Entries by Kyrstie Barcak

Slow Cooked Beef Cheeks

Winter is almost done, thank goodness! I dislike the cold and the bleak, grey skies. The thing I do love about winter is the slow cooked richly flavoured meals. The simple set-and-forget cooking style that is slow cooking leads to outcomes that are always worth the wait. Add beef cheeks to your Winter menu before […]

Japanese Inspired Beef Curry

A couple of weeks ago I went to a Japanese cooking class with my Aunt. One of the meals we were shown how to make was a Beef Curry. I was a little disappointed that the chef used a packet mix for the base of the curry, and even more disappointed when I read the […]

Vegetable fritters with garden pesto

Autumn vegetable harvest recipe These vegetable fritters use the ingredients harvested from the Autumn vegetable garden. I make them egg and free for my son due to his intolerance of egg. They are also suited to a vegan diet. If it is tolerated, add egg to assist with binding the fritter. If egg intolerance is […]

Make it as spicy as you like Chilli Jam

At the close of Summer tomatoes are flowing and chilli is also productive. This year I’ve grown a variety of chilli called Joe’s Long Cayenne. It is a very mild heirloom variety that is great to grow if you want to introduce your children to the zing of chilli as it is barely evident. I […]

Allergy friendly hot cross buns

Gluten free, dairy free, egg free Easter buns Watching my 10 year old son laugh with joy and eat these hot cross buns, one from each hand today made me a  happy mum. I didn’t get the “best” most glamorous photo of the buns to add to this post. I got something better, my son’s […]

How to care for your vegetable garden after it is planted

When you first plant a vegetable garden, the time, effort and brain-power that goes into it may be more than you anticipated -the site selection, the garden beds, the soil, the plants….If you need some guidance with these steps be sure to grab a copy of the Vegetable Garden Workbook as it steps through each […]

Vegetables and herbs you can grow all year

There are many vegetables and herbs that can be grown all year round in Australian vegetable gardens, pending the region you live. They will grow are varying rates of speed in the different seasons but can remain a presence in your garden with a little planning. Gardenate lists 5 climate zones for Australia. With large […]

Easy gluten free summer entertaining recipe for bruschetta

Summer entertaining recipe As the weather heats up and holidays commence I am always on the look out for new entertaining recipes that suited to a wide range of diets. This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegetarian. It can be made vegan by excluding the mozzarella cheese. This recipe is inspired […]

How to grow zucchini in the vegetable garden

Plant, Grow, Harvest and Cook Zucchini Summer would not be the same in our home without a pile of zucchini on the kitchen bench waiting to be used and more ready to harvest in the garden. It is incredibly productive and versatile ingredient that really should feature in every family Summer vegetable garden, oh the […]

Stuffed Baked Squid Tube Recipe

The film crew from Vasili’s Garden TV recently filmed our backyard garden for the show. It was an exciting, fun day and such a thrill to meet and spend the day with Vasili.  As filming was ending at school pick up time I asked a friend to collect my boys and bring them home so […]