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.

 


 

Thelma Baker’s Honey Pie

In my recipe collection, I have an old-fashioned honey pie recipe. It’s the only recipe in my collection attributed to “Thelma Baker”. Every time I make this sweet pie, I think of her and thank God I had the pleasure of knowing her. Why? This dear lady, long deceased, was one of the sweetest people […] Read more…

Thelma Baker’s Honey Pie via @jsalecich

Vanillekipferl: Austrian Christmas Biscuits

Vanillekipferl, or Vanilla Crescents, are among the many traditional festive biscuits baked each year at Christmastime by home cooks in Austria, Germany and a number of other European countries. For most families in these countries, Vanillekipferl are an essential part of their Christmas fare.   Baking festive biscuits (called Keks in Austria, Plätzchen in Germany) […] Read more…

Vanillekipferl: Austrian Christmas Biscuits via @jsalecich

Crusted Savoury Beef: A Pot Pie

At the end of this post, you’ll find my recipe for Crusted Savoury Beef. I rediscovered the recipe for this delicious beef mince pie when I was scouring through my collection of recipe books. The recipe is not new. It dates from the early 1980s. Given that rolled oats is one of its main ingredients […] Read more…

Crusted Savoury Beef: A Pot Pie via @jsalecich

Easter in Germany: The Easter Lamb Cake

The Easter lamb cake (in German “Osterlammkuchen”) is one of Germany’s enduring Easter symbols. Baking or purchasing a lamb cake and serving it on Easter Sunday is a tradition many German families have passed down from generation to generation.   Up until several years ago, I had never heard of a lamb cake. It was […] Read more…

Easter in Germany: The Easter Lamb Cake via @jsalecich

Brotlaibchen: Festive chocolate biscuits

These wonderful little chocolate biscuits are called Brotlaibchen, which is German for “little loaves of bread”. Because of their shape, dark colour and crunchy cracked sugar crust, they look just like little loaves of (German) bread. But unlike bread, these little treats are sweet and chewy on the inside.   Brotlaibchen combine grated dark chocolate, […] Read more…

Brotlaibchen: Festive chocolate biscuits via @jsalecich

Pearl Barley Salad

This novel Pearl Barley Salad is light, nutritious and versatile. Additionally, it is super-easy to prepare. The lime juice dressing gives the dish a refreshing, tangy taste. You can serve the salad as an accompaniment to grilled chicken or grilled fish, or as a vegetarian option, on its own, with crusty bread. You’ll find my […] Read more…

Pearl Barley Salad via @jsalecich

Luscious layered Orange Jelly Pie

This post features another one of my mother’s heavenly sweets: Orange Jelly Pie. It also includes my mother’s recipe for Easy Pastry, a sweet pie pastry I can recommend for busy folk or inexperienced pastry cooks (like me). And, if you are not aware of the difference between a pie and a tart, you’ll find […] Read more…

Luscious layered Orange Jelly Pie via @jsalecich

Make your family a treat: Bircher Muesli

This food story features my recipe for Bircher Muesli. I included it last year in my story Yoghurt Zest (August 25, 2016). If you missed it then, here it is again (by request) in a stand-alone post. In addition to Bircher Muesli, this post is about rolled oats, porridge and natural muesli. It includes a […] Read more…

Make your family a treat: Bircher Muesli via @jsalecich

Grandma’s Easy Lemon Meringue Pie

This post is about my Grandma’s Easy Lemon Meringue Pie, an easy-to-make version of an old favourite dessert. But more than that, it’s a story about the relationship I had with my Grandma. Lemon Meringue Pie remains one of my best-loved desserts. I make it quite often for my family and when I entertain guests. […] Read more…

Grandma’s Easy Lemon Meringue Pie via @jsalecich

Fruity Baked Pork Rashers

Fruity Baked Pork Rashers is about pork and how Australian meat preferences have changed over the past 50 years or so. It features an easy recipe for cooking pork rashers, which you’ll find at the end of the post. The recipe Fruity Baked Pork Rashers is one my mother collected in the 1980s. At the […] Read more…

Fruity Baked Pork Rashers via @jsalecich

Ambrosia: A cool dessert

Ambrosia is always a hit with dinner guests, so I am often asked for my recipe. Mine is just one of many variations of this old-fashioned dessert. Perhaps you remember your mother, grandmother or great-grandmother making it. I don’t. Up until a couple of years ago, I hadn’t even heard of Ambrosia. It’s a new […] Read more…

Ambrosia: A cool dessert via @jsalecich