Chocolate Zucchini Bread

“Why?” If you’re anything like my husband, that’s what your response to Chocolate Zucchini Bread was. Why put zucchini with chocolate and ruin perfectly good chocolate, you might say. Well, the proof is in the pudding (or bread). You don’t taste the zucchini, only chocolaty goodness, but it makes this bread deliciously moist. Even my…

Give it a bloody pizzlin’ this Fathers Day

This meatloaf recipe is one of my regular requests when I go home. Usually Mum is the cook, but this is one recipe that Dad always makes. I guess it’s because this is his Mum’s recipe. There’s always disagreement about how it should be done; Dad and I like it with chunky bits of onion,…

Blueberry and Rhubarb Tart

As a kid I always loved when Mum and Dad would have people over for dinner. Mainly because it meant Mum pulled out all the stops and there would be several courses, always ending in a great dessert. This Blueberry and Rhubarb tart is exactly the type she’d serve up, topped with all the ice-cream…

Porridge Perfection with a Poached Pear on top

I’ve been lucky enough to escape to the sunshine a few times this Winter and while it’s been great to have a break from the rain, I must admit there is something about being cold that I enjoy! I love getting rugged up in a nice knitted jumper and thick socks and not to mention…

Barbeque Chicken Crunch Salad

How do you make a salad you’ll love? Just take all of your favourite ingredients and throw them together in a bowl. That’s what this salad is for me. Black beans: tick. Crispy veg: tick. Cheese: tick. Coriander: tick. Creamy dressing: tick. Put them all together and top with crunchy corn chips and you’re onto…

Vietnamese Rice Pancake

It’s fair to say I very happily ate my way through Vietnam on my latest holiday. With a Street Food Tour in Hoi An that had us try 44 different types of local cuisines and a cooking class that showed us how to make 6 different dishes, I definitely came home a happy traveller. We’d…

Mini Chefs in the making

In anticipation of the school holidays I caught up with friends Stella and Montana who taught me a thing or two about baking. Pizza Muffins were on the menu and according to these two mini chefs, pineapple most definitely does belong on pizza! (with the leftover pineapple being eaten while the muffins cooked.) I can’t…

Mulled Wine Weather

It’s safe to say Winter has well and truly hit Victoria this week! The beanies are out and our warm socks are on! Friday nights are the perfect excuse to open a bottle of wine in our house and so for this weeks¬†knock off drinks we’re embracing the cold with some delicious mulled wine! This…

Masterchef Brownies

Yesterday was my last day at a great job with a really great team. Next week I’m jumping straight into a exciting new job, so it was bittersweet to say goodbye. I think I left being remembered as the Masterchef, and who wouldn’t want to be remembered as that. Last year one of my fellow…