summer

Perfect Late Summer Bruschetta

Perfect Late Summer Bruschetta

For me, using produce when it’s at its seasonal best, and a good price, is just common sense, and I very rarely shop with a recipe in mind, taking inspiration from the fresh produce in front of me. When I see plums I always buy some, just a few to start when they are expensive, and as the season progresses, I purchase buckets. Then after I’ve made jam, and a few cakes, I start to think of different and savoury ways to use them

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Summer Eating and Beautiful Vegetables

Summer Eating and Beautiful Vegetables

This summer has been an unusually hot one, and I’ve sort of lost my appetite for anything that needs time to cook, even the barbecue has lost its appeal, there’s only so much charred food that I can take. I fluctuate between wanting to eat food with gentle flavours, a little something poached in a flavoursome broth, or perhaps a spiced dish that will tickle my taste buds and wake up my palate, but without fiery heat – there’s enough of that happening outside. I’m finding we’ve been eating more vegetable based dishes, accompanied by some sort of grain. They fit the mood right now, and the vegetables around have been gorgeous, particularly from organic Moonacres Farm.

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Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce

Easy Roasted Tomato Sauce

The New Year has begun, and I’m easing myself into it very gently. Last night I woke to the constant drumming of rain on the tin roof outside our bedroom window. Today it’s actually starting to pelt down, the temperature so cool I’ve put on my favourite oversized sweater and am curled up on the sofa slowly going through emails that have been piling up, unanswered, over the Christmas period. These are the days I love, be it summer or winter; for me they are food days. And on these days I like to have something cooking slowly in the oven, or simmering on the stove.

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Blueberry Pie

Blueberry Pie

Fresh blueberries are so good, with such a unique flavour, that even though sometimes tempted, I really don’t like to put anything in this pie that would take away from their flavour. So, my blueberry pie, never a tart, is just blueberries, with a little sugar, some flour for thickening the juices, and a bit of butter for lusciousness.

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Tomato, Fennel Lasagne with Pistachio Aillade

Tomato, Fennel Lasagne with Pistachio Aillade

I was thinking of apologising for yet another post on tomatoes, but as it’s summer here, and there is a bounty of this luscious fruit everywhere, I’ll just do it without apology. To begin with, if you don’t want to pre-cook your fresh lasagne sheets, buy fresh pasta, that needs no pre-cooking.

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Twice Tomato Tart

Twice Tomato Tart

It’s summer, and that means tomatoes. So when I was at my farmers market last week it came as no surprise there were lots on display. I was particularly attracted to a pile of tiny Roma tomatoes - the colour was incredible! When they’re this small they roast perfectly as they’re not too fleshy, so I thought maybe I would make a tart: something slightly organic, with a little spice.

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Leap of faith

Leap of faith

The old iron and timber jetty at Catherine Hill Bay hasn’t been used for coal loading for more than a decade. One year ago as the result of a firestorm, flames spewing from the old mine entrance destroyed the jetty’s aging timber, leaving only its rusting iron and concrete structure still standing.

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Secret Beach

Over many years, our family has enjoyed summer and winter breaks with our friends Diana and Paul and their children, at their cottage in Nords Wharf. Originally a small fishing village, and still pretty small, it sits on Lake Macquarie about ninety minutes drive north from Sydney.

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Roasted Lamb Rack with Peperonata

This deliciously light dish makes the perfect Summer meal. It works well for a couple or a crowd. I like to serve this with some crispy, roasted potatoes. Although it needs nothing else, I’ve chosen to add some strips of chargrilled zucchini. They look so pretty and taste wonderful too.

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Lavender Ice Cream with Honey Madeleines

Those who know me already realise that I am obsessed with those delicious little pillows of joy called Madeleines. Having tried many recipes over the years I always come back to the same one, Stephanie Alexander’s recipe of honey madeleines in her wonderful book The Cooks Companion.  These need no accompaniment but should you wish to over indulge they do go splendidly with Lavender ice cream, another recipe inspired by Stephanie Alexander.

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