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Italian Spiced Apple and Nut Cake

Italian Spiced Apple and Nut Cake

Our recent trip out to Stanthorpe, three hours north-west from where we live, took us into the heart of a cool climate wine and orchard growing area – and, at this time of year, laden apple and pear trees that are dripping with ripe fruit.  In fact, right now...
Tamarilloes – how to cook and grow them

Tamarilloes – how to cook and grow them

ABOUT:  Tamarillo (Solanum betaceum) is a native to southern Brazil in the tomato Solanacea family and easy to grow in tropical and sub-tropical gardens. It is a fruit I was not familiar with until I came to Australia, but love it’s fresh clean taste and...
Octopus Salad

Octopus Salad

Octopus Salad,  Mitsos Taverna, Corfu, Greece – cooked by Agatha, caught by Spiros   Octopus, and the rest of the family of squid, calamari and cuttlefish are sea creatures I would never have eaten as a child in London – I had to wait for the delights of...
Carrot and Sultana Cake with Banana Icing

Carrot and Sultana Cake with Banana Icing

One of the weirdest cake recipes I have ever seen was in a collection called 100 Years of Australian Country Cooking (1988) that I picked up in a garage sale with the kind of recipes that raise your eyebrows but, nevertheless, I find fascinating for their novelty...
Hummus – best ever recipe!

Hummus – best ever recipe!

I can never really understand why people buy shop bought hummus when it is so easy and cheap to make at home, AND I have never had one of those from a plastic thingummy tub that tastes anywhere near as good as this. All you need is a food processor and a few basic...
Beetroot Tops – How to Cook Them

Beetroot Tops – How to Cook Them

Travel can inform you in many surprising and delightful ways.  So there we were, on our first visit to Greece, sitting in a seafront taverna on the island of Kos when I discovered two things: 1.  You can eat beetroot tops.  I found this out when I asked the waiter...
Best Ever Fruit Cake

Best Ever Fruit Cake

How many fruit cakes have your tried in your lifetime?  Well, this is the best one that I have ever had – and it is very easy to make.  In fact, it’s my lovely neighbour Belinda Jeffery’s recipe, and she calls it ‘Last Minute Christmas...