Garlicky Chicken and Potatoes…

Roasting chicken is an art and takes a bit of preparation.  I don’t often have the time to make a classic roast chook dinner so I cheat and use chicken thighs.  it’s quicker and easier and you can play around with the flavours.  I have used garlic, lemon and  fresh herbs for this one but…

Lizzie’s Tuna Nachos

This isn’t strictly a recipe – more of an assembly of delicious ingredients that can be quickly thrown together when you are starved and need something hot and spicy RIGHT NOW! Nachos are a wonderful dish.  They can be complicated and include refried beans and chili con carne or simple like the recipe below.  I…

Mushroom Papardelle

Mushrooms are a wonder food!  We love them and I add them to a lot of my recipes for flavour and texture. This is my version of a Jamie Oliver recipe for Mushroom Tagliatelle using Swiss Brown and Porcini mushrooms and wider flat pasta – Papardelle.  It is a delicious dish and the lemon zest gives it…

Prawn and Shitake Spring Rolls with Lime, Chilli and Coconut Dipping Sauce

First up – I can’t take the credit for this recipe –  I found it by chance on a website called Everyday Gourmet by Justine Schofield. These crunchy snacks are worth the fiddling around with spring roll pastry sheets and are delicious.  I managed to get 14 good-sized spring rolls from the quantities shown below but if you…

Breakfast Burritos

The age-old question – what’s for breakfast? We conciously consume healthy cereal on weekdays which in itself is rather boring.  Come the weekend I always make a cooked breakfast and we enjoy sitting at the dining room table or in our courtyard eating something hot and scrumptious… This recipe is dead easy – basically it’s Eggs Benedict…

Rustic Minestrone Soup

This is a recipe I found when watching Italian Food Safari.  I was so struck by how simple it looked and how tasty it sounded I made a mental note to track it down and attempt it myself.  I even had the iPad showing the video while I made the soup.  I did make a…

Lizzie’s Sausage Rolls

There is nothing more delicious on this planet than a homemade sausage roll.  The best thing about them is that you know what’s in them and can choose the flavours you like best. Over the years I have amended this recipe – I used to use sausage meat but have become increasingly wary of what…

Simon’s Pumpkin, Spinach and Feta Rotolo

Here’s another one from Simon – he’s cooking something new each week! This was adapted from a Jamie Oliver recipe he spotted in a magazine.  A few tweaks of his own and this is Simon’s Pumpkin, Spinach and Feta Rotolo. This looks spectacular as well as tasting sensational.  The possibilities are endless if you want…

Noodles with Poached Ginger Chicken and Coriander-Lime Pesto

This is another one of Simon’s efforts which is light and fragrant and scumptious!  He found the pesto recipe in a Donna Hay article.  It also contains his favourite flavours which are coriander and lime.  The chicken is lightly poached and very moist and the noodles only take minutes to prepare. Pesto freezes very well or can…

Zucchini, Pea and Haloumi Fritters

These wonderful fritters are so easy to make and they taste divine. Just try stopping at one! You can be fairly casual about the quantities here and can change the herbs to suit what you have. I have also used dill instead of mint. These are delicious served with Smoked Salmon and sour cream and lemon wedges….

Simon’s Chicken Cacciatore

My husband doesn’t cook very often but boy when he does it’s worth the wait! Simon has adapted a traditional Chicken Cacciatore recipe and come up with the most delicious rustic chicken casserole ever. As he is not keen on bones in his food, he uses whole chicken thighs. Very tasy and easy to make…

Lizzie’s Lasagne

Everyone has their own Lasagne recipe and everyone makes it a different way. This one is quick and easy and absolutely delicious. I have also made it using curly fettucine which works very well if you don’t have any lasagne sheets in the house. Just cook them following the packet instructions and layer them as…