Recipes & Posts

Chicken à la Meates

Chicken à la Meates

This is my version of Chicken à la King – the one that I grew up eating and which is still a firm and frequent favourite in the weekly meal rotation. In comparison to both the original and contemporary recipes, it is pared back and 

Pancakes

Pancakes

A simple – but delicious – recipe for pancakes in time for Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Tuesday next week. Though this recipe doesn’t need to be confined to just one day a year! Serve them in the traditional manner with a little lemon juice and caster sugar 

Plum and Almond Upside Down Cake

Plum and Almond Upside Down Cake

I love upside-down cakes. There’s something about the fruit sitting on the bottom of the pan, only to be turned out to the top of the cake where it sits in its own glory. Maybe it’s because I grew up down-under? Ba dum tss! *insert 

Pavlova

Pavlova

The humble and iconic Pavlova: a staple dessert during the summer festive period in New Zealand and Australia. The ‘Pav’ is traditionally topped with whipped cream and slices of kiwifruit and strawberries – although pretty much any soft fruits will work well: raspberries, mango, passion 

Welsh Rarebit

Welsh Rarebit

When I was a wee lass – in the era of cassette tapes, shoulder pads, and glam rock – I had created a ‘recipe’ for cheese on crackers. It consisted of melting cheese on a cracker by way of the microwave. Immensely proud of this 

Capsicum (Bell Pepper): De-seeding and trimming – two methods

Capsicum (Bell Pepper): De-seeding and trimming – two methods

The first method is one that I adopted from Jamie Oliver, who demonstrated it on one of his TV shows. It’s fun because you use your hands and tear things! The second method uses a knife and allows for more precision when it comes to 

Zucchini (Courgette) Bread

Zucchini (Courgette) Bread

Tired of Banana Bread? Want to have fun with zucchini? Try Zucchini Bread! Seriously though, this is a lovely bake. It’s an adapted and modified recipe from Rachel Allen’s Bake, which is a fantastic cookbook. It’s a sweet (but not too sweet) bake worthy of 

Cranberry Orange Nut Muffins

Cranberry Orange Nut Muffins

This is a perfect post-Christmas-what-to-do-with-the-remaining-cranberries recipe. Actually, it’s worth buying cranberries just to make this recipe – it’s that good. It comes from the indomitable Isa Chandra Moskowitz and can be found on her website and in her Vegan Brunch cookbook (a beloved addition to 

Cream of Parsnip Soup

Cream of Parsnip Soup

Parsnips are truly a lovely winter vegetable. When used in a soup they are often curried however I wanted to try something different. I liked the idea of the sweeter parsnips with earthy leeks and hot white pepper. Behold, this recipe was the result. There 

Pear and Cardamom Yoghurt Loaf

Pear and Cardamom Yoghurt Loaf

As Summer transformed into early Autumn, our pear tree went bonkers. Its branches became laden with fruit that was crisp and excellent for baking in August, and then became sweet and juicy for eating in October. One recipe that profited from our pear tree’s beneficence