Chatting apples on ABC Afternoons

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 in Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting apples on ABC Afternoons

I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat to Clare Bowditch about food. But Clare was on holidays so this time, I chatted to David Astle about all things apples. David is an amazing wordsmith and crossword creator, among many other talents. When I go camping in summer, my camp buddies and I have fun tackling cryptic crosswords […]

Chatting grains on ABC Afternoons

Posted on Mar 22, 2017 in Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting grains on ABC Afternoons

I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat to Clare Bowditch about food. This time it was especially fun because she told me about her millet porridge. Goodness me, I have never milleted in the morning, but now I shall! Listen in as we discuss all things grain, and I learn the difference between grains […]

Chatting plums on ABC Radio Melbourne Afternoons

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 in Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting plums on ABC Radio Melbourne Afternoons

I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat to Clare Bowditch – and her lovely audience – about food. Listen in below as we chat about seasonal plums and how we love to cook them, eat them and pluck them straight from the tree. Also, try my Plum Syrup Cake recipe and video. Plums […]

Chatting romantic meals on ABC Afternoons

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 in Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting romantic meals on ABC Afternoons

I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat to Clare Bowditch about romantic food. Listen in below as we ponder heart-shaped steak and other Valentine’s delights. Valentine’s Day comes but once a year but there’s no wrong time to have a romantic meal. Here are some tips and guidelines, plus an insight into the Romantic menu […]

Chatting easy meals on ABC Afternoons

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 in Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting easy meals on ABC Afternoons

I love dropping into ABC Radio Melbourne to chat to Clare Bowditch about food. This time I sat on her lap while we talked easy meals. No, I didn’t really sit on her lap the whole time! Even though it’s the ABC, there are enough chairs for everyone. Listen in below… As it was back-to-school time, I shared […]

Lunchbox lessons

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 in Blog, Recipes | No Comments
Lunchbox lessons

A really bad thing happened in Term 4. The kids went to my parents for a school-night sleepover. What I was really looking forward to, more than the party I was going to, more than the minor sleep-in the next morning, was the fact that I’d get a day off the school lunches. My mum […]

Chatting 2017 food trends on ABC News Breakfast

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 in ABC News Breakfast, Blog, News | No Comments
Chatting 2017 food trends on ABC News Breakfast

Every few weeks I drop in to ABC News Breakfast to chat about what’s happening in the food world. This time it was to chat about 2017 food trends. What are the It foods? The fondness for food combining will continue: look out for naan pizza and banh mi bruschetta. Poke (say poh-kay) is a raw fish salad with rice and vegetables – think […]

Zucchini Flowers

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 in Blog, Recipes | 2 Comments
Zucchini Flowers

They’re not around for long so I’m always excited to see zucchini flowers at the market or fruit shop. Buy them if you see them! And if you’re growing zucchini, pluck some when they’re at this stage – before they turn into baseball-bat-sized monsters. They’re not hard to prepare. My favourite way is to stuff […]

Revamp those Christmas left-overs

Posted on Dec 25, 2016 in Blog, News | No Comments
Revamp those Christmas left-overs

Christmas cooking quantities are cause of considerable consternation. Before the big day you’re asking, “Is this enough?” as you picture hungry great-aunts and hollow-legged teens looking askance at empty platters. Afterwards, you realise there was way too much food (just like there was last year and the year before that). Now, it’s all about what […]

Bûche de Nöel Recipe

Bûche de Nöel Recipe

Ingredients Cake 4 eggs 120 grams caster sugar 60 grams plain flour 60 grams corn flour or potato starch 20 grams cocoa powder 4 tablespoons apricot or berry jam, warmed until runny 1 tsp vanilla paste Buttercream 120 grams icing sugar 20 grams cocoa 250 grams unsalted butter, softened 60 grams milk   Method 1. […]