Spinach & Ricotta Triangles

  Lunch time with kids can frankly be quite boring. The same sandwich, day in day out, is more than this woman can cope with…….you see, at the start of the school year I get all gung-ho about producing imaginative lunches. It’s all quinoa, tabouleh and burrito bowls in January. By the end of the … Continue reading

Harissa Lamb Racks with Pearl Couscous

Tomorrow is Waitangi Day which is a public holiday in New Zealand held on February 6 to commemorate the signing of our founding document, The Treaty of Waitangi….it is also a great excuse to get together with friends & family to break bread. Although it’s been many years since I lived in New Zealand, I … Continue reading

Fish with Lemon Caper Butter & Zucchini Cakes

    I’ve had a special request for a recipe from our Game of Thrones dinner party…..it has taken me some time to comply, but here it is wrapped up in a whole new main meal! I made zucchini cakes to give a lighter alternative side dish to go with a gorgeous eye fillet of … Continue reading

Curry seasoned Barramundi and Scallops with a Fennel & Orange Salad and Sumac Labna

While there are a fair few elements on this dish, I promise you it only takes 30 mins from start to finish and the best part?…..you can make all of the steps, right up until the actual cooking of the fish & scallops, before you guests arrive! So the only actual kitchen time you’ll be … Continue reading

Chicken, preserved lemon & green olive tagine

So a tagine is not just a fancy word for a casserole, it’s actually the name of the dish that it’s cooked in. It’s a clay dish from Morocco with a conical shaped tall lid that circulates the flavours as you’re cooking. If you don’t have one, don’t worry you’re not alone, this dish can be made … Continue reading

Clams in XO sauce

XO sauce is thought to have originated in Hong Kong…it’s packed with ridiculous amounts of flavour from spice and seafood. It is a bit time consuming to make but well worth the effort. My recipe will yield about 2 cups…you only need 1/2 a cup for the clams so keep the rest in 1/2 cup … Continue reading

Lamb & Tzatziki Pizza with basic pizza dough

Happy pizza day! Once you get in the habit of making your own pizza dough you will never again by those store bought ones. These are thin and crispy and taste utterly delicious. No comparison at all. It may seem a bit time consuming but really it’s just waiting time for the dough to prove, … Continue reading

Zucchini & Preserved Lemon Risotto

  Being a certified carnivore and a very enthusiastic cook, I  like the weekly challenge I give myself to find a gorgeous vegetarian meal for the whole crowd.  I’ve discussed the benefits of having a meat free day before but for those of you who’ve missed it the shortened version is it’ll save you a … Continue reading

Cauliflower Mac & Cheese

It’s winter and I love comfort food. Food that makes you feel all warm and sleepy like it’s just given you a big hug. What I don’t like is heavy, rich food that makes you feel like a sluggish lump. One of my all time favourites when I was a young whipper was my mum’s … Continue reading

Chicken & Leek Pot Pies

I do love a good old fashioned meat pie but they aren’t on anybody’s healthy eats list. That’s why I have a bit of a crush on the pot pie. They still have the all the lovely flavours of the original with a fraction of the kilojoules. The benefit of the “pot” in the pot … Continue reading

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