Easy Spaghetti Marinara

For those who think Spaghetti Marinara is a bit daunting to make this is for you…  This is the quickest way to put together this very impressive pasta dish.  With the availability of frozen prawn cutlets and scallops we always have the ingredients at hand to make a Marinara. The zest of the lemon gives this…

Italian Style Sausages & Vegetables

I love a good one pot meal. If I can throw everything into one big pan and come back 30 minutes later I am a happy cook indeed.  This scrumptious meal is the brainchild of my Italian friend Linda and makes a regular appearance on her dinner menu as it is so easy and can be…

Fresh Tomato Salad

This ultra quick Tomato Salad takes only minutes to prepare and is perfect as a side with any sort of meat dish.  We eat ours with Kibbeh which is a lovely contrast in flavours.  Fresh and vibrant, you can also add ingredients like chilli flakes or capers to give it a zing… Ingredients: 4 fresh…

Middle Eastern Kibbeh

Kibbeh is a Middle Eastern dish comprised of a fragrant minced lamb and pine-nut filling encased in a crunchy dough made from Burgul wheat and lamb processed together into a dough.  These deep fried balls of deliciousness are a perfect quick lunch or dinner and when served with a fresh salad are an impressive meal…

Nasi Goreng

Everybody loves fried rice which is exactly what Nasi Goreng translates to in Indonesian and Malay.  It is also a favourite in The Netherlands where it is even dispensed from food vending machines as piping hot Nasi Ballen. Topped with a fried egg or strips of omelette, Nasi Goreng is a meal in itself and…

Mediterranean Style Lamb Salad

I love this salad as it is so quick & easy to put together.  The ingredients are very informal and anything you have in the cupboards or fridge can be added in. Chickpeas or lentils are a good addition as are roasted pumpkin or sweet potato. Try topping it with fried Haloumi cheese for a more substantial…

Old Fashioned Curried Scallops with Rice

In the early 80’s we used to have lunch regularly at a pub near work.  The Notting Hill Hotel was famous for it’s beautiful beer garden and it’s scrumptious Curried Scallops. We felt very chic ordering this then trendy dish which presented a ring of steamed white rice surrounding a mound of tender scallops in…

Chicken, Leek & Camembert Pie

I was idly flicking through a trashy magazine at the hairdressers when three words leapt off the page:  Chicken.  Pie.  Camembert. The combination of these three is a pie of such awesomeness you will make it again and again with all different flavours and combinations…  Basically it’s a pie made with a thick white sauce…