FOOD

Food stories from my life and family, spiced with a good measure of fun and laughter, creativity and learning, hospitality and fellowship. Recipes included.

 


 

Barbecue Steak Marinade

In Australia where I live, no matter whether it’s Summer, Autumn, Winter or Spring, it’s always a great time to share a barbecue meal with family or friends. Like many Australians, my husband and I love barbecues.  We especially enjoy outdoor barbecues.  There is something special about food – especially the steaks – cooked on […] Read more…

Pasta Bake

Are you feeling tired – struggling to juggle work, household tasks and family commitments? Then this story “Pasta Bake” and accompanying recipe is especially for you. It is a follow-up to The Ubiquitous Carrot Cake (November 1, 2015), in which I shared some of our family traditions and explained why I think these traditions are […] Read more…

Tony’s mango chutney

My husband Tony does not cook.  He says he doesn’t want to cook.  He is happy to let me prepare all our meals; he cleans and washes up afterwards. It’s a good arrangement. It keeps us both happy. However, it is not strictly correct to say that Tony doesn’t cook. There is one thing he loves to […] Read more…

Almond Bread (Biscotti)

Almond Bread is one of my favourite Christmas recipes. I have been making it for years, to give to friends and family as a special Christmas treat. The notation on my Almond Bread gift cards reads: “Serve just one slice with after dinner coffee or serve as a delightfully crisp biscuit with ice-cream.” Almond Bread […] Read more…

Christmas Cake Aussie-Style

A Christmas cake has always been an essential part of my family’s Christmas fare. The cake is usually prepared and baked 4-5 weeks before Christmas and stored in an air-tight container in a cool dry place until its grand appearance at the centre of the dinner table on Christmas Day.   Following the English and […] Read more…

The ubiquitous carrot cake

Family traditions are important. They help build family identity, unity and connectedness – in the immediate family, extended family and across generations. For my family, one such tradition concerns birthday celebrations – and the ubiquitous carrot cake.   Families may be the building blocks of society, but they are neither static nor predictable. They are […] Read more…

Zeje: A healthy choice

Are you into healthy eating? Are you seeking an alternative to mashed potato, potato chips (potato fries if you are from the US) or salad as an accompaniment for grilled or fried fish? My suggestion: Try Zeje (or Zelje), a traditional dish from the Dalmatian region of Croatia that combines green vegetables and potatoes. It’s […] Read more…

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