Pig Balls

Pork Balls with Sweet Chili Sauce

Pork Balls with Sweet Chili Sauce

There is nothing *ahem* boar-ing about these meaty balls. Texture is King.  If you prefer a more uniform texture, throw all of the ingredients into a food processor and blitz until smooth. I like mine a little more rustic than that. Chunks of water chestnut, spring onion and ginger. Ground rice or Panko crumbs to give it a crunchy crust. Served with crispy noodles and salad or steamed veg, drizzled or dunked in Sweet Chili sauce. Delicious, just try not to giggle too much at the puerile double entendre ..

The Best Strawberry Jam in the Known Universe

Best Strawberry Jam in the Known Universe

Best Strawberry Jam in the Known Universe

As strange as it seems, I do have family that don’t enjoy a conserve style preserve. Not for them the visceral pleasure of scooping chunks of fruit and mashing them onto toast. Not for them the thin jelly that drizzles perfectly over a pancake. Their preference is for a more uniform texture. If Strawberry Jam for Grown Ups is a little too runny for you, or you have an aversion to alcohol in your jam, try this one. I am reliably told it really is the best in the Known Universe 🙂

Decadent Apple Muffins

Decadent Apple Muffins

Decadent Apple Muffins

One of the unforeseen consequences of moving to the country, and the elder offspring moving away, was that I have had to radically overhaul our menu. Gone are the massive baking days and banquet sized portions. Gone is the pantry full of preserves, sauces and jams. No more trips to the market requiring twelve Sherpa and a mule to get everything home. Three of us just don’t get through it all before it goes bad. Some things I refuse to go without however, and lemon curd is high on that list. So I have come up with some creative ways to use it so it doesn’t go to waste. These tasty morsels could easily pass as chunky cupcakes, especially with the luscious curd-cream filling. (The difference between cupcakes and muffins is textural and mostly in your mind anyway). Whatever you call them, they are as delicious as they are decadent

Orange, Cardamon and Poppyseed Muffins

a plate full of bliss

a plate full of bliss

There are a very few things that I simply can’t grow here .. yet. The tropical gingers, including Cardamon, are high on the list of those that I truly regret not having fresh supplies of. Rich and earthy, it pairs so well with oranges that I am always surprised that it’s left out of these traditional treats. Let me do something about that ..

Gran’s Super Lemony Curd

fruit toast, lemon curd and coal-tar coffee. Breakfast of champions

Fruit toast, lemon curd and coal-tar coffee. Breakfast of champions

Lemon tree very pretty and the lemon flower is sweet
But the fruit of the poor lemon is impossible to eat.
~ Will Holt 1958.

With all due respect to Peter Paul and Mary, they did the humble lemon a great disservice when they recorded “Lemon Tree” in 1962. Far from being inedible, lemons are a delicious, tangy addition to so much of what I cook. None more so than this delightful terribly unsubtle lemon curd. On toast for breakfast, scones for morning tea, spiced apple fritters for lunch, pastries for afternoon tea, dolloped into sauces with dinner, flans for dessert and by the spoonful for midnight snacks, this is one of my very favourite things. Swirled through cheesecake, squeezed into Jammy Dodgers , slathered over pancakes or the basis for a truly cheaty lemon meringue pie, this stuff is your best friend.