Kourabiethes: Greek Almond Shortbread Cookies

This special recipe for Kourabiethes was given to me by a beautiful Greek lady made her cookies often and brought them to church.  An absolutely divine, melt in the mouth, crumbly cookie, perfect with a coffee or given as a gift.

Traditional Boiled Christmas Pudding

Although our Australian Christmas is more suited to cold desserts like Ice cream pudding, there is nothing like a traditional boiled Christmas pudding adorned with a brandy flame to make Christmas feel extra special. This is a treasured recipe. 

Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie

Welcome the Christmas season in a healthy and delicious way with this sugar free pumpkin pie. 

Feta & Sweet Potato Bruschetta

This feta and roasted sweet potato bruschetta mix is delicious as a topping on crunchy bread or perfect as a tasty accompaniment for grilled meats.

Christmas Ice Cream Pudding with Sugar free option

Every two or three years this recipe features on our Christmas table. For those celebrating Christmas during Summer, Christmas Ice Cream Pudding is a winner. It’s creamy, full of flavour and looks so festive. Variations for a sugar-free alternative are included.

Gingerbread bliss balls

Last year I made a sugar free Gingerbread for a festive option for afternoon tea, but this year I just wasn’t feeling it. Being somewhat of a bliss ball fanatic I played around in the kitchen a little and came up with these. All the taste of Christmas without the refined sugar and extra carbs. 

Caramelised Onion

Caramelised onion is a favourite for cheese platters, salads, toasties and a myriad of other things. Homemade Christmas gifts are always a nice surprise, caramelised onion works well given in a cute little jar.

Traditional Tiramisu

There is something irresistible about coffee desserts. Traditional tirimisu has to be one of the best. Best assembled a day or so ahead to allow the flavours to infuse, tirimisu is a great option for dinner parties or Christmas Day. Nothing to do on the day except enjoy.

Paleo Rum balls

A healthy alternative to traditional Christmas rum balls around Christmas time. Perfect with an afternoon cuppa or enjoyed as part of the Christmas festivities. The rum in the recipe makes them not quite paleo, but it’s Christmas time, so who can be that fussy! Enjoy

Spiced Pears: cheese platter

Adding Spiced pears to a cheese platter will instantly bring a level of elegance and a personal touch. This gorgeous recipe is quick and easy to make but it looks so great you’ll impress yourself. Enjoy over the Christmas season or anytime really.

Gingerbread house- village

There is something fun about making a gingerbread house at Christmas time. Creativity in the kitchen brings people together and the result is a gorgeous gingerbread cottage covered in lollies. It will add Christmas cheer to your lounge room until the time comes to eat it. 

Greek Slow Cooked Pork Belly with Lemony Leeks

This slow cooked pork belly recipe was inspired by a dish at one of our favourite Greek restaurants. It definitely fits the ‘special occasion’ category in our home and it is perfect for dinner parties. The lemony leeks perfectly offset the richness of the pork and the results are divine. The preparation is well worth it.

Fragrant Beetroot Relish

A fragrant relish perfect for cheese platters, burgers or wrapped nicely it makes a gorgeous gift.

How do you use a meal planner?

How do you use a meal planner?! I used to laugh at people who had one of those cute little meal planners in the kitchen.

Slow cooked red wine beef cheeks

You’ll amaze yourself with this recipe for slow cooked red wine beef cheeks. They are absolutely delicious. Cooked in a slow cooker means you can prepare in advance making it a great recipe for entertaining or as an out of this word mid week meal.

Apple Crumble

Nothing beats an apple crumble made from scratch. I’ve been known to make a quick apple crumble using tinned apples before, but once you make a crumble using fresh seasonal apples you’ll know it’s totally worth it.

Paleo Pancakes- whole foods recipe

This version of paleo pancakes tastes amazing, and the bonus is they’re good for you too. Paleo pancakes are light, easy to digest and quick to make.

Fresh & Zesty Lime Hollandaise Sauce

Fresh hollandaise sauce is delicious. The addition of lime adds another level of freshness making it perfect to accompany poached eggs, blanched asparagus pan fried snapper or whatever else you fancy. 

Waste Not Want Not- Tips to save on waste

‘Waste not want not.’ ‘Waste not want not’ is a proverbial saying first recorded in 1772. Wilful waste makes woeful want is an even more alliterative version recorded earlier in 1576.