In my kitchen a place that I could be me and enjoy cooking this lovely food.

Certain things that I have to remember how to serve the food and beautiful dishes are flavours, textures that working together and compliment one another.

The day of baking bread, I prepare a soup to serve within a cold weather.
Love to have a bowl of soup served with bread and butter.  It is a complete meal for us.

 Earthy lentil soup with home baked sourdough Tabatier

Roasted Leg of Lamb garnished with roasted pumpkin and peas.  The whole roasted pumpkin used as a bowl to hold the peas looks very inviting for children enjoying the vegetables.

Beautiful light meringue topped with whipped cream and dressed with fresh fruits.  Berries are perfect for it, these raspberries bring the flavour better, they cut the sweetness of the meringue which adds the deliciousness of the meringue.

Fresh fig to garnish a sliced of cake is a celebration of the sweet. 

Meatballs soup in clear broth (bakso) tastes better with garnishes and adding a little vegetables cut the richness of the meat the flavour.
This soup is my favourite soup, often I cook in my kitchen and enjoy by my family too.

Fresh Fruits
What would you do with fresh fruits?  Serve as they are with fresh mints.
I dressed them up with honey or served with dipping sauce.

Pie with a crispy pastry.   I could do anything else. it goes so well with a green leafy salad. Add some fresh cheese if you wish.

Salad and meat dish served with yellow rice is good, it looks pretty and taste delicious.

Double cooked beef empal is served with steamed white rice.  And the braised whole chicken is excellent to serve with steamed white rice, and pickled cucumber is the garnish.

The baked whole chicken I would match up with baked potato and a salad or vegetables for the garnish.

Roast Beef Rib is the best to be served with its gravy and Yorkshire pudding for the garnish.

These are just samples what dishes you could match up, as what dish could pair up with the drink wine.  In my kitchen, cooking is fun.


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My Best Wishes to You All, for a Healthy, Fruitful and Happy New Year.

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Favourite Fresh Fruits

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I hope you had a lovely celebration, happy feasting and enjoyed the time you spent with friends. Today is the first day of the new year I wish you all the very best to start the year, have an amazing day.

We had a pleasant time in the New Year’s Eve and stayed at home but enjoy our healthy but rich food and drinks, just enough to make us merry.

Have A Great Year All!


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January in the Garden

It is summer in Australia, and in January it can be very hot more so in the afternoon,  but I like to work in  the garden early in the morning before the heat gets to intense.  As always in a hot day,  preparation for the day’s meals, have to be done early  before gardening takes place.  The grass needed to be cut, plants needed water specially the potted plants.  It looks much better now, and the plants look less tired. We both worked in the garden,  a lot of drinks, fresh fruits were prepared to keep us going.

Fresh fruits and hot tea for the gardeners

Freshly brewed tea in a pot
Fresh Fruits – Ready for a break Cut apples, watermelon, and green grapes

Home baked quick bread was in my mind for today’s cooking, I did it in the morning, and only took about 5 minutes preparation and 18 minutes to bake it.
Quick Avocado Bread with Mixed Nuts

Avocado Quick Bread Ready to  Bake
Avocado Quick Bread
Ready to Bake
Baking Paper on a Tea Towel To keep the freshly hot baked bread
Freshly Baked Quick Avocado Bread


Wrapping the bread
The bread is wrapped in the Tea Towel To keep it moist

The Recipe for the bread is here for you.  I wrote it down as I remembered.


Quick Avocado Bread

Two cups full of self -raising flour, place it on a large bowl.  In a small bowl place these ingredients:

2 tablespoons mashed avocado. 1 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, 1 egg, 1 tablespoon yoghurt, and 1/2 cup milk.  Mix all together.

Add the avocado mixture onto the flour, all at once,  mix in with the flour quickly to make a soft dough.  Transfer on a lined paper baking tray. Shape in a long loaf and mark it across with knife.  Bake in preheated hot oven at 210 (a fan forced) for 18 minutes.  It worked in my oven.  Please adjust if it is needed to bake in yours.

101_8481Delicious freshly baked quick avocado bread, slice and spread with butter to serve.  It keeps well in the pantry for a couple of days, or freeze it up to a month.



In the backyard, our roses have been flowering again, they are the second round and they are not as good as the first, however the garden does look colourful now only a little dry.

The Red Roses

101_8426 101_8428 101_8429 101_8431 More roses are in bloom, and the red vase is filled up with Cecil Brunner’s rose.101_8433 101_8436 101_8438The grass become yellowish soon, as the hot weather continues but it will come back to be green in March.  I don’t believe in watering the grass or lawn, it is not necessary, and it wastes water. Gardening in January is tiring,  the weather is not predictable, it can be hot with summer rains, cool,  or hot and dry.

There are good things about January in the garden though, we could spend time there in the evening, enjoy fresh air in a cooler day and have our dinner outside. The days are longer, and can be pleasant too.   Summer flowering plants are beautiful, such this flowering red succulent, is so pretty.  And  not to forget about the vegetables harvest,  zucchini, beans, chillies etc.

Red Flowering Succulent 

Beautiful colour of red flowering succulent
Red and festive flowering succulent

Hoya Plants

The first flowering Hoya after transplanted  three years a go
The first flowering Hoya
after transplanted three years a go
Potted Hoya It has been in a pot for  the past 10 years
Potted Hoya
It has been in a pot for the past 10 years

These two are Hoya plants, one of them has been in the pot for over ten years, and the other one was transplanted three years ago.  It was a mature plant when it was transplanted, and now it is in flower.

This month is hot but we have enough rains, it is good for a change, the cool rains are very welcome, they make the leaves, the flowers, the bushes look so fresh and lovely.

In the garden, after the rains.

White and Pink Standard Iceberg Roses
White and Pink
Standard Iceberg Roses
Potted Bay Tree
Yellow Graham Thomas Rose It brightens up the dull corner
Hoya in Flower
Hoya in Flower
More Picture of Roses

Regardless unpredictable weather in the month of January is, I am still loving it.  Hot, dry, wet of the rains,  we will be busy in the garden from taking care of  up to make it better.  There are plenty of rooms for improvements, for sure.


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Today is very hot in Traralgon, I think everyone is waiting for a change.  It has been like this for the past few days, we get tired so quickly and at night cannot sleep well.  It is a time that we must do relaxation and be calm.No cooking today, but we must have a lot of fluid, drinking a lot of water is important, but I could enjoy hot tea.  Beautiful collection of fresh fruits is our dinner, and they are so refreshing.

Fresh Fruits: watermelon, mango, orange, strawberries, blue berries, raspberries and cherries.

Mixed fresh fruits for dinner
Mixed fresh fruits for dinner

101_8400 101_8403That was our dinner, we closed it off with a hot cup of tea and cake.  Indeed it was enough for us.  Eating light for now is good, we have been eating and feasting since Christmas, now is the time for fasting, our body needs it.
Today is a hot day, we should not complain after all it is summer

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