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…

Vegetables are our friends too

So, my niece from America might be coming to stay with us for a while and she is a vegetarian.  I mentioned this to my husband, Roo and he thought for a moment and said “Why don’t we go veggie for the year she comes to stay”?  We are both committed meat eaters but we have…

The sadness of the final tomato harvest

Last week we finished picking the last of the yellow cherry tomatoes. It is officially Autumn in Australia. There is an overwhelming beauty to the home-grown tomato. It is juicy yet firm, sweet but somehow at the same time, tart and refreshing. Perfect in salads or atop toasted, buttered rye bread in the morning.  Or with cheese and…

Russell’s Pizza, Willunga, South Australia

Finally…we got a booking at Russell’s. This rustic old cottage and converted shed on the Fleurieu peninsula of South Australia is the hottest place to be on a Friday evening, year-round. We were seated inside the old cottage at a wicker lounge area and ate antipasti followed by pizzas cooked in Russell’s hand-built brick ovens….

I have yet to meet a legume that I don’t like

Tonight we ate outside and had the first broad bean salad of the season. When Roo made it for me the first time, last summer, he used sweet cherry tomatoes from our very own garden! It was one of those mouth moments where you just want more. Tonight the tomatoes were from the Adelaide Showgrounds…