Thai Yellow Curry Paste

Thai Yellow Curry Paste

The more I cook, the more I want to make things from scratch. A. Because I know exactly what I am putting in it, and B.  It is so easy.  This fresh, mild and aromatic Thai Yellow Curry Paste can be used in Curries, Laksa or as a rub on chicken, fish or pork.  Another…

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Homemade Green Curry Paste

Homemade Green Curry Paste

A lot of the earlier recipes on this website use store bought curry pastes.  I was not that confident a cook to have a go at my own, not really sure why as they are so simple to make and knock the store bought varieties out of the park.  For me, there is no going…

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Donna Hay’s Asian Chilli Jam

Donna Hay's Asian Chilli Jam

I must say, when it comes to Basic’s (and brilliance), Donna Hay is often my go to and this Chilli Jam was no exception.  So versatile, it can really give a basic meal a huge lift.  I was a little concerned that it would be too spicy but I stuck to the recipe (for once)…

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Chermoula Paste

Chermoula Paste

This traditional Moroccan spice paste is perfect for slow cooking, grilling, barbecuing and marinating.  Fragrant, spicy and fresh it is perfect with red meat, chicken and fish.  I actually double the batch and freeze half for next time.   Prep time:  10 Minutes             Cooking time:  2  Minutes    …

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Whole Cauliflower Au Gratin

Whole Cauliflower Au Gratin

I have placed this show stopping side dish in my basics section as really, everyone should know how to make a great Cauliflower Au Gratin.  It is a staple with roasts and on special occasions in our house and this recipe is exactly the same as if you broke up the little florets of the…

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Penang Curry Paste

Penang Curry Paste

Gorgeously fragrant and spicy, this typical Malay curry paste is the perfect platform for meat, chicken or fish.  Just whack in a tin of coconut cream and the ingredients of your choice and you have a healthy and traditional curry with absolutely nothing artificial added.  It doesn’t get much better my friends!   Prep time:…

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Asian Style Dressing

Asian Style Dressing

This sensational Asian inspired dressing is an absolute staple in my house.  On salads, fish or chicken it is a fabulous addition to any fridge!   Prep time:  5 Minutes              $  Low Budget   Makes 1 cup   1/2 cup of olive oil 1/4 cup of light soy sauce…

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Roasted Garlic Hommus

Roasted Garlic Hommus

There are many versions of this classic Middle Eastern dip and most of them are made with raw garlic.  I prefer to use roasted garlic as it is a little more subtle and the garlic doesn’t appear to linger quite as much.  This is a basic that is a must in every household as far…

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Mexican Spice Blend

Mexican Spice Blend

  A little gem of a spice blend, this Mexican version can be used in tacos, fajitas, burritos……you name it!  The best part is that it is preservative free, low in salt and way tastier than the store bought version.  You can make as much or as little as you like but I find it…

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Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

  One of my favourite ‘Basics’, Basil pesto is so versatile.  Tossed through pasta, dolloped on soup, spread on toast……the options are endless.  The beauty of it is it takes minutes to make and can be stored in the fridge or freezer for later use.   Prep time:  10  Minutes          …

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