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

Sami's Kitchen Kofta | Wandering Spice

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, alluring, loving. Over the past few years of writing about this beloved cuisine of mine, I’ve made some wonderfully like-minded friends who are doing great things in the culinary world. Right now, Sami’s Kitchen are at the top of that list.

I first became friends with the Sami’s Kitchen team team last year, and loved their family-owned business philosophy from the start. Sami’s Kitchen are locally based in Australia and New Zealand, and create authentic, healthy Middle Eastern spice blends and nut mixes built on nearly 20 years of experience in their beloved Sami’s Café. Recently, they were kind enough to gift me a care package of their full line of spices to play with, including Zaatar, Shawarma and the Kofta blend that I’ve used here, which will be on shelves soon.  [Read more...]

Mini Lemon Curd Crepe Stack | Wandering Spice

Mini Lemon and Coconut Crepe Stack & An Anniversary

Mini Lemon Curd Crepe Stack | Wandering Spice

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 accomplishments and challenges, but mostly just a lot of fun and new experiences.

Saturday was spent eating (demonstrated by the Instagrams from that day). We ventured out to the Dandenong Ranges, a scenic cluster of mountains, forests, gardens and arty towns, for a day of walking and sampling local menus. The sun came out for us, the radio played ‘our song’ that we walked down the aisle to, we indulged in aimless chats about the future, and consumed an inglorious amount of cake. We drove home, had a few hours’ break, then ventured out to dinner at our favorite local bar. It was our kind of day. [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...]

Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta | Wandering Spice

Mediterranean Vegetable Pasta & Cooking for New Parents

Two little ladies have entered our lives lately, and boy have they wrapped us around their teeny, tiny fingers. My sister-in-law Tanya brought her gorgeous girl into the world just six weeks ago... … [Read More...]

Vintage Yasmeen | Wandering Spice

Why I Cook

Tomorrow I'll be appearing on a food writing panel at Emerging Writers Festival, with three friends and talented wordsmiths, talking about niches, motivation, and how to turn last night's dinner into … [Read More...]