Forces of nature: A windswept tree, atop the Pyramids in northern NSW
What do you do with three overripe bananas? You make banana bread, that’s what. But this is a banana bread that has no milk, no gluten and no eggs. A food free quickbread: a gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free. You can even leave out the sugar, if you want to. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to make.
Coq au vin is one of those dishes that is designed for a long, slow cook. And even if you don’t have a rooster (the cockerel part of coq au vin), chicken thighs make a good base, as does a whole chicken chopped into pieces that fit your pot. We’ve adapted this dish, as does everyone, to cope with the ingredients and the equipment we have.
Like any butter cake, this is a highly recommended cake for people who like normal, sweet butter cakes with that rich and oh-so-sweet buttery icing. So we added coffee, but you could just as easily add lemon, lavender or even chocolate.
Combining basil, parsley and a handful of nuts into a dip is nothing revolutionary, but the result complements the crisps and crackers so very well.
If early birds catch worms, what do early spiders catch? Dew drops?
Cooking for people who can’t eat grains, including wheat, can be a challenge when it comes to snacks and finger foods. It’s all very well to keep putting out those celery and carrot sticks on the table, but sometimes, you just want to do more for people. These linseed crisps do just that.
A strawberry-topped focaccia makes the prefect breakfast bread, or a great morning tea with coffee (or tea). It’s like having ready-made bread with jam. It is a deliciously not-too-sweet but sweetish focaccia-style bread.
This is a dish for those who love all things tasty with chilli, soy, ginger and more. The flavours are apologetically strong. Sensitive souls should look elsewhere.
Boats afloat at the moorings in St Kilda, Port Phillip Bay
Easy and tasty no starch recipes can be challenging to find. These little balls of salmon tastiness fit the bill perfectly in our household. They’re quick to make, so they’re great for an emergency school lunch on those badly organised mornings.
A buttery, butternut soup with potato and thyme brings out the flavour of autumn in so many good ways.
These deep fried balls of zucchini goodness have been a favourite restaurant menu item for longer than we’ve been married. Their kabac mucveris are bigger, fluffier and deeper-fried than ours, but you can’t expect miracles from a small home kitchen that doesn’t do deep frying at all. We do shallow frying and baking with an unhealthy amount of oil, and they’re all good.
What if you just want a good, egg-based mayonnaise but without all the fuss? Well, here’s an almost foolproof recipe. It ticks all our boxes: not too oily, no starch, lemon juice rather than vinegar, and delicious.
The water wall of the National Gallery of Victoria is real highlight for visiting children and adults. We’re probably not the first record the fun kids have with it, and we won’t be the last, but I’m sure that’s exactly what the work’s creator would have wanted.
This cake—a cake with no sugar, a little honey, and lots of zucchini and cocoa—is a sugar-free mud cake. Sure its still cake, but it’s a healthy cake on the cake scale of things.
When this idea of a mung bean curry first came to light, it seemed too good to pass by. We had our partly sprouted mung beans, and now we have a curry sauce to dress them up. It’s a great little alternative to a heavy meat and rice curry.
This spicy pumpkin soup is a favourite of my mother’s on a cold, winter day. If you’re coming out of winter right now, think of this as a reminder of when you really wanted something warm, toasty and comforting for lunch. If winter decided to pay you a quick visit this Easter, as it did us, then warm and toasty is exactly what we all need.
Sometimes you just want homemade biscuits to go with cheese, dips, tomatoes, or whatever else it is you’re having that day. These sesame biscuits fit the bill perfectly. They’re also good all by themselves.
This Asian-style coleslaw, courtesy of the Paddington Foodie, has become a favourite for summer lunches and for packed lunches for work. Its healthy, filling and it has a perfect combination of tart and sweet with an underlying crunch that makes it a joy to eat.