Banana, Lime and Coconut Mini-Muffins.

I’ve become slightly obsessed with using bananas in my baking  for Mini Mess. I like using bananas not only for there flavour but for their natural sweetness. The key to using bananas in this way is to use very ripe ones. These muffins are not overly sweet, so if you like sweeter muffins, I’ve given…

French Earl Grey Biscuits.

     150g plain flour 2g French Earl Grey tea 1/2 tsp salt 100g unsalted butter, diced into 1cm cubes Zest of an orange Zest of a lemon 5ml vanilla extract Preheat oven to 130 fan forced. Line a baking sheet with silicon paper Place flour, salt and tea in the bowl of food processor. Blitz…

Family Friendly Chicken and Vegetable Satay Stir Fry

I’m obsessed with feeding Master Messy home cooked meals that are not too different from those Mr Messy and I eat. That said I’m very cautious about how much salt and refined sugars are in his diet. I often cook a meal without these additives and flavour enhances, remove a portion for Master Messy, blend…

Pumpkin Scones

I’ve been reading a book on the history of gastronomy in Australia. One of the things, I found interesting in this book was a discussion of the place of pumpkin in the Australian diet. We eat them ourselves and not our livestock. Mr Messy’s American aunts were very confused by the chunks of orange served…

Walnut Biscuits

   Before Mr Messy and I met, he was a traveller of off the beaten path places. That said 6 weeks after we met he went on a trip to Bolivia, Alto Plano, Argentina and the Galapagos Islands so the ideas of before might not be considered accurate. One of the places Mr Messy went…

 Slow Cooked Barbecue Chicken Legs

   I really don’t want to open the barbecue debate. Being an Australian, my understanding of barbecue is completely different to the American understanding. So I really don’t want to get involved with that debate. An alternative name for these delicious chicken legs could be Sweet and Spicy Chicken.  I don’t know if this is…

Family Tapas Part One

   I love the a meal with several dishes all of a equal standing. This is one such meal. We had the two hot dishes and a quick spoon salad of finely diced cucumber, cocktail tomatoes, chilli and capsicum dressed with pomegranate molasses.  The Spinach and Chickpea stew is based on a recipe in Movida…

Malcolm’s Macadamia Biscuits.

    Whilst in hospital recovering from the birth of Mini Mess, I had a desperate desire to make a crunchy macadamia biscuit. I knew I wanted to use creaming method to make this fanciful biscuit, and that it would have small, crunch pieces of macadamia. I wanted a crisp shell with a slightly fudgy centre….

Sweet Potato and Broccolini Salad

   This is a simple little salad that I made up based on the ingredients I had on hand. It was designed to go with a prepared schnitzel from our butcher which I baked. I love the sweetness that baking root vegetables produces. In this recipe, the sweetness as a result of baking is complemented…

Sweet Potato, Lentil and Olive Salad

   This is another dish from the dark days of gestation diabetes. We were looking for dishes that were low fat, low GI whilst still containing carbohydrates and lots of flavor, this fitted that bill nicely. I think I owe credit for the basic concept to Mr Messy.  The salad should have a pleasant sweet,…

Pumpkin and Parmesan Muffins

   This recipe was the result of research into basic muffin recipes online. I found one which suggested the combination of Pumpkin and Parmesan, it gave no further infomation, so I took the concept and ran with it. I added the roasted red onion for sweetness and umami, the rosemary adds that herbaceous oiliness, which…

Winterslaw with Buttermilk Dressing.

Winter has been long and cold this year. Mr Messy craves fresh and crunchy during winter, which tends to mean eating summer veg. This is my alternative to a salad of tomatoes, capsicum and cucumber in the middle of winter.  The onion and fennel benefit from very fine slicing, if you have a food processor…