Thursday, November 30, 2023

Sourdough Focaccia with Rosemary, Avocado, Goat's Cheese and Balsamic Dressing


Whenever I bake Sourdough Rosemary Focaccia and then eat it, enjoying its crunchy crust, and savouring its unique sourdough and rosemary flavours all over again, I wonder why I don't make it more often. It really is the easiest bread to bake, faster to rise than most loaves, and with so much potential to be served in so many interesting ways. The target rise required for Focaccia bread isn't as great as for normal bread, so it's going to be faster to make which is perfect during our Summer. I've also used a very small amount of baker's yeast in this recipe to ensure the dough requires minimal kneading and will conveniently rise and bake on the same day, unlike most sourdough loaves which require overnight fermentation.  Fresh in season avocado, delicious soft goat's cheese, and a Balsamic Vinegar Gourmet Glaze was the perfect lunchtime topping for my latest loaf. 

Thursday, November 23, 2023

Prawn Taglierini

The ratio of prawns to pasta in a dish like this one can be a personal choice for the cook. I originally cooked this dish using a kilo of prawns and about 300 g of pasta because I love prawns and I think one of the saddest things when eating is when a prawn pasta only has a scant number of prawns in the dish. The fresh green prawns I bought were only $14.00 a kilo (very cheap but looked really fresh) so I bought a kilo and needed to cook them that day. They had already been frozen once, but they still had plenty of flavour and a perfect texture so freezing them at sea on the prawn trawler straight after being caught hadn't caused any disadvantage to the quality of the prawn at all. Buying good quality prawns in season ensures a very tasty dish.  I don't like camouflaging the flavour of seafood with highly seasoned and very rich sauces, the seafood definitely needs to be the hero of the dish. Whilst the tomato sauce I have used is very tasty, it doesn't take away from the perfection of the prawns and the parmesan cheese and basil. This recipe is also about minimal washing up, as the whole dish is cooked in one frying pan. This is a frying pan pasta.

Sunday, November 19, 2023

Classic Slow Cooker Tomato Pasta Sauce

This is a classic homemade tomato pasta sauce recipe for the home cook which I find is one of the best sauces to have on standby in my kitchen for a quick and simple meal. Everyone needs quick dinners in their recipe repertoire, and with this sauce most of the work is already done. Just a few more ingredients added, and your meal can be on the table in no time at all.  It's convenient to cook it in my slow cooker for 8 hours but can be varied to many cooking methods depending on what appliances you have and like to use. I've already used it as the basic tomato sauce for a Prawn Pasta dish which was really delicious. Recipe is coming soon.

Thursday, November 16, 2023

Spiced Pumpkin, Orange and Prune Cake

This cake is full of golden pumpkin, aromatic spices, orange juice and half a cup of our home produced honey. Whilst we don't really celebrate Thanksgiving here in Queensland, we are planning for Christmas already, and we know that it will be Thanksgiving in the Northern Hemisphere very soon. This cake will be nice and comforting to bake and have on hand as part of the Thanksgiving celebrations. The aromatic spices combined with orange juice and honey are wonderful flavour enhancers in this cake, and nobody will even guess that the cake contains pumpkin, well perhaps at Thanksgiving the adults will, but the children won't. Pumpkin is such a versatile vegetable.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

In My Kitchen, November 2023

What a varied month it's been, and as always, the cooking I do in my lovely kitchen reflects what is in season, my use of any produce gifted to me, what I have the time to cook and those recipes which I love to cook. So, I'm excited to be sharing a few new recipes with you this time, although regular readers of my blog may have already seen them. However, that doesn't mean I'm not excited about bringing you some old favourites as well. I suspect that like me, your cooking repertoire contains those recipes that are on high rotation in your kitchen and contains some old and tried but true recipes which feel like a big hug from faithful friends, which always feels so reassuring. With Christmas well and truly on the horizon now, some nostalgia is creeping into my cooking as well.

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Crispy Teryaki Chicken Wings


Crispy Teriyaki chicken wings at a party or a casual get together with friends are always delicious served as finger food.  Or cook them for your family and serve with some rice or noodles and stir fried vegetables, and they will love you for serving up a real treat. It's now officially November and here in sunny Queensland the weather is warming up. It's the season for BBQ's and outdoor eating, not to mention that Christmas and all the festivities associated with that are only 4 weeks away.