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

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

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

Bean Burrito Bowl

This recipe is my ode to the perpetually busy woman (or man). Sometimes the best way to maintain healthy eating habits is to take the question mark out of the equation….you know those moments, you’re approaching lunch time, your head is in the fridge wondering what to have. It is precisely at those times that … 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

Lamb Kofta with Greek Salad & Tzatziki

All Hands on Deck! I like to make lamb kofta during the school holidays…..it’s a hands on experience that I can get the kids involved in. Lots of grating and mixing with hands. I do the chopping, they do the measuring and the mixing and shaping. My theory is if they have a sense of … Continue reading

Chilli con carne

   Chilli Con carne  (with sneaky mushrooms even a food detective can’t detect) I’ve said it before, there’s a good chance I will say it again also….mushrooms are gorgeous little creatures! They are nutrient dense (at a low 96kj for every 100g….that’s a lot of bang for your buck), they are high in protein and B … Continue reading

Vege Burgers

5 reasons why eating less meat is good for you.

  Now, I love meat as much as the next gal. I like a succulent steak, a crispy chicken wing and a gorgeous rack of lamb. Of course there is room for most things in a balanced and healthy diet but the benefits of cutting back on the meat side of things are quite substantial, … Continue reading