Chinese BBQ Duck, Mushroom & Noodle Soup

Chinese BBQ Duck, Mushroom & Noodle Soup

One of the fast foods I love and crave the most is a good Asian style noodle soup. We have a local place at two locations within a 10km radius and if I am hungover, cold, hot, happy, sad or all these combined, I make a beeline and order either the Chinese BBQ Duck...
Coffee Spiced Pork Belly, Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Coffee Spiced Pork Belly, Grilled Pineapple Salsa

This is a sponsored post Something really quite exciting happened to me the other day. I was approached by my Friends Australian Pork to collaborate with not just them, but Australia’s Number 1 Organic Coffee Company, Republica Organic to produce a recipe...
Tomato & Sumac Onion Salad

Tomato & Sumac Onion Salad

I had a little Middle Eastern inspired dinner party last weekend and true to form, I had too many bubbles and forgot to photograph the main event. It happens Every. Single. Time. I will be making the main event again as it was a divine Spiced Lamb Backstrap with...
Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls

Pulled Pork Burrito Bowls

This is a brilliant pulled pork recipe showcasing the unsung hero of the pork community in my book, pork shoulder. I threw this in the pressure cooker for an hour and out it came, literally falling apart, ready to be paired with any Mexican style...
Vegan Cauliflower Taco’s

Vegan Cauliflower Taco’s

Woah, woah, woah, these Cauliflower Taco’s have totally bowled me over. I am not Vegan but occasionally like to dabble in creating some Vegan recipes. I see it as a bit of challenge and Vegan food is undeniably healthy. For me it is all about balance and these...
Cob Dip with Charred Corn, Cheddar & Jalapeno’s

Cob Dip with Charred Corn, Cheddar & Jalapeno’s

I have always wanted to make a Cob Dip but truth be told, they scare me. Once I get my hands on that cheesy goodness and gloriously crusty bread, I fear I won’t be able to stop and as it turns out, I was right. I searched the internet high and low for the right...
Greek Beef, Oregano & Halloumi Meatballs

Greek Beef, Oregano & Halloumi Meatballs

I love Meatballs. I feel like that is all I need to say except it is probably not enough. Meatballs are genius. You can load them up with pretty much anything, have them on a burger, in a sauce or soup. They can be inspired by so many different cuisines…..Greek...
Quinoa Kiev, Pea Puree, Spring Salad

Quinoa Kiev, Pea Puree, Spring Salad

We often look at meals with lots of butter as naughty, particularly if they are covered in bread crumbs and accompanied by mashed potato. As much as I love a naughty meal every now and then, I like to look at new ways of cooking them with a little less naughtiness as...
Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowls

Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowls

These Vietnamese Beef Noodle Bowls are the absolute epitome of a healthy summer meal. Full of protein, loaded with fresh, healthy vegetables, a small amount of fat, a few nuts, a few carbs in the form of a rice noodle, a zesty, sharp dressing and a load of punchy...
Easy Chicken & Chickpea Curry

Easy Chicken & Chickpea Curry

This Easy Chicken & Chickpea Curry was just that. Easy for the cook, easy on the purse strings and easy on the waist line. I counted 11 chicken curries on the website and it really goes to show how versatile curry can be. Although they often have similar...
Beef Sausages with Beer, Bacon & Onion Gravy

Beef Sausages with Beer, Bacon & Onion Gravy

I know I keep banging on about the weather and I am super happy to see the warmer weather, but I won’t lie. I was not too disappointed to get that last cold snap so that I could happily eat these mind blowingly good Beef Sausages with an epic beer, bacon and...
Steamed Salmon with Ginger & Shiitake

Steamed Salmon with Ginger & Shiitake

With the onset of Spring it is time to eat a little lighter. This simple Steamed Salmon with Ginger & Shiitake Mushrooms certainly hit the brief. Low fat, full of flavour and deliciously fragrant, it was a breeze to make, even the most basic of cooks could knock...
Roast Pork Loin with Baked Pears & Onions

Roast Pork Loin with Baked Pears & Onions

So with winter coming to an end, as much as I am looking forward to eating fresh, light and often exciting Summer food, I go into a bit of a panic mode and feel the need to cook just one more roast, or stew, or ragu. Almost like it is my last meal (God forbid) and I...
Thai Pork & Peanut Curry

Thai Pork & Peanut Curry

There is a really old recipe on the website that I have been making for years, Thai Peanut Chicken with Coconut Rice. It is one of my Son, Jake’s favourites and is super easy and perfect for busy weeknights. Whenever I make it , there is enough paste to freeze...
Italian Chicken Stew

Italian Chicken Stew

Ok, I am calling this dish Italian Chicken Stew. It really is a version of Chicken Cacciatore but I have a recipe for that already on the website. This one does differ in many ways, but I know that people cook the other version so I need to differentiate. Truth be...
Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Salad

Mediterranean Grilled Vegetable Salad

I had both my boys home for dinner the other day and I always like to make a bit of a fuss when we are all together. I had an abundance of Mediterranean vegetables in the fridge (fennel, zucchini, red & yellow capsicum) that I thought would pair really well with...
Duck Ragu with Pappardelle

Duck Ragu with Pappardelle

I was doing the groceries at Harris Farm Markets a couple of weeks ago and I don’t know about you, but when I shop there I tend to walk out with way more items than intended. Not only do I never take enough bags in, my credit card also cops a slight beating as I...
Barramundi with Tomato, Olive & Caper Salsa

Barramundi with Tomato, Olive & Caper Salsa

We do not eat enough fish. I’m not sure why as I absolutely adore it and every time I cook it I vow to do it more often. I am a huge fan of fish with Mediterranean flavours as I just think they compliment each other beautifully. Salty capers and olives with...
Steak, Beans & Mushrooms

Steak, Beans & Mushrooms

This is one of my favourite foodies, Jamie Oliver’s Epic Steak recipe from his 5 Ingredients cook book. The recipes are so good and super simple, perfect for busy people and those that find cooking a bit of a task. For those that love cooking like myself, I like...
Pasta with Sausage, Mushroom & Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

Pasta with Sausage, Mushroom & Sun-dried Tomato Pesto

I am a total pasta lover. For me, it is the epitome of comfort on a plate. It is a weekly staple in our house and almost always on a Monday night. This is for two reasons. After a celebratory weekend I feel the need for carbohydrates (even though Monday is always...
Beef Kofta, Chickpea & Cauliflower Bake

Beef Kofta, Chickpea & Cauliflower Bake

Well, well, well. Just when I think I am recipe’d out, my wine soaked brain does incredible things and conjures up a delectable feast such as this. I was feeling so darn uninspired when I went to the supermarket and was totally thinking along the lines of...
Quick Chicken Laksa

Quick Chicken Laksa

I call this my ‘Quick’ Chicken Laksa as it is a cheats version of what I would normally make, as I try as often as possible to make my own paste. In reality, sometimes I just don’t have the time, or the ingredients to make my own and I always keep a...
Shepherds Pie

Shepherds Pie

Who doesn’t love a good old Shepherds Pie? Traditionally made with leftover roast lamb which is quite funny as there is rarely leftover roast lamb in our house. This version is rich and satisfying, made with finely minced lamb and a gravy, laden with red wine...
Beef Barbacoa Tacos

Beef Barbacoa Tacos

When the kids were little Old El Paso Beef Tacos were a permanent fixture on our menu. You know the type? Beef mince with shredded iceberg, chopped tomatoes, tasty cheese and a bit of bottled salsa thrown in. Grated carrot sometimes had a look in if I was feeling...
Irish Lamb Shanks with Kalecannon Mash

Irish Lamb Shanks with Kalecannon Mash

I’m not sure if you saw my recent instagram post about this Irish Lamb Shank dish but it was one of those recipes that evolved from what I had originally planned. It was a cold day and I went to the supermarket with a bit of an idea that I would be making a stew...
Pork Mee Goreng

Pork Mee Goreng

I am a firm believer that adapting a recipe from its traditional version is what cooking is all about. It is how food evolves and improves and while there is nothing quite like the original, a new take is always a welcome change. Change is good. My version of Pork Mee...
Lamb Pide with Herb & Garlic Yoghurt

Lamb Pide with Herb & Garlic Yoghurt

This version of Lamb Pide is a super easy, sensationally tasty and budget friendly option for a make at home Turkish meal that will surely become a family favourite. Get your Jamie Oliver on and make a visually stunning, party style share platter or serve them...
Poached Chicken, Mushrooms & Rice with Nahm Jim

Poached Chicken, Mushrooms & Rice with Nahm Jim

This one was a bit of an experiment and holy moly, I sure was pleased with the result. I used a poaching technique that I found on the website of Australia’s most successful food blogger, Nagi from Recipe Tin Eats (jealous much). I didn’t use her recipe...
Osso Bucco Milanese

Osso Bucco Milanese

Osso Bucco. Classic Italian comfort food consisting of slow cooked beef shin, immersed in a gorgeously rich Italian tomato sauce, topped with a zesty Gremolata. It does not stop there. This divine meal is elevated to foodgasmic heights with the addition of sweet but...
Porchetta with Fennel, Pancetta & Sage

Porchetta with Fennel, Pancetta & Sage

A true Porchetta is a boned and rolled suckling pig, stuffed with flavourings such as its own offal, fennel and herbs and then cooked over a fire pit. Not so this one as A. I didn’t have a suckling pig and B. I am not Italian and this is purely an Em’s...
Sesame Salmon with Wasabi & Pickled Ginger Mayonnaise

Sesame Salmon with Wasabi & Pickled Ginger Mayonnaise

*Revised Recipe* This Sesame Salmon recipe has been on my website since day dot and I am kicking myself for not cooking it more often. For some reason we have this notion that to put a crust on something or stuff something is a difficult process, when in fact it...
Spaghetti Arrabiata

Spaghetti Arrabiata

I have been cooking Spaghetti Arrabiata for about 15 years and we still have it about once a month.  It is a staunch family fave that never changes.  It is like your old fluffy slippers, your cuddly bear with the torn ear or your  grey old dressing...
Pasta Carbonara

Pasta Carbonara

Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish that I have always wanted to master and while it has the most simple of ingredients, the method of getting it right is quite tricky. The traditional method uses eggs to create a rich sauce without the addition of cream, which is...
Crudo Three Ways

Crudo Three Ways

One of my absolute favourite things in the world is any kind of dish involving cured fish. More commonly, I have had sashimi and ceviche but after watching an episode of Jamie Cooks Italy, I just knew that my new found love would be Crudo. ‘Crudo’ in...
Beef Brisket & Porcini Lasagne

Beef Brisket & Porcini Lasagne

*Revised Brisket Recipe* I have been meaning to do something with the fabulous cut of Beef Brisket for quite a while.  Why?  Cheap, full of flavour and just like the Pulled Pork Lasagne on the website, it is largely a set and forget type meal.  Bung it in the slow...
Moroccan Meatballs with Orange Scented Cous Cous

Moroccan Meatballs with Orange Scented Cous Cous

These aromatic little bundles of Moroccan Meatball joy make a fabulously cheap and cheerful, midweek family meal or are equally impressive on the dinner party menu.  Lightly spiced,  tender and poached in a rich, lemony sauce they will appeal to everyone and can be...
Thai Fish Cakes with Salad Cups

Thai Fish Cakes with Salad Cups

*Thai Fish Cakes Revised Recipe* Thai Fish Cakes have always been my favourite Thai starter so I thought why not upsize them!  The quintessential balance of flavours……. hot, salty, sweet and sour that make Thai and other Asian cuisines so darn good are a stand out in...
Potato Salad

Potato Salad

I wasn’t sure what to call this recipe as Potato Salad didn’t really seem to quite cut it. However, the title would have been a bit ridiculous and a little something like Sublime Potato Salad with Duck Egg & Seeded Mustard Mayonnaise, Boiled Egg, Dill,...
Vegan Chickpea Curry Stuffed Eggplants

Vegan Chickpea Curry Stuffed Eggplants

Ok, so I want to make one thing clear. I am definitely not a vegan and while I respect vegans and what they stand for, I am definitely not becoming a vegan. I did however, want to challenge myself to cook a vegan meal and not just any vegan meal, because that could...
Potato, Cauliflower & Fennel Soup

Potato, Cauliflower & Fennel Soup

Well wan’t this just a big old bowl of comfort. A pimped up version of potato and leek soup, purely because I had half a cauliflower and a fennel bulb in the fridge that needed to be used and I loathe waste. I roasted the fennel and cauliflower for maximum...
Kale, Dill & Fetta Fritters

Kale, Dill & Fetta Fritters

I love Kale and always have a bag of ready chopped in the fridge to add to pastas, soups, salads etc. It rarely goes to waste in my house but at the moment, with all of this Corona stuff going on, I am trying to avoid going to the shops as much as I can. This means I...
Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

Curry Chicken Noodle Soup

I could taste this Curry Chicken soup recipe for days in my imagination and I can so remember that taste of good old curry powder right back to my Nanna’s cooking when I was a child. That heady smell of spices just takes me right back. However, food has come a...
Pumpkin, Sage & Prosciutto Risotto

Pumpkin, Sage & Prosciutto Risotto

I absolutely adore making Risotto. There is something so therapeutic about the cooking process, the gradual adding and stirring that I find totally relaxing. I always set myself up with the ingredients prepped and ready so that I am not caught out at the last minute...
Beef Bourguignon

Beef Bourguignon

I have made other versions of Beef Bourguignon in the past and I even think there is a really old recipe of this delectable, indulgent beef stew already on the website that is served with a salt baked baked potato. This version is slightly updated and served with a...
Vietnamese Bun Cha

Vietnamese Bun Cha

I have been meaning to make an Em’s Food version of this delightful Street style Vietnamese Meatball Salad ever since I visited Vietnam in 2017. What the hell have I been waiting for? This was so damn good, super duper easy and so refreshingly light that I was...
Warm Salad of Pork, Figs & Blue Cheese

Warm Salad of Pork, Figs & Blue Cheese

There are many marriages in the food world that border on perfection and this marriage of Figs & Blue Cheese is absolutely no exception. I had a bunch of figs in the fridge and it took me days to decide what I wanted to do with them until friends arrived with a...
Mexican Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Mexican Loaded Sweet Potatoes

I’m always looking for vegetarian recipes that are ‘Meaty’. The kind where you really don’t even think about the fact that there is no meat in them and they leave you feeling satisfied and not missing the fact that there is no bone to gnaw on...
Risoni Bake with Eggplant, Fennel & Tomato

Risoni Bake with Eggplant, Fennel & Tomato

Quite possibly my main source of inspiration to create new recipes is to use up what I have in the perishables department. I loathe waste and try really hard to not throw away perfectly good food just because it is a little past its used by date. This Risoni Bake was...
Middle Eastern Lamb Shoulder, Freekeh Salad, Garlic Yoghurt

Middle Eastern Lamb Shoulder, Freekeh Salad, Garlic Yoghurt

Lamb shoulder is the total goods, particularly slow cooked, Middle Eastern style with a gloriously nutty, fresh and zesty salad and roasted garlic infused yoghurt. There really is not much more to say about this one except that I am advising you to cook it, today. If...

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