Ingredient: Nuts & Seeds

Walnut Drink

Walnut Drink

In January I made my second trip up to Qingdao in China’s Shandong province. It was a short trip but we packed in plenty of good food!  Over the course of the week, our gracious hosts took us to a variety of restaurants around the […]

Bircher muesli with pear & ginger compote

Bircher muesli with pear & ginger compote

Autumn is upon us in our wee corner of the world.  The dark edges ever closer as the early evenings give way to night.  The mornings carry a chill in the air so where once our bare feet trod the pavements, now socks and shoes […]

LSA crusted fish with Kale, broccoli & orange salad

LSA crusted fish with Kale, broccoli & orange salad

Whilst there’s not a religious bone in my body, I have been unwittingly espousing the wonders of Fish Fridays!  Unbeknownst to me the religious significance of eating fish on Fridays runs deep. Eating fish on this day is a commemorative nod to the sacrifice of Jesus who gave his life (on a Friday) to redeem a sinful world. (more…)

Banana, almond butter & chocolate gluten-free muffins

Banana, almond butter & chocolate gluten-free muffins

These muffins are good, honest food for both the body and soul.  They are guaranteed to satisfy any sweet cravings that may plague you whilst simultaneously providing you with belly-filling healthy fats, protein, antioxidants, potassium and vitamin E.

Date and almond guilt-free slice

Date and almond guilt-free slice

You’ve indulged a little too much at Christmas right?  Me too.  What I find is that you can’t go cold-turkey on the sugar, you still crave that sweet hit mid-morning or mid-afternoon.  This sweet treat is guilt-free and will trick your mind, leaving you sat-is-fied

Pad Thai

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 don’t mess with pad Thai (more…)

Strawberry & rose water kulfi

Strawberry & rose water kulfi

This is cheats kulfi.  The original version is far more labour intensive and involves gently simmering sweetened, flavoured milk until it evaporates by half leaving a thickened, very dense ice-cream.  In this version all the hard work is done for you by using sweetened condensed […]

Lamb koftas with golden beetroot slaw

Lamb koftas with golden beetroot slaw

The latest craze in our kitchen is Middle Eastern food.  If it doesn’t contain pinenuts or pistachios, coriander or cumin, tahini or tamarind then we’re not interested!  What I find most appealing about this style of cuisine is its generous use of spices, fresh herbs, […]

Fig & walnut (friendship) bread

Fig & walnut (friendship) bread

A couple of months ago I was at a friend’s house when I noticed a bowl of batter sitting on their kitchen bench and on top, a single white A4 piece of paper titled ‘German Friendship Cake’. I was fascinated – was this the food equivalent of a chain letter? (more…)

Blue cheese & apple toasties

Blue cheese & apple toasties

Come lunchtime, I find that more often than not (if the spoils of last nights meal do not await) I pull a few slices of bread out of the freezer, toast them and then mere minutes later generously spread them with peanut butter (organic and […]

Roasted beetroot and feta salad

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 […]

Banana bread

Banana bread

A lazy Sunday is more of a dream than a reality in our house, Ada (3) and Sami (10 months) ensure that every Sunday is a wild ride of unpredictable hilarity, but in no uncertain terms does any form of decadent laziness come to mind. A long, intermittent breakfast, (more…)

Seed bread

Seed bread

I’ve got a real love affair with bread, have all my life. Our little farmers’ market down here in Dunedin has a bakery which produces the most beautifully textured bread with a crunchy outer crust – when Friday rolls around I am already excited about getting […]