Pecan Crescents

Pecan Crescents

I have been making these biscuits for years, and not just because they are delicious; it’s because they are a crowd pleaser and I’m an applause whore in the kitchen. The flaky pastry almost elevates them to pastry status, and the cinnamon sugar pecan crunch is incredibly moreish. Best eaten warm, I don’t know anyone that can stop at one.  Pecan Crescents Ingredients 2 cups of plain flour a pinch of salt 1 cup of unsalted butter 1 egg yolk 3/4 cup of sour cream half a cup of castor sugar 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon 2/3 cup of pecans…

Greek Cinnamon Pork and Pasta

Greek Cinnamon Pork and Pasta

Hirino Yiouvetsi is the fancy Greek name for Greek Cinnamon Pork and Pasta, but it is delicious whatever you call it. I’ve based this cheats version on a recipe by George Columbaris, but feel free to make any adjustments you like. It is so simple to throw together and leave in the oven for a few hours, and the cinnamon gives it a subtle taste that is both different and delicious. This is perfect comfort food now that we are into the cooler weather of Autumn. Murray Valley Pork sent me some delicious high welfare pork to try and I…

Dogs; Large or Small?

Dogs; Large or Small?

These holidays, we are minding our neighbours dogs for a few weeks. Ruby is a cavalier king Charles spaniel, and Sadie is her half poodle love child. Although they are normally yappy little things, they must like the constant company they get here, and they hardly bark at all. Until it is time for them to go home and sleep in their normal beds, and then there is a long chorus of goodnight. As regular readers will know we have a much loved lady Labrador, Kora. She is a little quizzical of these guests but is very lady like and…

Mystique! A magical experience..

Mystique! A magical experience..

Last Friday Mr BC and I loaded the boys into the car and drove to the Gold Coast to see the opening night of Mystique, an exciting show from master illusionist Michael Boyd. Did you see Michael Boyd on Australia’s Got Talent? He is just brilliant.  I always love a trip to the Gold Coast but The Gentleman and Monkey Boy where super, super excited to go on this adventure. First, it was at Sea World Nara Resort, and although I had told them several hundred times we would not be going to Sea World, just the resort next door,…

Goal Setting

Goal Setting

Can you picture someone on the railing of a harbour/river cruise boat, windswept hair, eyes glittering with booze fueled inspiration, arms flung out with intensity? I will lose weight! I will travel overseas! I will blast forward in my career! Plans? Who needs to plan, I’ve told the universe! All I can do is put it out there! New Year Resolutions get a bad rap as a drunken declaration you make at one minute past midnight. A large, ill thought out gesture; thrown to the night sky, without any backup. No planning or forethought as to how you are going…

Turkey Stirfry with Broccoli and Almonds

Turkey Stirfry with Broccoli and Almonds

We had a lovely Christmas. Lots of friends, family, presents, and of course – food. LOTS of food. After a few days of eating leftovers we where crying out for some vegetables and this did just the trick. Turkey Stirfry with Broccoli and Almonds Ingredients Leftover roast turkey, chopped or shredded, about 2 cups worth. Broccoli and Cauliflower, cut into florets. I used half a head of each. Leftover flaked almonds, about a small handful. 1 finely chopped spring onion. a small glug of olive oil 1 teaspoon each of white sugar, stock powder, soy sauce, plain flour, sherry or…

Italian Pork Pot Roast

Italian Pork Pot Roast

Pot Roast is such a comforting dish. It feels like a fancy dinner wearing more comfortable clothes. It is simplicity itself to make, can be dressed up or down, and with a beautiful cut of meat, it is elevated to something meltingly delicious. Ingredients Today I used Murray Valley Pork rolled scotch fillet, although beef brisket also works well to make the famous traditional pot roast. Be a daredevil and walk on the wild side, try something different! 1 large yellow onion 1 large red onion 2 bulbs of garlic large sprinkle of fennel seeds half a glass of red…

Cookbook Review, Interview and Giveaway!

Cookbook Review, Interview and Giveaway!

I was really excited when this cookbook landed on my desk for review, not only because I love cookbooks but because I love – LOVE – cookbooks that have a story behind them. I want to read about how the recipe came about, who the cooks where that created and built on this recipe, and who they cooked it for. This book has all of this in abundance! Tanya Bartolini’s grandparents and great grandparents emigrated from Italy to Australia to forge a better future for their children, and along the way the whole family have adapted traditional recipes to suit…

Movie Review: FROZEN

Movie Review: FROZEN

Last Sunday, the Monkeys accompanied me to a preview of Disney’s FROZEN, an animated movie loosely based on The Snow Queen. I was one of those spooky kids that read Grimm’s Fairy Tales in the original, and I loved the Snow Queen. The story has been Disnified in the most delightful way, and the original was written by Hans Christian Anderson, so it’s not very gothic at all. Perfect for regular children! As it is a movie aimed at children, I’ve interviewed my own to see what they thought. Did you like Frozen? MonkeyBoy Yes! I loved the snow, it…

Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

Are you feeling the Christmas spirit? Maybe you’ve been feeling it for a while, a few months now? Have you had the kids Santa Photos taken, the dogs Santa Photos taken, the Christmas decorations up, the Christmas lights up, and that strange Christmas train with the freaky deaky music that circles your Christmas tree, which is of course, up for a while now? Maybe you even have…DUN DUN DUN! THE ELF ON THE GODDAMN SHELF via this interesting article.  Don’t mistake my cynical tone for Bah-humbuggery, there are many Christmas traditions that I wouldn’t dream of skipping. Here are a…