Ingredient: Pasta & Noodles

Broccoli pasta

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, […]

Käsespätzle

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 […]

Pesto pasta

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 culinary variety.  When a combination of ingredients come together, (more…)

Orange and sesame salmon salad

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 […]

Octopus with fresh fettucine, chilli and lemon

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 […]

Squid ink pasta with clams and white wine

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 or the sound of a distant lawn mower as it is passes back and forth, leaving neat lines in the new spring grass. (more…)

Spaghetti el limone

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 […]

Chicken and tofu laksa

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!)

Toshikoshi soba

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 the cold winter months of the New Years break. (more…)

Vietnamese pho

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 […]

Pasta and vege fritters with tomato sauce

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.

Slow roasted tomato and garlic open lasagne

Slow roasted tomato and garlic open lasagne

This year my tomatoes have not done so well.  They came on late and have not produced nearly as much fruit as last year’s crop.  I’ve done a wee bit of reading about tomatoes and can hazard a guess that this is not due to any shortfalls in my gardening practice, but rather it is a climatic thing.  Some years tomatoes flourish, other years they don’t. (more…)

Asian pesto with Singapore noodles

Asian pesto with Singapore noodles

My friend Rachel lovingly made this recipe for me a couple of years back and in my mind it has firmly etched itself as one of my most memorable dinners.