Jo’s Recipes

Jo’s Christmas Canapés

With Christmas just round the corner we seem to have lots of guests in the house. The usual canapés have been done too many times, so I conducted a b...

Jo’s Rustic Fish Pie

My son-in-law made us the elegant Fish Pot Pies back in September which I shared with you, but this is a much more rustic fish pie. It was originally ...

Jo’s Thai Beef Salad

Cooking this Thai Beef Salad reminds me that I’ve been making it for over 30 years! Those of us old enough will remember Mogens Bay Esbensen who was...

Jo’s Pappardelle with Duck Ragu

We’re staying over with my daughter’s family tonight and since we all enjoy our food, we try to cook something a bit special. Tonight it’s t...

Jo’s Berry Terrine

I’ve been waiting for warmer weather to share this recipe with you, but I can’t wait any longer. Most often by late October we can expect lots...

Jo’s Rosewater Chicken & Hazelnuts

We had this dish at a friend’s home recently. It has such unique and subtle flavours, I thought I would share it with you. I served it with couscous...

Jo’s Pistachio & Orange Cake

I’ve been wanting to share this rather special gluten free cake recipe for a while and yesterday I decided it was time. A friend asked us to join th...

Jo’s Lamb & Eggplant Ragout

When the family is coming to stay, I like to have a few things organised so I can relax at the end of a long day. We had family over during the school...

Jo’s Fish Pot Pies

We’ve had family up for the weekend. Thank goodness for the warm weather, as the little ones could happily play in water all day. My son-in-law love...

Jo’s Mandarin Cake

This delicious Mandarin Cake recipe comes from my friend Poss. Four ingredients to put together and gluten free! It must be the handiest cake recipe I...

Jo’s Chilli Lime Chicken

Such beautiful weather we are having at present and it’s great to spend the day outdoors. No more hours over the hot stove cooking comfort food. Thi...

Jo and Ginni’s Terrine

With summer coming, this terrine is such a handy dish to have on hand. The terrine, or slices of terrine, freezes well so it’s convenient to keep fo...

Jo’s Asian Steak

We’re bombarded with cooking shows and recipes these days and we often feel we have to try something different. But this Asian Steak recipe is “ol...

Jo’s Asian Beef Cheeks

Firstly this week I need to tell you that when I did the Blueberry Tart recipe I left out the sugar. So the ingredients for the tart filling should in...

Jo’s Chicken & Mushroom Pies

Even though we’re having some fabulous spring days, it’s still often cool in the evenings. This coming Saturday it’s due to be only 15 degrees d...

Jo’s Chocolate Tart

After a week of glorious weather, it was a daunting prospect to have the two grandchildren (2 & 6) stay on what was reported to be a diabolical we...

Jo and Susan’s Chicken Tray Bake

We had a family birthday celebration here today – 13 adults and 5 small children. So the meal had to be easy to prepare and even easier to serve...

Jo’s Chicken & Spinach Tart

This Chicken & Spinach Tart isn’t the genuine Greek Spanakopita, but we like it and it reminds us of our stay in Istanbul in 2014, when we could...

Jo’s Kale & Blue Cheese Tart

We had too much cheese left over after entertaining for the weekend. What to do? This Kale & Blue Cheese tart solves part of the problem and it’...

Jo’s Blueberry Tart

We still have family visiting for the school holidays and the weather hasn’t been kind every day. After we have done the usual activities out of the...

Jo’s Capsicum Soup with Seafood Garnish

It’s school holidays and there’s lots of people in the house. Lunch is often rushed in between outdoor activities, but it can’t be ignored. A he...

Jo’s Thai Larb with Salad

When I tell people I give recipes each week for Fine Music Event News, I am always asked “when are you doing your salads?”. At home we have salad ...

Jo’s Seafood Chowder

There are some wonderful bush walks near our home and we’ve been seeking out the less populated ones lately. The regular (marked) trails are through...

Jo’s Apple Cake

I have had lots of comments about my Orange & Almond cake so I thought I should give you another yummy cake recipe. This one is so quick to whip u...

Jo’s Roast Pork Belly with Coriander Pesto

I have never managed to succeed with pork crackling, and especially not with pork belly crackling. But now that my butcher has given me this method, I...

Jo’s Lemon Tart

This week we have been entertaining. Our guests arrived on Thursday bursting with so much news. They were like kids just out of school, they were so e...

Jo’s Fish Stew

We’ve been watching Rick Stein lately. Always love his programs and his simple, tasty recipes. It reminded me we haven’t had Fish Stew for a while...

Jo’s Savoury Salmon Parcels

Gosh, it’s all rapidly changing now! Last week we looked forward to an easing by the weekend, this week it almost seems back to normal. Families hav...

Jo’s Orange and Almond Cake

What a glorious day it was for Mothers’ Day on Sunday. The sun shone all day and there were so many families out and about in our area. It feels loc...

Jo’s Coq au vin

Now that the weather has turned cooler it’s a good time to start making those “comfort” meals. I call this Coq au vin but I’m sure the Fre...

Salmon with Orange Asian Marinade

It’s been such beautiful weather this week. Walking around the beach and bay you’d never know we are supposed to be in lockdown – there are ...

Jo’s Prawn Pasta with Pangrattato

Surprisingly I’m still enjoying cooking! We seem to be in two camps at present – those who are cooking up a storm, just because there’s now ...