The classic margarita.

The classic margarita.

Truth be told there is no "recipe" I have spent more time perfecting than my regular friday night margaritas. A classic margarita has only three ingredients: tequila, orange liqueur, and fresh lime juice, served with a salt rim. For the tequila I use either blanco {clear in colour, aged the least} or reposado {amber coloured, [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

Peka

Peka

A peka is a traditional Dalmatian meal cooked under a dome shaped lid and covered over with hot coals. It's usually saved for special occasions when you're cooking something out of the ordinary like a large octopus, turkey, or duck, and also because there's a decent amount of playing with fire involved in the prep. [...]

Southern fried chicken

Southern fried chicken

It seems like no matter how many times I ask my kids what they feel like for dinner they always have the same answers: lasagne, Mexican, or pizza. So it was nice to get a different response when one came back with "buttermilk fried chicken". Off I went to Google for some clue as to [...]

Slow cooked sticky ribs

Slow cooked sticky ribs

Don't let the picture full of brown fool you, they might be hard to photograph in a pretty way but these ribs will be a hit. They came about because my three older kids all love going out to a popular restaurant that is known for their fall off the bone sticky ribs. Taking my [...]

Madarica

MaΔ‘arica {pronounced "mah-dg-ah-ritsa"} translates quite literally, to "the Hungarian lady". What it also translates to is easily one of the most popular desserts I have ever seen disappear from just about every special occasion I can remember growing up. It's the one that everyone would request if given a plate of leftover cakes to take [...]

Ricotta Cheesecake

Ricotta Cheesecake

There's an Italian cake shop in Sydney which is legendary for it's ricotta cheesecake. It is no joke to say that their prized version is completely revered and worshiped as the ultimate ricotta cheesecake to make all others hang their heads in shame. So I'm excited to say that this version is AMAZING. I have [...]

Octopus Salad

Octopus Salad

This is a firm favourite in our home and essential for religious feast days and celebrations. It's a very traditional Dalmatian recipe, though making it without potatoes is more typical of the Istrian peninsula. If you love octopus I would urge you to give this a go as it really is very easy, you don't [...]