Category Archives: Essentials

The Joy of Steamed Rice

The Joy of Steamed Rice

Have you ever wondered how restaurants or friends or other sources of cooking genius get wonderfully fluffy, non-sticky, tender rice? I have. Actually, it flabbergasted me until I opened Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food cookbook and tried his method for steamed rice. That fluffy rice from a favourite Greek restaurant was no longer an elusive… Read more

Chicken Stock

Chicken Stock

If you read one of my recent posts about the Art of Feast Cooking, then you’ve been expecting this recipe for chicken stock! I’m so pleased I’ve started making my own stock, because it tastes so much better compared to the powdered or cubed pre-made stuff which I’m pretty convinced is just garlic powder and… Read more

DIY Ricotta Cheese

DIY Ricotta Cheese

Homemade cheese—not something I’d heard much about, nor had a concept of how to do, until I decided to attempt this ricotta recipe. Some conversation with Luke’s family, inspired by reflections on our trip to the Hunter Valley a few weeks ago, brought up the mention that making cheese at home is pretty easy. Softer… Read more

The Easiest White Sauce

Occasionally one is passed on a bit of cooking wisdom which makes a huge difference in your every day abilities to tackle recipes. This was one such piece of knowledge that Luke’s mum, Kerrie, imparted to me. It was while we were in the process of preparing lasagna for a dinner party of 15—during which… Read more