tomato

beef, children's meals, meatballs, rice, tomato

Giving veggies a hiding

Giving veggies a hiding

My mum used to make me eat brussel sprouts. Not the tiny little gourmet buttered brussel sprouts with roasted chestnuts that you find on a lavish European Christmas table. Oh no – these were 1970s Australian versions – bitter, olivey-grey, egg-sized, boiled monsters of torture that would keep me sitting […]

May 10, 2011 ×

cucumber, fattoush, middle-eastern flavours, mint, radish, salads, thyme, tomato

Fattoush – the salad for non-salad lovers

Fattoush – the salad for non-salad lovers

I hate salads that taste like a pile of grass. I’m more of a caesar salad person – sure, I like some leaves, but I prefer them crunchy, and then I want a whole heap of non-salad items in there, like bacon, eggs, bread and cheese. Or maybe a complete […]

April 18, 2011 ×

capers, chilli, olives, pasta, tomato, tuna

Putontha Puttanesca

Putontha Puttanesca

When I was living in Melbourne, I used to get acupuncture once a fortnight after work. I would look forward to this day for thirteen days before it – not because I was going to get stuck with needles, sucked with cups and given a revolting tea decoction by Marina, […]

March 28, 2011 ×

capsicum (red), chilli, cumin, garlic, one pot wonder, onion, Ratatouille, tomato, zucchini

Twisted Ratatouille

Twisted Ratatouille

With multi-hued farm-fresh capsicums as my inspiration, I set off to make one of my all-time comfort foods, ratatouille. Now, there are a million recipes out there for ratatouille, and probably 90% of them would offend the historically correct die-hard ratatouillans, but general consencus is that it has to be […]

March 16, 2011 ×