Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Kitchen Wisdom

Healing Chicken Soup Infused with Turmeric and Ginger

Healing Chicken Soup Infused with Turmeric and Ginger

Maybe you’ve noticed, but I’ve not written a post for a few weeks. It’s because I caught a virus which was bad enough, but then I went ahead got myself a nasty chest infection. The doctor calls it pneumonia. I haven’t baked for weeks and there are so many things I want to try like Honey and Co’s disassembled feta cheesecake and sour cream and pecan loaf. But for now all I’ve managed to muster is some chicken soup.

You might have heard chicken soup being called ‘Jewish Penicillin’ and after doing a bit of reading I discovered that it …

Rip Snorting Roasts

Whether you’re a wiz at making roast dinners or perhaps taking your first piece of meat for spin, there’s a always room for improvement when it comes to making the perfect roast dinner. I’m yet to attempt the Yorkshire pudding and always trying hard not to overcook the green beans. Anyone with experience will tell that it’s all about timing. The difference between a good roast pork and a mouthwateringly-memorable one is time. Whether your potatoes are nice or out-of-this-world is all about how long they’ve been roasting for. I could go on, but I think you get the point.…

On the chopping block

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There’s a plethora of chopping woods, blocks and sheets available today, which makes choosing the right board difficult. However, if you’re not sure about what the best kind is, consider that wooden chopping boards have natural anti-bacterial properties in the wood that make them hygienic and safer to use. While both plastic and wooden boards get nicks and crevices that can harbour sometimes dangerous bacteria, plastic holds onto these germs while a wooden board will – when washed and dried – be free from harmful germs. But don’t rely on my word, do your own research and draw your own …

Duck confit and pommes sarladaise

I’ve been missing the food from home a bit lately. This week I wanted to make a seafood soup, with a variety of shell fish and prawns and was so disappointed that I had to use a pre-cooked selection. I managed to find green prawns in the shell, which is essential for a good stock, but the crab and mussels came from a pre-cooked frozen package and I can confirm that yes – they tasted horrible. In Sydney I would have gone to my local fish shop and bought my pick of prawns, crab, mussels and fish and it would …

Ways to minimise waste

I don’t like to get political particularly when it comes to food, but I was writing an article about food waste recently and thought the information I discovered was worth sharing. My aim with this post is not to guilt anyone into anything – which is usually the first reaction I have when someone tells me what I should be doing. My intention is to share with you that there are small things you can do in your daily life that can make a difference. Sometimes the only thing you are able to do is make a change in your …

Happy Anniversary

In post-war Australia they needed a boost to the population. Ten-pound poms and various other migrants on similar schemes were shipped and flown to Australian shores up until the ’80s. A condition of the cheap tickets offered to people from Britain and the continent was that they were obliged to stay for 2 years. After that, they could do what they liked.

We celebrated our 2 year anniversary last week. 2 yrs since we left Sydney and landed in London. I said good bye to endless days of sunshine and clear skies to a life that is a bit more …

Anti-ageing never tasted so good

IMG_0893Earlier this week I went to get a passport photo. Granted most passports photos are terrible for various reasons and mine are no different, however this last one I got was particularly vicious. This time it wasn’t my weight that bothered me or my face in general, despite the fact that I am noticeably asymmetrical and flashing some wicked crazy eyes, it was something else that bothered me. I looked old. I have been blessed with looking younger than I am my whole life and this has usually made me happy, but for the first time I looked older, sagging …

Hrstule

I have a little recipe book where I keep all my cuttings and family recipes. Its pages are splattered with flour and other ingredients, and some of the pages are even stuck together. Scattered through out this book are mysterious little post its with hand-written and very scant recipes for various Croatian sweeties. Sweeties for recipes that my mum and I love, but find hard to track down. Something you might not know about some people, is that sometimes they don’t share the entire recipe with you. You’ll get enough to get you a good result, but often a little …

Endless cupcakes and enormous cake tins

The dust has finally settled after a whirlwind Christmas/New Year period. I haven’t mentioned Christmas because it was ruined. My whole family came down with influenza. We tossed and turned with fevers and delirious sleep for days. Luckily my mum, dad, brother and sister didn’t get the flu, they were able to celebrate an otherwise perfect Christmas unaffected by the lurgy.  The house looked like a scene from the wild west when we returned from Mum’s over Christmas. We only had a couple of days to do our laundry and pack our bags once again for our trip to France, …

How to make a great roast chicken

Not everyone can say that say that a chicken fell on their head. I can of course and it seems like the perfect way to introduce my post about roasting chicken. I’ve been watching a lot of Woody Allen films lately, and anyone familiar with his movies, will know that a chicken falling on my head is a bit of life imitating art in the sense of Woody’s comedic pathos, but I’m no Annie Hall and this was not a lobster.  What’s more, I’ve been listening to music from his films, and so my life has felt like I’m on …