Smoked Trout Rillettes with Quickled Cucumber Relish

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I’m not really an announcement kinda person, to me it kinda feels a bit awkward and bit ‘look at me! look at me!’ which I’m totally not.  It took me 5 months to make the Facebook post about it to let our interstate and international buddies know about this news and that even felt totally awks for me.  So if you haven’t worked it out already, we’re having a baby!

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DIY Ricotta

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I made cheese!!! I’m a little chuffed with myself I have to say, I mean this goes in the same category as making your own crumpets or curing your own bacon, it’s just something you don’t generally think about doing at home.  But I’m here to tell you that making your cheese, well ricotta, is kinda so ridiculously simple I’m not sure why I hadn’t done it before.

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Grapefruit Brûlée

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So I don’t know about you guys but the men (namely the Dr and my dad) in my life are ridiculously hard to buy gifts for.  Every time a birthday, anniversary, christmas etc rolls around, I try to get organised and start thinking about what amazing gift I am going to surprise them with.  Then my stress levels increase, I can’t think of anything.  Why can’t they just be into technology and then I could just get them the latest thingamabob of whatever’s going around, but they’re not.

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Congee…Asian comfort food at it’s best

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Can you imagine waking up on the morning of your birthday sick?  Wouldn’t that just suck balls.  Well that’s exactly what happened to the Dr last week.  The trooper even went to work that day and then still put on his happy birthday face on for his birthday dinner that night.  Then it all went downhill from there…

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Almond, clementine and ricotta cake

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You guys!!! I have just discovered the best phone ap. Now before I let you in on this discovery, I will tell you that I’m usually the last person to find out about all the cool stuff so you guys are probably already using it, loving it and I’m just some johnny come lately.

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Grilled lamb cutlets with salmoriglio and a cabbage, pea, radish, chilli and parmesan salad

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Uh hello…remember me??

I know I know, it’s been like forever (no exaggeration here) since I’ve posted on this blog and I feel terrible you guys but I’m sure y’all have been just as busy as I have and haven’t even noticed my absence…right??

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Nettle and ricotta ravioli with golden raisins and cavolo nero

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So something I failed to mention earlier was that I had a month-long trip to France planned and so guess what…I’m writing this post to you from the city of lights; most beautiful city in the world, yup, PARIS.

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Home Cured Bacon

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This has probably got to be up there as one of my top 5 greatest achievements of all time – making my own bacon.  Whilst the process itself was dead easy, I do have to say there was a fair bit of fear involved, mainly to do with botulism and the fear that I potentially wouldn’t live to tell the tale but honestly death by bacon (in theory) sounds like a pretty good way to go.  Oh and by the way, the bacon is safe, I’ve been eating it for almost 2 weeks and I’m still here folks.

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Double Choc Raspberry Brownies

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One of my oldest friends in the world asked me to create a Brownie Recipe for her company newsletter that had to be easy enough for kids to make.  Oh and by the way when I say oldest friends, I mean oldest.  Teag’s and I go way way way back.  We were at school together since we were 5 years old all the way through high school. We then even went to university together for 5 years and have still remained friends since! Crazy, I know! Teag’s is the super boss lady of Bosisto’s which produces products made from Eucalyptus oil and if you’ve never tried any of the products then you’re missing out.  Who knew that Eucalyptus oil is magic, it seriously can do EVERYTHING!

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