yeast, flour and water…just what you’d expect. Where as in Australia …

Buttermilk Scones

Kirstie Allsop hosts a TV show called in ‘Made in Britain‘. It is basically an outlet for over-achievement. She tries her hand, guided by experts, at all kinds of craft and baking and enters the results in small town fairs, where she usually wins some kind of prize amongst people who have been plugging away for years. It sounds like I don’t like her or the show much, but I do. I really like her, she isn’t afraid to reveal her competitive streak, which I understand all too well. My family call it the ‘Monica gene’ (from Friends

Collapsible colanders

Yes, the kitchen at our first home in Battersea was tiny. And I mean tiny. However, it did have lots of cupboards and shelving to make up for the lack of space. Yes, the kitchen here in our 2nd home in Maidenhead is a lot bigger (and nicer). And while I may not be able to see anything outside my kitchen window besides my fence, suburban living has its compensations. Now that we have all of our things shipped from Australia I have a lot of appliances and general kitchen miscellany to store and frankly this kitchen isn’t up to …

Jubilee Sponge

Well, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee was quite the celebration, but befitting the British cliche, it rained the whole time. Not a lot. But it was an overcast weekend with drizzle, meaning we had to have our Jubilee party in VC’s apartment. It was probably just as well really, as the common wasn’t the riot of revelers we’d expected. OK, so the weekend was off to a shaky start. But we got things underway with a giant pitcher of Pimm’s punch which involves Pimm’s, lemonade, mint, strawberries, orange and cucumber slices. We laid the table with our picnic treats. Mum bought …