Best Ever Meatloaf

This marvellous meatloaf is an adaption of one I found by You Tubes Chef John.  The flavours are delicious and I make this one as I always have bits of fresh bread left over and often make fresh breadcrumbs.  The ratio of breadcrumbs to meat in this recipe are almost half and half and because…

Oven Baked Tacos

This is the best way we have found to prepare tacos without them falling to bits and crumbling all over the place when you try to eat them.  Served straight out of the baking dish, they also stay hot for ages.  I was pressed for time so just used a boxed Taco Kit which had…

Heavenly Homemade Hamburgers (Aussie Style)

There was a dill from America recently who made the news here by turning up his nose and declaring that Australians didn’t know how to make proper hamburgers!  As you can imagine we were feeling just a bit slighted so decided to make true blue, fair dinkum Aussie Hamburgers.  And we are so glad we…

Jumbo Sausage Rolls

Winter is coming…  This means comfort food – lovely hot pies and everyone’s favourite – sausage rolls!  Don’t use the paste they sell in supermarkets which masquerades as sausage meat.  You need to buy it from a quality butcher as theirs seems to contain a lot less fat.   These are definitely not going to get a heart tick but…

Sensational Scotch Eggs

I ended up with a dozen eggs in the fridge and after much thought about what to do with them, I remember that old-fashioned favourite – Scotch Eggs! Scotch Eggs are a bit of a labour of love but the end result is worth all the fiddling about with eggs and breadcrumbs (who doesn’t hate…

Sausage & Lentil Ragout

We love sausages and we love lentils.  Sometimes you just need some comfort food and this recipe is so easy and delicious it ticks all the boxes when it comes to flavour and texture.  I always use very good quality sausages and I find the German Weisswurst type are terrific as there is barely any fat in…

Chilli Con Carne

We love Chilli Con Carne which is basically a minced beef dish with a bit of heat and some beans.  The secret ingredient in my version of Chilli is a jar of Roasted Red Peppers. These add a sweetness to the sauce and the taste is divine. The Chilli delicious on its own with just some grated…

Swedish Meatballs

The Swedish Meatball craze struck when Ikea started serving them in their stores here in Melbourne.  Everyone was hooked on these luscious, creamy, slightly sweet balls of heaven.  I recently decided to try my hand at making them after watching a video clip of USA cooking host/chef  Rachel Ray who added an unexpected ingredient – crushed…

Delicious Beef and Guinness Stew

Cold winter nights in Melbourne and time to enjoy a rich simmering pot of Beef & Guinness stew…   Bubbling away on the stove top the aroma is wonderful and comforting.  I adapted this recipe I found on the internet and added in some balsamic vinegar at the end of cooking.  It adds a deep colour and richness to the stew and…

Easy Beef Stroganoff

We used to love Beef Stroganoff.  This dish was considered the epitome of elegance to serve at a dinner party in the 70’s and 80’s and sadly has fallen out of favour in recent years. Eager to experience that delicious taste again, I hunted down my old Woman’s Weekly recipe which never fails and made it the other…

Old-fashioned Bangers & Mash

It’s now Autumn in Melbourne and our thoughts are turning to comfort food on these cool nights.  The simplest things in life are usually the best and nothing beats bangers and mash for good a old-fashioned daggy dinner… Tip 1:  ALWAYS use the best quality sausages you can find.  There is nothing worse than finding bits of unidentified…

The Ultimate Corned Beef Sandwich (or “a Reuben”)

Ever since we watched “When Harry Met Sally” all those years ago we have always wanted to try making a “Reuben” sandwich which is a New York classic…  The combination of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing on rye bread with a pickle on the side is a tantalising taste sensation and well…