Pork chops and cabbage salad

It’s late spring and BBQ season here in Adelaide, so recently we have been giving our gas and charcoal BBQs a workout. We like cooking on the grill because of the ease of clean up, especially on a busy weeknight after work. Some simply seasoned meat, a salad and that’s dinner done. Last night featured thick pork loin chops, marinated…

Remembering Louise Pergolini Tucker

Tomorrow, the 10th of April will be seven years since we lost our mother Louise and I know we all think of her daily. More often than not I think of her in the kitchen. The place where she prepared so many meals for her six children and anyone we brought home with us. The room with…

Early autumn second harvest

Here in South Australia we are having sublime autumn weather. The summer fruits are gone and the cucumbers just about finished. But the tomatoes have a long season if you do a second planting just around Christmas. These beauties were found at the Adelaide Central Market last night. Our bush at home is getting there…

Food inspiration ~ Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli

Food inspiration takes many forms: a favourite meal remembered, a key ingredient you’ve been wanting to try, a special request from a loved one, a new recipe. Well, my beloved husband Roo has been the lucky recipient of a new kitchen tool, a little press for cutting out ravioli. This is his inspiration. I recently…

And suddenly it was February

Oh January, where have you gone? We rang in the new year from the comfort of our back yard with a little drink and some cheese and crackers and bits. It was a warm night and a quiet one for us. The weather has been very hot for the last month or so and the…

Food first

Well, it looks like I am doing a pretty miserable job this year in the blogging department. I might have overdone it last year and set expectations too high gentle readers! So I will just share with you one of the lovely vegetarian meals that we cooked and ate last weekend. The potato bake was…

This vego thing…

OK, so some time ago we decided to go Vego at Home at home while my vegetarian niece was living with us.  Well, she has arrived. No meat has crossed the thresh-hold for a week and a day. So has it make any difference eating Vego at Home so far? Well, I have noticed that…

Best part of new kitchen – my chef

Best part of new kitchen – my chef Originally uploaded by lou_roo This is my husband plating up veal chops, roast veggies and garlicky mushrooms. The Smeg oven is great so far. And the food – well – my waistline tells the story there!

Rocket, fennel, orange and almond salad

Rocket (Arugula to my North American readers) grows in my garden in winter. So, inspired by Amanda Daniel from 2bEthical who made a winter salad at the Adelaide Showgrounds Farmer’s Market demo kitchen, I did a version of my own. All local produce including the olive oil that I used to warm the local almonds…