The Golden Pig Food and Wine School

Are all those reality cooking shows inspiring you to get back into the kitchen? Then this is something to consider! Get into a real working kitchen with a chef who knows her stuff and has cooked for celebrities. Whip up a veritable feast and then sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labour. Want to know more? Read on …


Christmas entertaining …

I love making these little tartlets – I place them on a basil lined platter and shape them into a Christmas tree. But don’t be afraid to make one big tart, just make sure you leave the green stem on your tomatoes as it gives your tart that Christmassy look!


Cherry Tomato Tartlets

1 1/2 cups plain flour
1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan
1 tspn Italian Herbs
125g butter, chilled and chopped
1 egg
2 tbspn chilled water
100g goat’s cheese (or feta) crumbled
1/4 cup pesto
12 cherry tomatoes, halved
Basil leaves to decorate

Preheat oven to 200c, 180c fan forced. Grease 24 hole muffin tin. In a food processor, blend flour, Parmesan and herbs for 30 seconds, until combined. Add butter and continue to process until mixture forms fine crumbs. Add egg and water until mixture forms pastry. Roll 2 teaspoons of pastry at a time, into balls. Place a ball in each muffin tin hole, flatten to line base and side of hole. Bake for 10 minutes or until pastry is a light golden brown. Fill shells with cheese, pesto and tomato (cut side down). Season with salt and cracked pepper then bake for 10 minutes – until tomato softens. Garnish with basil and serve, hot or cold.

Just another Mundane Monday, I wish it was a Sunday ….. 🎶🎶🎶


Ho hum! Hang out the washing, empty the dishwasher, organise dinner, and sort and fold the clothes. BUT it’s not all bad as I had time to have morning tea with Mum and two friends at the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Doesn’t Lee’s caramel slice look good?! And it was a beautiful, sunny Queensland day. Not such a mundane day after all!


Even managed to finish two articles and spend an hour sorting my images on the computer. All in a day’s work!

How was your Monday?


What’s Cooking in the Gardens?

Take a Sunday morning drive and enjoy all that the Redcliffe Botanic Gardens has to offer at the “What’s Cooking in the Gardens?” event.

Images courtesy of Moreton Bay Regional Council

Images courtesy of Moreton Bay Regional Council