THE HUMBLE FRUIT BOWL

The fruit bowl has held its significance throughout history and has been used for many a still life artist to draw inspiration from. It reflects  form, season and colours of the fruits in the bowl. I love a fruit bowl and have always had one, even it only contains lemons and limes in the really hot weather….

 ALMOND MYLK, WHY NOT MAKE YOUR OWN!

The supermarket shelves are emptied as fast as they are restocked with alternate milk or mylk products. Next time you reach for a carton…..stop…… read the label and think about making your own almond milk. Just when 19seventiesgirl thought she had ditched enough of the processed foods, more surprises appear around the corner. Milk and…

EASY SUNDAY NIGHT VEGETABLE SOUP

It’s great to rummage through the beautiful cookbooks and food magazines  for inspiration and linger over the pictures but sometimes we just want a repertoire of quick, easy, go to, recipes for each season. Soups give great mileage and can be made from autumn through to spring. The choices of soups seem infinitesimal and many require little…

GOLDEN STRAWBERRY MYLK

Voo doo, hoo doo, as Mr 70’s says…… Anything 19seventiesgirl makes, left of centre in the kitchen, is given a sceptical raised eyebrow from Mr 70’s. When he drank, after some deliberation; the strawberry, turmeric smoothie I made him, I was indeed surprised.  Recently he has put the lycra on and taken up bike riding, to…

RED CABBAGE CRUNCHY SLAW WITH CHILL AND BARRAMUNDI

RED CABBAGE CRUNCHY SLAW WITH CHILL AND BARRAMUNDI A salad a day keeps the weight at bay! Let your imagination go wild in the kitchen with this fresh, crunchy, delectable, salad. Fresh food, lots of it, is best for your health, your waistline and looking great well past your years. So put down your cup…

The Perfect Poached Egg, forget diamonds and fancy cars

Mr 70’s who is no Jamie Oliver, surprised me this morning, on our 40th wedding anniversary. He has only ventured into the kitchen on a few occasions and made one of his repertoire standard dishes from a short list of 2 perfected delights…….toast and coffee don’t count as, really, I think my dog Mabel could perform that…

QUICK PRAWN COCONUT, VEGETABLE CURRY WITH BASMATI BROWN RICE

  Gluten, sugar and lactose free I love this dish for its versatility. I have used prawns but any fleshy fish, cut into bite sized chunks can be used. I have also used chicken before, instead of fish. The vegetables can be varied, depending on what you have and the season. Broccoli, snow peas, peas and…

Summer: A Peach Extravaganza Dinner: Menu

Menu for 12 people: gluten free After the Christmas holidays summer in Australia is all about chilling out, heat, flies, thongs, escaping to the beach, rivers dams or swimming pools the beach and stone fruit washed down with a perfect Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris. I am lucky enough to have a range of fruit trees…

Peach Slices Wrapped In Prosciutto with Vintage Cheddar and Honey

  I love this quick, easy, recipe and 19seventies girl has been known to use peaches, figs, pears and apricots when available .  Using pears  extends this recipe to other times in the year when figs and stone fruits are not in season.  I have never had leftovers from this dish. Serves 12 as part of a selection of…

Lemon, Garlic and Thyme Olives

Serves 12 as part of a selection of starters There are lots of ways to enhance olives and 19seventies girl loves this method when there is time. Serving them just warm brings out their flavour. You need 1 cup good quality black olives, marinated in olive oil with stones intact 1/2  tablespoon thyme leaves Zest of…

Peach Bellini

The Bellini developed in Venice, had the original version made from fresh white peach juice and chilled Prosecco. I used my beautiful, succulent, yellow peaches that are sweet, juicy and the colour of a golden sun setting on the horizon of a hot summer’s night. The chilled peach juice was the deep colour of warm yellow…

Feta, White Bean, Spinach Dip with Toasted Pine Nuts and Basil Pesto

Gluten free Serves 12 as part of a selection of starters   19seventies girl loves a good dip at a gathering and this one definitely trumps them all. It is full of Mediterranean flavours, with a smooth creamy texture, crunch on top from the pine nuts followed by the oozy fresh flavours from the basil pesto. I…