flavours from around the world


Explore the world with your taste buds, invite some friends over, crack open a bottle of Shiraz and serve these tapas dishes – a perfect spring time meal.

North Africa
(makes about 2 large jars)

  • 1 cup roasted nuts (macadamia/almonds/hazelnuts)
  • 1/3 cup sesame seeds, toasted
  • 2-3 tablespoons coriander seeds
  • 2-3 tablespoons cumin seeds or 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  •  1 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon good quality salt

1. Dry roast nuts and seeds.

2. Crush nuts and seeds in mortar and pestle.

3. Add spices and salt and pepper.

4. Put in a jar and shake!

5. Serve with freshly baked corn bread and olive oil.


Corn bread:
(makes about 1o flat breads)

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1 tsp salt

1. Sift dry ingredients.

2. Add wet ingredients and mix well.

3. Divide into balls half the size of your palm and flatten with your hand.

4. Place in a  hot griddle pan and fry until both sides are golden brown and crispy.



  • tin chickpeas
  •  ¼ cup oil
  •  juice of ½ lemon
  •  handful of coriander and/or parsley
  •  2 cloves garlic
  •  chilli to taste
  •  salt and pepper

1. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor .

2. Add salt, pepper and chilli to taste.


Burger patties:
(makes about 8 patties)

  • 500 g beef or pork mince
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp grated ginger
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)
  • dried, ground chilli to taste
  • salt and pepper to taste

1. Place all ingredients in a bowl. Mix to combine.

2. Dust a surface with flour. Using hands, shape mixture into round patties that are 3cm in thickness. Refrigerate for 5 min.

3. Heat oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and cook patties for 5 min each side, until golden and cooked through.


Apple Chutney:
(My Portuguese grandmothers recipe)

This recipe wasn’t featured on the YouTube episode, but I had to add it to my blog because it goes beautifully with the pork patties! (Im thinking brioche bun, coleslaw salad, chutney and meat patty. Delicious.)

  • 3/4 granny smith apples (peeled, cored, diced – 500g)
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups raisins (sultanas)
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp pinch of cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground pepper

1. Combine all the ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan. Bring the mixture to boil over a medium heat, then simmer uncovered, stirring frequently, for 30-40 min, or until thick and pulpy.

2. Remove from the heat, leave to cool and transfer to sterilized, clean, dry jars and seal.



Ceire’s Kitchen EPISODE 5

Ceire’s Kitchen is BACK and we’re travelling around the world by cooking up a feast with flavours from far and distant places! With the help of one of my best mates and inspirational chef’s, Steve Mattox, we bring you good food, great stories and a laugh or two. Recipes soon to follow…