Preservative Free Bread

I have found a cost efficient and healthier way of making a loaf of bread. Firstly, simply use plain flour off the shelf. Yes that’s right, basic, normal plain flour and not the more costly premix bread flour. When a Stockman’s daughter enlightened me, I was rapt. When they visited, she baked fresh bread in the breadmaker.…

Family Roast & Veggies

When is a family roast ‘A Family Roast’? When you sit at the table as a family to enjoy it. Recently one of my Townsville families came to visit up The Atherton Tablelands — 2000 feet above sea level and 5-10C cooler compared to Townsville. I pondered on the first evening meal together. I wanted…

Boiled Chocolate Cake – Family Favourite

Mum has been making this family favourite forever. Tried and true. It’s the only moist chocolate cake the kids and grand kids love. This recipe was given to her by my Aunty, 40 years ago. In turn it was given to my Aunty by a Home Economics teacher. By chance, many moons ago, she also…

3 Ingredients Fruit Cake

A surprisingly deliciously moist fruit cake, which could double as a Christmas pudding with custard. A friend of mine, Dot, shared this recipe, which she got from Facebook. She thought she should try this, even though it sounded yucky — the chocolate milk didn’t it for her either. She was pleasantly surprised, as was I,…

Tantalising Treats For Christmas

Rudolph stared, tiny teddy drove and marshmallow sat on a saucer. These wonderful concoctions of cleverness and creativity had children oohing and aahing, at their end of school year breakup. For that matter, I was as well. Rudolph sat staring with a jaffa as his nose and pretzels as his antlers. Tiny teddy zoomed around…

Vegetable Flan in a Pan – No Oil

Light, fluffy, no oil, low fat, high protein, vegetable flan cooked using water in a frypan. This is another one of Mum’s recipes extracted from combining ideas from her various cookbooks. She loves cooking nutritional foods and if you don’t have a gall bladder, this is easily digested. She is very keen on fresh ingredients…

Garlic-Tabasco BBQ Sauce

My husband makes a speciality sauce for steaks. Every time we’ve had family and friends over, they absolutely adore and find this sauce moorishly delicious. Some friends even say, ‘If you’re having a BBQ, can you make that sauce of yours?’ It is an old recipe, which has been handed down through his family.  It’s a favourite…