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Salad is totally boring…. Or is it?

I must admit, I don’t have a great repertoire of salad recipes. Sure, I’ve made the odd leafy salad, potato salad, chicken salad, tomato salad but my repertoire doesn’t really extend beyond that. I love a good hearty salad when the weather is warm or when I feel like I need a top up of greens in my diet, but I do get a bit bored with the variety of salads that I make (or lack thereof). So, I was a bit excited coming across a salad recipe in the February 2014 issue of Taste.com.au which ticked a few boxes for me. Read more…

Quick and easy roast chicken – the brown paper bag way

I love me a good roast chicken! If you don’t believe me, check out this blog post. In fact, I’m roasting a chicken for dinner tonight but that’s not the topic of this blog post. As much as I love roasting a whole chicken, it does take a while and sometimes I don’t really want to wait that long to eat or I’m not that organised to start prepping for a roast chicken a couple of hours before dinner. So, if I see a recipe that can make my life easier but still give me a delicious meal, I’m more than happy to give it a crack. I was flicking through the most current issue of Taste.com.au magazine (September issue), and stumbled across an interesting recipe. It stated that I could have roast chicken in 30-40 minutes and it involved a brown paper bag. Read more…

Spaghetti Cheapballs

Whilst exploring the blogosphere, I’ve noticed a bit of a trend when reading other people’s posts about food. The three things that come up quite regularly are that food should be: 1) cheap; 2) quick, and; 3) easy to prepare. A couple of years ago, I came across a recipe for Spaghetti Meatballs in a Women’s Weekly cookbook. What’s so special about this recipe, I hear you ask? Well, instead of making the meatballs from scratch, the meatballs are made from the meat in sausages. How clever is that? And if you use bottled pasta sauce or passata, then you are saving a whole heap of time and money; the two things that are very important to me now that I’m a Uni-bum. This recipe can easily serve four people in about 25 minutes.

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Never turn your back on a Hungry Man – How my salmon got stolen

So, this post was going to be about a really easy and delicious salmon recipe but I thought I needed to do a community service and warn the Ladies of a potential threat in your homes: The Hungry Man. It is well known in my household that I’m a blogger, which means that most of the time, ANY food I make is a potential blog post. With that, comes some ground rules that are to be followed if you want to eat the food I make:

  1. Make sure that said blogger has enough space to do her mise en place as it will undoubtedly involve pictures taken in weird bodily positions. In other words, no hovering.
  2. Once said blogger has prepared the food and is ready to plate, be prepared to wait a moment before taking any food as, once again, more pictures will be taken of the finished product. In other words, be patient and wait until it is clear which serve you can take because I want to ensure there is some continuity with the pictures taken. Read more…

Nacho Nacho Chook

Every time I make this dish, I always have that scene of Homer, from The Simpsons, singing “Nacho Man” when Flanders gets him a nacho hat running through my head. If you get a chance, check out this Youtube clip of the scene I’m referring to – really quite funny. Anyway, back to the food…. I must admit, I haven’t eaten a lot of authentic Mexican food but I do like the flavours associated with this cuisine. A few years ago, I bought myself a Nigella Lawson cookbook called Nigella Express, and it’s now one of my favourite cookbooks. In this cookbook is a Tex-Mex inspired recipe called Quick Chilli which takes next to no time to make. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Chicken Roulade with Sage Stuffing

If you are the one designated to putting on the Christmas spread, the one thing that brings down the Christmas spirit is the stress of having to whip up a wonderful meal for a large group of people. Australians kind of have this under control, generally putting on a BBQ or something similar which is quick, easy and relaxed (it also helps that Christmas is in the middle of summer here). At my house, my partner’s family is the only side of the family that celebrates Christmas so it’s not really too stressful and we generally have seafood, such as lobster and prawns, which is easy enough to cook up and serve. However, I do have friends that have the more traditional spread of turkey and ham – huge chucks of meat that take FOREVER to cook. Read more…

Pingy Prawn Saganaki

You could be forgiven for thinking that it is the middle of summer in Adelaide right now, with the city having a good run of hot days (it was 38ºC/100ºF a couple of days ago). In my opinion, the best type of food to eat when it’s hot is seafood and I had been pondering for the last couple of weeks over what seafood-y dishes I could cook this summer. One of the foodie blogs I am really enjoying at the moment is Cook. Eat. Blog. This blog has a plethora of sensational recipes from all over the World with the dishes cooked by the blog owner, Lee. I highly recommend checking out Lee’s blog! I also follow Lee on Twitter, and he regularly tweets a random recipe from his collection. On this particular day, Lee just happened to tweet about his Prawn Saganki recipe. PING! Light-bulb moment! Read more…

These are a few of my favourite things – Friday and Dumpling King

Friday has got to be my favourite day of the week. Why, you ask? Friday’s are so awesome in my book because:

– It is the end of the working week.
– It is the start of the weekend.
– I get to do my weekly grocery shop at the incredible Adelaide Central Markets.
– I get to satisfy my dumpling craving at the Dumpling King.

Who on Earth is the Dumpling King? Read more…

Est Pizzeria Adelaide – Review

Last night marked a momentous occasion, as a bunch of my girlfriends and I celebrated the pending nuptials of our dear friend Jo with a hens day/night. The day started with a session in nature drawing (code for gratuitous perve at a naked man), then we went on an impromptu 1.2km (0.7mi) pub crawl down to Est Pizzeria, for dinner. I’ve never been to Est Pizzeria before, but I’ve heard good things about the place and I was excited about having pizza for dinner after working up an appetite during the nature drawing session. Read more…

Challenge alla carbonara

Earlier this week I was asked by another blogger, Jennie (check out her blog at Ohh, honey!), to post a carbonara recipe. I’ve never made carbonara before so I took this request as a personal challenge. I thought to myself that if I was going to honour this request, I better bloody do a good job of it, so I started doing a little research. But what I found was a bunch of recipes with a conflicting mash of ingredients. Not really off to a great start. That’s when I turned to my wonderful Manager at work (who just happens to follow my blog – hi!) for advice. Read more…

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