Recipe – Shortcrust Cookies

I hate wasting pastry offcuts, so when I make a tart or pie I use the remaining pastry for these tasty little shortcrust cookies. Unlike puff pastry, shortcrust can be rerolled without ill effect, so all of it can be used. If you’re using Carême pastry and store the offcuts in the fridge for more […]

Recipe – Potato & Fontina Tart with Smoked Eel

This deliciously versatile potato & fontina tart is vegetarian … but potatoes and smoked fish are such natural partners that I tried it with smoked eel and loved that version too. Hot-smoked rainbow trout also works; either way use about 300g flesh if using seafood. If fontina’s not available, use any mild washed rind cheese, […]

Recipe – Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin Tarte Tatin is one of those classics that I didn’t attempt for a long time for fear it would be too tricky. Turns out it’s super quick and easy, especially if you use a good ready-made shortcrust pastry like Carême. It’s named after the Tatin sisters, Caroline and Stéphanie, who served it at […]

Recipe – Simple Party Sausage Rolls

When I was a kid, Mum often had homemade sausage rolls waiting for us as an afterschool snack. She’d pop them in the oven when she left to pick us up from school – and they’d be hot and golden brown ready for us to devour when we arrived home. This is my tribute to […]

Recipe – Spicy Lamb Sausage Rolls

Spicy Lamb Sausage Rolls The spicy lamb sausage rolls at the Uraidla Bakery in the Adelaide Hills are the best sausage rolls I’ve ever tasted … this is my attempt to recreate them. I love Carême’s wholemeal spelt pastry for this recipe, but use any good butter puff. If using Carême (which is already the […]

Recipe – Bacon and Egg Pie

Bacon and Egg Pie is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner – and, great served at room temperature, it makes ideal picnic fare. Best of all, the Ingredients will be on hand in a well-stocked fridge. I was introduced to this pie by Janni Kyritsis who, of course, makes his own pastry; I shortcut with […]

Recipe – Apple Almond Pies

These simple apple and almond pies looks impressive because of the plaited pastry (a trick I learnt years ago from an Australian Women’s Weekly cookbook), but are quick and easy and can be assembled up to a day ahead. Butter puff pastry makes a big difference to the flavour and mouth-feel; Carême brand is a […]

Recipe – Pecan Pie with Maple Cream

As an Aussie, I’ve never been convinced by putting pumpkin, a vegetable I associate with Sunday roasts, into a sweet pie … but I do love pecan pie, another American classic. Pecans are grown widely throughout the southern USA, where pecan pie is as popular as pumpkin pie on some Thanksgiving tables as well as […]

Recipe – Palmiers with Strawberries & Crème Frâiche

Palmiers with Strawberries & Crème Fraîche These little French pastries are easy, versatile and delicious. The secret to palmiers is to use good butter puff pastry, not one made with margarine or other commercial fats; Carême brand is available in many delis and specialty stores and it’s handy to keep a roll or two in […]

Recipe – Chicken Vegetable Pot Pie

There’s something very comforting about a homemade pie. This one, which I’ve been making for over 30 years, is one of my favourites. If you’re short on time you can use a barbecued chicken and frozen vegetables … but if you have the time, make it from scratch with a free-range chicken like the ones […]