Pineapple upside-down cake

My maternal grandmother was a whizz in the kitchen. Raised on a South Australian farm she knew how to make her own pickles, jams, chutneys, smoked fish, beer and goodness knows what else, as well as being an expert seamstress, prolific crotchet-er, talented carpenter, artist and demon Scrabble player. We called her “Gang” which was…

Food for the Soul

I stumbled across this inspiring quote today from British Philosopher Alan Watts (1915-1973) on how to avoid anxiety through mindfulness. He was way ahead of his time. “The real reason why human life can be so utterly exasperating and frustrating is not because there are facts called death, pain, fear, or hunger. The madness of…

Against the grain

Wild mushroom barley risotto (“barlotto”) with peas and Irish sausages. A super easy and economical weekday meal. Chopped parsley and shaved Parmesan finish it off nicely, OR you can jazz it up for a dinner party and impress your guests with home-made wild garlic pesto – I’ve included the recipe below. Wild garlic is abundant…

Something Fishy

En papillote… Meaning simply “in a parcel”, is such an easy way to cook fish and keep all the flavour in. There’s something quite tantalising about having your own personal parcel on your plate! I used pollock (now strangely called “blossom” in the fishmongers, bizarre how they feel the need to re-brand a species!) but…