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…

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…

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…

Pita bread canap├ęs

RECIPE: My neighbours did a lovely thing and arranged drinks and nibbles in their backyard for several of our other neighbours (five houses in all). We’ve lived here for two years and haven’t really met most of our neighbours, just our immediate ones and mostly because we share a driveway. I really appreciated the effort,…

Filo pastry and Spanakopita

RECIPE: I’ve always wanted to make filo pastry but I delayed because I thought it would be hard. But it’s not! I used Chef John’s recipe and didn’t change it, although I did use more of the cornflour and flour mix for dusting than he did. The video was a really useful addition. The Spanakopita…

Tortillas

RECIPE: With no bread in the house and all the ingredients to fill a tasty tortilla wrap, I decided to try making my own tortillas. I halved the recipe, and added dried mixed herbs to two of the four dough balls. I adapted the US cup measurements to grams. PREPARATION: The dough was very simple…

Steak and Mushroom Pie

RECIPE: I’ve been admiring decorative pie tops on Instagram and in particular @julie_jonesuk who does these incredibly intricate pastry cases. I thought I’d give it a go. The recipe I chose online from BBC Good Food was full of detailed instructions and very easy to follow. PREPARATION: I really wanted my beef to be tender,…

Boeuf Bourguignon Pie

RECIPE: I used Felder’s recipe for Quick Puff Pastry, also known as Rough Puff. I used his ingredients and method for the first steps to the cooling of the pastry ball in the fridge. When I rolled it out, I added extra lamination, by cutting about 80-100g of butter into 5mm thick slices and folding…

Pizza

RECIPE: When you ask the husband what he’d like for dinner, there’s really not a lot of options put forward, but this time I was happy to go ahead with one of his favourites. I’ve tried a few pizza recipes in the past, including using my bread maker. The traditional recipes have been flat and…

Pork and fennel sausage rolls

RECIPES: The Julia Child recipe was great, with lots of detailed instructions. The Bourke Street Bakery recipe was also easy to follow, but it was a bit hard to judge how much puff pastry I needed because I hadn’t used their base recipe. Neither recipe provided guidance on how thick to roll the pastry. I…