Saturday 2 May 2015

Groundhog Day in the Kitchen.

Groundhog Day in the Kitchen. 


Do you remember the movie, 'Groundhog Day'? The movie,  where every morning was a replay of the day before, until he got it right or got The Girl!

Don't you feel the same way about 'The Kitchen at the End of The Day'? If the dishes are left (even if you have a dishwasher) until the morning, then you need to clean the kitchen, to face the day. Another busy day until the evening meal, when again you're too tired to do the dishes! So you wake up to it again the next morning & the next & the next!

It's easy to say I've got the answer, it's much harder trying to keep up in our crazy, busy lives & that means everyone! Working & stay at home mums & dads.

I had my stint as a stay at home mum with 2 very demanding babies, maybe I was the problem, but I can reassure you, it's sometimes easier going to work outside the home. But I love my kitchen & cooking up a Storm.

"Cooking is about releasing the flavours and aromas in herbs & spices, combining textures & tantalising the tastebuds, Eating with your Senses!" Cooking is also about satisfying everyone's different tastes in the family or when entertaining.

Personally, meat is the easy part of a meal! Whether you like pork, beef, lamb, goat, fish, tofu,most quality cuts only take 10 mins to Fry, BBQ or Sear.

Its what you serve it  up with that becomes the challenge, but it's the herbs & spices that create a culinary degustation & take you on a journey to other lands & cultures. Whether you blend ginger, lemongrass, chilli, garlic, coriander for a Thai Curry, garlic, ginger, garam masala (a combo of black cardamom, cinnamon, cumin, coriander seeds, cloves, black pepper and bay leaves) for an Indian Curry or garlic, rosemary, basil, to concoct an Italian Meal, the recipe is in the flavour of the spices & herbs.

Rice, Pasta, Couscous, Beans, Breads, Stir-fry, Steamed, Salads, Coconut Milk, Jus, Gravy, Grills, Slow-cooked, Braised, Slicing your choice of meat & layering in slices on a salad. Every night Dinner in your kitchen will be a Cordon Bleu Meal!

Croc & Prawn Stir Fry on BBQ

My foray in 2014 into the Great Australian BBQ Competition was a new experience, I really enjoyed. Cooking Classes with Dominique Rizzo, Ada Daher, May Isaac is just the beginning of my new journey into experimenting with herbs & spices. Kneading flour & water to produce many different breads of cultures, like Paan, Puris, Chapattis, Pizza dough, Pasta for that matter, is a sensual feeling & a great exercise using your biceps!
The past gave me some basic, but popular recipes I've used for all our entertaining, My dad's cooking, my husbands Nonna, who taught me how to make pasta & some basic rice & pasta dishes, but my Love of Cooking motivates me to experiment, throwing together a combination of ingredients at hand to present a healthy, nutritious & tasty meal.


Nonna's Tip of the Day.
  1. Fill the sink before you start cooking
  2. Prepare all ingredients
  3. Use a few pots & pans as possible
  4. Teach everyone in the house how to rinse their plates & put them in the dishwasher (the way you like it stacked)
  5. If all the above fail, go on strike.
Go on Strike!

What are your favourite combinations of herbs & spices& favourite fragrant herbs?

Check out our amazing Butcher shop in Graceville 'Courtneys Quality Meat'