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…

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…

Arancini

Arancini  are the best food known to man.  Lovely balls of risotto with a hidden treat inside, crumbed then deep-fried, these crunchy balls are sensational and a great way to use up leftovers. We have made them a few times and have just hand rolled them into balls but I am now the proud owner…

Baked Kransky, Bacon & Pea Risotto

Cold winter nights need some comfort food and there is nothing more tasty than Kransky Sausages baked in a risotto with bacon and peas.  Add some red pesto and you have a delicious combination and it’s hard to stop at just one bowl! Kransky is a Slovenian sausage most similar to a Polish sausage and…

Baked Chicken, Mushroom & Leek Risotto

We love risotto but I find it a labour of love to prepare.  Standing over a hot stove ladling hot chicken stock into rice while stirring constantly is not my idea of a quick meal…  This easy and quick recipe only takes 25 minutes and is absolutely delicious.  I basically threw the casserole dish into the oven and set…

Sensational Sarma (Stuffed Cabbage Rolls)

The Balkan name is Sarma – we call them Cabbage Rolls…  There is something so wonderful about this combination of cabbage, meat and rice – it’s so simple yet so damned delicious.  I don’t know anyone who doesn’t salivate over the thought of Sarma and mashed potatoes….  Heaven on a plate… We have several friends with kind…

Luscious Lemon Chicken

Who remembers the delicious tang of old fashioned Lemon Chicken we used to always get at the local Chinese Restaurant?  If you do then this dish is for you.  This recipe was given to my husband by a colleague who downloaded it from the Best Recipes website and I have tweaked it slightly to suit our tastes. …

Jar Salads

Jar Salads seems to be the latest craze sweeping the internet.  I stumbled across them by accident and thought what a wonderful idea!  I often take a salad to work for lunch and find I have to take various bits separately as they go soggy or dry out.  Also the dressing is always a problem –…

Spicy Pork, Chorizo & Rice

I am always on the look out for quick one pan meals.  This one has been slightly adapted from a “Hairy Bikers” recipe and is absolutely scrumptious…    The combination of spices is delicious and you can add more or less chilli powder as required…   Ingredients: 2 teaspoons Olive oil 1 medium Onion sliced 500…

Easy Vindaloo Prawn Curry

I stumbled across an old recipe hand written on a piece of A4 paper for Indian Curry Fish which I suspect comes from a dear friend at work.  I have adapted it and used prawns instead. The result was fantastic.  It is so quick and easy to make – if you prefer less spicy sauce…

Southern Style Chicken, Black Bean and Rice Bake

I bought a can of black beans for the first time a few weeks ago and vowed to try and create a Southern USA style dish using beans, chicken and rice…   Chipotle Salsa, black beans, rice, chillies, chicken, tomatoes  – these ingredients just merge together into one big pot of deliciousness and it’s so easy to…

Baked Tomato Risotto

This is a cheats way to cook risotto.  It takes about 40 minutes and all you have to do is give it a stir halfway through… Ingredients: chopped onion chopped pancetta or bacon olive oil garlic chilli 1 cup arborio rice 1 large tetra pak of chicken stock (approx 1 litre) 1 small tub tomato…