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

Vietnamese Chicken Pho

I do love Vietnamese food and you can’t beat a gorgeous Pho when you’re feeling a bit under the weather. They generally take a bit of time and dedication to make and if you have the wherewithal I highly recommend sourcing an authentic from scratch recipe…BUT…really, who has the time these days? So here is … Continue reading

Garlic Pepper Prawns with Cauliflower “Rice”

Don’t be frightened…I’m not on the anti-carb bandwagon.  I really prefer to focus on what I need to put in my body rather than the things that must be avoided. More often than not I make this dish with beautiful, bouncy, nutty brown rice – but I do have a thing about making sure I … 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

San Choy Bow – Veggie packed!

  This little dish packs a lot into it’s servings. Lean protein, fibre, spices and lots & lots of vegetables. It’s great for those trying to drop a few kg’s….nutrient dense & low kJ….it could just be the holy grail of dinners. I usually finely chop a couple of cups of iceberg lettuce and stir … 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

Seafood Noodle Soup

  This gorgeous soup will warm you up for winter and is still light enough for summer…win win!  You get the best of both worlds with this one…it’s low in calories and also very nutrient dense which makes it the holy grail in terms of nutrition. With the prawns and fish you get omega 3’s, … Continue reading

Grandma’s Vegetable & Pearl Barley Soup

I didn’t realise I had a quirky way of making vegetable soup until I started serving it to other people….it’s just the way my grandmother always made it. She was the goods in the kitchen so I wouldn’t dream of altering her method (too much). My grandparents were perhaps the ones that started my love … Continue reading

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