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Sausage-making

Sausage-making

The colder weather has been making me think of autumnal dishes to cook for the family, and it reminded me how much I love sausages! This year I got to make my own sausages with my brother-in-law Mark and I have to say it was a lot of fun. The end product tasted...
Harissa Paste

Harissa Paste

I love chillies and one of my favourite things to make with the last of the capsicums and chillies from my garden is harissa paste. Harissa is a usual ingredient in North African and Middle Eastern cookery. It’s often served on the side or added to cooked dishes, and...
Passion fruit sorbet

Passion fruit sorbet

A carpet of passion fruit under the vine… the high winds and rain this month have given me a glut of passionfruit to use up and this is the perfect solution! It is sweet but deliciously zingy and the flavour of the passion fruit really comes through. I made enough...
Pickled Onions

Pickled Onions

I was sitting outside Umu Café the other night enjoying one of their vegetarian platters, and realising again what a fine thing a pickled onion is… They are crisp, sweet, tangy, subtly-spiced – just delicious. The ones at Umu are pink too, which makes them very...
Bliss Balls

Bliss Balls

This time of year I find half-bags of dried fruit in the kitchen cupboard left over from various Christmas baking projects… and I am also looking forward to school lunches and hoping I can do a better job of putting healthy stuff in the box… bliss balls...
Fishy business

Fishy business

If you are out there catching snapper this summer, why not keep your fish frames and use them to make delicious stock or soup? To make stock: Add 3-4 fish frames and any other fish offcuts to a big pot. Add a roughly chopped onion, a roughly chopped carrot, some...