Let’s talk about the elephant in the room. Christmas is coming. And it is coming really, really fast. The supremely organised amongst us already have their gifts wrapped and under the tree. I am not one of those people. Every year I make truffles, spice mixes and other food gifts for those on my list. Yet no matter how well I plan, I always manage to forget someone; an oversight that usually only occurs to me the day before I should be fronting up with some sort of gift. Which is where this Chocolate and Hazelnut Biscotti comes in. Read More
Mr Grumpy has been nagging me to use up the produce in the garden so he can rip out the fading plants and start the summer crops. This means a lot of winter greens on the menu this week. We will be eating: Read More
There is always an element of surprise to a tarte tartin. You never know if it is going to work until you actually flip it out of the pan. Traditionally tarte tartin is made with apples or other fruits. However it also works really well as a savoury dish, like this Beetroot and Feta Tarte Tartin. Read More
The best strawberries I have ever eaten were in England. It was the start of the strawberry season and we were not far from the local Pick-Your-Own. Margaret wanted to stock up her frozen fruit supplies so she could continue to make strawberry jam through the winter months. The Princess was still quite young at only four but we figured she would enjoy the outing. So with baskets and boxes in hand we ventured off for an afternoon of picking fruit. Read More
You would be forgiven for thinking that I am a huge fan of lamb, given it’s appearance on my menu plan twice in a row. I reality, Mr Grumpy went to my parents farm without me and came back with, you guessed it, lamb. Now I am now trying to make space in the freezer. Read More
We all have a little black dress (or is that LBD?). Something we can pull out of the cupboard at a moments notice and dress up or down according to the occasion. The old standby that never fails us. Caramelised onions are the culinary equivalent of that LBD. Having a jar in the fridge means you are ready for anything, be it a quick dinner at home or drinks with friends. 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.