Mum’s Chicken and Corn Chowder

There are lots of foods that I really didn’t like as a kid but I now love. Coriander is one. Mum’s chicken and corn chowder is another. I remember sitting on the kitchen bench as a kid while Mum was making this. She was on the phone while cooking and I was inpatiently trying to…

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,…

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…

Slow-Cooker Chipotle Pulled Pork

After blueberries, Mexican is probably my favourite cuisine. Blueberry is a cuisine, right? My husband and I usually have burritos once a week. It’s my go-to easy meal, I just throw some four bean mix, black beans, onion, capsicum, tomato and corn in a fry pan with ground cumin, coriander, smoked paprika and chipotle in…

Barbeque Pork Ribs and Grilled Corn

  Just like spaghetti, this is a great first date meal. Or not. You will end up with barbeque sauce all over your fingers and, if you’re anything like my husband, all in your beard. Luckily we’re past the stage of trying to impress each other. You may also end up with corn butter running…

Pork and Apple: A match made in Barongarook

Over the Easter weekend I had the pleasure of meeting Xav from Barongarook Pork. As the name suggests, he and his piggies reside in Barongarook, a beautiful rural area near Colac, Victoria. Xav’s pigs are definitely living the good life. They’re free to roam the paddocks and eat to their hearts content, all while taking…

Gluten-free Otway Artisan Pizzas

We recently did some recipes for the Gellibrand River Blues and Blueberry Festival using Otway Artisan products and I think they gained their new number one fans. When the delightful Justin and Boz asked us to develop some more recipes using their products we jumped at the chance. I’m a massive bread lover and, like…

Mushroom and Blueberry Burgers

If you’ve been following us and reading our blog posts, you’re probably aware of my love for blueberries. They’re basically perfection in a cute little purple ball. I have a blueberry plant at home which is about four years old. For the first three years, I would harvest a measly five or so blueberries a…

A Very Melbourne Barbeque

What do you do when your Kiwi friend is having a birthday? For the lovely Laura, we decided on a Melbourne-style barbeque by the Yarra, with a little hint of home added (some Monteith’s beer, of course). You know you live in a pretty amazing place when you can gather with your friends by the…

Throw another shrimp on the barbie!

A few years ago I lived in London and my friends over there were just baffled that Australians celebrated Christmas while it was hot. The idea of looking at Christmas lights while it was Summer was something they just couldn’t come to terms with. They also came to the conclusion that if it wasn’t snowing…