I don’t tend to snack. Three square meals, spaced through the day, are usually enough to keep me going. Usually. There are times, however, when I find myself opening the fridge door and cupboards in the vain hope that something snack worthy will leap out at me and banish that niggling desire to eat something, anything. This is why I don’t keep processed snack foods in the house. It’s for my own protection. If I have kale pesto or spinach dip in the fridge, then the snack monster can be tamed with a few sourdough crackers. Of late, a jar of salty toasted nuts, like these crispy tamari almonds, have also done the trick. Read More
Do you find that sometimes you just need dessert. Or is that just me? Dinner was fine. There was nothing wrong with it, but I sometimes (often … shh!) have a lingering feeling that a sweet morsel would be the perfect end to the meal. The problem is my need for dessert usually doesn’t arise until the main course is finished. This rules out chocolate bread & butter pudding, chia pudding or ice cream sandwiches. I often whip up a dutch baby, but these coconut apple tarts also do the trick. Read More
I find one of the best ways to truly appreciate a country’s food culture is to take a cooking class run by locals. I’ve been to Singapore a few times, eating in various hawkers’ markets and food halls, but it took a visit to the Food Playground cooking school for me to really understand the sheer breadth of Singapore’s food culture. Read More
I feel like a magpie. I have been distracted by many shiny new things this month, with most of them finding their way into my kitchen. Spurred on by The Homemade Flour Cookbook I featured last month, I went on the hunt for sorghum flour. Sorghum flour is a gluten free, wholegrain flour that I am eager to try in baking. As you know, when you are actually looking for something you can never find it. The minute I found the sorghum flour I started seeing it everywhere. The only brand I could find was Bob’s Red Mill but if you are aware of another source I would love to know. Read More
My favorite thing about Pinterest is the whole new world of food that I have been exposed to. Until last year I was oblivious to the existence of Dutch baby pancakes. Now, not only do they appear regularly in our house, I have a whole Pinterest board devoted to them. Dutch babies are simple to throw together, with most of the work being done in the oven. Unfortunately The Princess and Mr Grumpy have also become huge fans, so dessert now needs to be divided into three equal pieces. Read More
Apparently the end piece of a loaf of bread is poisonous. At least it is in my house. Whilst the majority of a loaf will be demolished, there are always a few bits that are seemingly not edible. Rather than sending them to landfill, I have a few ways of repurposing the raggedy bits so that every last crumb is used. Read More
Welcome. I’m Tania. We are constantly bombarded with messages to eat less processed food, to eat more real food, to eat well, to do better. But what does all this actually mean and how does this work in our busy lives? Real food is quite easy to make at home if you have a few tips and tricks up your sleeve. Let me help you with that. You can read more about me here.