Favourites

Fresh food is the best, particularly the vegetables, as they are very close to me, I plant, look after and harvest them, having fresh and cooked vegetables daily is a must.  I love red meats as long as they are cooked properly,  they are : T bone steak for grilling, a large joint would be a leg of lamb for roasting, shoulder pork for braising and a large joint pork on the bone is excellent for roasting,  with crispy crackling.  Games are excellent protein, I love my whole bird of chicken, it’s so versatile, you could do so much with it, for the duck, it is the breast that is very good and quick to cook.  Fish, the whole fish for special treat, but for daily needs are fresh white fish or pink salmon.  Fruits, l love tropical fruit, also stone fruits, grapes, apples and oranges.  Figs are my favourite fresh fruit.  These are my favourites food and my family love them too.

Sweets and cakes are a different matter.  We all enjoy to eat sweets, but healthy sweets for snacks are important to us, we love cakes and scones to go with tea or coffee.  Asian sweets that I love the most is wajik ( sliced pink or brown sweet glutenous cake). Everyone loves sweets and desserts which make the meals complete.

 

Fresh Vegetables

Radicchio: is my favourite lettuce in a salad mix, I could not go without.

I am so fortunate of having a small patch vegetable garden, even though I don’t have much on it, but fresh lettuces, tomato, chilli, zucchini and herbs are there every spring to summer.
Pick the mixed lettuces, vegetables early in the morning, wash and dry them properly, keep in the vegetable spinner and refrigerated.

Early in the morning in the vegetable patch to harvest
Early in the morning in the vegetable patch to harvest
Cut a whole of radicchio to harvest, wash and clean straight away.
Cut a whole of radicchio to harvest, wash and clean straight away.
Put the lid on and keep the container in the refrigerator
Put the lid on and keep the container in the refrigerator, it last for a week
Washing the radicchio in water
Washing the radicchio in water
Place on a salad spinner to dry and to keep
Place on a salad spinner to dry and to keep

Preparation for radicchio.

It is excellent for a mixed leafy salad, give extra colour and flavour, and it is beautiful to cook to serve as a salad or to garnish grilled meat.

Leafy salad with orange citrus dressing
Leafy salad with orange citrus dressing
Mixed leafy salad
Mixed leafy salad
Leafy salad with sliced fresh lemon
Leafy salad with sliced fresh lemon
Baked chicken with herbs, garnished with the leafy salad
Baked chicken with herbs, garnished with the leafy salad

To cook radicchio, sauté and dressed with balsamic vinegar, the bitter and sweet tastes are excellent to go with grilled or fried meat.

 

Red Meat

Lamb

Leg of lamb, it is excellent to roast, served with vegetables.  It is my family’s favourite for Sunday roast.   Australian lamb is the best, we love it.

On Easter, the leg of lamb is always in the menu, boiled eggs, chocolate eggs and Easter bread (it varies) to follow.

The leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic is ready to roast
The leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic is ready to roast
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Potato and pumpkin

 

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Vegetables to garnish the roast lamb
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Golden and succulent roast leg of lamb
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The gravy for the roast

The Easter treat for the family

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Eater bread-steamed buns
Boiled Egg for Easter
Boiled Egg for Easter
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Easter chocolate on a large brioche and Easter chocolate bunnies

It is just a glance of my Easter cooking for my family in the past, it is a joyful offering.

To be continued

Thanks for visiting

Susi

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