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What happens when the freshest of ingredients meet some past their prime in my fridge? Some would say, get rid of the old and make room for the new. My answer is mix them up, giving leftover cooking a fresh twist. It all started with a quick trip to the shop for milk with Mr T. I should have known we’d end up with more, especially when I spotted him at the… Read More

Today’s post is brought to you courtesy of the weird and beautiful things I found in the back of my fridge this week: left over smelly cheese and vacuum-packed pre-cooked octopus! It was one of these nights, when we had ran out of fresh meat and were left with odd assortments of vegetables, opened tubs of cream and lonely eggs. I actually like it when this happens, as it forces me to… Read More

Australian meat pies are what empanadas are to the Spanish people, pizza rustica to Italians, tourtes a la viande to the French or tourtiere to Canadians: a shortcrust or puff pastry shell filled with a mixture of meats ( with aromatics and other ingredients) covered with a lid of the same pastry. I have made my own version at home and on the boat, using whatever was on hand in the fridge… Read More

Last Sunday morning, I found a note on the kitchen bench. “Mum we are out of Weet-bix”. For the uninitiated, Weet-bix is a breakfast cereal biscuit made of wheat and not much else beside a little bit of sugar. My kids (as do a lot of Aussie kids) love it and have grown up on the stuff. Personally I don’t understand how they like it so much, as I think it tastes… Read More

How do you like your cheese? My first choice is fresh and unadorned, served on a platter with nothing more than fresh bread or crackers, the French way. Sometimes we add elements of sweetness like fig paste or quince jam, to cut thru a pungent blue cheese. These cheese platters nearly always feature on our dinner table, though in typical australian fashion, they are served before dinner as an accompaniment to drinks… Read More

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