On Your Marks, Get Set, BAKE

gaboBrr it’s cold outside, so snuggle up and switch on ‘The Great Australian Bake Off’.  The Channel 9 show started this week and follows 10 home bakers in their bid to be crowned Australia’s Best Amateur Baker.  Presented by Shane Jacobson and Anna Gare each episode will target a specific area of baking, such as biscuits, bread, cakes, or pies etc.  Each episode consists of three challenges:  Continue reading


Monday Morning at The Loose Caboose

Fruit & Nut Sourdough with Jam

Fruit & Nut Sourdough with Jam

In an attempt to banish the Monday morning blues I thought I would forego my usual cereal and have breakfast at The Loose Caboose.  Located next to the railway stop at Bowden, and opposite the tram stop at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre, The Loose Caboose is a bustling, vibrant café.  It’s warm and inviting with great decor, and the menu is a little different to the usual fare, which makes a welcome change.

The usual range of coffee is available, and fresh juices are served in old-fashioned medicine bottles which is quirky, and all food is served on vintage style plates or bowls, or on wooden platters. Continue reading

Deep Fat Fryer – Gadget Review

deep fat fryerI adore kitchen gadgets and I have a cupboard full of them, but one of the few that I don’t have is a Deep Fat Fryer.  There are a few reasons for this; I don’t like the smell of chip fat in the house, they can be hard to clean, and the smell of used oil lingers in the machine. Despite all this, my desire for freshly home cooked chips became too strong and off I went to the shops with a short list of what I wanted: it must have a well fitting lid, a decent size basket, and be easy to clean.

I chose the Tefal Family Pro Fryer as it appeared to have everything on my list.  Continue reading

Tip of the Month – No More Tears!

Google ‘how to chop onions without crying’ and you will get loads of different suggestions; from freezing your onions for 20 minutes beforehand (who has the time to do this?) to wearing an eye mask (how weird will you look?).  If you are like me, you may have tried many methods and failed dismally.

But one wet weekend in the UK I was watching ‘Saturday Kitchen’ on the BBC and I heard the best tip of all  – make sure your chopping KNIVES ARE SHARP.  Blunt knives equal tears.  Sharp knives equal NO tears (unless of course you cut yourself on your newly sharpened knife!)

So after sharpening my knives I gave it a go, and it worked!  No tears (and thankfully no cuts to my fingers either). So my thanks go to chef James Martin for this marvellous tip and saving me a lifetime of tears.

Of course, you could always get somebody else to chop them, that works too 🙂


A lazy afternoon at Yangarra

YangarraA warm, roaring, welcoming log fire is what greeted us at Yangarra Wine Estate when we stopped off at their cellar door recently.  Situated at 809 Kangarilla Road, Kangarilla, the cellar door has a beautiful room (with said fire) and a lovely deck to enjoy the view over the estate.

Yangarra offers a different experience to what my usual visits to a cellar door are like.  Continue reading

Snack time

I have just discovered Peanut Butter and Honey sandwiches.  It sounds so wrong, but it tastes so good.

Also, the addition of honey means the peanut butter doesn’t stick to the roof of your mouth, so it’s a win-win situation all round really 🙂

Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals

Jamie's 15 minutes meals

It’s been a few years since I delved into a Jamie Oliver cookbook.  I was a fan in his early ‘Naked Chef’ days, but over the years I have discovered Rick Stein, Bill Granger, The Hairy Bikers, and my personal favourite Ottolenghi.

I happened to catch the TV show of Jamie’s 15 Minute Meals, and surprisingly found myself hooked.  The meals being produced looked like food that I like, so the following weekend I bought the book, and I’m very pleased I did.

The recipes are fresh, interesting and full of flavour, and his collaboration with a nutritionist means they are good for you without feeling like ‘health food’.  Continue reading