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…

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…

Pot Stickers

Pot Stickers

Pot Stickers, also known as Gyoza, are Japanese dumplings that are fried before steaming, to acquire the signature brown bottom – hence the term Pot Sticker. I adore them, and they are not that hard to make! The recipe is fairly elastic in that you can prepare them to your own taste, or the ingredients on hand. The instructions are detailed, but it’s dead easy, I promise. Ingredients 500g of mince. You can use pork, a combination of pork and prawn, or chicken.Today I used pork. 2 cups of finely chopped Wombok, or Chinese cabbage. 1 finely chopped spring onion. …

Peanut Butter Noodles

Peanut Butter Noodles

OK, if you are allergic to nuts this will not be a good choice, but if your children are in love with peanut butter, as mine are, this will ensure they eat up all their dinner. It’s super easy, and on the table very quickly. Just add some stir fried veggies or a salad for a well rounded mid week meal. Ingredients Cooked noodles or pasta of your choice. I always end up using fettuccine, I don’t know why. Just go with it. 1 medium chopped onion. 500 grams of chicken mince, or pork mince. Both work well here. Olive…

Tuck Shop Special

Tuck Shop Special

Do you volunteer for canteen duty at your child’s school? I’ve always tried to do so at least once a term. My children love seeing me behind the counter, probably because they know they can order whatever they like and I will just give it to them. It’s a novelty for them to go to the canteen, so sometimes this gets a little out of hand – one day the two of them cost me almost $20!  It’s also a great way to get to know other mums as well as the children that your kids hang out with, and…

Italian Roast Vegetables

Italian Roast Vegetables

This is not authentically Italian, but my husbands veins run rich trickle with Italian blood, and he loves it, so that is good enough for me. I’m sure you could Google for something a bit more genuine, but this is the way I make it. It’s a nice accompaniment to BBQ’d chops or steak, or even roasted chook. Italian Roast Vegetables Ingredients zucchini, red capsicum, mushrooms, red onion; all chopped to about the same size. feta cheese, chopped a little smaller olives – I used pitted kalamata olives. dried oregano olive oil balsamic vinegar Assembly arrange your chopped vegetables in…

Nacho Salad

Nacho Salad

This meal ticks all my boxes. It is delicious, you can customize each plate to the diner’s likes and dislikes, it is reasonably healthy, and if you have the right leftovers in your freezer is is super fast to get on the table. It’s a family favourite in this house! Ingredients bolognaise sauce. I make extra so that I always have some in the freezer. It’s so versatile!  cooked rice, enough for about 1 cup for each person. This is also something that it easy to have ready to go in the freezer. 1 large tin of kidney beans grated…

Cheesy Tomato Gnocchi

Cheesy Tomato Gnocchi

This recipe is based on this one, by Bill Granger. It was pretty simple to start with, and I’ve simplified it even further to suit the palates of the monkeys I cook for. It’s a nice alternative to the usual carb offerings on my table, it’s very easy to cook, and just like Bill Granger’s daughter, my children love it. Cheesy Tomato Gnocchi Ingredients 1 packet of packaged gnocchi (gasp!) Seriously, this is what Bill used! I use the plain dried one sold in the same aisle as regular pasta. It doesn’t come with sauce and costs about $3.  1…

Spinach Feta Artichoke Triangles

Spinach Feta Artichoke Triangles

Whenever I have to go somewhere and take a plate, one of my go-to’s is spinach and feta triangles. They are super easy, taste great warm or cold, are easy to transport and there is always an appreciative vegetarian who will eat them. Plus I love them, so they are an easy choice! Another dish I often make is a spinach, feta and artichoke dip, which always gets a lot of compliments. So today, I thought why not combine them?  Spinach Feta Artichoke Triangles Ingredients 1 can of artichokes, drained and chopped. 1 small packet of frozen spinach, cooked and…