Category Recipes

Almond granita with vanilla-orange wafers (& that time I was ruined for all other almonds)

I travelled to Europe earlier this year. Most of our time was spent in Italy, headed-up with a week in Spain and Southern France, and capped-off with a jaunt in Malta. For today’s purposes, just know that it was July and, it was hot. Really hot. The mercury rose as we trailed down towards the sun-drenched beaches of Calabria collaged with bronze Europeans, and drove around the dry, sun-blasted terrain of Sicily. It was that type of heat that engulfs you, pummels your head, and makes human contact repulsive. I loved it…


Roasted grape and brie tart with quinoa crust

IMG_1650 Melbourne is in the midst of two consecutive long weekends – the first one for Easter, and the following one for Anzac day.  This makes it a perfect opportunity to share this decadent tart, which could just as easily be whipped out for a leisurely brunch with a side of espresso and the Sunday quiz, as it could make an elegant snack for afternoon tea, with Prosecco and a simple mixed-leaf salad…

Dreaming of Vietnam(ese Pancakes)

IMG_1424 (2)This dish is a souvenir from my trip to Phu Quoc, Vietnam a couple of years ago.  I towed it more excitedly than any tourist with a stash of tailor made suits or a conical non la hat.  The food in Vietnam is really special.  I’ve eaten Vietnamese in Melbourne literally hundreds of times – lazy family lunches at our Victoria Street regular, wrestling over the last crunchy cigar-like spring roll to wrap in cups of crisp lettuce with strands of coriander and mint, mid-week pow-wow lunches gossiping over steaming broth and slurping slippery noodles, and boozy BYO birthdays staring inebriated eyes into plates of translucent dumplings. But Vietnamese food, in Vietnam, is very different.

Brown sugar pavlova with brandy spiked cherries and spiced mascarpone cream

This is a recipe for pavlova, all grown up. Charged with dessert duty for Christmas, I wanted to reinvigorate the old family favourite topped with its familiar medley of tropical fruits. Cherries are plump and bursting with sweet, slightly tart juice at this time of year, and we’ve spent hours devouring cherries in the sunshine, chatting and spitting the pips into napkins and into the garden…

Edible Christmas Gifts – Fresh Christmas Pasta and Angel Wings

IMG_0995 I am a big fan of edible Christmas gifts. For two reasons. Firstly, it substitutes a Bourke-St-Mall-induced panic attack for a relaxed morning of baking in the comforts of my kitchen. It is also an affordable way to spread the Christmas cheer a little further without deferring to a token bottle of wine or Lindt balls (not that there’s anything wrong with either of those things!) …

‘Tis the season to eat seasonally – beetroot carpaccio with goat cheese, pumpkin seeds & broad beans

IMG_0745Whenever I feel like a ready injection of country livin’, I head down to Collingwood Farmers’ Market at the Collingwood Children’s Farm.

Nestled on the banks of the Yarra, the rickety swinging gates down St Heliers Street preface a sprawling inner-city oasis of lush flora lined by dirt tracks, and various barnyard critters. Every second Saturday of the month, around 70 Victorian farmers roll out a lush spread of fresh produce including, cheeses, olives, preserves, cakes, meats, flowers, fruits…