‘Aussie’ Pumpkin Cheesecake Slice

If you love cooking – and photographing – food, you’ll have no shortage of new friends online. That’s how I discovered Midwest Foodie’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars… and gave them an Aussie interpretation.

Roasted Strawmato Pasta

Shaped like a smooth strawberry, the strawmato is one of the many new varieties of tomato popping up on our shelves. Sold on the truss, they’re just delightful and make a pretty addition to a tray of roasted heirlooms.

Rhubarb and Pistachio Crumble

I thought I didn’t like rhubarb but soon I couldn’t stop myself from throwing a bunch in the trolley and crumbling. Rhubarb and pistachio crumbling, that is.

Citrus Sunshine Slice

Start spring with a citrus stained glass thanks to a classic upside-down cake technique. Fruit on the bottom and batter on top then, when it’s ready, just flip it.

Croatian Jam Kiflice

Kiflice look like adorable little croissants but with a shortbread texture and (usually) a tart, plum jam filling. Sometimes walnuts. Occasionally apples.

Warming Seafood Laksa

With both heat AND spice there’s an indisputable warming that only a soup like laksa can bring.

Rosti Tray Bake

Shredded sweet potato acts as the base and the layers just build from there. Roasted truss tomatoes, smashed avo, sour cream, capers, rocket and dill. Then some smoked salmon for a final flourish.

Backstage with a Vegetable Voyeur

Making friends with the family that owns my local Canberra greengrocer – Ziggy’s Fresh – has been one of the unexpected foodie highlights of my year.

Sriracha Prawn Noodle Salad

Even though it’s now autumn, I’m still savouring summer tastes while the warmth lingers. This Sriracha Prawn Noodle Salad is an easy please.

The Scoop on Chestnuts

My antipodean foodies, you needn’t be daunted nor should you refrain. Roaring fires,  plane tickets and even Christmas music are not required to enjoy the chestnut!