Gnocchi in Parmesan Cream Sauce

This deliciously creamy dish of soft pillows of gnocchi with chicken, bacon and vegetables is so easy to make and takes no time at all to have on the table. My husband makes leftover mashed potatoes into gnocchi and freezes it so we always have a bag available at any given time. We first tried…

Harissa Chicken Tray Bake

This easy to make Jamie Oliver recipe is absolutely delicious and takes no time at all to prepare. The fresh chicken is butterflied by cutting down the back and opening it up. This way it cooks much quicker than a whole roast chicken. Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste which gives a real…

Swiss Chicken Meatballs

This awesome dish is so easy to make and takes chicken meatballs to a whole other level. Delicious with mashed potato or steamed rice, the amounts here make about 30 meatballs depending on the size. It freezes well.. Tips: I use chicken thighs and zap them in the Ninja until just broken up but not…

Homemade Chicken Stock

Now that we are retired we have the luxury of time. Time to make a lot of the things we used to buy for convenience; we were too busy to make when working full time. My husband bakes his own bread now. I make my own dips and pickles and stocks and we really enjoy…

Filipino Style Chicken Noodle Soup

The delicious Filipino style soup came about when I was searching for ideas to use up left over Wombok or Chinese Cabbage.  This wonderful vegetable is so versatile and is a very quick way of producing a soup or side dish when you don’t have much time… I added in additional thighs as the stock…

Chilli Chicken with Cashews

This recipe is sensational – I got some ideas after poking around in Pinterest and I knew exactly the flavour I was after.  The combination of the sweet chilli sauce and tomato sauce provides the tang and you can adjust the heat by adding more or less dried chilli flakes.  The cornflour coating on the…

Vietnamese Cold Rolls

These healthy scrumptious cold rice paper rolls are a must to try.  You can add anything you like to them and the vegetarian option is just as delicious.  The ingredients I used were what I had at hand… All the ingredients can be readily bought at a supermarket.  The secret is having everything cook, sliced and…

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…

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…

Linguine with Smoked Chicken, Zucchini, Mushrooms & Pesto

Already cooked in a little vacuum sealed packet smoked chicken is a terrific food to keep in the fridge – we put it on pizza, toss it through pasta and add it to creamy risotto. This recipe is a lovely combination of flavours and only takes minutes to make.  Vegetarians can omit the chicken and…

Tortellini Bake

This is another Jamie Oliver recipe – I love his style as it quite general and if you add a bit more of this and little less of that, it stills tastes great! This dish takes very little effort and is a beauty – baked filled pasta – what could be better?  Shoving it all…

Easy Indian Style Roast Chicken

Cauliflowers are plentiful and cheap this time of the year and when combined with that wonderful legume the chickpea and some sweet red onions, creates a delicious healthy base for a chicken dish that can be put together in minutes and thrown in the oven.  I marinated the chicken thighs overnight but 4 hours is enough…