Our Top Five Comfort Soups for You

“That bowl of soup—it was dearer than freedom, dearer than life itself, past, present, and future.”   ~ Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, One Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich   Hi Everyone! Nicole could not come to write her blog post today due to lack of stable internet connection, but sends her love with top five comfort soup recipes […]

Black Sticky Rice Pudding Recipe – Gluten Free, Vegan, Yum!

“I like rice. Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2000 of something. ” ~ Mich Ehrenborg   This is truly one of those comfort-in-a-bowl dishes. Black sticky rice pudding is popular in Thailand and parts of Asia. It can be eaten warm or cold, and makes a delicious dessert, but it’s equally good […]

Easy Chilli Con Carne Recipe

“I think preparing food and feeding people brings nourishment not only to our bodies but to our spirits. Feeding people is a way of loving them, in the same way that feeding ourselves is a way of honoring our own createdness and fragility.” ~ Shauna Niequist   Chilli con carne is one of those great […]

Remembering Tropical Pie

“Sometimes you have to travel back in time, skirting the obstacles, in order to love someone.” ~ Frances Mayes, Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir   When I was a kid, growing up in the seventies, there was this pie Mum used to make. ‘Tropical Pie’ it was called, if memory serves me correctly. I loved […]

Nana’s Apricot Chicken Recipe

“If nothing is going well, call your grandmother.” ~ Italian Proverb My beloved Nana was never a fancy cook. Her food was simple, tasty, quick to prepare and always economical. I have missed her so much since she passed in late 2012, but whenever I make one of her recipes I always feel that she is […]

Osso Buco Recipe with Beetroot and Rosemary

“The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy […]

Slow Cooker Italian Lamb Shank Recipe

“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.”~ Jane Austen   I’m totally in love with my slow cooker right now. Just ten minutes of preparation in the morning and the slow cooker does all the work so that by nightfall I have a luscious, melt-in-the-mouth dinner, brimful of goodness and with next to […]

French Toast with Banana and Bacon Recipe

“Oh, I just want what we all want: a comfortable couch, a nice beverage, a weekend of no distractions and a book that will stop time, lift me out of my quotidian existence and alter my thinking forever.” ~ Elizabeth Gilbert French Toast is such weekend food! The sort of breakfast where you don’t have to rush, […]

Nana’s Passionfruit Slice Recipe

“Cooking is not about being the best or most perfect cook, but rather it is about sharing the table with family and friends.”  ~ Skye Gyngell, My Favorite Ingredients This is an old recipe that my Nana copied out from her friend Dulcie, after a successful ‘War Wives Luncheon’ during World War Two. At least that […]

Coconut, Ginger and Cardamom Rice Pudding Recipe – Vegan

Because my Power Word for 2013 is HEALTH, I’ve been modifying a few of my favourite recipes. This creamy-sweet rice pudding has the added lusciousness of Indian spices, and is entirely dairy, gluten and cane-sugar free.  And it’s vegan to boot, for those of you who are lovers of plant-based diets. It can be eaten […]

Rhubarb Cream Puff Recipe

When you’re in a hurry, but still want something fabulous for dessert, this is it! There is no particular skill required, and the beauty of this recipe is that you can use any seasonal stewed fruit if you can’t get rhubarb! Ingredients to Serve Four: one bunch of rhubarb, 2 apples, sugar, one cup or 300ml […]

Cheesy Mexican Bake with Home-made Coleslaw

All my clients and friends keep telling me they want to eat better but have no time to cook! In response to this I’ve decided to post some quick-to-prepare recipes that will allow you to eat well, and get food on the table fast, with a mimimum of fuss. This recipe is embarrassingly easy and […]

Easy Baked Custard Recipe AND a Free Kitten!

Today an old family recipe worth cherishing, and the latest instalment on life at my farm. This baked custard recipe was my grandmother’s, although my grandfather liked to boast that he perfected it! It always reminds me of the love and care he had for my grandmother – he was never a man to be […]

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