Thai Style Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup

This amazing chicken noodle soup is very easy to make and is utterly delicious. I adapted a recipe from Chef John where he used leftover Thanksgiving turkey. I preferred to use fresh chicken which adds a depth of flavour to the stock and the aromatics in the broth flavour the chicken… Thai flavours are so…

Tuscan Onion Soup

I seem to be on a quest to try and make as many different onion soups as I can. As it turns out there are an awful lot of interesting versions out there. This one is by one of my favourites Chef John from FoodWishes.com and is a beauty. Very simple to make and so…

Gnocchi in Parmesan Cream Sauce

This deliciously creamy dish of soft pillows of gnocchi with chicken, bacon and vegetables is so easy to make and takes no time at all to have on the table. My husband makes leftover mashed potatoes into gnocchi and freezes it so we always have a bag available at any given time. We first tried…

Harissa Chicken Tray Bake

This easy to make Jamie Oliver recipe is absolutely delicious and takes no time at all to prepare. The fresh chicken is butterflied by cutting down the back and opening it up. This way it cooks much quicker than a whole roast chicken. Harissa is a Tunisian hot chili pepper paste which gives a real…

Potato and Pea Samosas with Coriander Lime Sauce

We always have frozen pastry in the freezer so we thought this recipe was easy to adapt using a Chef John version of Samosas. I used his filling and a slight variation of his sauce to create these heavenly puff pastry triangles. The filling is sensational and is highly spiced so I made the sauce…

Spinach, Cheese and Spring Onion Muffins

I love savoury muffins and always have a few stashed in the freezer. They are delicious for breakfast or as a side with soup for lunch. These are so easy to make and can be whipped up and in the oven in minutes. Tips: A 120g bag of washed baby spinach makes about a half…

Home Made Dim Sims

This is our first serious attempt at making the wonderful Aussie Dim Sim. Invented in the 1940’s by William Wing Young, these are a variation of the Chinese Dumpling but are bigger and traditionally contain meat, cabbage and spices. Found in fish and chip shops particularly in Victoria, they can be steamed or fried and…

Stir Fried Asian Rice Cake Noodles

This delicious dish is a favourite of ours as it made so simple by using Mushroom XO Sauce which packs a punch flavour wise. It is made predominantly with shiitake mushrooms and soybean paste plus spices and a little bit goes a long way… Tips: Asian Rice Cakes are available fresh or frozen in Asian…

Homemade Chicken Stock

Now that we are retired we have the luxury of time. Time to make a lot of the things we used to buy for convenience; we were too busy to make when working full time. My husband bakes his own bread now. I make my own dips and pickles and stocks and we really enjoy…

Pretty Pickled Red Onions

I was planning what to have for lunch this morning. I knew we had some leftover roast chicken and some lovely Turkish bread rolls but I had no salad or tomatoes to serve up with the chicken. Light bulb time- pickled onions! These delicious pickled onions are so very quick to make and last in…

Cream of Onion Soup

I had a glut of onions in the fridge and decided a creamy onion soup would be ideal for lunch. Husband had just made some delicious home made bread so what better reason to make this easy and very quick soup. Tips: Make sure you take the time to slowly cook the onions without browning…

Polish Sausage and Potato Bake

Some days you wish you could just throw everything in the fridge onto a baking tray and have an utterly delicious bake magically appear within the hour. Well this recipe is the one. The only ingredient I didn’t have was the meat as I really wanted the flavour of Polish sausage with it’s beautiful smokiness…