Pork, sage and pine nut sausage rolls

A little while ago on the Western Australia Day long weekend, I found myself¬†with no plans and Ollie out all day at an indoor frisbee tournament (yes, apparently a real thing!). It seemed as though most of Perth was out and about enjoying the fine display Mother Nature was putting on and checking out all the fun events that¬†the city had to offer on a day off to celebrate our fine state. It looked like a whole lot of fun, but being in a rather instrospective mood I decided that all I was good for that day was pottering around the house¬†with ‘Orange is the New Black’ (my latest obsession) on TV to keep me company. I thought I better to something in honour of Western Australia Day though, so I decided to try my hand at making an all-Australian favourite, the humble sausage roll.¬† Continue reading

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Thai fish curry

I learnt a lot of things making this curry. ¬†It was the first time I had ever cooked with fish, so I learnt a few things in the fish market about different types of fish and how long you need to cook it¬†for. ¬†I learnt that although I am beginning to come around to eating seafood, I can still only spend about¬†four minutes in a fish market before¬†the smell overwhelms me.¬†I learnt that it is really difficult to take a nice photograph of curry. I also confirmed my knowledge that my housemate Suzie is the master of bad puns, when I asked her how many shallots I should put on my plate and she replied ‘Sha-lot of them’!

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Banana and Carrot Cake

When I went shopping on the weekend, Ollie insisted on buying 7 rather large bananas to eat during the week, despite the fact I haven’t seen him in eat a banana in almost forever. But he was adamant he would get through them, so we bought the bananas, they sat in the fruit bowl for almost a week, and you guessed it – they went overripe. This wasn’t all bad news though, because I had some cinnamon icing leftover from gingerbread cupcakes on Christmas, and I had an inkling that banana cake and cinnamon icing were going to be fab together!

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Pulled Pork burgers

A month or so ago, I rather optimistically bought two kilos of pork shoulder before a long weekend, thinking I would have loads of time to while away in the kitchen. I imagined myself slow cooking the pork, creating a to-die-for smoky BBQ sauce, whipping up some coleslaw and sitting back while my housemates exclaimed how I would be the next Nigella and should have my own cooking show and restaurant and so on and so on.¬†But the long weekend turned out like most long weekends, busier than most, and I didn’t have a chance to spend the quality time I needed to create what I wanted to. ¬†Strangely enough, last weekend¬†I had nothing on, and the opportunity to pull my pork out of the freezer and give it a go. ¬†How I managed such a quiet weekend at this stage of the silly season I’m not sure, but boy was it worth it – even if my housemates neglected to mention the Nigella thing!

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Gingerbread pancakes

The other night as I was lying in bed, I was struck by the desire for gingerbread pancakes.  This was rather inconvenient, as it was 11pm on a weeknight and an entirely inappropriate time to make pancakes, particularly as I had to be at work early the morning.  So the craving for gingerbread pancakes has followed me around all week until this morning, when I finally got got to indulge in this christmassy twist on a breakfast favourite.

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Lamb Shank Pies

When I started my blog, I had great intentions¬†for it to be a fairly even mix of recipes out of my kitchen and my thoughts in eating out in Perth. ¬†Since then, I feel like life has been so busy that I feel like I spend every weekend eating out and catching up with friends and family. ¬†Not that this is something to complain about, but it does make a little sad that I don’t have as much time for cooking as I would like. So when I found myself with an entire afternoon to myself last weekend, I decided to invest some time and effort into making slow cooked lamb shank pies for my housemates. Continue reading