Daddy Daughter baking on ANZAC Day

Wednesday April 25, 2012 – ANZAC Day

Preface: Today is a sacred day in the Australian calendar, and can I preface this post that this post is is not about the day itself, and the ceremonies we attend and the thanks and reflections we have.  This goes without saying, and with no disrepect, I just wanted to post on some time Tegan and I spent baking Anzac biscuits, as I overheld saying she would like to on this special day.

After hearing that Tegan wanted to bake some Anzac biscuits, I found that we had “most” of the ingredients, but could do with some shoring up.  After cruising the various non-mainstream grocery stores, foodworks came to the rescue!

I waltzed in, and casually asked if Tegan wanted to make Anzac biscuits, and had her full attention and bowls at the ready.  I thought as I wanted to represent the recipe’s heritage, I looked in my oldest cookbook to find it.

My first cookbook ever, with a Bill Ganger book in the background

The book was bought for me by the person I moved into his house on the Gold Coast when I moved out of home.  (Mental note, I must find where Cliff is these days)

Mini me in action

She did such a great job!

Oven set, waiting for the timer

And here they are!

Before they were demolished, though there was another tray

Tegan joked about a family cooking competition with Tegan and I on one team, and Sue and Ryan on the other.  She had the spunk to ask Mum who would would win…

Song of the day today is The Pogues – The band played waltzing matilda

Food related man crush

Monday October 31, 2011

Getting through the small and ‘adminy’ things today, lots of lines through the list, including an ATO related one, so glad that’s done!

For my family, it’s easy to buy me a gift for the Hallmark occasions, pretty much anything foodie related, I will be besotted.  So cook books are great for all concerned.  I spotted a cooking show a few years back, that featured a very friendly and bubbly guy, with perhaps a tendency to wear all white a little too often and a big smile for the camera.  Supplement the great recipes with the soundtrack (perhaps overusing) the Dynamic Hypnotics – Soul kind of feeling, and I am hooked.

So began my relationship with Bill Granger.

As soon as Sue noticed me watching the shows, the cook books started to arrive.  They are probably my most used books, as the recipes just seem to suit our family, even if I won’t cook in all white attire.  I have bought these books for others as presents as well.

BG books sans one


One regret I do have with all the travel that I used to do to Sydney, is that I didn’t head along to one of Bill’s restaurants. Even for at least his fabled scrambled eggs for breakfast.  There was always more things to get done before or after work, and being away from home meant not feeling guilty about working an even longer day.  That Sean won’t be reappearing again, that part of me has been exorcised.

Tonight’s dinner, brought to you by Bill’s “Feed me now” cookbook, is Braised Pork with pineapple salad.  Sue thinks I have a man crush on Bill, and it seems my arguments don’t seem to be quite strong enough in the negative 🙂

The missing book from the above shot



We still comment to each other, that we still love the kitchen we put in last year (well except for the painting bits for Sean to do), and I love that I can use our splashbacks with a whiteboard marker to make sure I get the timings right and don’t forget something until the flurry of  dishing out as in days past.

Glass splashbacks make for great recipe reminders, sketches and messages

The reaction of the crew coming home to comment on the aroma (in a good way) was reward enough.  It was really easy to prepare, and went down a treat!  “Best pork ever” is a call heard that will have me rolling it out again!

Service up!


Even Charlie the wonder dog got to enjoy some with her biscuits

It’s cup day tomorrow, and it will be different to not be in the regulation workplace sweeps, watching the cup with work peers.

So I couldn’t go past Dynamic Hepnotics – Soul Kind of Feeling from back in 1984 for the Song of the day.