Fritule

Fritule

According to Wikipedia, fritule are "a festive Croatian pastry made particularly for Christmas. They resemble little doughnuts... Venetian fr├Čtole... they are usually flavored with rum and citrus zest, containing raisins, and are topped with powdered sugar." For me they're also a whole lot more. They were one of my favourite sweet treats growing up, and [...]

Salmon en croute

Salmon en croute

Impressive but not really difficult, who can say no to moist flaky salmon when it comes in a buttery pastry parcel? I had been planning to make individual portions with fillets but when I saw whole sides of salmon at Easter time I couldn't resist one large showstopper instead. Serves 8 what you need: 2 [...]

Slow cooker beef stew

Slow cooker beef stew

The humble $40 slow cooker I bought many years ago is still one of the best things in my kitchen. And it's not even for the days I'm at work, because there's no way I'm ever going to be organised enough to get everything into it before seven am. I actually love using it on [...]

Seafood risotto

Seafood risotto

Trying to pin down a recipe that you first ate at one of your favourite restaurants isn't easy. But when the ingredients are few and of the classic and timeless Mediterranean variety it's definitely worth a shot. I never order risotto when eating out. NEVER. But seeing this one on a friend's Instagram and how [...]

Paella

Paella

This was a recipe I've long wanted to share, but held back because what I cook and label paella isn't really the most authentic version, and also because it's a tough one when trying to get the quantities right {especially in terms of the amount of rice needed}. But at the end of the day [...]

Porchetta

Porchetta

Being a lifelong Italophile there aren't many Italian recipes I've tried and not loved, but being a lifelong hater of pork as well as offal the idea of a chicken liver-stuffed rolled piece of pork never appealed to me. And I have to say that even now, after having made this recipe and enjoyed it, [...]