Pancakes my way

Years of making pancakes on a Sunday morning for the pancake-loving second daughter in my life has taught me a couple of things.  First,...

Unpalatable

When I was a kid I went for a sleep-over at somebody else’s house and for dinner that night was served something that I...

Basics

I’ve got about three versions of this recipe in my enormous recipe file, but until now I have never actually got around to making...

Guns for shows, knives for pro

Several weeks ago my good friend Clare taught me to debone a chicken, and the most important thing I learned during that lesson is...

Basics

There’s a butcher who comes to the Farmers’ Markets only a few times a year, and he sells the most incredible beef.  I try to stock...

Veg on the side

Our evening meal often consists of ‘meat and three veg’.  The meat might be salmon, or a bbq’d butterflied leg of lamb, or a...

Not lamb Tajine

Tajine? Tagine? Either spelling is correct, apparently.  I think ‘tajine’ is French. I intended to make a lamb tajine in my new tajine* but...

Tajine

This is my new favourite thing.  This is a tajine, and this is what the girls bought me for Mother’s Day. I’ve always wanted...

Frittata de tox

My parents have half a dozen chickens but not the appetite for six eggs a day.  As a result, we are often given a...

Mini mud cakes

After making four and a half sheet cakes, I used a small round cookie-cutter (might actually have been a Scone Cutter) to cut as...

staples

When I was cleaning out my pantry this week I realised that there are some things I was hanging onto just in case I...

Basics

This is one way to roast a chicken.  We have a roast chicken once a week; I buy one at the Farmers’ Markets from...

Basics

The girls are 10 and 13 now and according to reality television cooking shows they ought to be making things like Pork Belly with...

Gingerbread biscuit

I made a triple-quantity of these for a morning tea at school on the first day of term.  They only take 12 minutes to...

Roast Tantrum

An hour ago I put an ‘easy carve leg of lamb’ in the oven at 180C.  A few minutes ago I took it out,...

Chocolate cake recipe

Mrs Carter’s Excellent Chocolate Cake This is my favourite chocolate cake to make when I need a cake in a hurry.  It’s one of...