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Monday, February 10th, 2014

Courgette (zucchini), lemon and feta salad

I am all about raw food at the moment. I have recently decided to try and seriously reduce the amount of sugar going into my diet. Come mid-morning you are now more likely to see me snacking on raw carrots and broccoli, whilst sipping water or a green tea, which is a far cry from [...]

Friday, October 4th, 2013

Roasted beetroot and feta salad

I have wanted to post this recipe for about 6 months; but knowing the sweet in savoury theme had been planned, and how well this recipe fits into the theme, I decided to hold out. I’ve made this salad several times in the office, as an accompaniment to some evening meals and it has been [...]

Monday, June 10th, 2013

Monkfish Kebabs

These monkfish kebabs are actually my favourite thing to make at the moment. They are divine. We have eaten them several times in the last few weeks as they are just so easy to put together - the monkfish is meaty enough to stay firmly on the kebab too, so you don’t need to worry about [...]

Friday, April 19th, 2013

Crumpets

Flashback to 20 or so years ago, and most Sundays we would go to my grandpa’s house and have the most legendary roast dinners – roast beef with Yorkshire puddings, the crispiest, yet fluffiest roast potatoes you could imagine – delicious flavoursome vegetables and gravy…. Don’t get me started on how good the gravy was;

Monday, March 18th, 2013

Campfire potatoes

In more recent times, my husband and I have become campfire experts. Several years ago, prior to marriage and a baby, at the start of our epic journey around the world (which culminated with us living in little old Dunedin) we travelled around Europe and Africa in our campervan for 10 months and for a significant portion of that time, [...]

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Rice, orange & black olive salad

Inspiration for this salad came from a wee gem of a book which I picked up at a book fair several years ago held in a great old hall attached to the Anglican Church down the road from us.   I recall wandering down on a lazy Saturday morning and as I entered into the cavernous [...]

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

Chickpea flour pancakes

Of all of the joys of cooking, one of the dearest to my heart is the act of sharing recipes and cooking techniques.  I get great pleasure from people cooking for me as I learn from them new ways of doing things and new ways of cooking recipes which I might have cooked a particular [...]

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Peas with coconut

There is nothing more satisfying than spending an afternoon in the kitchen over a hot stove, lost in a culinary haze, only to rejoin the rest of the world several hours later to the sound of the happy chatter of friends and family as they arrive to share in the feast.  I think that Indian [...]

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Banana raita

For as long as I can remember Mum has always served Indian meals with raita, a side dish with its origins in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, made primarily from yoghurt with the addition of herbs and/or spices and fruit or vegetables.  Growing up, Mum would make either cucumber or banana raita which was always flavoured [...]

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Wilted Kale with nutmeg and butter

What I love about this side is its simplicity, and the fact the final dish truly is worth more than the sum of its parts. It is a welcome, silky addition to the side of a plate piled high with heavenly roast pork and parsnips.

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Roast parsnips, pears, caramelised shallots and macadamia nuts

I have been enjoying a parsnip revival of late.   Parsnip soup is the dinner du jour in our household this week, but who can resist delicious, sweet roast parsnip? This is a vegetable synonymous with winter, roast dinners, warm fires and chilly nights. 

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Siu mai

These little bite-sized morsels are my absolute favourite item from the yum char menu.  I quite often meet my wife and her family for a yum char lunch during the week.  It makes a nice little break from my working day, and even better the restaurant is right across the road from the office. 

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