Easy Cashew Baklava Fingers | Wandering Spice

Cashew Baklava Fingers for Eid

Easy, Flaky Cashew Baklava Fingers | Wandering Spice

Eid marks the end of Ramadan, a month of fasting (from food and vice, like Lent), reflection, goodwill to others, and togetherness. Each day, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, waking up very early for suhoor (pre-dawn meal) and only breaking for food and drink for iftar (evening meal) after the sun goes down.

Perhaps it’s the introspective nature of Ramadan that makes traditional foods a popular choice at iftar tables across the globe. This is certainly true at the Eid when families pull out all the stops! I have really fond memories of celebrating the Eid with my family, and the kitchen island being dotted from end to end with so many of my favorite foods. It seemed fitting, then, to make a traditional and beloved dish for this Virtual Eid Party: cashew baklava. [Read more...]

Cozy Mixed Mushroom Fettuccine | Wandering Spice

Mixed Mushroom and Tarragon Fettuccine

Mixed mushroom fettuccine | Wandering Spice

When Australian Mushroom Growers said they’d be sending over a box of mushrooms for me to play with, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I would have been happy with anything – I adore mushrooms and it goes without saying that eating locally is important to me. What I definitely wasn’t expecting was this ridiculously beautiful box that landed on my desk. [Read more...]

Mixed Berry Rose Milkshake | Wandering Spice

Kitchen Quickie: Mixed Berry & Rose Milkshake

Mixed Berry Rose Milkshake | Wandering Spice

Some of the best recipes are the quickest. This is one of my most loved.

Fruit smoothies or milkshakes are a staple in our diets. (We own a juice bar – have I mentioned that? So, I mean it when I say we love smoothies!) They’re full of fruit and protein, keep us full and adapt to whatever’s in season. Thanks to the variety of frozen berries and stone fruit available these days, it’s also a great way to squeeze in some of those out-of-season fruits that you miss in winter. Speaking from experience here in brisk Australian July. [Read more...]

Homemade ricotta cheese | Wandering Spice

How to Make Ricotta Cheese in Four Easy Steps

Homemade ricotta | Wandering Spice

Homemade cheese in four steps. It’s possible! It’s also delicate and nourishing, and so versatile. In the course of about 90 minutes (most of which is resting time), a soft, springy fresh ricotta practically creates itself, ready for destinies sweet and savory alike.  [Read more...]

Soothing Turmeric Chai Latte | Wandering Spice

Turmeric Chai Latte

Turmeric Chai Latte | Wandering Spice

You know that feeling when you discover something new? Or at least new to you? I aim to introduce new experiences into life as often as possible. Be they big or small, it keeps things exciting and makes me hungry for more.

It’s no surprise that the kitchen is one of my favorite places to play with new things (and if you’re reading this blog I suspect it’s one of yours too).  [Read more...]

Spicy Dried Apricot Jam | Wandering Spice

Spicy Dried Apricot Jam

Spicy Dry Apricot Jam | Wandering Spice

Denial has been serving me well these past few weeks. “We’re halfway through!” “It’s getting warmer!” “Oh, look, sun! Summer’s coming.” Right…

Winter is fully upon us though I’m enjoying it more than previous years, I can’t deny looking to sunny foods that channel the arid months I prefer. Stone fruit isn’t in season of course, but I’ve been craving jam and thought surely there’d be a way to make it from dried fruit. A few spices tossed in the pot – cinnamon sticks, cloves and cardamom pods – and suddenly I had just the right combination of warmth and brightness that I was looking for. [Read more...]

Sami's Kitchen Kofta | Wandering Spice

Spicy Kofta with Toasted Nuts & Sami’s Kitchen Spice Giveaway

Warm cinnamony tomato sauce, aromatic kofta, crunchy nuts and parsley, plenty of bread and someone to share with. That, in a nutshell, is the essence of Middle Eastern cooking. It's spicy, inviting, … [Read More...]

Mini Lemon Curd Crepe Stack | Wandering Spice

Mini Lemon and Coconut Crepe Stack & An Anniversary

This past weekend, Jase and I celebrated our two year wedding anniversary. Two years! It feels at once to have flown in an instant, but also to have ticked along slowly, a time swollen with … [Read More...]

Moorish-style Chickpeas with Chorizo and Spinach | Wandering Spice

Moorish Chickpeas with Spicy Chorizo and Spinach

Winter has descended upon Melbourne. Okay, it's relative - winter bottoms out at about 10-11 degrees Celsius (46 Fahrenheit) which for my family and friends in the Northern Hemisphere is laughable... … [Read More...]

Tarte Tatin Apples | Wandering Spice

Classic Tarte Tatin: French Upside-Down Caramel Apple Tart

"What should I make for dessert?" I asked, already knowing the answer. "Oh, well there are lots of options... maybe tarte tatin?" And so went the conversation, each time, between Dad and I. A … [Read More...]