Lamb Steaks with Couscous & Chickpeas

We were looking for a change from the usual lamb dishes and decided to make a Moroccan style lamb dish.  This is a marvellous dish with many textures which can be made in just one pan in minutes from start to finish. You can add any dried fruits or nuts you have at hand –…

Sriracha Spiced Bacon

I first saw this recipe on Pinterest  (acknowledgement to The Kitchen Whisperer) and was determined to try it.  Being a bacon lover, this ticks all the boxes – crispy, sweet, spicy – it is divine.  We fell upon it and devoured it in  minutes, fighting over the last little crumbs… One tip – the drippings in…

Middle Eastern Style Green Beans

We love our vegetables and any tasty way of cooking them is always a treat.  This recipe is so quick and easy and so delicious it will be on your menu for a long time to come.  The cinnamon and allspice give it a deep sultry flavour and it’s very easy to just eat a…

Easy Spicy Stir-fried Wombok

Wombok, or Chinese Cabbage, is a marvellous vegetable.  It is subtle and mild in noodle dishes or can be served fiery hot as part of a stir-fry. Chinese Emporiums sell it for a song and it keeps really well in the crisper sealed in a snap lock bag.  This spicy colourful dish is delicious as…

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…

Middle Eastern Kibbeh

Kibbeh is a Middle Eastern dish comprised of a fragrant minced lamb and pine-nut filling encased in a crunchy dough made from Burgul wheat and lamb processed together into a dough.  These deep fried balls of deliciousness are a perfect quick lunch or dinner and when served with a fresh salad are an impressive meal…

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…

Spanish Style Chorizo and Lentil Stew

There is nothing better than fresh Chorizo sausage.  It is luscious and juicy and spicy – we love them.  The dried ones are great for pasta or pizza but the fresh ones are divine as part of a tapas meal or in this instance a stew… The addition of paprika and coriander powder gives the…

Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

I have been wanting to try this recipe for ages and when cauliflowers finally came down to price I wanted to pay, I thought – today is the day! This is so delicious and I used up the leftovers by chopping them up and stir frying with garlic, crispy bacon and chilli then tossed through…