BREAD MAKES A MEAL: TOMATO BRUSCHETTA & LEEK + CHEESE TOASTIES (a journey to River Cottage, part 3)

Classic tomato bruschetta was one of my favourite light meals back in the days when I still lived on the other side of the planet and frequented the delightful Italian cafés Down Under. I cannot believe that it took purchasing Hugh Fearnley -Whittingstall’s River Cottage Veg Everyday!  for me to discover just how easy it was to make […]

THE HUMBLE BEGINNINGS OF A KITCHEN GARDEN (The Urban Eco-Mama Experiment, part 1)

Spurred on by my obsession with all things River Cottage-related, I have decided to, with the full support of Handy Husband, embark upon an experiment to see just how eco-friendly and self-sufficient my family and I can become whilst living in a modern, urban environment. Phase 1 of this quest (which I’ve dubbed “The Urban Eco-Mama Experiment”) […]

TWO-POTATO PASTIES WITH HOMEMADE ROUGH PUFF PASTRY (a journey to River Cottage, part 2)

My childhood tuck shop school lunches growing up Down Under often featured the ubiquitous Aussie sausage roll/pie/pasty, all impossible to find in this part of the world unless you are prepared to pay exorbitant prices for factory-made, frozen versions at The English Shop (which, no doubt, many a homesick Aussie is wont to do). These undoubtably healthier veggie […]

JAMIE OLIVER’S FOOD REVOLUTION DAY (+ super-easy recipes for pantry staples: lemon curd, ketchup & garlic-infused olive oil)

In preparation for Food Revolution Day, my home became a test kitchen of sorts. After scouring the internet for recipes to make for our little food club’s Food Revolution Day event, I settled upon the following 3; a zesty lemon curd, a delicious ketchup and a versatile garlic-infused olive oil. I chose these recipes (featured at the end […]

BEETROOT & WALNUT HUMMUS, BABA GANOUSH & GARLIC FLATBREADS (a journey to River Cottage, part 1)

I am unapologetically, unashamedly, unabashedly obsessed with the River Cottage phenomenon and the “real food” philosophy of back-to-basics tour de force Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall! This one-sided love affair began when we (my husband, L and I) were invited to afternoon tea by a friend sometime during the early summer last year. Upon the bookshelf behind me sat a […]