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...
Spicy Peanut Pork Fillet with Noodles & Asparagus

Spicy Peanut Pork Fillet with Noodles & Asparagus

I have discovered that one way to be inspired in the kitchen is to purchase different types of meat, pop it in the freezer and then peruse magazines and cook books and google recipes until I can come up with something blog-worthy. This is exactly how this Pork Fillet...
Lamb Roast with Mint Jelly & Rosemary

Lamb Roast with Mint Jelly & Rosemary

So I had a big night a week or so ago at an hilarious event at our local surf club to raise much needed funds. The event was Bogan Bingo and you are actually reading this recipe from the Bogan Bingo Queen, like actually. When I won the said title there was nothing...
Grilled Tofu & Pumpkin Thai Red Curry

Grilled Tofu & Pumpkin Thai Red Curry

If you read my last recipe, you will discover that I had a notion of being vegetarian or vegan. That feeling very quickly subsided when I took my first mouthful of this said recipe (Braised Chicken, Beans, Pancetta & Tomatoes, you should check it out on the home...
Braised Chicken, Beans, Pancetta & Tomatoes

Braised Chicken, Beans, Pancetta & Tomatoes

I recently had a bit of a weird notion that I could actually be a vegetarian or even vegan and that I could really make a go of this blogging thing, as that would be my point of difference (i’m not bad with the veggie recipes). Then I made this braised chicken...
Linguine with Sausage, Fennel & Roast Tomatoes

Linguine with Sausage, Fennel & Roast Tomatoes

Coming up with new and exciting pasta dishes can present a bit of a challenge in my house as every member of the family has their favourite and they don’t like to deviate. On this occasion I decided not to ask their opinions and went about creating a beautiful,...
Japanese Beef Stew

Japanese Beef Stew

So I recently cooked a Japanese pork belly and udon noodle broth (recipe will be coming soon) that I really wanted to use pickled Daikon (Japanese radish) in, to add a little sharp freshness. The problem was, the only Daikon I could find was absolutely monstrous and I...
Avocado on Toast

Avocado on Toast

For years my breakfast consisted of a cup of coffee (and I will admit a winnie blue in my younger days) as I was in too much of a rush getting the kids ready, I didn’t have time to eat. Not so anymore. Breakfast has become one of my favourite meals (hence why...
Witlof, White Anchovy & Ruby Grapefruit Canapes`

Witlof, White Anchovy & Ruby Grapefruit Canapes`

My Husband and I did a trip to Greece a couple of months ago and etched in my memory are these amazing Canapes` that we had at a sensational restaurant in Old Town Mykonos. I will admit, I have added a few more ingredients to mine as their version was total...
Quick Pot Roast Chicken

Quick Pot Roast Chicken

There is nothing that screams comfort food like a baked dinner but sometimes I just can’t be bothered doing the whole kit and caboodle. Sometimes I just like to keep it nice and simple without compromising on flavour yet still sit down to a succulent, tender...
Mini Lamb Rump Tray Bake

Mini Lamb Rump Tray Bake

I think you are going to find it a bit ridiculous, just how excited I get by a cracking tray bake. They have become my new best friend!! I just love that you can whack some ingredients on a lined tray (minimal washing up), sprinkle over a few aromatics (flavour scale...
Rich Mushroom Ragu with Pappardelle

Rich Mushroom Ragu with Pappardelle

I am sitting at my computer, looking at this image, drooling and wondering how I am going to get through writing this recipe without hitting the fridge for some kind of sustenance to eliminate the watery mouth feeling I have from a severe case of wanting. This was so...
Thai Coconut Chicken

Thai Coconut Chicken

We all know I love a good Asian feed, especially one that I have come up with myself……the only inspiration being my imagination at 4am in the morning. This Thai Coconut Chicken dish had the basis of most Thai meals that I cook, the quintessential aromatics...
Spiced Lamb Ribs, Warm Veg Salad & Kasundi Yoghurt

Spiced Lamb Ribs, Warm Veg Salad & Kasundi Yoghurt

There is a fantastic organisation in Newcastle called Your Food Collective. It is an online shopping business that supports our local producers by boxing up fresh, seasonal produce for collection at various local hubs around town or by home delivery method. I have a...
The Ultimate Breaky Bowl

The Ultimate Breaky Bowl

Breakfast has become a real thing for me because in the last five years we have gone from having your stock standard ‘Big” Breakfast to the most amazingly healthy and delicious combinations of eggs, vegetables, meats, fish, nuts, seeds & fruits in...
Greek Lamb & Fetta Meatball Tray Bake

Greek Lamb & Fetta Meatball Tray Bake

I have a new found love in my life. It’s a tray bake. How can you whack a few items on a tray, bung it in the oven and completely knock it out of the park on the flavour scale? Admittedly, there is a little yoghurt dressing for this one and you do need to blanch...
Roast Chicken with Speck, Cranberry & Pine Nut Stuffing

Roast Chicken with Speck, Cranberry & Pine Nut Stuffing

I kid you not, this was probably the BEST Roast Chicken I have ever cooked. Wether it was the quality of the bird, the moist and flavour packed stuffing, the lashings of butter under and on top of the skin or the fact that I have mastered my meat thermometer, The...
Beef Cheek & Porcini Ragu with Pappardelle

Beef Cheek & Porcini Ragu with Pappardelle

I invested in a pressure cooker (or multi cooker) about 12 months ago and I love it. I gave my old slow cooker away as I found that I preferred the speed of a pressure cooker and the fact that I can brown, cook and simmer in the one pot. I can still use it like a slow...
Freekeh, Lamb & Carrot Salad with Tahini Yoghurt

Freekeh, Lamb & Carrot Salad with Tahini Yoghurt

Freekeh, Quinoa, Bulgur, Farro, Amaranth…….where does the list of Ancient Grains end? And where the bloody hell have they come from? Is it just me or have they all come out of the wood work in the last couple of years? I consider myself to be fairly...
Punjabi Chicken Curry with Raita

Punjabi Chicken Curry with Raita

Just when I think there couldn’t be another curry to cook, as I have cooked hundreds of them, along comes this deliciously authentic, Punjabi Chicken Curry that I found online. It is an SBS recipe and I have probably changed its authenticity somewhat, as I just...
Sesame Beef, Mixed Pea & Soba Noodle Salad

Sesame Beef, Mixed Pea & Soba Noodle Salad

It is no secret that I love Japanese food. There is cleanliness about it that makes it so unique to other Asian cuisines and this Sesame Beef salad is the perfect example. Using a lean cut of meat, fresh greens, organic soba noodles and a light, zesty, ponzu style...
Smoked Paprika Chicken with Creamed Corn

Smoked Paprika Chicken with Creamed Corn

My Husband and I went to dinner at a local restaurant called Wil & Sons and I was really impressed with their menu. A rendition of this chicken with creamed corn dish immediately caught my eye and I must admit, creamed corn has been on my mind lately. I ordered...
Pork, Pumpkin & Bean Laksa

Pork, Pumpkin & Bean Laksa

Phwoar…..this was good. So good that my Husband declared it the best meal I have ever cooked. I’m not sure I would go quite that far but the aromatic, spicy, homemade paste with slow cooked pork, sweet pumpkin and fresh crunchy beans did raise the bar...
Malaysian Curry Paste

Malaysian Curry Paste

Another winning Curry Paste to add to the basics collection. Fragrant and delicious, my Husband claimed this to be the best dish I ever made and it all came down to a few fresh ingredients whacked in a blender. Too easy ūüôā   Makes approximately 1 cup   5...
Thai Prawn, Mango & Avocado Salad

Thai Prawn, Mango & Avocado Salad

Shut the front door. This was divine. The absolute perfect meal for a stinking hot day. It was light, fresh, easy to make, zero cooking required (unless you count soaking noodles in boiling water as cooking) and just downright delicious. The trusty Prawn is one of my...
Summer Sausage Tray Bake

Summer Sausage Tray Bake

When we had our firstborn son, my Husband was in his first year of a pretty demanding five year degree. Being the poor Uni student family that we were, I had to get creative with cooking and that is probably where a large portion of my love of cooking came from....
Zucchini Rotolo with Ricotta & Peas

Zucchini Rotolo with Ricotta & Peas

I have seen many versions of this type of recipe lately, and thought I should probably get on the Zucchini pasta substitute bandwagon ASAP. What can I say? I am a massive follower of food fashion and I am amazed at its ever evolving capabilities. I mean, who ever...
Indonesian Chicken with Cashew Satay

Indonesian Chicken with Cashew Satay

Um, yum. This was a gorgeous take on an Indonesian Satay that is usually served on skewers. I didn’t have time to chop and thread, so I thought I would use tender chicken thigh fillets instead. By all means, use chicken breast if you prefer but I just find that...
Mediterranean Seared Salmon Salad

Mediterranean Seared Salmon Salad

It has been an exceptionally hot summer and for the first time since I had kids 23 years ago, I have had the bikini out (it is almost a one-piece and usually worn in private) and have bared (a snippet of, approx 6 inches) my post baby belly to the world, without...
Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, Chorizo & Pumpkin Linguine

Sun-dried Tomato Pesto, Chorizo & Pumpkin Linguine

Every summer I have an absolute abundance of basil in the garden, so much so, that I can’t give it all away. I always make a traditional pesto (multiple times throughout summer) but there is only so much pesto you can eat without everything starting to taste the...
Green Curry Sausage Rolls

Green Curry Sausage Rolls

What a sensational surprise these babies were!  So easy to make, deliciously moist (very important in Sausage Roll territory) and they made a great snack the next day. You could make these without the salad and do party size for a crowd, guaranteed hit. They were easy...
Tuna Poke Bowls with Ponzu Dressing

Tuna Poke Bowls with Ponzu Dressing

Poke Bowls, a Hawaiian/Japanese dish are the latest fad in so many cafes at the moment and I can see why.  You can literally put anything in them, they are super healthy and make for a really simple summer meal, day or night.  I wanted to see what all of the fuss was...
Chilli Lime Lamb Racks with Sweet Potato

Chilli Lime Lamb Racks with Sweet Potato

There is no quicker way to have a quick lamb roast than with a lamb rack.  They literally take 15-20 minutes to cook, they are choc full of flavour and are finger licking good!  This dish was a little wonder of Asian delight, a low carb alternative and with a healthy,...
Asian Beef & Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Asian Beef & Roasted Pumpkin Salad

Wow!  I loved this warm Asian inspired salad.  As with all Asian food it had the perfect balance of hot, salty, sweet and sour as well as the crunch of fresh salad and aromatic herbs.  Rib eye cooked to perfection and lightly charred roasted pumpkin completed this...
Greek Eggplant & Chickpea Stew

Greek Eggplant & Chickpea Stew

Well this was a winner, winner Vego dinner.  Thick chunks of roasted eggplant in a rich, red wine and spice laden stew.  Chickpeas for protein, spinach for greens, a delicious dollop of greek yoghurt and topped with toasted almonds and chopped fresh herbs.  Absolutely...
Prosciutto & Sage Wrapped Pork Loin with Fig & Fennel Jus

Prosciutto & Sage Wrapped Pork Loin with Fig & Fennel Jus

You may have noticed from previous posts that I am a fan of Broccolini.  That is true, but that is not what this recipe is about.  It is about the tender, lean pork fillet, wrapped in aromatic sage leaves and salty prosciutto, drizzled with a wine rich, sweet, fig and...
Soy & Ginger Tofu Stir Fry

Soy & Ginger Tofu Stir Fry

I’ve not often cooked with Tofu, not because I don’t like it but because I really didn’t know what to do with it. ¬†After doing a fair bit of research, I realised it is actually pretty easy and the beauty of Tofu is that it really sucks up flavour....
Dijon Pork Cutlets with Braised Cabbage

Dijon Pork Cutlets with Braised Cabbage

Food has always been pretty important to me and the memories I take away from what I eat are paramount to my recipe creation. ¬†My Mum used to make a similar braised cabbage when we were kids and I’ve been thinking about it, a lot. ¬†Growing up, we used to have...
Sri Lankan Chicken Curry with Toasted Coconut Sambal

Sri Lankan Chicken Curry with Toasted Coconut Sambal

I love a good curry and I particularly love the eclectic mix of spices and aromatics in a good Sri Lankan Chicken curry.  It is like they have taken the best flavours in all Asian cuisine and put them into one pot, resulting in a flavour extravaganza.  Of course, this...
Slow Cooked Beef Stroganoff

Slow Cooked Beef Stroganoff

I think everyone has their own rendition of this Russian classic that is a whole lot different from the traditional recipe.  Mine is no exception and is quite a bit different from the version I grew up with.  Admittedly, I was never a huge fan of the...
Spaghetti with Speck, Mushrooms & Radicchio

Spaghetti with Speck, Mushrooms & Radicchio

Lord knows I love my pasta and especially a simple, rustic version such as this. ¬†I’ve not often used wholemeal pasta but it married beautifully with the salty speck, earthy mushrooms and bitter radicchio that became so sweet when cooked. ¬†Such an amazing...
Roast Vegetable & Barley Risotto with Salsa Verde

Roast Vegetable & Barley Risotto with Salsa Verde

I could never be a vegetarian, I just love meat too much. ¬†I am however, having an awesome amount of fun creating new and interesting vegetarian dishes. ¬†You honestly don’t need meat in this particular one and I believe it would detract from the dish if it was...
Coconut Chicken with Glass Noodle Salad

Coconut Chicken with Glass Noodle Salad

I was thinking about this dish for quite a while.  I knew I wanted to crumb the chicken in coconut and pair it with an Asian style salad but I also wanted it to be different from other Asian chicken dishes I had done in the past, which can prove to be a difficult task...
Teriyaki Pork Ramen

Teriyaki Pork Ramen

I thought I had best have a crack at the latest food craze to take Australia by storm. ¬†Japanese Ramen restaurants are popping up left, right and centre and I have to say…….I’m loving it! ¬†It is such clean eating, low in fat, big on flavour and easy...
Tapioca Pudding with Kaffir Lime & Mango

Tapioca Pudding with Kaffir Lime & Mango

Whenever I go to one of the ‘new’ Asian style restaurants such as Chin Chin or Longrain, I can’t go past their amazing tapioca desserts. ¬†I am not a huge fan of sweets but there is something about Asian desserts that are almost like a palate...
Pork & Shiitake Dumplings in Shiitake Broth

Pork & Shiitake Dumplings in Shiitake Broth

On a recent trip to Beechworth in Victoria, I had the most gorgeous starter of pork dumplings in broth in a fantastic pub called The Empire Hotel.  It was rich yet light and immensely satisfying, although not too satisfying as I still managed to fit in a 300gm sirloin...
Warm Lamb, Quinoa & Roasted Beetroot Salad

Warm Lamb, Quinoa & Roasted Beetroot Salad

We are empty nesters again as my youngest Son has flown the coop to attend University in Bathurst.  This means we get to eat cuts of meat that would cost an arm and a leg to feed a strapping teenage boy.  No fear though, I would still use this fabulous combination of...
Crispy Pork Belly Bahn Mi

Crispy Pork Belly Bahn Mi

While travelling through Vietnam last year, we took it upon ourselves to try the traditional, Vietnamese street food Bahn Mi, pretty much every chance we got.  The difference between each region was quite astonishing and I realised that there really are no hard and...

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