December 3 – rosewater

After a first foray today into the Christmas shopping scrum, feeling a bit too worn out for real cooking, so thinking snack dinner (looks a lot like brunch items such as eggie muffins or bread pizza).  Years of assessing appetites by the look in the eyes of the men of the house, though, made me…

Fridge porridge

Another taste sensation that really doesn’t need a recipe, this is so easy it almost gets a zero spoon rating!  Full credit for this one goes to my sister Kathryn, legend finder of new ideas. Just take equal amounts of milk, yoghurt, rolled oats* and frozen berries, and mix in a large bowl. Put in a…

Fruit compote

This is an excellent tactical use of the microwave oven, and doesn’t need a recipe per se. Put your berries in a microwave proof casserole.  No water is needed, just sprinkle very lightly with caster sugar. Just as a guide: for about 300g of frozen berries, I use a maximum of a tablespoon of caster…

Risotto cakes

These risotto cakes are a surprisingly easy, and very tasty, lunch or lunch box item that can also make a pleasant light dinner with salad or veggies on the side.  When I first tried them, however, I was a bit apprehensive.  Risotto itself can be tricky if you are not careful – sticks to the…

Chocolate bites

Is it possible to have afternoon tea without chocolate?  Yes, but I think it is probably a chargeable offence in most jurisdictions.  So of course I did the right thing for our Craftapalooza afternoon tea by banking a chocolate item ahead of time – this keeps very well in the fridge, but leave it out…