making connections through food

Month: April 2017

Party Pies…but not a party in sight

Party Pies…but not a party in sight

Anything “bite sized” is a hit in our house, but party pies are a particular favourite. According to Shane, the basic, frozen packet variety of party pie, round of course, are the best. I beg to differ, they are not my favourite with their mystery […]

Super Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

Super Easy Chocolate Buttermilk Cake

So, thank you to my friend IRL and online Kirsty Wilson for the inspiration to bake chocolate cake today! I have hundreds of recipe books in my library, but, with a computer on the kitchen bench, Google always comes up with the goods. This recipe […]

DIY Baked Beans

DIY Baked Beans

Not that there is anything wrong with baked beans from a can, but the homemade variety are SO tasty, and whilst they don’t win any fast food awards, well worth the effort.

I used the recipe from Jamie’s America page 302 and adapted it slightly to suit the ingredients I had to hand, I won’t repeat it here, the book is worth buying, because it shows that America really isn’t all about burgers and fries and fast food.

You can buy dried beans in bulk at most supermarkets, I like to get them from bulk foods places like Terra Madre in Northcote or Source Foods in Camberwell. If you use dried beans you need to soak them overnight, however to speed up the process you can use pre-cooked tinned beans, of any unflavoured variety really.

There are over 80,000 results for homemade baked beans in a Google search, so find one that suits your pantry staples and your tastebuds!