Beetroot relish

There’s a cafe in North Melbourne, called Pocket, which serves a delicious breakfast bagel of bacon, fried egg, cheese and beetroot relish.  Inspired by this, and having finished a jar of chutney a friend had given us, I decided to make my own beetroot relish. The recipe below is a combination …

Cooking with Poo

Today was my last day in Thailand. Victoria and I had booked a cooking class at the Helping Hands Thai Cooking school. The lessons are run by a lady called Poo (Poo is actually her nick name, derived from her full name Champoo – Thai for rose apple). Poo lives in …

Pork Dumplings

Dumplings are one of my favourite Asian foods, great for a snack or as a meal! When I learnt to make dumplings, I was surprised how easy they are. Folding them is a bit time consuming, but it’s definitely worth the effort. All the ingredients are generally available at a …

Hot Cross Buns

Introduction It’s almost Easter, which means it’s time for Hot Cross Buns!  I made a batch on the weekend, and wanted to share the recipe.  Each time I make them the ratio of spices seems to change slightly, so feel free to experiment and post back any suggestions in the …

Fruit Mince Pies

Introduction This is a recipe I’ve put together from a number of sources, and tweaked over the last couple of years.  Please be aware that the quantities for the fruit mince are enough to make about 60-70 pies, while the pastry will make about 30.  The fruit mince filling will …