Sylvia’s Butter Beans, Tomato, Basil and Seafood

Sylvia's Butter Beans Tomato Basil Fish S
Taking one simple recipe and adding another culinary dimension to it transforms it into a completely different dish. Here I have taken my Butter Beans with Basil and Tomato recipe, and as mentioned in the preamble of that post, added grilled or pan-fried seafood. In this case (above) Pink Ling coated in a parmesan and [...]

Sylvia’s Butter Beans with Tomato and Basil

Sylvia's Butter Beans with Tomato Basil
This is a simply delicious and deliciously simple seasonal dish. Prepare as part of a vegetarian meal with accompanying salad or as a side dish or sauce for grilled or pan-fried seafood, fish or chicken, as pictured below. (Click on the dish below to get to another recipe :) ). The flavourful Tigerella tomatoes I [...]

Cherry Clafoutis

Sylvia's Cherry Clafoutis
Clafoutis (pron. Kla-fou-ti) is one of my favourite classic French desserts when cherries are ripe and ready for the picking. No cherries? No worries. Not only can you enjoy this simple sweet pleasure with cherries, I have baked Clafoutis using my honeyed method below in a variety of ways with blueberries, blackberries, diced apple, black [...]

Sylvia’s Pan-fried Hot Smoked Salmon

Pan fried Hot Smoked Salmon
This delicious dish was intuitively created early one evening in our cabin with water views whilst on a mini-break in Strahan a number of years ago. Travelling through Tasmania's south-west region we stopped along the way to purchase most of the fresh produce at road side stalls. The hot smoked salmon we bought that day. [...]

Sylvia’s Zucchini & Basil Frittata

Sylvia's Zucchini Frittata
Zucchini heralds the coming of Summer with brilliant bright deep-yellow flowers a magnet for bees who just love spending time in the early morning gathering their pollen and nectar for the hive. I love watching them! :) But back to the kitchen! Here is my delicious Summer Zucchini and Basil Frittata in all its golden [...]

Vanillekipferln – Almond Vanilla Crescents

Vanillekipferln Almond Vanilla Crescents 1
As you know, I have a strong passion for and connection to food and cooking since I was a little girl. My dearly beloved late grandmother was my cooking coach. She mentored me on cooking techniques and skills of the kitchen. Here I share with you a treasured recipe that is close to my heart. [...]

Zucchini Gratin (French-style)

Zucchini Gratin (French-style)
This is another very easy recipe but with a French influence this time! If you still have an abundance of zucchinis in the garden, this might be the perfect way to cook them. This zucchini or courgette gratin makes for a simple yet satisfying main course, vegetarian dish or side dish to roast lamb, beef [...]

Sylvia’s Chocolate Madeleines

Sylvia's Chocolate Madeleines
I have tested many Madeleine recipes over the years and none have given me the  results I desired. So, I went back to my own recipe drawing board and developed this one. Tirelessly I slaved away in the kitchen, testing one batch after the other. Not so tiresome really as the kitchen is my favourite [...]

Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas

Japanese Simmered Beef Potatoes Peas
This is a very easy recipe! Do not be intimidated by the fact that it is Japanese. Contrary to popular belief Japanese Home Cooking is simple to prepare with inexpensive seasonal ingredients, is natural and wholesome, delicious and nutritious. This dish in particular is quite comforting, which is something we all need in these challenging [...]

Sylvia’s Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

Sylvia's Green Beans with Sesame Dressing
Another very easy recipe inspired by Japanese Home Cooking to accompany my Japanese Simmered Beef with Potatoes and Peas. Seasonal vegetables served simply are appetising additions to any meal. This dish dressed with ground sesame seeds has its roots in classic Buddhist vegan cooking also known as Shojin Ryori Japanese monastic cuisine. Green beans, spinach [...]