What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies

katie2 This book was first brought to my attention at Beth Fish Reads. Such a beautiful book with photos to jump start your appetite while you marvel at the aesthetically pleasing presentations. The format is very unique and is a pictorial journal styling. It’s gorgeous.

Katie Quinn Davies isn’t a trained chef, she is a graphic artist. Combine those talents with someone who loves to cook for people she loves and you get this book. Dublin born and married to an Australian, Katie has created a web site and book sharing her international styling and recipes.


Of all the cool recipes here what I wanted to try most was kangaroo. Now, I hear you can purchase kangaroo meat from a place ion Jacksonville but if I ever eat it, I want to be in the Land Down Under to enjoy an authentic and fresh dish.

The book is broken down into: Introduction, Tips & Tricks, Breakfasts, Lunches, Salads, Canapes &amp, Drinks, Dinners, Sides & Sauces and Desserts. So many recipes to choose from.

Shepherd’s Pie is always a winner for us. It’s preferable to serve in cooler months but that doesn’t stop us from having it in summer months (and cranking the A/C).


Peaches are hit and miss for us…not in regard to loving the juicy sweet taste; it’s the quality that isn’t consistent. How disappointing is it to tuck into a peach and get a mealy tasteless bite. Very disappointing, but I didn’t have to tell you that. Since our latest batch wasn’t stellar quality but too good to toss, I took Katie’s recipe and modified.


Slice peach in half and remove pit. Drizzle with honey, bake peach halves for 20 minutes to a half hour.
Serve with a good dollop of vanilla ice cream and a glass of port. Mmmmmmmmm……..

Baked Peaches col

More photos of this easy peach prep and results may be found at Squirrel Head Manor

More on Katie Quinn Davies:

What Katie Ate (Blog)

A native of Dublin, Ireland, Katie Quinn Davies works as a commercial food and lifestyle photographer shooting for some of the leading Australian and US food publications and advertising agencies. Her blog, What Katie Ate, won the 2011 Best Food Photography Award from Saveur.com’s Best Food Blog Award, and has been widely featured in design, media, and food blogs. She lives in Sydney, Australia.

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12 thoughts on “What Katie Ate by Katie Quinn Davies

  1. I love that book — And I also love simple dishes like this peach dessert. I’ll mark it to try, though I think we’ve seen the last of this year’s peaches.


  2. Last time this was posted about I thought about checking to see if the library had it or not. This time I actually did check and they do! Hoorah! Will be with me soon and I am looking forward to looking through it!


  3. Last time this was posted I meant to look for it and promptly forgot so this time I’m checking. It sounds wonderful. Kangaroo meat and mince is easily obtainable in Australia and affordable it’s a very lean meat so best to eat steaks medium or they are like dried out leather lol. Spaghetti Bolognese, lasagne and shepherd’ pie are great with Kangaroo mince, tasty but low fat content!


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