Useful links

Over the years I’ve found, shared and lost many links.
Finally, here the best of them are, all in one place, in no particular order…

Go-to recipes

Chocolate Beetroot Cake

Chocolate Glace Icing

Chocolate Ganache

Coconut Flour, Cacao Nib/ Choc Chip Biscuits (gluten free)

Braised Beef Cheeks

Sourdough Crepes

Worcestershire Sauce made with plum jam – Passion Fruit Garden

Worcestershire Sauce made with plums – Sally Wise

Raspberry and Yoghurt Loaf

Sourdough + Yeast Focaccia – Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Lemon Syrup Cake Recipe

Ricotta – Ardysez

You can make pesto with just about anything

20 amazing things you can do with aquafaba

Labne (marinated yoghurt cheese balls)

Quick Kimchi

Cauliflower Pickles

Baked Beans


Beirut Lamb Pizza with Preserved Lemon Kewpie Mayonnaise
(I simplify this by using pre-made wraps/Lebanese bread/pizza base, minced lamb/beef/pork which I premix with spices, breadcrumbs, eggs and milk in the food processor and store in tubs in the freezer, usually omitting the fries… really, the point of it is the Preserved Lemon Kewpie Mayo!)

Preserved Lemons

10 Foods You Should Be Making Not Buying
(peanut butter, muesli bars, pesto, dips, breadcrumbs, croutons, sauces, stock, vegan chocolate, vegan cheese)

Pickled Chillies

Lentil Dhal

Mushroom and Barley Risotto (prosciutto optional)

Microwavable Lemon Curd

Choko Pickle

Zucchini Slice

Pickled Beetroot

Cherry Guava Jam and Jelly

Japanese Pickled Ginger

Zucchini Pickles

Passionfruit Butter

Roasted Pumpkin + Pear + Tomato Soup (topped with crumbled blue cheese or sausage)
Over the years I have cooked many pumpkin soups, my style ever evolving. My current go-to method is to roast pumpkin halves with seeds removed, scoop cooked flesh away from the skin into a saucepan, add a can of drained and well-rinsed cannellini beans, and 2 – 3 cups of white miso broth… enough to obtain to soup consistency using a stick blender. Sometimes I add a couple of spoonfuls of tahini paste, ground ginger and cumin for more flavour and texture depending on the quality of the pumpkin.


Yeast Focaccia – Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Homemade Greek Yoghurt – Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Chinese Pickled Vegetables – Poh’s Kitchen

Homemade Mustard – David Lebovitz

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Cookies (gluten free)

Crisp Coconut Biscuits (or tart cases)

How To Pickle Vegetables

Fig and Almond Cake (or pear, apple, peach, cherry, etc)

Yoghurt cake with strawberries (or mango, cherries, berries, etc)

Buttermilk substitutes

Easy Banana Cake

Coconut Rice

Steak and Kidney

Steamed Jam Pudding


Parsnip Puree/Mash

Savoury Impossible Pie
(We call this “fridge pie” and use whatever leftovers/ingredients we have, e.g. cooked pasta/noodles, bread, veges, herbs, tinned fish, cold meat, veges. If we make it without flour it’s call “fridgettata”. There is also a sweet version, swapping out savoury ingredients for sugar, vanilla extract and shredded coconut, berries, cherries, figs, passionfruit etc)

Pea and Ham Soup
We save our Christmas and Easter ham bones so we can make 2 batches of this during  winter. This soup is a family tradition that is an olfactory memory from my childhood… and we don’t puree or blend the soup.

Beef and Sweet Potato Soup
I swap out the lamb and pumpkin in the recipe for beef bones and sweet potato because we get free beef bones with our local grass fed beef order, and we always have sweet potatoes in the garden or pantry.

Beef Bone Broth with apple cider vinegar
I absolutely cannot drink this for the health benefits so many suggest it confers… but it is the best beef stock.

Note: Some of these recipes get the frankenrecipe treatment when I make them… adapted to suit or combined with another similar, ingredients substituted with I have to hand or omitting those I don’t have or don’t care for. Other things, I have been cooking for so long the recipe has been lost, or there never was one.

Food inspo

Almost Italian | Bread; Cakes, Biscuits and Slices; Camp Cooking; Desserts; Fish and Seafood; Indian; Indonesian; Italian; Sauces, Dips, Preserves and Dressings; Soup; Sides, Vegetarian and egg dishes… vegetarian, vegan or fish/seafood based recipe links

Ardysez | Bread/Baked Goods and Food recipe links

Around The Mulberry Tree | Yummy Stuff – Preserving and Recipe links

Fig Jam and Lime Cordial | Food, recipes and living well links

Passion Fruit Garden| Living the dream and recipe links

Good stuff: links to online sources

Artisan Sourdough Made Simple | My go-to sourdough bread book, by Emilie Raffa aka The Clever Carrot.

Bobbie Dogs | A Mid North Coast small business we discovered at local markets. This is where I source Diesel’s favourite dog treats. I love their Wolf Pack loyalty program.

Brayco Stainless Steel Australia | Stainless steel benches, stainless sinks, stainless shelves and stainless cabinets. This is where we sourced our kitchen prep bench, sink and storage shelves.

Daintree Tea | This is where I source our favourite black tea grown in Far North Queensland.

Demeter Farm Mill Organic Wholewheat Bakers Flour | My favourite flour for sourdough bread baking. I buy a 5 kg bag from Organic Feast in East Maitland, NSW when I travel to visit my Dad. For soft white bread I use Demeter Farm Mill Organic Unbleached White Bakers Flour. Demeter flours come from Wholegrain Milling in Gunnedah, NSW. Demeter flour is is available from various retailers and online.

FlavourCrusader | Links to producers who support a healthy, fair and delicious food supply.

Grants | This is where I source our Xyitol toothpaste and oral care products. An Australian all natural product from Melbourne.

McConnells This ‘n’ That | This is where I sourced my Sloggers garden shoes. A small rural business in Merriwa NSW.

Nambucca Macnuts | This is where we source our favourite roasted-unsalted macadamia nuts grown locally in the Nambucca Valley.

Nuggetty Creek Olive Oil | This is where I source our favourite olive oil, grown and pressed in the Victorian Goldfields region, in 20 litre drums.

Perry’s Lemon Myrtle | This is where I source our favourite Lemon Myrtle Goat’s Milk soap, produced locally in the Nambucca Valley.

Renovator Store | Bathroom & Kitchen Fixtures, Flooring, Storage & More. This is where we sourced our dual spray kitchen sink tap.

Rover Pet Products | A small business in the Hunter Valley, NSW near where my  Dad lives. This is where I sourced Diesel’s dog collar customised with his name and our phone numbers.

Sicilia Coffee | A South Australian family-owned business. This is where I source our favourite Organic Crema coffee beans in 1 kg bags.

Simply Clean | Australian family-owned company in Lismore, Northern Rivers NSW . This is where I source our eco-friendly washing up detergent, washing powder and any other household cleaning products I don’t make for myself.


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