Mussel mania

So last Friday night we made a MASSIVE pot of mussels. Two kilos for the two of us. It was a heavenly indulgence and loads of fun to make. First of oil put one yellow onion finely chopped, three cloves of garlic, one tablespoon of tomato paste and three small chillies in a big heavy…

Breakfast: Baked potato rosti and poached egg

I’m having a bit of a baked potato rosti fetish at the moment. I mean who doesn’t love the nice crisp outside and the warm soft inside of the humble potato? It is delicious. For this I used 1 medium potato (to make two) 1 finely sliced shallot 1 egg salt and pepper Boil the…

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…

Capsicum stuffed with marinara and quinoa

We went for a short weekend trip up to visit my in-laws at their property and it was magnificent. They have a beautiful garden full of veges, berries, fruit and nut trees so we snaffled a small amount of produce, amongst which were some green capsicum at a perfect size to stuff and bake. I…

Mexican ceviche salad with crispy tortilla chips

We were supposed to have a dinner guest and bought a mountain of seafood with which to make Mexican treats and wash down with our selection of fine mescals. Sadly they cancelled so we waded through the mountain of seafood over the next few days starting with a typical Mexican ceviche salad served with crispy…

Marinara stew

This meal was borne out of the need to use up various items in the refridgerator before they went off. I hate to waste food so this is what we ended up with. 1 onion – chopped 1 green capsicum cut into thin rings 2 tomatoes – chopped 300g good marninara mix 1/2 cup of…

Mexican: Chicken tacos

This was my first attempt at making something as authentically Mexican as I could which is a little tricky as sourcing the correct ingredients is impossible. The are only about 3000 Mexicans living in Australia which solves my long pondered problem as to why Mexican food in Australia is so crap. The key to really…

What’s up Skip?

Warning. Some cute furry Australian native animals were most definitely harmed in order to create this meal. Kangaroo. It’s lean, tasty, good for you and a more environmentally friendly option than beef. Oh… and it’s cheap. There is so much going for this great source of nutrition I highly recommend trying it if you haven’t….

Comfort food

Sometimes comfort food is stodgy winter fare involving bread, pasta and lots of crispy roast vegetables. Sometimes comfort food is chicken and vegetable noodle soup when you’re sick and can’t digest anything that doesn’t involve a large amount of liquid. This post, however, is about the kind of comfort food you need when you’ve been…

Moroccan Whatotto?

I have this fantastic recipe in this equally fantastic recipe book at home called Ethnidelicious that features a dish and an outline of various cuisines around the world. I highly recommend this lovely book. It has some great travel tips too. I digress… The recipe I worked from is for a Moroccan cousotto with fish….