roasted squash, orange & avocado salad

This gorgeous roasted squash, orange, avocado, chick pea & jalapeno salad with its smoky cilantro dressing isn’t just sunshiny pretty, this salad is loaded with the life-giving goodness of Vitamin C.

citrus jalapeno shrimp salad

Have you ever timed yourself when you eat? Mostly like you haven’t. I have. Next time you’re eating something warm & comforting notice how fast you wolf-down your meal. Then time yourself consuming a salad. The resulting time between the two meals is quite different – the salad taking more than twice as long to…  [Read More]

how to make chicken broth in a slow cooker

Chicken broth is not only a necessary ingredient for would-be cooks but it is also a must for us dieters. At one time or another we’ve all used the ready-made, shelf-stable chicken broth (or stock) in the tetra pack or can. Mostly because of convenience. You probably have one or two cartons of it in…  [Read More]

the long absence…

Friday, October 21st I turned 51. I spent my birthday & the days that have followed it, sick with a respiratory infection. Here it is November 7th & I’m still fighting it. It comes as no surprise, a lot has happened since I last posted in July. I was probably rundown. Rather than me start…  [Read More]

maple bourbon grilled salmon & an awakening

Every so often we need a shot in the arm. A renewed vigor. A push forward. A fire lit under us. An awakening. You get my drift. I received this in the unlikeliest of places last week – Iowa. Feeling a little lost, wondering if I was on the right track with my career, I…  [Read More]

parmesan hemp pork schnitzel with caper butter

Of all the natural resources on this planet, hemp is one of the most renewable, environmentally sound & hardy. Not to mention it’s a jack-of-all-trades –  used to make apparel, paper, building materials, automotives, rope…the list is long & impressive. We need to be growing more of it, unlike trees it’s fast growing with little impact…  [Read More]

grilled jalapeno pork skewers with tropical salsa

Of all the cooking mediums, grilling meat over glowing charcoal is my favorite. Pork is particularly good to grill. For this recipe I bathed the pork in a really simple soy & garlic marinade. Then threaded it onto skewers with thick slices of jalapeno peppers. It’s then served with tropical salsa –  a delicious combination of pineapple, kiwifruit, orange &…  [Read More]

ploughman’s lunch plate

On a trip to England in October last year for my birthday, I was so delighted by how wonderful the food was, especially at the country pubs I visited. Especially the abundant use of locally raised & grown food. It’s how I love to cook & eat. One dish I saw often on menus was…  [Read More]

pumpkin & coconut thai curry soup

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Ask almost any Australian what is the most popular soup in their homeland & chances are they’ll tell you it’s pumpkin soup. Like it or love it, it’s certainly an Aussie icon. It’s evolved over the years as food trends changed. In its simplest form it’s onion – sweated in some oil or…  [Read More]

crunchy apple, fennel & pomegranate salad

All my Christmas shopping & wrapping is done. I just have to post the large box filled with gifts for my family back in Australia. It’s a relief to know that the decorating, shopping, wrapping & card writing is done. Now I can relax & contemplate our Christmas menu. Christmas is more laid back than…  [Read More]

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