Egg and Bacon Pie

Who doesn’t crave old-fashioned comfort food at times!  With winter on its way Egg & Bacon Pie is one of those old recipes that have been around forever and this version is delicious.  I use red onion as they are sweeter that the brown ones but any onions can be used including leeks.  It just…

French Style Potato & Green Bean Salad

This sensational salad is an ideal light lunch or supper on its own or can be served as a side dish with a steak or salmon.  The flavours just burst out and it’s a lovely way to use up veggies at the end of the week…  Feel free to change ingredients – sweet potato can…

Savoury Impossible Pie

Who remembers “Impossible Pie” from their youth?  My mother would make a sweet one with coconut or a savoury one like a simple quiche.  Whichever one you chose it was always a success and very tasty.  The alchemy of the flour sinking to the bottom and magically creating a crust is beyond my comprehension but believe me…

Steamed Eggs

There are boiled eggs and then there are steamed eggs!  We have spent years perfecting the perfect boiled egg – lovely just cooked white and a luxurious oozing yolk.  I stumbled across “steamed eggs” being used by a cafe and the difference in texture was noticeable at once. Rule number one – always use free…

Spaetzle Dumplings

Spaetzle are a kind of soft egg noodle or dumpling found in the cuisines of southern Germany and Austria, Switzerland and Hungary.  They go perfectly with saucy stews or casseroles and are perfect for soaking up the juices when served with sausages and sauerkraut. The batter takes only a few minutes to prepare and the result is…

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…

Heavenly Homemade Hamburgers (Aussie Style)

There was a dill from America recently who made the news here by turning up his nose and declaring that Australians didn’t know how to make proper hamburgers!  As you can imagine we were feeling just a bit slighted so decided to make true blue, fair dinkum Aussie Hamburgers.  And we are so glad we…

Chorizo & Spinach Spaghetti Carbonara

We love Spaghetti Carbonara and eat it a lot as it’s probably the easiest pasta dish to put together.  When hubby suggested adding chorizo sausage instead of bacon that sounded very interesting and combined with the spinach it was really delicious… Nutmeg is the best friend of spinach and I always add a pinch when…

Sensational Scotch Eggs

I ended up with a dozen eggs in the fridge and after much thought about what to do with them, I remember that old-fashioned favourite – Scotch Eggs! Scotch Eggs are a bit of a labour of love but the end result is worth all the fiddling about with eggs and breadcrumbs (who doesn’t hate…

Potato & Carrot Rosti with Spinach, Peas & Eggs…

Vegetarians can rejoice over this wonderful meal.  We adapted it slightly from a Jamie Oliver (always reliable) recipe and the result was delicious. The food processor took care of the chore of grating the vegetables in minutes and the rest was just putting it together once the rosti had cooked.  You can play around with all aspects of…

Spaghetti Carbonara

Who doesn’t love a deliciously creamy Spaghetti Carbonara?  It is one of the quickest and easiest pastas to make as we always have eggs and bacon and parmesan cheese in the fridge… My recipe has been honed over the years and this is our favourite version.  If you don’t have spinach it is also wonderful…

Super Quick Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup

One of our favourite soups is Chicken & Sweet Corn.  Everybody seems to love this fabulous combination of creamed corn and chicken stock. This is a very quick version and though not technically authentic, it is delicious and filling and freezes well.  I buy a cooked roast chicken, a packet of sliced ham and some premium chicken stock already prepared. …