Healthy Crumbed Fish & Chips

This one’s a crowd pleaser and by crowd pleaser I mean a dish the entire family will eat….even the fussiest small person (not pointing any fingers youngest child of mine).  The added bonus is it’s simple and fast. By the time you drove to the fish & chip shop, ordered, waited and came home with … 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

Clams in Crazy Water

    Crazy water or Acqua pazza is an Italian term for the poaching of fish and seafood in a light broth….I always thought it referred to the spice of the chilli but there you go! Apparently the fisherman of the Neapolitan area used to poach their catch using a splash of water from the … Continue reading

Chicken, Basil & Bocconcini Salad

Here’s a bit of a quickie for you. As you all well know by now, I’m a big believer in the art of preparation. If you’ve no idea what to have for lunch and you’ve planted your head inside the fridge door hoping for divine food inspiration, the chances of walking away with something delicious … Continue reading

Moroccan Butterflied Chicken

I love a good free range, succulent, crispy chook. I don’t so much like the carving part so I’ve been doing some investigating *googling* and I’ve managed to teach myself how to debone a chicken. Why would I want to do that you ask? Well, the husband, every now and then, likes to display his … Continue reading

Rocket & Pomegranate Salad

Tis the season…fa la la la la etc. Have you ever noticed that men seem to enjoy the silly season far more than the ladies? Perhaps that’s because the lion share of duties seems to fall squarely on the shoulders of feminine persuasion. Well, for the next few posts I’m going to pop up some … Continue reading

Garlic prawn pizza

Garlic Seafood Pizza

Happy pizza day! Once you get in the habit of making your own pizza dough you will never again buy 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

Chicken, beetroot and feta salad

  So I’ve discovered a new product in the refrigerator section of the supermarket. Love Beets have produced a ready to eat beetroot product. Now normally I’m a little against the processing of foods but this small package is quite the time saver and more importantly there has been nothing untoward added to the goodness … Continue reading

Smoked Salmon, & Ricotta Pillows with Asparagus

We all know I’m a big fan of spending time OUTSIDE of the kitchen when I’m entertaining. My recipe for smoked salmon and ricotta pillows with asparagus fits that bill just nicely. This lovely little dish is my go to entrée if I’m having company for dinner. It’s looks fabulous on the plate (with minimal … Continue reading

Shakshuka

I learned how to make this dish when it was the Italian version “Eggs in Purgatory” which is a fantastic title. This version has a middle eastern bent with the flavours of the cumin and paprika and the kick of the harissa paste. It also has the added bonus of  having another fabulous title, “Shakshuka!” I don’t … Continue reading

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