PEACHES & CREAM LASSI + ICE BLOCKS

Some time ago I spent a year living in Canada where I experienced the four seasons clearly defined. I resided in Nelson BC, inland from Vancouver, where the seasons were extreme. One week there was snow covering the ground, and within days of the spring solstice – March 21 – … Read More

BBQ LENTIL BURGERS in Lettuce Cups

Although my family isn’t vegetarian I focus on meat as an accompaniment to vegetables rather than the main of a dish, eating small quantities several times a week. The rest of the week we tuck into an array of plant-world proteins. The key to cooking with dried legumes such as … Read More

OVERNIGHT SOURDOUGH PIZZA DOUGH w/ Yeast Variation

I have a love affair with sourdough – bread, cakes, pastry, crumpets and, today, pizza dough. My sourdough starter is like my third child, it even comes on holiday with us – seriously, it does. Please don’t be put off by the overnight factor for this pizza base. Yes, it … Read More

HAZELNUT MERINGUES with Raspberry Labneh Creme

I have been watching them closely this spring. In winter, they were little more than dead looking twigs standing upright in the ground. A few weeks into spring I notice little green shoots sprouting along the canes, slowly unfurling into a familiar green leaf. The delicate white blossoms weren’t far … Read More

SAUCY SPRING DRESSINGS + GROWING ASPARAGUS

Some years ago I established an asparagus bed in the back yard. Growing asparagus is a serious commitment. Once the asparagus “crowns” are planted it takes  two to three years for the root system to establish before a single spear can be harvested. The first two years you basically do … Read More

ROASTED RHUBARB, STRAWBERRY & ROSE CONSERVE

Although strawberries have been available on supermarket shelves for sometime, I wait patiently until the first of the sun-ripened berries arrive at the markets before I succumb to my first taste of the summer. It is well worth the wait, the flavour of sun-kissed fruit cannot be imitated. My cooler … Read More