Turkey curry…not just for Christmas!

Or should that read “not just for the Christmas leftovers”! Turkey is one of those funny meats that aside from Thanksgiving and Christmas doesn’t get much airtime. It can often be dry if not cooked to perfection and some claim it has a stronger “gamier” flavour versus chicken. That said, it’s a surprisingly lean meat, … Continue reading

Spicy Beetroot Chutney

My mother has been the world’s biggest fan of beetroot for as long as I can remember and on one of her recent trips to visit me in Italy I was presented with 4 big ones. She no doubt hoped I’d cook them up so she could indulge from home to home but alas there … Continue reading

Pâte Sablée Mince pies

You can’t beat a home made mincemeat pie with crumbly pastry and that buttery goodness that shop bought pies quite simply don’t have. Last year I laboured over home made puff pastry with its many folds and turns but this year I’ve elected for the easier “Pâte Sablée” which is a more delicate pastry that … Continue reading

Pastry Cutter Pear & Rhubarb Flan

Last christmas my good friend CJ brought me a pastry cutter for creating a lattice effect after we watched a cookery show with baked apples in lattice pastry and I’ve spent the entire year feeling guilty for not using it. That is until now of course. With a tree full of pears in the garden … Continue reading

Probably the best Mincemeat pies ever!

My quest for the perfect Christmas dinner continues and today’s main accomplishment are my mincemeat pies made with my very own puff pastry. High Five! For years I’ve been negligently tucking into my nanna’s mincemeat pies without knowing just how much work went into the pastry and now I feel like king of the kitchen! … Continue reading