Category: Food & Drink

Pasta Verde (Recipe)

Do you have a pasta maker at home? Why not set it up on your bench and make something different you won’t see at many supermarkets? This exciting pasta verde – or green pasta – is made by adding cooked greens to the mixture, and adds colour, texture and moisture to the dough. It is fun making pasta at home, and the use of free range, or farm fresh organic hen eggs and homegrown silver beet or spinach takes the goodness factor up a notch. INGREDIENTS Serves 3-4 240g ’00’ flour 2 large free range eggs 1/4 cup cooked,...

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Lemon Meringue Cocktail

Inspired by my fondness of the dessert and having Limoncello in the fridge I gave myself the task of creating this delicious cocktail. Limoncello as you  is such a refreshing liqueur, one of the great tastes I acquired during my travels through Italy. In Italy, Limoncello is extremely popular and I am glad to say that many stockists and restaurants around the world now sell this zingy liqueur in drink or dessert form. It is sometimes nice to have something special to offer guests when they are over for festivities such as birthdays or Christmas and I find this drink is...

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Spiced Christmas Biscuits

These are so easy to make and are perfect for Christmas with their spicy flavour. It is a great recipe to get children involved with, especially the decorating at the end – the fun part! You can create whatever you wish with this recipe, such as stars, Christmas trees, hearts or reindeer. They can even be personalised as gifts and presented in clear cellophane and tied with a festive ribbon. You will need: Cookie Cutters 3 baking trays (for approximately 50 small biscuits) Ingredients: 250g self raising flour 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp mixed...

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Wine O’Clock: Ohau Gravels Sauvignon Blanc

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. A firm favourite in this household, a perfectly refreshing way to wind down after a busy week. Therefore it is always great to find time to review a wonderful bottle of it and thanks to Sustainable Wines for sending through this bottle of Sauvignon Blanc Ohau Gravels 2014. This award winning wine comes from a very new wine region of New Zealand, in the Horowhenua region of the lower North Island. And before we give our take and thoughts here is the description given on the website for this wine: Aromas of fragrant blackcurrant and...

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Spicy Ginger Parkin

This cake is very seasonal and perfect for chilly autumn nights and occasions such as Bonfire Night. I have changed one traditional recipe by adding mixed spice to increase the spiciness. You can leave this out if you want the more traditional recipe. Ingredients: 220g Butter 240g Golden Syrup 100g Treacle 90g light Muscovado Sugar (Soft Brown Sugar) 100g Oats 250g Self Raising Flour 2 tbsp Ground Ginger 2 tsp Mixed Spice 1 Large Egg 5 tbsp Milk Method: Grease and line a 22cm/9 inch square cake tin. Melt together the treacle , syrup, sugar and butter until all the...

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Ruby Grapefruit Tartlets

The delicate zesty perfume of ruby graperuits will fill your kitchen as you bake these delicate custard tartlets. Substitute blood oranges if the fruit is unavailable, for an ideal alternative. Serve after dinner with a fruit compote and whipped cream or ice cream, or at afternoon tea for a pick-me-up. Double ingredient quantities to make more tartlets. Ingredients Makes 4 tartlets For the pastry: 1/2 cup plain flour 1/4 cup self-raising flour 1 tbs icing sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup yoghurt 2 tbs olive oil 1 egg yolk For the filling: 1 tsp ruby grapefruit zest, finely grated...

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