Sourdough bread

RECIPE: It’s been a big build-up but the sourdough has finally been baked. I have several recipes for sourdough, but decided to use the one from my Bourke Street Bakery cookbook and made no alterations. I’ve baked the bread twice now, and most of the photos are from the second bake. The buttered bread in…

Sourdough starter

RECIPE: I realised I should probably provide the recipe for sourdough starter I’m using, since I’ve been publishing all sorts of recipes using the starter discard. I tweaked the recipe with a suggestion from another cookbook by adding a few sticks of chopped rhubarb to the initial batch of starter. This helps to trigger the…

Sourdough pasta

RECIPE: Another tester for ways to use up sourdough starter discard. I generally followed the recipe, but did add a little water during the kneading process. PREPARATION: The dough was really dry and hard to knead. It turns out that semolina is not the same thing as semola. Semola has a much finer grind –…

Date, Pecan & Berry Muffins

RECIPE: Continuing the project to not discard sourdough discard, I tried this recipe for muffins. I substituted pecans for walnuts because I don’t like walnuts, and it’s pretty much impossible to find fresh or frozen cranberries in Australia, so I used frozen raspberries and blueberries. They were good substitutes – mix and match as you…

Sea Salt Sourdough Crackers

RECIPE: I’ll let you in on a secret. I’ve been preparing a sourdough starter and in one week will be trying to make my first ever sourdough bread. What I didn’t realise was how much starter you discard in the process of fermenting it to the level it needs to be to bake bread. The…

Milk Tart

RECIPE: I wanted to celebrate my husband’s 20 years in Australia, having moved here from South Africa in 1999, so I decided to make him a lamb roast dinner (Australian enough) and a milk tart (South African) for dessert. I didn’t alter the recipe from Immaculate Bites. PREPARATION: The pastry base is prepared by blitzing…

Lemon Muskmallow Pie

RECIPE: I love musk sticks. I realise this is an Australian fetish and that other countries just don’t get it and even think they’re a bit off, but I love them unequivocally. I decided I wanted to make a dessert that used musk sticks and this is the one I found. The fact that it…

Quiche Lorraine

RECIPE: Occasionally I feel like sharing a golden oldie – a recipe that never fails and always tastes and looks great. Most Australians own at least one Women’s Weekly cookbook, or have at least seen one (maybe in their parents’ kitchen). I have a whole pile of them and while they’re nothing fancy, they’re good…

Rhubarb and blueberry galette

RECIPE: I was going away for a weekend and wanted to bake a dessert on site, but didn’t want to carry half my kitchen with me. This meant it was important to find a recipe that minimised the amount of equipment I needed. PREPARATION: While the butter and dry ingredients were in the freezer getting…

Beef Chasseur Pasta

RECIPE: I’ve been wanting to make pasta for so long but felt it was too hard to get right. Recently I was able to get a pasta roller attachment for my Kenwood Chef (stand mixer) for a reduced price, so had to give it a go. Some time ago I bought the most recommended Italian…