Handmade Pasta & Red Wine Bolognese

I’ve never been able to relate to people who cook and eat for the mere purpose of sustaining their bodies. I will go so far as to say that what I cook and eat links directly to my emotional wellbeing; there are days and evenings where my schedule gets away from me and yoghurt and…

My Chicken Soup

My chicken soup is somewhat of a medium between your typical Caucasian-style chicken soup, where a lot of the flavour comes from the sweetness of onions and carrots, however is also quite Asian-influenced from my addition of shiitake mushrooms and shallots (or spring onions, if you want to be pedantic about it). This is such…

Butterscotch Pecan Self-Saucing Pud

Winter is the season of squishy baby food. Hot, creamy potato mash, thickened tangy jus and sauces, oozy cheesy lasagne and this soft, melt-in-the-mouth self-saucing pudding is no exception. This was to be dessert for a weekend lunch at The Sister’s place; and it was ridiculously simple to quickly rustle up the hour before we…

Pumpkin Risotto

Pumpkin is probably one of the most time-consuming vegetables to prepare but one of the most rewarding when cooked well. I love winter when all the different varieties of pumpkin start to emerge, and immediately my imagination starts to conjure up the aroma of warm roast pumpkin salads and rich pumpkin soups. As this is…

Osso Bucco

With the winter chill starting to seep its way into our homes in the evenings, my eye has been more drawn to the casserole and slow-cook style recipes in my collection of cookbooks and online databases of recipes. I’ve been wanting to try slow-cooking for some time, with rich, round-bodied flavours similar to my Coq…

Duck Ragu with Soft Polenta

Buoyed by my success with the Coq Au Vin, I decided to give cooking with copious amounts of red wine another go with a something a little different. I’ve been wanting to make a ragu for some time, but upon searching through recipes online, I was disheartened to see that most required a slow or…

Caramel Croissant Pudding

So I watched the video of Nigella Lawson’s Caramel Croissant Pudding years ago and really, I didn’t understand how she had left croissants around to go stale in the first place. Heaven knows in my kitchen, they definitely wouldn’t have had the time to go stale! However, as luck would have it, I was grocery shopping…

Roast Pumpkin & Garlic Soup

As I’m writing this I’m bundled up with scarf, hoodie over my head, hot tea by my left hand and the little heater in my room working overtime as it spews out just enough heat to keep me from shivering. We’re now in the last month of winter – please let it pass quickly! I’m…

Coq Au Vin

As you’ve all probably noticed, there’s been a sharp increase in the number of savoury recipes that are being published. I’ve been a little short on time these days, trying to juggle full-time work with part-time study, gym, blogging and somewhat maintain a shred of my social life, and so the little cooking I do…

Roast Vegetable Frittata

Is there anything more homely in winter than roast vegetables? I had one lone capsicum left over after my Ratatouille, as well as a bit of pumpkin from my Roast Pumpkin Ravioli and so I decided to make the most of it and make a quick frittata one Sunday lunch. A frittata is really like…

Apple & Blueberry Shortcake Pie

This recipe is from taste.com.au, sourced from Good Taste magazine. I’ve had this recipe bookmarked for quite some time, and with the influx of fresh apples into local supermarkets as the weather begins to cool, I found an opportunity to make it one afternoon. Sadly, with the end of daylight saving it meant that by baking later…

Seafood Pies

With it being halfway through the last month of winter, I looked back at the things I’ve made over this winter season and was in disbelief that I have not made some form of pie. Pie, like lasagne, is a winter essential and after a brief discussion with Viv at work about her recent attempts…