Recipes
Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe

Chocolate Coconut Cake Recipe

Chocolate Coconut Cake Makes 6-10 servings   A good chocolate cake is a must for even the most occasional baker. It is a classic comfort cake and in my pursuit for a go-to version, I conducted more than your fair share of chocolate cake trials. During one of these trials I realised I had run out of...
Cider Roast Chicken Recipe

Cider Roast Chicken Recipe

This Cider Roast Chicken Recipe really fits the phrase ‘winner winner chicken dinner’, it is a real winner. About four years ago Ian and I holidayed in Europe for a brief two weeks. One of our stops was Paris were we stayed with some of his family friends. During our stay we were treated to beautiful dinners with a...
Native Australian Bush Food

Native Australian Bush Food

Quandong – image source: theleafstore.com.au   As an Australian I feel like I should know more about native Australian bush food. It feels wrong that I know so little about the produce that literally grows in our backyard. So, in my latest overview food piece I’m focusing on native Australian bush food. I prepared all...
Buying your first piping bag set

Buying your first piping bag set

The basic piping set available from Daiso – image by Jen Curcio Baking is something that I take in stages. Like anything in the kitchen, once I feel like I’ve got the hang of a specific type of recipe, I graduate myself to the next stage. Currently, that is learning the basics of how to...
Affitadu Recipe

Affitadu Recipe

‘Affitadu’ is the Sardinian word for ‘sliced’. In Affitadu, a recipe creation of my Nonna’s post-wartime, old bread is the hero. It is an alternative to lasagna, particularly back then when cooking had to be improvised due to the scarcity of so many ingredients. This is comfort food at heart and is one of many ways...
Tom Yam Soup with Mushrooms

Tom Yam Soup with Mushrooms

  Tom Yam, Thailand’s famous hot and sour soup has got to be one of my all-time favourite Thai dishes. All the elements of Thai cuisine gather together beautifully in this sweet, salty, hot, sour concoction bursting with flavour, aroma and texture. There are many versions of the iconic Tom Yam soup, but I will...
Potato Fritters

Potato Fritters

  When it comes to go-to recipes, I like them to be easy and delicious – these potato fritters satisfy both requirements. This recipe has some spring onions thrown in for a little extra flavour, but apart from that all you need are literally potatoes, salt and pepper and some frying oil. This ‘recipe’ (hardly...
Truffle Shuffle

Truffle Shuffle

  They call them black diamonds and with good reason. These earthy gemstones have been savoured by connoisseurs since antiquity. Their intense fragrance and flavour is unique and their addition to a meal raises it to sheer exquisiteness. Every year South Melbourne Market collaborates with stallholders to bring us The Truffle Shuffle, a truffle appreciation...
Braised Apple and Cabbage

Braised Apple and Cabbage

  Braised apple and cabbage has been a regular feature in our home cooked meals of late. Cabbage seems to be everywhere in Thailand, it’s extremely cheap and is one of the more nutritious vegetables going round, so it’s a win win really. I generally serve braised apple and cabbage when I make potato fritters or as one of...
One Pan Potatoes

One Pan Potatoes

One Pan Potatoes is a simple but incredibly satisfying dish to eat. It is intended as a side dish but for some reason it always ends up being the main. This recipe is an adaptation of my Italian Aunts’ sliced potatoes, which she adds to a steamed fish dish she makes. The entire fish is covered with...
Eggplant and Tomato Braise

Eggplant and Tomato Braise

  This eggplant and tomato braise has been a staple at our place for a good year or so. I started making it when we lived in Jakarta as an excuse to test out the local eggplants, which were so foreign to the purple eggplant I grew up with. The dish itself is very easy to prepare,...
Travel: Masseria Potenti

Travel: Masseria Potenti

1. Chiara, you and your family own Masseria Potenti, a boutique hotel in Puglia, Italy. Could you tell us about the property and its history? Our Masseria is a hidden resort in the heart of Salento, Apulia Italy. It is housed in a sixteenth century Masseria (farm house that you can find only in Puglia and in some...