Meals in the madness

The last month has been pretty busy so I thought I’d cheat and pop up some of the on-the-go stuff that I’ve made during this time. My taller half dreamed of having chicken sausages for breakfast. He was actually sleep talking about it and I had a strange sleep-talky conversation with him and decided to…

Pappardelle with rabbit ragout

So I’ve never cooked rabbit myself before but after having the most delicious version of this meal at the Lord Nelson Hotel at the Rocks, which incidentally my great grandfather was the publican of, I decided to give it a go and it was possibly the most delicious smelling meal I think I’ve ever cooked….

Merry Christmas and Happy 2012

Things get frantic around Christmas time don’t they? It’s been a while since I’ve been able to find time to put any of my cooking escapades up here and now I have a backlog of stuff to catch up with. The nice thing is that all the craziness culminates in a wonderful Christmas day which…

Lemon thyme and pea risotto with sauteed wild mushrooms

There is a great mushroom stall at Marrickville markets that is ever so inviting. I bought some trumpet, swiss brown and portobellini mushrooms and sautéed them in white wine and olive oil. To make the risotto 4 cups of vegetable stock 1/2 cup white wine Grated half a lemon rind 1 onion finely chopped 1…

Macedonion inspired snack

I made this based on something I saw on the Macedonion edition of Food safari a while back. Quick and simple. Sweet tomato paste Anchovies (get good quality ones, not those hairy salty little things in the jar) Chopped fresh basil Parmesan or similar hard cheese Olive oil Bead of your choice (I used rye…

Zesty spelt fettucini with ocean trout and peas

This is quick and simple. Serves 2. 1 reasonable handful of spelt fettucini 1 large piece of ocean trout cut into thin slivers 3/4 cup of peas – thawed 1/2 cup of freshy grated parmesan 1 small chopped chilli 1 tspn greated lemon zest Juice of half a lemon 1 tbspn olive oil Boil spelt…

Italian inspiration

What always inspires me about good italian pasta dishes and salads is the simplicity. There is an ethos there based on great quality ingredients and tasting the flavours of fresh food that I really adore. This dish is vegetarian and packed with flavour. You could add bacon to the pasta for that extra salty zing…

Quick Kangaroo for one

So I’m flying solo while the taller half is in China visiting family. I also had a chilly 4am start this morning due to Federal Budget requirements so I needed something quick and nutritious to ward off the cold. I went for baked sweet potato and spanish onion with loads of thyme served with grilled…