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…

Chermoula

Chermoula is a marinade used in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking. It is usually used to flavour fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats or vegetables.  I made this simple version as I had some preserved lemons in a jar I wanted to use up,  I also had some coriander…

Jamie’s Macaroni Cheese

I love Jamie Oliver recipes and always find them very easy to make.  He also offers a different twist on basic foods which I enjoy very much.  His Mac Cheese is one of these.  I made it exactly as he instructs except I used Panko crumbs instead of fresh breadcrumbs and longer pasta shapes. Don’t…

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…

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…

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…

Golden Cheesy Baked Vegetables

I recently saw a photo of a vegetable bake on a website and thought it looked so pretty I just had to make something similar.  The contrast in colours is lovely and the combination of vegetables is very tasty. I found I had to stack the vegetables in halves as my tray was quite shallow…

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…

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…

Pork Tacos with Black Beans & Green Salad

Tacos are a wonderful meal any time of the year and this Jamie Oliver recipe is delicious.  I have tweaked it a little bit  – I use pork fillet instead of pork belly as I find the latter too fatty for our taste and I didn’t have cumin seeds but found the powder was just as good. This…

Fetteh (Moroccan Chickpeas with Crispy Pita Bread)

Fetteh is the latest buzz around Melbourne – every time I see a restaurant or cafe review it’s mentioned somewhere…  I decided to jump on the bandwagon and check it out.  The result was a delicious meal that I will make again and again… It’s basically Moroccan style nachos – crispy pita bread topped with…

Moroccan Style Chicken with Olives & Preserved Lemon

We love the salty tangy taste of olives and preserved lemons together in a dish and nothing is easier than this North African inspired chicken recipe.  So quick and easy to prepare and when served with Giant Cous Cous is a wonderfully satisfying meal. Giant Cous Cous is sometimes called Pearl or Israeli Cous Cous and…