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…

Oven Baked Tacos

This is the best way we have found to prepare tacos without them falling to bits and crumbling all over the place when you try to eat them.  Served straight out of the baking dish, they also stay hot for ages.  I was pressed for time so just used a boxed Taco Kit which had…

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…

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…

Warm Roasted Tomato Salad

My supermarket has these wonderful boxes of different coloured baby tomatoes.  Some are bright yellow, some are almost black, some are red cherry tomatoes and some are baby Roma style.  They look so inviting and colourful and being small they are beautifully sweet.  Of course you can use any cherry tomatoes for this salad, but the…

Rocket, Pear & Toasted Pine Nut Salad

Here’s another very attractive salad sent to me to try by my husbands favourite colleague… Now, said husband “hates salad” and “doesn’t like the taste of rocket” and kept reminding me in a peevish manner all day that he probably wouldn’t eat it as he…. etc… etc… Deciding to ignore him as I a: love salad and…

Cannellini Bean, Spinach & Tomato Salad

Spring is upon us in Melbourne and our thoughts start to turn towards lighter meals and the lovely salads we savour in the warmer months. This one is fantastic – it only takes minutes to make and can be embellished by whatever you have at hand.  I was hanging on the pantry door wondering what…

German Style Creamy Potato Salad

We recently visited a new eatery in Melbourne called Hophaus Bier Bar Grill and rediscovered our love of German food. We decided there and then to create  the perfect potato salad and this is it!  Quick and easy and utterly delicious, served warm it goes well with just about everything. You can add additional ingredients like chopped…

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 –…

Pearl Couscous Tabouli Salad

I bought a packet of Giant Pearl Couscous because it sounded very intriguing! Also called Israeli Couscous, it is technically not a real couscous as it is actually tiny balls of pasta instead of the traditional semolina grains. As I needed to use up a bunch of parsley, I decided to adapt my Tabouli recipe…

Rocket Salad with Mozzarella, Mint, Peach and Prosciutto

This salad is delicious and I first saw Jamie Oliver put one together on a television show.  It’s a wonderful accompaniment to any dish or just lovely on it’s own… Ingredients  rocket leaves ripe peach ball of mozzarella (bocconcini balls are also very nice) couple of slices of prosciutto or Parma ham toasted pine nuts…

Chinese Cabbage and Crunchy Noodle salad

This salad is delicious on a summers day and goes well with any BBQ food… Ingredients: ½ wombok (chinese cabbage), finely shredded 1 large carrot, coarsely grated 1 red capsicum, seeded and finely sliced ½ cup sliced shallots 1 cup torn fresh coriander leaves ¾ cup unsalted roasted peanuts 100g packet Chang’s fried noodles Dressing:…