pasta-&-noodles
Friday, March 28th, 2014

Fried sweet potato noodles

Here is my take on the traditional Korean noodle dish Japchae. It’s a beautifully light noodle dish with a wonderful sweet and salty flavour. The noodles are made from sweet potato starch which is a great alternative to the usually wheat or rice based noodle. The semi-transparent appearance and slightly chewy texture off the noodle [...]

Thursday, November 28th, 2013

Pad Thai

I’ve been wanting to post pad Thai for a while but have been a little hesitant as it’s one of those foods that has history, tradition and with it a whole line of followers. It’s a bit of an institution and those who are true devotees are pretty staunch in their belief that you just [...]

Saturday, September 21st, 2013

Pasta puttanesca

There was once a time when I could spend a whole afternoon in the kitchen.  Uninterrupted.  Undistracted.  These days I’m lucky if my culinary forays last more than forty-five minutes.  My pots are often found upturned on the kitchen floor and my wooden spoons now have a double life; used sometimes to stir the evening [...]

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Pork Ramen

Students aren’t the only ones who need ramen to survive but sometimes a 30 cent packet of the instant version just doesn’t cut the mustard (or in this case the wasabi). Ramen is the Japanese pronunciation of Chinese Lo mein and these noodles have a long and rich history

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Miso Tofu Noodle Soup

Miso feels so nourishing and wholesome.  I love a cup when I have a sore tummy or am feeling a little low.  Its salty, rich flavour always perks me up.  This soup recipe is super easy and has become a regular weeknight meal for me.

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Lasagne

If you can make a good Bolognese sauce then you can make a good lasagne, and if you can make a good lasagne then strangely you’ll always find you have plenty of friends gathered round your dining table! 

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Pumpkin and pinenut cannelloni with blue cheese sauce

I am totally over winter this year. To be honest, it hasn’t even been *that* bad ( pretty sure i just jinxed us all here in Dunedin with that comment), but getting up in the morning, while it is still pitch black just doesn’t have the same appeal.

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

Spaghetti bolognese

For as long as I have been contributing to this blog I have toyed with the idea of posting a recipe for spaghetti Bolognese.  Long has it been a staple meal in our family and I am pretty sure that it is the first recipe Mum taught me to make many, many years ago.  I [...]

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

cao lau noodles

This is a great flavour packed dish that I enjoyed on a trip to Vietnam during last years Christmas holidays. Inspired by a cooking class that my wife and I attended in the little historic coastal trading port of Hoi An.

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Prawn and chilli pasta

If by nature you are indecisive, shopping for pasta can be tricky. There are so many varieties on offer: wholemeal spaghetti (my favourite), squid ink tagliatelle, rainbow bow ties, alphabet letters and farm yard animals, even gluten free varieties made from corn, quinoa and rice

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Broccoli pasta

Anyone who has dined regularly at our family dinner table will have eaten broccoli pasta.  Once upon a time it was our signature dish and we ate it with such enthusiasm that after leaving home I found I had completely lost any appetite for it, fearing I may never wish to consume it again!  Many [...]

Friday, June 8th, 2012

Käsespätzle

This simple dish was inspired by a mystery gift from one of the guys at work. I asked him to bring back a cooking implement unique to his home country,  Germany. He came back from his holiday with what I can only describe as a strange looking cheese grater with a hopper attached to it. [...]

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