Honey Blueberry Orange Muffins

These delicious muffins are a take on my classic easy muffin recipe this time using Honey Tasmania Wildflower or Clover Honey, blueberries from Crestview Blueberry Farm in Lebrina and fresh orange zest. As I discussed with Helen Shield on The Afternoon (26/10/2015) ABC Radio Hobart/Northern Tasmania, when cooking with honey in sweet dishes such as these muffins try using […]

Sylvia’s Special Spiced Anzac Biscuits

Sylvia's Special Anzac Biscuits on Steve's Glass Platter
I first made these Anzac Biscuits in 1988 based on a recipe in a clipping from The Adelaide Advertiser on 20 April 1988 when Margaret Kirkwood was writing the Cuisine pages and have been baking them ever since adding my own special touch over the years. The result is quite a different recipe that includes [...]

Sylvia’s Kitchen Preserved Lemon Recipe Ideas

Preserved Lemon Potatoes Flathead Roasted Tomatoes Pesto
My Moroccan-style Preserved Lemons are handmade in Launceston, Tasmania using my own home grown lemons to my own special recipe that has evolved over 30 years. I make these Preserved Lemons about three times a year in small batches and in small jars. They are an artisan product, matured and ready for use. They have [...]

Thai Stir-fried Asian Greens

Stir Fry Asian Greens
This is a versatile way to cook all your Asian Greens. As you know Thai food is another favourite of mine and we regularly cook our Asian greens in this way. Whilst working as a chef, and home cook, in Adelaide I used to go to the Adelaide Central Market early in the morning and marvel at the [...]

Fig Galette

Fig Galette with Cinnamon Cream
Galette is the French term for a sweet or savoury open pie or flat cake usually made using a butter rich pastry such as puff pastry. It is simple, rustic, informal and versatile, and provides a base for a variety of sweet and savoury seasonal fillings. Here I am using figs and honey in a dessert dish [...]

Shredded Brussels Sprouts with Ginger and Garlic

Brussels Sprouts
Brussels Sprouts is the correct name for this brassica and there are classical references to it in 13th century Belgium. They only became known in France and England at the end of the 18th century and later in North America. It comes in green and purple varieties and being a cold climate vegetable we are [...]

Parsnips with Linguine Macadamias Bacon and Sage

Parsnips with Linguine Macadamias Bacon and Sage
Parsnips can be mashed with potatoes, roasted with other root vegetables in olive oil, butter and herbs or as a sauce for pasta! Yep that’s right! Here I’ve created a special seasonal sauce with lovely soft autumnal colours on show. We love to eat this dish when parsnips are plump. The parsnip, bacon and sage have [...]

Bruschetta with Mixed Heirloom Tomatoes and Basil

Tasmanian Natural Garlic & Tomatoes Recipe
In addition to the dishes I specifically developed for our Cooking Demonstrations at the 2016 Tasmanian Garlic & Tomato Festival, here is another where I have used beautiful heirloom tomatoes and garlic, Thirlstane Gardens green and purple basil, sourdough bread from Sandy's Sourdough and extra virgin olive oil from Lentara Grove Frantoio or Coronea Grove to create a simple Italian [...]

Passata di Pomodoro Easy Tomato Sauce

Home-grown Tomatoes ready for Passata di Pomodoro
People ask me “How do I make my own successful tomato sauce from scratch?” I say, simply by cooking red ripe tomatoes simply! So, here we go. This is not a recipe more an instruction on how to easily prepare authentic Passata di Pomodoro. Pomodoro in Italian means “tomato”. Passata in Italian means “to pass”. Therefore when [...]

Mushrooms Roasted with Garlic Thyme and Chilli

Mushrooms with Garlic Thyme & Chilli ready for roasting
This recipe I share with you as an addition to the dishes I specifically developed for our Cooking Demonstrations at the 2016 Tasmanian Garlic & Tomato Festival. This is one of our favourite mushroom dishes. It is so simple! An ideal starter dish served on bruschetta or can be transformed into a side dish to accompany barbequed steak or [...]