Greek Meatballs (Keftethes)


Growing up with a Greek mother meant our house revolved around food.  My mum is an amazing cook.  I always looked forward to dinner, and one of my favourite meals growing up was keftethes with homemade chips and salad.  These meatballs are simple to make and are full of flavour.

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Banana Cinnamon Muffins


For those of you who don't know me, I love cook books, and over the years I have managed to collect quite a few of them.  Recently I purchased another one to add to my collection, and it has quickly become a favourite.  It's The Australian Women's Weekly's 'All Time Favourites' cook book.  It's filled with old-time recipes for treats you'd expect to find at cake stalls, school fetes and high teas, as well as classic family-style recipes which will evoke fond memories of baking at home with your mother or grandmother as a child.  It also has a lot of new recipes that will quickly become firm family favourites.

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Pork, Apple & Sage Sausage Rolls


Sausage rolls, alongside meat pies, have got to be one of the most iconic Aussie childhood treats we've grown up with.  Who doesn't have fond memories of waiting in anticipation for the lunch break at school so you could get one from the tuckshop, or riding your bike down to the local bakery on a Saturday morning so you could enjoy a quick snack?  Whilst the filling may differ depending on where you bought one from, the one thing they should all have in common is a flaky, buttery pastry casing.  Whilst I have enjoyed my fair share of store bought sausage rolls over the years, these days I prefer to make my own using quality pork mince, as I know exactly what's in it, and the flavour is far superior to that of sausage mince.  I guarantee once you've made these yourself, you'll think twice before buying another store bought sausage roll again!  These are delicious and moreish, and very easy to make.

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French Toast Crumpets


Saturday mornings.  Need I say more?  Who doesn't love the weekend?  After a busy week, there's nothing I enjoy more than being able to spend some time in the kitchen cooking up a storm.  It always starts with a fun breakfast on Saturday morning.  This recipe is my children's favourite (and mine too, if I'm being honest).  It's a take on French Toast, however I prefer using crumpets in the place of bread.  They are like little sponges that soak up all the sweet eggy goodness and fry up to perfection.  Served with lashings of maple syrup, it's just the thing to enjoy on a lazy Saturday morning.  I like to make my own crumpets, which I make a couple of days in advance, however if you're after a quick breakfast, any store-bought crumpet will do.  In the end, they all taste amazing!

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Cauliflower Fritters


Cauliflowers are in season right now, and I've got a glut on my hands.  Each day I'm trying to come up with different ways to turn them into something delicious.  So far we've enjoyed cauliflower & cheese soup, whole roasted cauliflower, cauliflower au gratin, biryani rice, cauliflower 'rice', and as an ingredient in a couple of curries I've made.  By far one of my favourite ways to enjoy the humble cauliflower is in a fritter.  These fritters are so moreish and an absolute winner!  They are great as a snack or served as a side dish next to a nice roast dinner or corned beef.  The trick with this recipe is you've got to trust your instinct as there are no set measurements to the batter ingredients.  As long as it is a thick, pancake consistency before you add your steamed cauliflower, you will be on the right track.  As the steamed cauliflower is quite moist, you might find you'll need to add a couple more tablespoons of flour to thicken it to the right consistency before you start frying it.  As a rule, I make sure the final mixture looks like a thick batter that is not too runny, and not too thick either.

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Zucchini and Leek Soup


One of the main reasons I look forward to Winter is soup.  It's my all-time favourite comfort food.  When the weather begins to cool off, there's nothing more satisfying than having a large pot of soup blipping away on the stove.  This recipe for Zucchini and Leek soup is one of the best to enjoy on a cold winter's night.  It is creamy, comforting, and tastes absolutely delicious.  If you're not a zucchini fan, trust me when I say you will be after this.  Enjoy!

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Pineapple Upside-Down Cake


I made this yesterday afternoon and it turned out brilliantly!  Needless to say, there's not a crumb left today.  This cake is not overly sweet, and has a soft, spongey texture.  If you love pineapple or tropical flavours, then you'll adore this cake.

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Rocky Road Brownies


Here's a sweet little treat to enjoy with a cuppa any time of the day.  It's my own recipe, and a family favourite.  The beauty of this recipe is you can play around with the extra ingredients and either add to them or change them around, depending on what your preference is.  By adding toasted hazelnuts and dried cranberries instead of walnuts and marshmallows, you can make the brownie slice a little more gourmet.  Ultimately, these brownies are soft, chewy and irresistible, just the way I like them.  I hope they become a favourite of yours too.

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