baking

Bel’s Stuffed Zucchini

Last time I was in Melbourne I stayed with my friend Bel. Bel has always been a great cook and has recently started look at ways to make her meaty dishes vego. Or, it may have just been because I was visiting, either way, win!

Bel’s stuffed zucchinis are usually made with mince meat. On this occasion we used vegetarian mince and added grated veggies. (more…)

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Pear & Chocolate Tart

Recently while chopping pears to stew I got an urge to bake a pear tart. I had thought this would simply involve premade pastry and slices of pear. When I went hunting in the blogosphere I discovered that pear tarts are actually a little bit fancy. I settled on making a chocolate and pear tart as it sounded delicious and with a few tweaks I had all the ingredients. (more…)

English Dinner: Spotted Dick

Puddings are common in England, think Christmas pudding, bread and butter pudding or sticky date pudding.

Recently a couple of friends and I had a big English cook up. This feast was finished with spotted dick, a steamed English pudding containing dried fruit, and custard. I had never eaten this pudding before and making it also gave me a legitimate reason to use profanity on my blog. (more…)

English Dinner: Yorkshire Pudding

In case the name didn’t give it away, Yorkshire puddings are a British thing. Small muffin sized puddings, they are typically served as a side dish to roasts and are particularly good at mopping up gravy. They are quick, easy to make and delicious – they taste like savoury donuts. Yum!

My housemate Simone and friend Nat recently got together for an English feast. Having lived in England for ten years Nat was pretty excited about our dinner, especially because it gave her a great reason to make Yorkshire puddings. (more…)

English Dinner: Nut Roast & Potatoes

Last year for my Birthday I had a ‘best of winter’ themed party with soups, roast, mulled wine and so on. My friend Nat baked a nut roast, it was delicious and since then my housemate Simone has longingly reminisced about it on several occasions.

We decided it was time to act and invited Nat around for an English feast – nut roast with gravy; roast potatoes; Yorkshire pudding; mushy mint peas; and spotted dick with custard. (more…)

Roast Veggie Pie

Often when cooking, particularly baking, you can end up with leftover ingredients. There is no need to throw these extras out, be creative and find another meal for them.

Recently I made a layered veggie bake and completely overestimated the amount of vegetables that would fit in the baking dish. Consequently I had leftovers. There was no waste through because I decided to make a pie. (more…)

5 Layer Vegetable Bake

Vegetable bake is tasty, easy to make and you can use whatever vegetables are on hand or in season. When I first moved out of home, my mum popped by one day to drop of a vegetable bake. I was happy – free food and a baking dish (I still haven’t returned it!).

This post will show you how to make a five layer vegetable bake with a couple lessons learnt tips along the way. (more…)