country kitchen alchemy {a new monthly column}…

i have a treat for you all today: consider it christmas come early!

i think i speak for a lot of people when i say one of the loveliest ways of enjoying our homes is in the company of others, especially when it comes to celebrating special occasions like the festive season…

& at the heart of most of these celebrations is food…

with this in mind, today i’m launching a new monthly column here on a nomadic abode called country kitchen alchemy wherein i’ll be showcasing the culinary talents of a fellow australian & dear friend, lisa robertson…

lisa happens to be one of those freakishly annoying extraordinary people to whom you could present a bag full of nonsensical ingredients & they whip up a phenomenal three-course feast without so much as breaking a sweat!

for months now i’ve been encouraging lisa to start a food blog so we can all partake of her magic, but then it occurred to me to feature lisa & her culinary delights here instead!

for her first instalment of country kitchen alchemy, lisa has put together two seasonally apt recipes based around a common ingredient, both of which will cunningly work no matter which hemisphere you happen to be celebrating christmas in this year {be it -10 or 40+ degrees celsius}

please do click on each image to enlarge & be sure to enjoy!

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i genuinely hope you’ve enjoyed our first instalment of country kitchen alchemy & learning about this talented lady & her culinary treats…

be sure to join us in january for the second instalment &, in the meantime, if you’d like to try these recipes yourself please do feel free to print off the recipe card above which i have also saved in a more printer-friendly format {ie, a white background} under the my features tab…

{this is not a sponsored post, just two friends sharing the love!}

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8 thoughts on “country kitchen alchemy {a new monthly column}…

  1. Hi Lisa and welcome! *waves*

    What a brilliant addition to your blog, Sue! I was almost a pharmacist in another life and I love the play on words. 🙂

    I’ve had stare anise languishing in my kitchen cupboard for an absolute age! I don’t eat pork but I’ll try the recipe with duck for the New Year. The dessert looks like a winner, too. 😀 x

    • hi chi… what a lovely thing to say & thank you for welcoming lisa! i can’t believe you considered pharmacy… i’m glad you didn’t go down that path because your clothing line is beyond beautiful!… but equally i can’t believe my friend lisa is a pharmacist… all these creative people wrapped up in traditionally non-creative roles! let me know how the dish works out for you!

  2. Star anise is definitely one of those love-or-hate flavors, but oddly i don’t think I have an opinion on it! Is it the licorice-y flavor that the include in pizzelles? Or is that something totally different? Obviously I’ll be looking forward to this series because I am just about clueless when it comes to most things in the kitchen!

    • seriously, you’re asking the wrong lady! hence the column! i don’t understand the chemistry of cooking… what to use to bring out the flavours, etc… i’ll leave it to the initiated! 🙂

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