home cooking

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zimtsterne

Last year, while visiting my family in Germany, I learnt how to make Zimtsterne, that is, Cinnamon Stars. Zimtsterne are traditional German Christmas biscuits sold at Christmas markets and in grocery stores in Germany, Austria and Switzerland during Advent, the 3-4 weeks leading up to Christmas. During Advent, many folk in these German-speaking countries bake […] Read more…

Zimtsterne

Quiche and a taste of France

I am often asked to share my recipe for quiche. Recently a number of participants of the Conversational English program I coordinate at our church inquired about my quiche, and I promised to give them a copy of my recipe. Every couple of weeks I am on a roster to provide food for supper, which […] Read more…

Quiche and a taste of France

Plain Yoghurt Zest

Plain yoghurt, natural and unsweetened: I love it. I always have a tub in my ‘fridge and it’s always on my shopping list. It’s so versatile. In this post, I share a little about yoghurt generally, some of the ways I use plain yoghurt and two really simple and healthy low-fat plain yoghurt recipes for […] Read more…

Plain Yoghurt Zest