Kitchen Therapy


Raisin, Walnut and Pumpkin Loaf

I left out the cranberries from this week’s Tuesdays with Dorie recipe. I couldn’t find fresh or frozen ones anywhere! To be honest, fresh cranberries are not something I see too often in our stores. Plenty of dried cranberries! Especially Craisins! They’re actually very popular as a healthy snack. But no fresh ones, so I left them out!
I’m also writing this waiting in line to go on the Arkham Asylum ride at movie world on Queensland’s Gold Coast…
So it’s going to be short n sweet!
I didn’t particularly like this bread.
I was excited to make it, baking with pumpkin isn’t a big Aussie thing (unless I’m missing something?)! I love the idea of desserts with pumpkin! We tend to keep pumpkin as something you serve alongside a meal or in a salad. So this recipe was new and exciting for me!
Having said that I found the taste bland. Maybe more sugar would have helped? I’m looking forward to reading everyone’s tips once we get back!

Rebecca has the full recipe for you at This Bountiful Backyard if you’d like to check it out!


Spiced Squash, Fennel and Pear Soup

It’s sooooo good to be back cooking Dorie’s recipes with the French Fridays with Dorie group!
How did I miss 6 weeks?
I tried to figure out where the time went!
I couldn’t make sense of it until I was importing the photos for this week’s recipe from my iphone.
The past 6 weeks flashed by in photos.

Cooling down at the beach on Friday’s after school.

School concerts (that’s my Oliver!)


School Holidays!


Now I remember where the past 6 weeks went!

I got busy with life!

And I shamefully forgot the immense satisfaction and pleasure I got each week from cooking and connecting with an amazing bunch of women!
Creating this week’s recipe felt good.
And it tasted great!

I was worried the kids wouldn’t like this soup so I used half the pumpkin to make our usual Donna Hay Roast Pumpkin Soup recipe which I know they love.
I asked them to try Dorie’s recipe and everyone preferred it!
I was honestly shocked! My husband and I loved it however I expected the kids to pass on it.
I was so wrong!
They loved the taste of Dorie’s soup, they wanted to know what was in it and when they heard “pear” they put their hands up and declared they would rather not know. They thought knowing might ruin it for them!
It really was a case of blissful ignorance!

I cannot wait to see what everyone else thought of this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe!