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


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. [...]

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

Pesto pasta

There is a lot to be said for the old adage “less is more”.  It can be applied to many facets of my career as a designer and photographer as well as to a plethora of situations outside of work.  This recipe is the perfect example of applying such a mantra to situations of the [...]

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Orange and sesame salmon salad

After a somewhat indulgent Christmas period, the last thing I feel like doing is standing in the kitchen for hours slaving over a hot stove and the mere thought of sitting down to another oversized meal is just too much. So for a quick and light alternative, (and to help ease some of those guilty [...]

Monday, November 28th, 2011

Octopus with fresh fettucine, chilli and lemon

Cooking and eating baby octopus does seem awfully cruel however it was trumps over tackling a great big mummy or daddy.  My imagination sometimes gets away on me but I was truly frightened that while tackling a big octopus it could miraculously come back to life,

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Squid ink pasta with clams and white wine

As frosty mornings give way to evenings bathed in the gentle glow of spring light it is at last apparent that winter has let slip its icy grip on our fair island nation.  Afternoons are no longer suddenly swallowed by night.  Instead the light stretches out, filled with bird song, the playful chatter of children [...]

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Spaghetti el limone

This dish is inspired by a recipe of the same name from a River Café cookbook and is one which exemplifies simplicity at its best.  It contains a mere 4 ingredients (pasta not included) which come together perfectly to create a zesty and refreshing summer pasta dish.  It is even better when it is made [...]

Monday, June 13th, 2011

Chicken and tofu laksa

What I love about food is that it can be adapted to suit taste, the seasons and even mood. So this is my take on Laksa, it may not be traditional but it is to my taste (and those lucky enough to have had it for lunch today!)

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Toshikoshi soba

When I sat down to think of a recipe for this month’s whole grains and super foods theme, the first thought that sprung to mind is a recipe with super natural food qualities. It is a little story from my wife’s family that I remember from the times we have visited them in Japan through [...]

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Vietnamese pho

In the middle of last year I was fortunate enough to be able to take three months off work to go and explore the world.  My journey took me to the banks of the Yangtze River, to the fast-living streets of Hong Kong, to a sleepy town in the Arctic Circle where the Aurora Borealis [...]

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Pasta and vege fritters with tomato sauce

These fritters are a nice alternative to making cabonara or macaroni cheese for hungry little mouths.

I’ve just come home after spending 5 days in Oz with my sister, her boyfriend and his two daughters.

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