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Apple Fritters

Apple Fritters

On a drizzly weekend in September the boys and I headed out to make the most of our National Trust membership. We’ve been exploring the immediate area and have visited Grey’s Court, Cliveden, Runnymede and most recently Benjamin Disraeli’s country home, Hughenden Manor. It was one of those days, the kids didn’t really want to be there and the weather was not great, so we didn’t actually end up going inside Queen Victoria’s favourite minister’s house and decided instead to stick to the grounds. We almost missed the walled garden that has been rejuvenated by volunteers and would have …

Damson in Distress

Damson in Distress

The ancient Syrian city of Damascus has given us many gifts over the years, giving its name to a number of wonderful and unusual things like damask fabric, the decorative inlay of metals called damascening, a type of fancy pigeon, moments of revelation called “Damascene moments.” It is also said that perhaps it is the ancient home of the damson (known as a ‘damascene’ in ye olden times – or “plum of Damascus”), but this is a controversial statement, as the British damson is much less sweet than the fruits known as damascenes. Indeed, much more tangy than a plum, …

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 …

Homemade Fatballs

Homemade Fatballs

To an Aussie – the word ‘fatballs’ could only have one possible meaning, and it’s not until I moved to the UK that I encountered the use of this word in relation to wildlife and birds. If you want to be the envy of all your wild-life-loving neighbours, start making home-made fatballs. Not only can they get really expensive to buy, but they look as if they contain dubious ingredients and like us,  birds like good food too. I can tell they prefer my fatballs because they’re almost all gone just a day or two after I put them out, …

Pumpkin pie with hazelnut crust

Pumpkin pie with hazelnut crust

“Good friends are like stars…. You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there”

I have a friend from Canada and together we used to enjoy swapping recipes, talking about food and embarking on oven-baked finger food odysseys. Being Canadian, she had a fine sense of North American cuisine, and shared with me her recipe for pumpkin pie that she made with a hazelnut pastry. It seemed timely that this recipe appear on my blog in November, in time for Thanksgiving (which is also celebrated by Canadians) and after discovering canned pureed pumpkin on the shelves in …

Green Lentil Dhal

Green Lentil Dhal

When you make and eat food like this, you realise why the western world is getting fatter and hungrier. Dhals are ugly, they’re really easy and cheap to make and they are nutritious and filling. Not much room for profit here is there? When you consider the holy trinity of sugar, fat and salt that keeps people craving more food, you realise that selling food is only profitable when your market is kept hungry. This is one of a thousand and one recipes that are possible with lentils and other split pulses (Dhal means ‘to split’ in Sanskrit), and this …

Bowl Food

Bowl Food

Bliss bowls, Buddha bowls, poke bowl or just plain ‘bowl food’. I’ve been thinking about it for some time, way before it was on the menu at Harry’s wedding. I only just found about that out. Over in the United States, bowl food has been big for years; probably why Meghan put in on her wedding menu eh?

While the concept is kind of, well, obnoxious, it really is just food in a bowl, I do love it. I love it because it’s opened up a whole new way of eating, mainly lunching I’d say, that means we can get …

Bill’s Jamaican coconut bread

Bill’s Jamaican coconut bread

Sydney-siders will know all about him, and some hip city folk might have heard him; I’m talking about Bill Granger. That man-child food-wizard who has made his career on sensational scrambled eggs. Of course there are a more strings to his bow, but his eggs really are good. I think a meal passes the test when you’re willing to drive into town and cope with the stress of parking and finding a table, which I had done many times in Sydney. The bad-ass of breakfasts, Bill also makes fabulous corn fritters and a decadent coconut bread that comes toasted and …

Sweet Hoisin Pork

Sweet Hoisin Pork

This recipe explores all four corners of the taste world: sweetness, spice, salty and sour. This Hoisin Pork recipe is another Kylie Kwong classic. I can’t praise her recipes enough, they are fresh, simple and always on the money. I love this recipe because it has a lovely combination of sweetness in the pork marinade and the crunch of the fresh cucumber is a stroke of genius. The sprinkling of Sichuan salt and pepper at the end is beyond words.

Hoisin Pork Recipe

Ingredients:
1 large pork fillet, sliced thinly.
1 cucumber (sliced finely using a potato peeler)
1 tbsp …

Oatcakes

Oatcakes

This post has been the most clicked-on photo from my Feeding Time Blog Pinterest board GREATEST HITS  – so I thought I’d bring it to the front page of the blog. The recipe comes from The Steading cafe in Keith, Scotland where I tried their homemade oatcakes on a ploughman’s lunch and they were amazing. Served in place of bread with cheese, their oaty crunch complemented the meal perfectly. I have used oatcakes on my cheese plates before but I’d never thought to eat them with things like smoked salmon, clapshot (like a tasty mash potato with turnips and chives) …