Cairns Recipe Blog Cooking in Cairns, an amateur cook with an emphasis on baking


Yumurtali Ispanak – Turkish Spinach and Egg

While this is not an authentic recreation (it omits minced beef/lamb) it is certainly a very tasty breakfast that is quick and easy to throw together. It can be made in any number of variations, and is really only limited by your imagination. Served on top of a slice of toasted crusty bread, or if you are watching your carbohydrate intake, plain on a plate, you can't go wrong.


Quick Frittata

Whats the difference between a frittata and an omelette? Essentially the frittata has everything mixed in before cooking, while an omelette has the filling ingredients folded in later, either way this is a low carb and healthy (as long as you aren't cholesterol watching) meal.

Serves 2


Christmas Pizza

Pizza isn't common "Christmas" fare in most places, least of all my own, however this year I got a little sick of the usual kitchen dramas and instead wanted to focus on something a little simper that tastes great, but doesn't require much in the way of effort leaving more time for family and fun.


Quick Brioche

A recent meal at Black by Ezard I was reminded of how much I love a well crafted brioche. Black by Ezard serve their brioche in a mini loaf with some unsalted butter and what I call "gunpowder salt" which was what appeared to be a jet black salt in granule form similar to gunpowder pellets. The salt was a very mild flavour unlike your more mineral salts which can be quite strong. This is my homage to the brioche I enjoyed at Black.


Poaching An Egg – Video

Poaching an egg using traditional methods is really very simple, many people are daunted by it but shouldn't be, the egg is a wonderful thing and it will take care of itself, just follow the simple tips in the video.


Hollandaise Sauce – Video

The Hollandaise sauce is a sauce that should be in everyone's repertoire, its an ideal savoury sauce and essential for completing the famous Eggs Benedict breakfast. It also forms the base of further sauces such as the Béarnaise, Dijon and Maltaise sauces. It is notoriously difficult but only if you are impatient. If you get the temperature of your double boiler right from the start, its very simple to complete.


English Muffins

While not the sweet American muffin many enjoy, the English Muffin is a staple in so many breakfasts, one famous example being the Eggs Benedict (more coming on this one in later weeks). Don't  be daunted, like any bread these are very easy to make if you take the time.


No Recipe Day

No recipes today, instead I share with you a weekend of food exploration. White anchovies, unpasteurized cheese, and some buffalo mozzarella.


Gougères (Cheesy Poofs)


If Eric Cartman were French, he would instead scream "Maman m'apporter gougères" (I really have no idea, I don't speak French, I just did that in Google Translate). Anyway, these little morsels are your typical profiterole (choux pastry) in its classic savoury form, without sugar and some cheese thrown in.


Pumpkin Soup

(my plating skills haven't improved at all)

This is one of those staple recipes that anyone can make, and can scale effectively because its all about ratios in its simplest form. So the ingredient list will be a little weird this time. Also, the photos won't be up for a while because I am typing this recipe out before I begin making it.