italian chicken meatballs with rosemary sugo

A winter warmer with a great kick of garlic and onion to help boost immunity.

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moreton bay bugs

Last week the very lovely people at Kirribilli Seafoods gave me two Moreton Bay Bugs caught that morning off Queensland’s coast. They were huge and freckled from the harsh Northern sun. The meat is found only in the tail. The succulent meat is sweet but bold and best cooked in the shell, where a lot of its flavour is held. I asked for the bugs to be halved lengthways as the shell is very rough and difficult to do at home.

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poppy cakes with lemon curd

I baked these babies in little cupcake liners, but you could bake them in a madeleine tray or even bake it as two small 15cm cakes (lower the oven temp to 160C). You’ll just need to adjust the baking time accordingly.

I’m also going to be using the same lemon curd recipe as the one I used for my lemon-lime tartlets because it’s always worked for me and I love the tart flavour from the limes.

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home-made red fish curry (a guest post by mike holm)

When it comes to curries, these days most people can whip up a Thai green curry or something alike. Usually it involves a store bought paste, coconut cream, protein and some veg…easy! It might taste ok, but have you ever made the curry paste yourself? If you’ve done this before then I’m sure you understand the explosion of taste and aroma that is created and just how far above (nutritionally and tastefully) that the home made paste is.

My mum and I used to make this paste together, freeze it in portions and whip it out for an easy home cooked meal that is free from gross store bought vegetable oils and the insane amounts of sodium. The recipe involves making the paste, and then the curry. It may seem like a huge list of ingredients, but you can make it once and use it for months. The final product is nourishing, stimulating, health protective and all round satisfying.

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vanilla sugar cookies

It’s the ninth day of Christmas and you’ve likely, at least once, thought about, or actually gone (I feel sorry for you) to the shops. I’ve committed myself to doing my Christmas shopping 100% online this year and, because not all gifts can be bought, I’m going to be baking and making delicious treats for my favourite people this year.

Here are cookies I’m planning on decorating, popping in some boxes and tying up with a ribbon.

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