B is for .. boeuf bourguignon- beef braised in red wine

-There is something really beautiful about traditional classics. I often think that with classic dishes it about simplicity but the appreciation for flavour.. Maybe it’s a chef thing ? But there’s also that intoxicating smell when dishes that have been cooking for hours fill up your home.. it brews anticipation and appreciation for the final…

slow cooked ginger ale corned beef

Nothing like what your grandmother makes! Looks ordinary.. but tastes uniquely extrordinary.. This is a twisty fantastic recipe on a all time classic. I saw something pop up on my Pinterest feed the other week, and after some deliberation and adjustments out came this beauty of a recipe. I know people who only cook corned…

homestyle corned beef

For those that know me well, I really dislike corned beef – also called silverside depending on where you live in the world. I can’t really tell you why, because I don’t even really know. But my boys love it, and every blue moon I will make it for them.. they corned beef it for dinner, lunch and…

poor mans cassoulet with sausages

  Who has eaten cassoulet before? Ohmygoodness.. so rich, and flavoursome, such a great balance of flavours and very homely – and not really that cheap to make. Here’s my poor mans version, super easy, doesn’t take hours and really delicious.. Ingredients: – 8 lean good quality pork or beef sausages – 2 rashers of…

asparagus and beef stir-fry

Have I ever told you how much Bart hates stir-fries? Well, it’s with immense passion – “too much vegetables, not enough meat” whinge whinge whinge. Well tonight I may have won him over 😀 I have realized that to win Bart over in the stir-fry department the meat to vegetable ratio has to at least…

hearty beef and mushroom casserole

It’s the beginning of summer storm season here in Brisbane. In light of the fact that it’s raining outside and the skies are dark and grey we felt like something hearty and cosy.. and yes, I know it’s meat-free Monday, but I wanted meat, and so did Bart. Plus I will make up for it…

creamy tomato rigatoni

I was craving pasta today. But something creamy and tomato-ey. This dish is easy and quick to make.. hard to go wrong really. Ingredients – 500g lean pork or beef mince – 1 onion, diced finely – 1 clove of garlic, crushed – 1 can of diced tomatoes – 3 tablespoons of tomato paste –…

pepper crusted beef eye fillet roast

Nothing better than a roast on a Sunday. This roast is simple and delicious.. Cooking times depend on how rare you like your meat. ** Pre-heat oven to 200*C Ingredients: – 600g piece of eye fillet beef – 2 tablespoons of black peppercorns – 1 tablespoon of mustard powder – 1 tablespoon of salt –…

festive standing rib roast

This was my first attack on a rib roast. After the purchase of a meat thermometer I having been tackling roasts left, right and centre. I was truly surprised how delicious this ended up. A special thanks goes to my nanny for help on the cooking times. **Pre-heat oven to 200*C Ingredients: – 2.2kg rib roast –…

slow cooked chilli con carne

I loooooove mexican food. But, to be honest, I am a little tired of store-bought packet mixes and I don’t particularly think they’re very good for you. I constantly find myself skimming the oil off the top whilst its simmering. So this is something I concocted, with a little research and help from my good friend…

Beef & Basil Cream Tartlets with Balsamic Roast Tomatoes.

There are a few things i’m a sucker for first is roast tomatoes i don’t like them fresh but put them in the oven for an hour and they’re heaven. second is miniature tart shells they’re adorable and you can do almost anything with them. The third is thinly sliced steak, it came about when…

meatballs in sauce

Comfort food is usually a winner in my books. I was never fond of meatballs, or any meat that was cooked in a spherical shape really – until… about an hour ago. These won in my books. **Pre-heat oven to 180*C Ingredients – 400-500g lean beef mince – 1/3 cup of tomato paste – 1…