Roasted Beetroot, Feta and Spinach Tart

Beetroot and spinach are winter vegetables that we can use to make a delicious tart. This recipe uses two cheeses, cheddar and feta, spinach and the beetroot is roasted to bring out all its sweet flavour. The vegetables and pastry can be prepared ahead to save time. This quick and easy tart is flavourful and the pastry strips that garnish the tart give it  a … Continue reading Roasted Beetroot, Feta and Spinach Tart

Cucumber, Dill and Garlic Pickles

Although cucumbers are not seasonally available in temperate Sydney, I came across some lovely small ones from northern Australia where they are available year round,   and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity of making my favourite pickled cucumbers. Using this method you will be able to make crunchy and tasty pickles as a garnish for your meals. Cucumber, Dill and Garlic Pickles Ingredients: Small … Continue reading Cucumber, Dill and Garlic Pickles

Growing Pineapples in Sydney

On a walk in mid June I passed a garden where this astonishingly large potted pineapple was growing. Its owner said that the full size pineapple had taken 2 months to develop and I was amazed by its health and size.  I have grown pineapples in my own garden but the fruit was always much smaller and I assumed that this was because Sydney’s climate … Continue reading Growing Pineapples in Sydney

Date, Apple and Pecan Loaf

A slice of cake with your cup of tea or coffee makes a perfect morning or afternoon tea. Winter brings us an abundance of oranges and apples and we also have recently harvested pecans. This loaf can take advantage of the bounty and freshness of our seasonal fruits. This loaf brings together spices, dates and fruit macerated in brandy, pecan nuts, orange and apple and … Continue reading Date, Apple and Pecan Loaf

Chicken with Mushroom, Wine and Tomato Sauce

Chicken and mushrooms in a light tomato and white wine sauce makes a lovely warming meal in winter and can be enjoyed any time of year. This dish can be served with rice, polenta or mashed potatoes or on its own with a green garden salad. I have included the recipe for making the rice that is served with my chicken. Chicken with Mushroom, Tomato … Continue reading Chicken with Mushroom, Wine and Tomato Sauce