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I’m a professional food stylist and currently prepping my own series of cookbooks and a cooking show. In my food catering business, Mishka La Mushka, I catered private and corporate functions and events big and small, designed food in hat boxes for the Spring Racing Carnival and created too many themed kids birthday parties to mention. But now I love food styling and sharing my fun food ideas with mums wanting to create restaurant-quality meals at home, for kids and family. So let’s get cooking!

I'm Mish Lilley, a kitchen cook, food stylist and chef prepping a series of cookbooks, a cooking show and this blog. This blog is dedicated to my love of good food styling and good food. It's a cooking site and recipe website designed to help mums and dads create restaurant-quality meals at home for their kids and family. My wide range of recipes cover:

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I spotted some gherkins at the market and they were looking very unloved. Let’s face it, they don’t have much going for them in the looks department or the name department for that matter. So, I lovingly bundled them up and brought them home to make delicious dill pickles! The best thing about this recipe is that it takes a matter of minutes and granny’s preserving skills are not required either.

You'll Need

gherkins (look for small and crunchy)

white vinegar

fresh dill sprigs

coriander seeds

generous pinch of sea salt


Wash the gherkins meticulously and chop off any imperfections.

Sterilise your jars by washing them on a hot quick cycle in the dishwasher. If you don’t have a dishwasher, wash them carefully and pour some boiling water from the kettle into the jars, secure the lid and carefully swish the hot water around the jar and lid. Pour out the water and stuff as many pickles as you can in the jar – until 3/4 full.

Spoon over one tablespoon of coriander seeds and add a few sprigs of dill to the jar and season with salt. Pour over enough vinegar to cover the pickles.

Pop the lid on tightly and put the jar in the fridge. Repeat with the remaining gherkins.

You can start eating them after a few days but I find they are even better after 1 week. Just remember to give the jars a shake from time to time to evenly distribute the ingredients.


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