When we were in Melbourne last year we had to try the food at MoVida, having heard so many good things about it. And we weren't disappointed. Husband and I both love our seafood, so it wasn't surprising that we had the sardines and octopus. And we also couldn't resist the sound of the bomba: a ...

Dear Zara,

So far on this blog, I’ve written a letter to my firstborn, a Valentines post dedicated to my Husband, a post about the quirky personality that is Mister Seventeen, and I write about Mister Four all the time. And while I did write about the drama surrounding her last birthday almost a year ago, I ...


Raspberry Pannacotta

Funny thing, pannacotta. The first time I tried it my Husband had made it. And we both loved it. Then I (stupidly) tried other recipes, none of which worked. I couldn't seem to figure out exactly which cream was best, or which kind of gelatine: powdered, regular, or titanium? By this time we had both ...


Prawn Cakes

These tasty bites are great as part of a banquet or just a quick side dish, take no time to prepare, and are addictive. Ingredients: 1 kg green prawns, peeled and deveined (about half a kilo cleaned prawn meat) 3 cm knob fresh ginger, grated a handful fresh coriander (cilantro), finely chopped 1 tbspn soy ...

Fish Tacos

Update: Since originally publishing this post fish tacos have become a staple at our place. Many times the fish comes in the form of crumbed flathead strips, and I've also used oven baked salmon fingers, peeled and butterflied prawns, and even, just between us, frozen fish either fried or grilled. The baja sauce has been ...


Dalmatinska Blitva

Translated this means Dalmatian spinach. It's cooked with potatoes and served as a warm side dish. This is a really delicious way to serve spinach, and it makes use of the stems too. In fact, when I first started working in a fruit shop I couldn't understand why some customers asked for the stalks to ...



I have been making lasagne ever since I was just a newlywed. It was one of the first dishes I learned where I wanted it to be authentic, without cutting any corners. Cooking anything for almost twenty years makes for a lot of practice, but bizarrely this was one of the harder recipes to record ...


Stir Fried Salt & Pepper Squid

This is an absolute classic, and using a wok makes short work of it. Have everything ready to go and you can have a tasty dish on the table in no time at all. Ingredients: 750 g squid or calamari, cleaned 1 teaspoon black peppercorns 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 ...

Banana & Raspberry Bread

 This was one of the very first recipes to be shared on my original cooking blog, and is still one of the most popular. So popular in fact that I was recently asked to talk to my sons kindergarten class about banana bread for their healthy food week. I took some of this along and ...

Chicken & Vegetable Spring Rolls

There is a little bit of time to be spent preparing these, but they are SO worth a try. They are not difficult at all, and taste amazing. I guarantee there will be none left over. Ingredients: 500g chicken mince 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 small piece ginger, grated 1 spring onion bulb, finely ...

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