Archive for the ‘Fabulous Foodie Finds’ Category

Ingredient upgrade

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If you are looking to up the ‘wow’ factor in your cooking and baking, I have compiled a list of my personal top 10 essential ingredients (both sweet and savoury) to have on hand in the fridge and pantry. They may cost a little more, but are definitely worth the investment in terms of quality and taste, and in some cases, can help you to cut down on artificial nasties. The great thing is that most of these are becoming much more readily available in your local supermarket. Here they are in no particular order… Read the rest of this entry »


It’s my birthday on the weekend and i’m planning to indulge… Read the rest of this entry »

Food by Design

I simply adore these whimsical food designs by Brooklyn illustrator Claudia Pearson.

A beautiful way to spread the message about buying and eating fresh, local and seasonal produce…

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Spencer’s Brook Farm

Michael Pollan’s Food Rule No 27 states ‘Eat animals that have themselves eaten well’…

This brings me to a fantastic foodie find that Sophie and I discovered on our Farmer’s Market visits last year. Spencer’s Brook Farm is approximately 90 km east of Perth and specialises in free range Berkshire pigs, organic Long Horned Wiltshire sheep and Dexter cattle – all raised to the highest standards of animal welfare. You can read all about the animals and how Annie Kavanagh and her family operate their farm in an organic and sustainable manner, on their website. It certainly makes for interesting and enlightening reading!

It has been a delight for me to cook with all the produce we have purchased from SBF… delicious pork sausages, spicy chorizo, bacon, pork hocks, dry aged beef and hogget…all preservative/nitrate and gluten free, carefully butchered and dry aged where appropriate, to ensure premium, tender meat. You can truly taste the difference between this and standard supermarket fare. It also tastes that much better knowing how good it is for your health, the health of the environment and our four legged friends. Read the rest of this entry »

The Great Aussie Beef Burger

The other day, I was attempting to recall the last time I ate a fast food burger. My memory is of being in year 10, so let’s say I was around 15 years old (a couple of decades ago anyway!) Hard to believe? Not for me…

I’ll sidestep the complicated and often controversial issue of what actually goes in to those ‘oh so familiar’ burgers and ask a simple question based purely on taste and aesthetic… Why would you even be tempted by soggy, sugary buns, dodgy meat, plastic cheese and wilted salad, when the alternative – the home made version – is just so AMAZINGLY good (and healthy)?

Check out Katie’s version, complete with homemade Balsamic Beetroot Relish and Roasted Truss Tomato Ketchup if you’re feeling enthusiastic!

For us, its the perfect relaxed Summer family meal…yum!