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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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

Zimtsterne, Cinnamon Stars

Zimtsterne (“Cinnamon Stars”)

In 2015, 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 … Read More

Zimtsterne, Cinnamon Stars

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. … Read More

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 … Read More

Fail-Me-Never Steamed Pudding

This post, which features Fail-Me-Never Steamed Pudding, is all about puddings. It includes puddings my grandmother and mother made as well as my favourite puddings. Fail-Me-Never Steamed Pudding is one of my favourites (as you will discover). I remember my … Read More

Dida’s Caramel Slice

Last year, around this time, my husband Tony and our grandchildren made caramel slice. Given that our grandchildren were coming to stay with us for a couple of weeks in the school holidays, Tony planned a cooking activity for them. … Read More

Bung-in Cake

The “Bung-in Cake” is my all-time favourite recipe. If there was one recipe I could not do without, this is it! I have been using this recipe successfully for as long as I can remember. It was given to me … Read More

Pasta Bake (and family traditions)

Are you feeling tired – struggling to juggle work, household tasks and family commitments?  Then my story “Pasta Bake” and accompanying recipe is especially for you. It’s a follow-up story to The Ubiquitous Carrot Cake (November 1, 2015), in which … Read More

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