Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Author: Lara

Chicken Satay Pizza

Chicken Satay Pizza

Purists look away now! Avert your eyes and block your ears because I’m about to plunder and pimp the sacred, doughy idol you call pizza. I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of fusion food but I will bend the rules now and then when it feels right. And I don’t know about you, but for me peanut sauce, chicken and snow peas on a pizza feels right. I only know this because many years ago, we used to go a gourmet pizza restaurant and order the Java, an Asian-style pizza that contained absolutely nothing that a good pizza should. …

Sublime Steak and Cheese Sub

Sublime Steak and Cheese Sub

It’s not everyday you can make someone emotional with a sandwich. On the weekend I had some left over steak and offered to make steak sandwiches for the boys. So far, so what right? Everyone has their own take or secret to make the best steak sandwich but this was different. No trace of tomatoes or chutneys, sauces or lettuce. No questions of toasted or un-toasted bread.

The American’s have a name for this sandwich, and it’s called the Philly Cheese Steak. I only know this because I grew up watching a lot of American TV and this stuff sinks …

Orange and Almond Cake

Orange and Almond Cake

I’m a bit late to the party on this one. Kiwi chef Peter Gordon’s boiled orange and almond cake has been floating around the interwebs for some time now. I only found out about it from my visit to Rex Bakery last year where I tasted it and knew immediately it was a winning recipe. Peter pours chocolate ganache over the original recipe which features in his book The Sugar Club but I prefer this cake plain.

Well, I say plain, it’s not plain – it’s amazing and best left unadulterated. I’ve tried boiled orange cakes before and found them …

The Botanist: Marlow

The Botanist: Marlow

Feeding time blog

Don’t get me wrong. I love pubs. Even more specifically, I love British pubs and the social comforts they bring to the British lifestyle. But I do miss the excitement of going to a proper restaurant. In Australia dining out is more restaurant-oriented, with all kinds of venues, big/small, formal/casual offering cuisine-specific or a style of food and there is a buzz of excitement each time you go out. But here in the UK, it’s a bit different and as soon as you step outside of London the eating-out options become very narrow and it’s usually deciding between the pub …

Christmas Greetings

Christmas Greetings

Feeding Time BlogThis here is a photo of the spread my sister put on for our tiny Christmas Cocktail get-together. So much effort, love and generosity of spirit was laid out on this table which to me, is the true spirit of the season. I realised this year that my failed attempts to relax at this time of year were terribly misplaced. This is no time to relax! Christmas is a time to gather your energies for one final hurrah before the winter closes in. Christmas is time to bake, make and shake your bootie, it’s time to wizz around getting last …

Old Butcher’s Wine Cellar Famous Mulled Wine

Feeding Time Blog

Perhaps it’s because I’m Australian, but I’ve never really picked up on the mulled wine tradition here in the UK. To me it tasted either too sour or overly spiced and stating the bloody obvious – what’s with warm wine?

But things change. A few weeks ago I dragged the boys down to the Cookham Christmas Street Fayre that’s held in the High St in early December. If you’ve never been, the Cookham Christmas fayre is a corker; jam-packed with amazing food stands, a couple of choice rides and plenty of gift stalls and alcohol – the perfect recipe for …

Butternut Squash, Honey, Cheese & Savoury Sage Crumble

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I’ve added some roasted beetroot to my crumble making it look all gory, but I don’t know that it added anything to the original concept. After trying the Marlow Cheese Co. Cygnet cheese, I knew there was a recipe in there somewhere.The Cygnet has an almost sour, citrus flavour when it’s young and isn’t overly salty which means it completes the holy trinity of flavour when you combine it with something salty and sweet. So in this dish you’ve got the sweetness of the squash and honey, the savoury of the crumble and the sourness of the cheese. This is …

Local Food Hero: The Marlow Cheese Co.

Local Food Hero: The Marlow Cheese Co.

Cheese is a funny thing. The way we appreciate a fine cheese rather goes against the grain. Mould makes it more marvellous and the worse it smells the better it is. That’s how I knew the Cygnet cheese from The Marlow Cheese Co. was going to be a corker; it ticks both boxes

I’ve never tried a lactic cheese before, that’s the category of cheese the Marlow company’s debut effort falls under. It’s hard to describe as it’s got the consistency of a cream cheese or soft goat’s cheese but only when it’s young, and the slightly acidic, light citrus …

Apple, Nut, Cranberry and Coconut Loaf

Apple, Nut, Cranberry and Coconut Loaf

I don’t know if it’s the same in your neighbourhood or backyard but our neighbours have an apple tree on our fence line that’s bare but for the green baubles that occasionally drop and roll across the yard. I have no idea what kind of variety it is but they taste pretty good. I’ve seen trees along the motorway that have red fruit still adorning the barren branches and I can’t help but wonder if that’s why we decorate our Christmas trees the way we do.

There are a number of similar recipes for this kind of apple-cranberry loaf and …

Food-Lovers Christmas Gift Guide

Sure, it’s only November, but this is the perfect time to start your Christmas shopping for maximum gifting pleasure without the stress and December budget blow-out. Getting a gift for someone who loves food and cooking might seem like a no-brainer but the relationship between a cook, their food and their kitchen is an intimate one fraught with complications. Your brother might love to cook Mexican food but you’d be wasting your time to get them a recipe book from Britain’s ‘favourite’ Mexican food chef. Your best friend loves smoke-pit meat? A BBQ tool set from Robert Dyas is probably …