Lizzie’s Bolognese Sauce

I have been making this sauce the same way for about 30 years.  It can be fiddled with by adding extra ingredients such as mushrooms, spinach, grated zucchini or bacon etc.  The basic sauce however is delicious… This recipe make quite a lot of sauce but it freezes very well and I also use it…

Spaghetti with Ricotta, Smoked Tasmanian Ocean Trout, Zucchini and Peas

This deliciously creamy pasta dish is lovely with a fresh green salad.  It is surprisingly light and goes well with a crisp cold Riesling… Ingredients: 200gms Smoked Tasmanian Ocean Trout, chopped Tbsp Bertolli Light Olive Oil 1 Garlic clove crushed 250gms zucchini, roughly chopped 150gms Ricotta cheese 2 tbsp sour cream 400gms Barilla Spaghetti #5…

Smoked Mussel Dip with Black Olives

This is an unusual dip but is absolutely delicious and can be assembled in minutes. Ingredients: lemon juice black pepper olive oil 1 carton soft cream cheese 1 can smoked mussels, drained 2 tablespoons roasted red capsicum 2-3 tablespoons slivered black olives 2 tablespoons finely chopped dill Method: Beat together the cream cheese and mashed…

Spicy Tomato Soup

This soup is one my husband makes every winter.  It’s delicious and can be made suitable for vegetarians by omitting the bacon and using vegetable instead of beef stock. Ingredients: 1200 g tinned crushed tomatoes 2 carrots 1 chopped onion (fresh or frozen) 1 clove garlic (or 1 tsp crushed in jar) ¼ cup rice…

Baked Tomato Risotto

This is a cheats way to cook risotto.  It takes about 40 minutes and all you have to do is give it a stir halfway through… Ingredients: chopped onion chopped pancetta or bacon olive oil garlic chilli 1 cup arborio rice 1 large tetra pak of chicken stock (approx 1 litre) 1 small tub tomato…

Spicy Szechuan Eggplant

This is absolutely delicious as a side dish or with steamed rice. I have eaten it in many Asian restaurants and it’s pretty versatile.  You can make it as spicy or as garlicky as you like… 1/4 cup soy sauce 1 tablespoon honey 1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar 1 tablespoon cornflour 2 fresh red chillies,…

Rocket Salad with Mozzarella, Mint, Peach and Prosciutto

This salad is delicious and I first saw Jamie Oliver put one together on a television show.  It’s a wonderful accompaniment to any dish or just lovely on it’s own… Ingredients  rocket leaves ripe peach ball of mozzarella (bocconcini balls are also very nice) couple of slices of prosciutto or Parma ham toasted pine nuts…

Hot Tamale (Beef with Macaroni)

 This is a recipe my mother has been making for about 40 years…  We don’t remember why it’s called Hot Tamale – that’s been lost to history –  it’s not Mexican Tamale – but I can tell you this is delicious and easy and everyone just loves it!  If I bring a tray of this…

Chinese Cabbage and Crunchy Noodle salad

This salad is delicious on a summers day and goes well with any BBQ food… Ingredients: ½ wombok (chinese cabbage), finely shredded 1 large carrot, coarsely grated 1 red capsicum, seeded and finely sliced ½ cup sliced shallots 1 cup torn fresh coriander leaves ¾ cup unsalted roasted peanuts 100g packet Chang’s fried noodles Dressing:…

Beef Goulash

A friend of my husband is of Hungarian background and his parents recently returned from a trip to the old country with large amounts of genuine Hungarian Paprika. Our friend sent some home for me to try and it is fantastic. Smoky and spicy, it adds such a depth of flavour to this Beef Goulash…

Moroccan Chicken

This is a very versatile recipe – you can add more or less of practically everything and include other ingredients such as preserved lemon, olives or cubes of butternut pumpkin.  It taste even better the next day. 500g chicken thigh fillets 1 cinnamon stick 12 pitted dates (I’ve used figs as well) large can of apricot…

Red Onion Chilli Jam

This is a terrific way to use up onions and chillies if you find yourself with too many in the fridge…   It’s delicious cold with roast meats or hot as a side dish… Tip of the day:  You can freeze chillies whole in freezer bags.  They are easier to chop or for quickness –…