Between the arrival of our second child, and a devastating cancer diagnosis for my mum, it sure has been a full on first half of 2017. Being at home with a newborn and recovering from surgery, has meant I’ve been in the kitchen a little more than usual of late.
I find winter in the Southern Highlands is the perfect excuse for comfort food. And while I do love a good, slow cooked stew, I equally love a simple but rich pasta dish, like Gnocchi Gorgonzola, or Emiko Davies pasta al limone. It’s simple, quick, and yet totally delicious and indulgent.
Sometimes making the most basic of meals is all we can manage so I go for ones full of flavour and test. I also tried my hand at this delicious Ruby Grapefruit Sponge which I came up with after we had a surplus of delicious ruby red grapefruits. I had to take something to a girlfriends Christmas in July dinner and this was a big hit. You can find the recipe here.
Perfect with a nice glass of white wine on a Monday night when you don’t feel like cooking anything too complex or challenging. I used fettucine but I think it ideally works best with linguine or spaghetti.
Along with cooking and baking, I also love changing up the decor at home and making things warmer and cosier for the winter months. I raided my cushion collection and swapped out some of the blues cushion covers for warmer, burnt amber accents.
I’m going to paint our vintage wicker chairs black soon and also swap out the coffee table for a tan leather ottoman as we’re the kind of family that like to put our feet up and relax, plus I’m slowly re-baby proofing the house and attempting to reduce sharp edges so a tufted ottoman is ideal. I’ll keep you updated with those changes soon!