What to Plant in December

Today is the first day of summer and this is the first planting guide of the season. The following is a list of vegetables and herbs you can plant in December in Sydney, a temperate zone. Just click on the name for the growing guide for each vegetable or herb: Plant of the Month – Philodendron hastatum (Silver sword) Sometimes plants that we have taken … Continue reading What to Plant in December

Easy Vegetable and Sausage Quiche

Fennel an Fennel and leek are mild and work well together in this quiche and the addition of the Cheddar cheese, Kransky and mushrooms add bursts of extra flavour. This is an easy quiche to make because all the elements can be prepared ahead, even the shortcrust pastry, leaving only the assembly and the whisking of the eggs and cream. If you don’t have cream … Continue reading Easy Vegetable and Sausage Quiche

Rich Split Pea and Smoked Ham Soup

There is nothing more delicious than a rich, thick split pea and smoked ham soup. In fact, a recent study has shown that bone broth made from dry-cured ham bones may be beneficial for heart health. So even more goodness from this classic soup. With the long cooking the peas melt into the liquid and the potatoes thicken the soup further as they break down … Continue reading Rich Split Pea and Smoked Ham Soup

Chicken, Leek, Fennel and Mushroom Pies

The chicken pie is a classic dish and the delicious creamy filling with the crisp shortcrust pastry shell, makes such a satisfying meal. It is perfect for using left over roast chicken that you may have, transforming it into something special. Here we are using individual pie plates. In this recipe, the leeks and fennel give sweetness to the tender chicken. The sauteed mushrooms cooked … Continue reading Chicken, Leek, Fennel and Mushroom Pies

Quick Sauteed Mushrooms

Mushrooms are delicious and meaty if cooked simply. The Italian way of cooking them is quickly, so that the moisture is retained inside the mushrooms rather than adding any liquid to the pan which then causes them to release their moisture and poach in their own juice and become flat and unappetizing. This recipe uses fresh button mushrooms, garlic, fresh parsley and freshly ground black … Continue reading Quick Sauteed Mushrooms

Spiced Plum and Ricotta Cake

Plum and ricotta cake is a lovely mixture of flavourful spiced plums, and is delicately flavoured with lemon zest and vanilla and topped with the light crunch of flaked almonds. It is light with a slightly more dense texture than other lemon cakes. The blend of the spicy plums is perfect for the moist, rich tasting ricotta cake. I particularly love spiced stewed plums. The … Continue reading Spiced Plum and Ricotta Cake

Zucchini, Speck and Tomato Lasagna

Lasagna is such a versatile food that can be adapted to use whatever you have available as long as you can bring out the best in the flavours of your ingredients. In this case the humble zucchini was the central ingredient. As it is generally such a mild vegetable there was the possibility of it being overwhelmed with the bechamel sauce and cheese. So I … Continue reading Zucchini, Speck and Tomato Lasagna