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Campfire Stew

A friend of mine, Chun, is looking to build an earthship home, meaning a bush house made from recycled and/or natural materials which is disconnected from the grid. Ro who lives down the NSW south coast has one such home and kindly offered to host us for a night and to answer all Chun’s questions.

This gave me an excellent opportunity to experiment with campfire cooking. I made smoky eggplant dip, charred capsicum slices, campfire stew and roasted veggies. This post is about the delicious, amazing campfire stew.

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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…)

Pumpkin & Eggplant Curry

Every month or so I have a bulk cooking session and prepare copious amounts of food for work lunches which I then freeze. On my most recent cook up I made pumpkin & eggplant coconut curry and Moroccan eggplant & tomato stew. This post is about the delicious coconut curry, which I will make again (and again!). (more…)

Healthy Hearty Veggie Soup

Winter means soup. As a child my mum use to spend the weekend making big batches of soup. She spent days making her own chicken and ham hock stocks and kept us warm during the cold winter months.

This vegetable soup on the other hand only takes 30 minutes to cook and will fill you nutrients. Perfect to keep a cold at bay or to recover from too much partying! (more…)

Veggie sausage rolls

Pastry in winter is amazing. Technically, it isn’t winter yet, but it sure feels like it in Canberra. The cold weather, leftover pastry (my housemate made quiche) and lots of veggies, some of which really needed to be used, was the inspiration for making Veggie Sausage Rolls. (more…)