Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How it is at Home

Who is this Matt Wilkinson and why haven't I had my cookbook-craving hands on any of his books until now? Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How It Is at Home: A Cookbook for Every Family by Wilkinson and his wife, Sharlee Gibb, was my inauguration into the Wilkinsons' world. 

For those who are in the dark as much as I am, Wilkinson is the chef and owner of the Melbourne eatery, Pope Joan and has authored several cookbooks which I have now ordered based on how much I loved  this collaboration with his wife.

Mr and Mrs Wilkinson's How it is at Home has a comfortable feel about it with lovely photographs and a selection of recipes that are approachable all served up with a side of honesty. Things are wonderfully imperfect at their home just as they are for the rest of us.

The Chicken and miso noodle salad is fantastic and eliminates those cravings I have for ordering bad Asian take out. I made it a few months ago and couldn't take a picture that was suitable for sharing. I'll let you in on a secret - every time I take a photo of a dish I pray to the powers that be to make the result reasonable to look at. The powers weren't in my favor that night however I plan on making it again tomorrow as it was that tasty (and the photo turned out half-way reasonable!). The Wilkinson family favorites are shared from past generations such as Edna's biscuits (from the Mrs' nana) and new favorites such as Chocolate and fennel cookies from the Mrs herself.  I also love the different versions for recipes they provide - for instance Mum's version of porridge versus Dad's version - Mum's has some extra yummy ingredients. 

This title is a great mix of easy throw together weeknight suppers (Double cheese quesadillas) and meals that take a little effort for a weekend (Prawn dumplings with Asian greens). There is something for everyone here. 

Special thanks to Hardie Grant for sharing a comforting Beef & mushroom pie recipe with our members today as well as providing three copies of this title in our contest below. 

Beef & mushroom pie
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MR: This pie is perfect for winter days. I usually cook the filling the day before while getting that night's dinner ready, spooning it into the pie dish and leaving it to cool before transferring it to the fridge. Then the next day it's as simple as popping the pastry on top and putting it in the oven to bake.

Serves 4

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 white onion, sliced
  • 600 g (1 lb 5 oz) stewing beef, roughly diced
  • 200 g (7 oz) Swiss brown mushrooms, quartered
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 x 400 g (14 oz) tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
  • 300 ml (10 fl oz) beef or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch)
  • salt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 frozen butter puff pastry sheet, thawed
  • 1 free-range egg, beaten


Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat, add the onion and cook for 2 minutes until just starting to soften. Add the beef pieces and brown on all sides, then add the mushrooms and spices and cook, stirring, for a further 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, worcestershire sauce, mustard and stock and stir everything together, then bring to a simmer and cook over a medium-low heat for 1 1/2 hours or until the meat is nice and tender with a gravy-like consistency.

Mix the cornflour together with 2 tablespoons water in a measuring cup to make a paste, then stir into the pan with the beef. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for five minutes until the sauce has thickened enough to coat the back of a spoon. Season to taste, remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.

Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F/Gas 4).

Pour the beef mixture into a 30 x 22 x 5 cm (12 x 8 3/4 x 2 in) pie dish and nestle a pie bird, if you have one, in the centre. Cut a cross in the middle of the pastry sheet and gently place the pastry over the dish so that the bird pokes out of the hole in the middle. Seal the edges, brush the pastry all over with the beaten egg wash and bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes or until the pastry is golden and flaky. Serve with mashed potato, pumpkin or sweet potato.

Recipe excerpted with permission from Mr & Mrs Wilkinson's How It Is At Home by Matt Wilkinson and Sharlee Gibb, published by Hardie Grant Books October 2017, RRP $29.99 hardcover.

The publisher is offering three copies of this book to EYB Members in the US, UK, New Zealand and Australia. One of the entry options is to answer the following question in the comments section of this blog post.

Which recipe in the index would you try first?

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  • CindyJones  on  2/8/2018 at 6:26 PM

    squid and lime

  • heyjude  on  2/8/2018 at 6:35 PM

    Nina Leah’s Boiled Fruit Cake

  • Lem9579  on  2/8/2018 at 6:48 PM

    Baked veggies and haloumi

  • EmilyR  on  2/8/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Apricot chicken 2017

  • dvajefink  on  2/8/2018 at 7:21 PM

    Bubble and Squeak :)

  • southerncooker  on  2/8/2018 at 7:36 PM

    So many intriguing choices. Either tomato smash or freeform potato and cheese pie

  • Siegal  on  2/8/2018 at 8:07 PM

    I want to make Hawaiian pizza

  • lgroom  on  2/8/2018 at 8:11 PM

    Apricot chicken

  • Cati  on  2/8/2018 at 9:13 PM

    I want to make the pumpkin scones.

  • GillB  on  2/8/2018 at 10:26 PM

    Chocolate and Beetroot Muffins

  • bettinab  on  2/8/2018 at 10:56 PM

    Pumpkin scones

  •  on  2/8/2018 at 11:13 PM

    Zucchini and feta fritters

  • Cati  on  2/8/2018 at 11:47 PM

    I will try the Apricot chicken too.

  • Nikapai  on  2/9/2018 at 12:34 AM

    Pumpkin scones. Yum!

  • dbielick  on  2/9/2018 at 8:40 AM

    Golden chicken soup

  • sarahawker  on  2/9/2018 at 8:59 AM

    Sausage rolls

  • lpatterson412  on  2/9/2018 at 10:24 AM

    Lemon, Polenta, and almond cake!!

  • lean1  on  2/9/2018 at 11:01 AM

    Flatbread with salads and spreads!

  • lebarron2001  on  2/9/2018 at 11:09 AM

    Prawn dumplings with Asian greens

  • JRumi  on  2/9/2018 at 11:24 AM

    Chicken and Leek pie

  • annmartina  on  2/9/2018 at 2:02 PM

    Pumpkin and halloumi tart

  • kmn4  on  2/9/2018 at 2:23 PM

    Lemon, polenta and almond cake

  • rchesser  on  2/9/2018 at 2:53 PM

    Yorkshire custard tarts

  • Clove  on  2/9/2018 at 3:23 PM

    Chicken and leek pie looks mighty fine

  • sgump  on  2/9/2018 at 5:08 PM

    Shakshuka: love to eat it as much as I love to say it!

  • AlaskaEll  on  2/9/2018 at 5:46 PM

    They all look so good. I'll probably start with Freeform potato and cheese pie

  • jenniebakes  on  2/9/2018 at 5:55 PM

    Oooh, chicken and miso noodle salad sounds amazing.

  • Dmartin997  on  2/9/2018 at 8:06 PM

    Jo’s tuna pasta

  • contest718  on  2/10/2018 at 3:37 AM

    Sausage rolls. This one is for my husband since he loves sausage so much lol.

  • camerashy131  on  2/10/2018 at 9:30 AM

    Zucchini and feta fritters: I have so many to use up from the summer harvest

  • gillwill  on  2/10/2018 at 11:33 AM

    Pumpkin Scones

  • matag  on  2/10/2018 at 2:53 PM

    Bacon and egg pie

  • Shelley.b  on  2/10/2018 at 3:00 PM

    Pumpkin scones

  • LaurenE  on  2/10/2018 at 7:27 PM

    Lemon, Polenta, and almond cake

  • soffner  on  2/10/2018 at 8:11 PM

    Prawn Dumplings

  • choppergirl  on  2/11/2018 at 7:18 AM

    Prawn dumplings with Asian greens

  • nicolacowburn  on  2/11/2018 at 8:11 AM

    Flatbreads with anything!

  • Livia  on  2/11/2018 at 12:10 PM

    It has got to be the Me Mum's sausage hotpot with baked potatoes

  • tcjanes  on  2/11/2018 at 2:36 PM

    Yorkshire custard tarts for sure.

  • mpdeb98  on  2/11/2018 at 4:49 PM

    Sausage rolls

  • jmay42066  on  2/11/2018 at 9:14 PM

    Sweet corn fritters

  • niniacedo  on  2/11/2018 at 10:45 PM

    Chicken and miso noodle salad

  • jezpurr  on  2/12/2018 at 3:56 PM

    The beef and mushroom pie caught my eye!!!^_^

  • ebs  on  2/12/2018 at 8:49 PM

    Freeform potato and cheese pie

  • thewife1992  on  2/13/2018 at 4:38 AM

    Everything in this book looks delicious! I would like to try The Mrs' toasted couscous salad first.

  • Karla123  on  2/14/2018 at 2:47 PM

    Cashew curry and chilli sambol...filled with sassy seasoning that's sure to be a hit with me.

  • lapsapchung  on  2/15/2018 at 7:06 AM

    Cashew curry and chilli sambol

  • thewoobdog  on  2/15/2018 at 10:24 AM

    I'd HAVE to try the Chicken and Miso Noodle Salad!

  • ravensfan  on  2/15/2018 at 12:54 PM

    Sausage rolls

  • rahiscock  on  2/15/2018 at 11:31 PM

    The chicken miso salad sounds fabulous

  • Scotsman61  on  2/16/2018 at 9:38 PM

    Yorkshire custard tarts

  • JenJoLa  on  2/17/2018 at 6:30 PM

    Chicken and leek pie

  • Execchef1225  on  2/17/2018 at 11:00 PM

    chicken and leek pie. Great combination

  • Dannausc  on  2/19/2018 at 5:04 PM

    Pirate cookies

  • HungryJamie  on  2/23/2018 at 1:59 AM

    Banana cake

  • Betterlife1  on  2/24/2018 at 4:11 AM

    Plum jam drops

  • clairew137  on  2/25/2018 at 3:51 AM

    Yorkshire custard tarts

  • Puguppy  on  2/25/2018 at 10:47 AM

    Chicken and miso noodle salad

  • PennyG  on  2/25/2018 at 4:00 PM

    Porridge - Mum's version

  • rachael_mc  on  2/25/2018 at 5:26 PM

    Chicken and leek pie

  • littleminxgirl  on  2/26/2018 at 12:05 AM

    I'm not sure... the pumpkin scones maybe

  • HermionieG  on  2/27/2018 at 10:12 AM


  • jemans  on  2/27/2018 at 10:23 PM

    yorkshire custard tarts!

  • obbigttam  on  2/28/2018 at 1:32 AM

    Sausage rolls - great handheld snack for on the go :)

  • clappc  on  2/28/2018 at 8:41 AM

    Green eggs!

  • luccio  on  2/28/2018 at 3:12 PM

    Strawberry Frangipane Tart

  • GregH  on  2/28/2018 at 5:19 PM

    Rissoles with sugo

  • horselady57  on  2/28/2018 at 7:03 PM

    Chicken and miso noodle salad

  • jd5761  on  3/1/2018 at 4:54 PM

    zuchinni and feta fritters

  • Marcia1206  on  3/1/2018 at 9:23 PM

    Sweet corn fritters!

  • AmandaS  on  3/2/2018 at 2:49 AM

    Shakshuka, haven't had it since my visit to Israel.

  • choppergirl  on  3/2/2018 at 9:53 AM

    Beef and mushroom pie

  • AnneSk  on  3/2/2018 at 7:32 PM

    Chicken and miso noodle salad

  • ejsimpson  on  3/2/2018 at 7:40 PM

    Chicken and miso noodle salad

  • TheCookbookCook  on  3/2/2018 at 7:54 PM

    Pirate cookies

  • sunset34  on  3/2/2018 at 7:59 PM

    Dad's curry sounds good - thanks

  • tamt  on  3/2/2018 at 8:07 PM

    Sweetcorn fritters - love sweetcorn!

  • alisonp  on  3/2/2018 at 8:39 PM

    Chicken and miso noodle salad...YUM!

  • Lucicat  on  3/2/2018 at 8:50 PM

    Frittata muffins

  • ktpotat  on  3/2/2018 at 9:31 PM

    Cowboy dinner

  • becchapman  on  3/2/2018 at 9:43 PM

    Pumpkin & haloumi tart

  • BMeyer  on  3/2/2018 at 10:18 PM

    toasted couscous

  • t.t  on  3/3/2018 at 2:09 AM

    Zucchini and feta fritters

  • chrisbunch  on  3/3/2018 at 5:31 AM

    Strawberry frangipane tart

  • Poppyjoey  on  3/3/2018 at 9:55 AM

    The version of Bubble n Squeak sounds lovely

  • FieryItalian  on  3/3/2018 at 12:28 PM

    Nectarine upside-down cake

  • jstreubel  on  3/3/2018 at 12:30 PM

    Zucchini and feta fritters

  • dianeg21  on  3/3/2018 at 2:30 PM

    Lemon polenta and almond cake

  • ktwalla  on  3/3/2018 at 3:06 PM

    Stir Fried Pork and Rice

  • RickPearson54  on  3/3/2018 at 3:08 PM


  • HomespunHouse  on  3/3/2018 at 9:48 PM

    Chocolate and beetroot muffins

  • kerrin1976  on  3/3/2018 at 11:14 PM

    Frittata Muffins

  • Julia  on  3/4/2018 at 1:26 AM

    Pirate cookies, Salad 4

  • sequoia55  on  3/4/2018 at 2:05 AM

    Chocolate and Beetroot Muffins

  • RSW  on  3/4/2018 at 10:27 AM

    Chocolate and beetroot muffins

  • TanyaD  on  3/4/2018 at 3:57 PM

    Green eggs

  • sstyles  on  3/4/2018 at 5:08 PM

    Chicken and miso noodle salad

  • Shelley.b  on  3/4/2018 at 5:48 PM

    Pumpkin scones

  • Kimberly78  on  3/5/2018 at 2:48 AM

    Chicken and leek pie

  • shellee  on  3/5/2018 at 10:34 AM

    Banana Cake

  • Larkspur  on  3/5/2018 at 6:47 PM

    Chicken and Miso noodle salad

  • v.t  on  3/6/2018 at 1:05 PM

    Nonna Leah's tomato smash

  • cake17uk  on  3/7/2018 at 12:40 AM

    I'd love to try Turkey not-so-chilli first

  • Jenamarie  on  3/8/2018 at 9:23 AM

    Silverbeet and feta filo triangles

  • Coffeebean  on  3/9/2018 at 10:51 PM

    Pumpkin scones

  • kbennall  on  3/12/2018 at 1:08 AM

    silverbeet and feta filo triangles

  • Radley  on  3/13/2018 at 2:31 PM

    Pirate Cookies

  • Ishtar  on  3/14/2018 at 1:09 PM

    Yorkshire custard tarts

  • Singleta417  on  3/18/2018 at 10:53 PM

    Banana cake

  • robynsanyal  on  3/20/2018 at 9:26 AM

    Natural muesli!

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