Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Leek Quiche

Or friend Trish inspired me to make this quiche that brings together salmon and capers. I have added oven roasted, thinly sliced fennel and leek. Even though people expect fennel to have a strong aniseed flavour, when baked, the flavour is more subtle and sweet, as is the leek and complements the smoked salmon well. Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Leek Quiche Ingredients: Shortcrust Pastry: 1 … Continue reading Smoked Salmon, Fennel and Leek Quiche

What to Plant in August

The following is a list of things you can plant in August in Sydney, a temperate zone: Amaranth Artichokes  in pots Beetroot Cabbage in seed trays Cape Gooseberry Capsicum in pots Chilli in pots Eggplant in seed trays Kohlrabi Leeks in seed trays Mustard Greens Onion Parsnip Peas Potato Radish Rocket Snow Peas Sunflower Tomato in pots Watermelon in pots Plant of the Month – … Continue reading What to Plant in August

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