chilli jam

Nigella. Beyonce. Me. Hard core, self-proclaimed chilli addicts. At an early age I learned that there are very few meals that can’t be improved with a touch of heat, our breakfast often served pickled chillies on the side. Continue reading


anzac biscuits

This batch of biccies falls into the ‘Any Knucklehead Can Bake’ category of cooking. Great treat for the long weekend or in my case, motivational cookies for my project team.

Though my Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookies are also a massive crowd pleaser, these delicious melt and mix cookies are stress free and easy to bash out.

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pear, pistachio and chocolate cake

So I am back! And cannot believe it has been two years since my last blog post.

Am actually fast-tracking my return to blogging because my lovely colleagues at work have been badgering me for the recipe for my recent baking triumph.

I didn’t think I could find an easier cake recipe than my Flourless Chocolate Cake but I think we have a new contender with this tasty number.

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American Pork Ribs & Apple Slaw

american pork ribs

There are many things I would never do on a first date and pork ribs is one of them. Call me old fashioned but finger lickin’ food consumption is something best saved for that familiar more settled stage in the relationship.

Lucky for me my relationship has graduated from those impressionable early days to the sleep in your eyes Sunday mornings ‘staring-at-the-papers’ stage so seeing each other up to our elbows in ribs is the least of our problems 😉

In fact for the established relationship, this hearty, sticky, Flintstonian style meal might just be a perfect primal heart starter for when the romance side of things may be showing some signs of wear and tear. Continue reading

Pulled Pork with Mexican Rice

mexican pulled pork

I’m not a massive fan of leftovers. As a general rule I love to enjoy a meal on the day and am ready to move on to a brand new culinary day. Of course, ‘they say’ that many meals are even better the next days curries in particular. This is true, but as someone who enjoys the cornucopia of eating and drinking, I’m ready to head to a different country, protein and rarely eat the same thing two days in a row. Continue reading

Hainanese Chicken

hainanese chicken

I have been beating a path all over this fabulous city trying to find the best Hainanese Chicken. There are some pretty good versions out there but I often find myself craving it in a very specific way – good quality chicken that’s not too cold, rice flavoursome but not too garlicky. Continue reading

Nonya Chicken Curry Ingredients

nonya chicken curry

Dear chicken thighs,

Just dropping you a note to let you know that you are wonderful. I’m eternally grateful for your flexibility, tremendous value and overwhelming tastiness in a range of my favourite recipes. Continue reading

Salmon & Brown Rice Salad

go health, salmon brown rice salad

This salad idea came from a fabulous meal my girlfriend Jo prepared for me, and since then I’ve basically used salmon and brown rice as the foundation or a range of salads. This version, with the wasabi dressing is Japanese influenced but I’ve also prepared Lebanese versions using a sumac dressing or a more traditional mediterrean style salad.

Preparing healthy meals is not my default cooking position. Not to say that my kitchen style is one big, unhealthy, fry-up, but more often than not, my favourite meals do lean to the richer and more indulgent side (hello Duck Ragu and Pork Cutlet).

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Duck Ragu with Pappardelle

farewell my le creuset

My Le Creuset has died. After 12 years of dedicated service, this workhorse of Ithaca Kitchen is ready to hang up its heat source and head to that great kitchen in the sky (you should know I’m cracking myself up with this crappy analogy).

If this Le Creuset could talk it would say, ‘lay off the butter, tubby?’ (on fire!). Continue reading

Banh Xeo Ingredients

flipping out, vietnamese style

This beautiful Vietnamese pancake is not something I would ordinarily do at home (when you can go out for great/cheap Vietnamese) but the pickled carrot in this recipe really drew me in and I had to give this Banh Xeo a go.

April Gourmet Traveller is the source of inspiration for this meal with their fabulous pancake special which includes recipes for Buckweat Pikelets, Fried Egg Dosa and Okonomiyaki. I’ve already mentioned how much I love pancakes for breakfast but savoury pancakes haven’t really been my thing – until now.

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