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Chicken Parmigiana

28 May

chicken parmigianaI read an interesting quiz on a food blog recently asking people to name their number one kitchen fear. Which got me thinking…what is mine? It didn’t require much contemplation actually – I have no idea about frying anything and I find it very daunting. How do I know if the oil is hot enough? But now is it too hot? What do I do with all that oil afterwards? And in the end none of my questions are ever answered because whatever I was thinking of cooking would never compare with the cracking fish and chips from the coast anyway – so I just end up making something else. Continue reading


Eating with Ned – Georgian Chicken

15 May

EWN georgian chickenI have to share something quite exciting from this week: we have had a dinnertime revolution in our house! Instead of 2 dinner sittings in which Ned would eat at 5:15pm, followed by Morgs and I, often at 8:30pm, we have started eating together at the family friendly hour of 6:30pm. Probably only those of you with kids in tow will appreciate that this is huge for us! Continue reading


10 May

stromboliAfter last week’s cheesymite-scroll-fest that took place in my kitchen there was still one lonely sachet of active dry yeast hanging around begging to be used. It brought to mind a recipe I have on my giant list of recipes to try: Stromboli. I had no idea what Stromboli was before reading this recipe, but was totally taken in by the name alone. Doesn’t it sound Italian and delicious? Or maybe like a fun card game? Or perhaps a place you’d like to visit?stromboli

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Mushroom and barley pies

9 Apr

 Mushroom and barley pies

I was digging around my cupboard the other day, deciding what needed to be used up or tossed out, and found a bag of pearl barley, probably bought for a wintery soup that never eventuated. The obvious question then, was what to do with it? When I have the time I quite enjoy this way of cooking…discovering a recipe based on one ingredient and mixing and matching ingredients depending on what is on the shelves of my cupboards and those of the local fruit and veg store. So I searched and I found this recipe for Mushroom and Barley Pie on Smitten Kitchen. Continue reading

Turkey and fennel meatballs with spaghetti

25 Mar

turkey meatballs
Our family never ate spaghetti and meatballs when I was growing up – there was spaghetti bolognese, there were rissoles, but never “spaghetti and meatballs”. I have never ordered them in a restaurant, and never cooked them in my own kitchen. Until last week. Continue reading

Quinoa, cheddar and chilli patties – healthy, but tasty (they might have broccoli in them too…)

11 Mar

broccoli and quinoa pattiesHas anyone else out there noticed the glut of quinoa patty and fritter recipes that are about at the moment? Everywhere I turn I see them! One look at the ingredients list and I am suspicious about how good they could actually be, because the ingredients are so awfully healthful. Continue reading

Moroccan chickpea soup

4 Mar

moroccan chickpea soupFrom the beaches of Hawaii to the mountains of BC, I have to say life is pretty good. We have just come home from an amazing week in Whistler where we were lucky enough to have skied in the best snow of the year. I had an amazing time learning to ski and have emerged from the week exhausted with many bruises and dog-tired muscles but I am pumped to get out there again, and soon. The days on the slopes were hard work and every night I felt like I had earned my dinner. There are lots of steaks and burgers on the menus of every spot in Whistler (just like in Hawaii – what is going on out there?!), but I had a hankering for a filling, warming soup and found this recipe for Moroccan Chickpea Soup on Food52. It’s chunky and hearty and delicious. Perfect nosh after a big day in the great outdoors. Continue reading