Baba Ganoush

I went to a vegetarian cooking class many years ago and one of the lessons incorporated Middle Eastern dips which everybody loves and are so easy to make… This beautiful eggplant dip is our favourite and is foolproof – I have been making it for years and it always tastes the same.  Light and airy…

Savoury Impossible Pie

Who remembers “Impossible Pie” from their youth?  My mother would make a sweet one with coconut or a savoury one like a simple quiche.  Whichever one you chose it was always a success and very tasty.  The alchemy of the flour sinking to the bottom and magically creating a crust is beyond my comprehension but believe me…

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…

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…

Gado Gado

Gado Gado – which literally means mix-mix – is a salad of raw and cooked vegetables in a spicy peanut sauce, often served with fried tofu and hard-boiled eggs.  it is absolutely delicious and a great way to use up leftovers or all the bits and pieces in your fridge.  The addition of boiled eggs…

Curried Vegetable Strudel

We love our vegies and are always thinking of clever ways to incorporate more into our diet.  If you have some bought pastry, some curry paste and a load of vegetables in your fridge then this recipe is ideal.  Spicy, creamy, curry filling in crisp golden pastry – it doesn’t get much better than that!…

Spaetzle Dumplings

Spaetzle are a kind of soft egg noodle or dumpling found in the cuisines of southern Germany and Austria, Switzerland and Hungary.  They go perfectly with saucy stews or casseroles and are perfect for soaking up the juices when served with sausages and sauerkraut. The batter takes only a few minutes to prepare and the result is…

Baked Potato Croquettes

I am the left-over queen and can’t bear to throw away perfectly good food.  I can always transform something left-over into something else to enjoy.  Apart from being economical it’s also a lot of fun.  Thinking how to use up those bits and pieces in the most interesting way is worth the time as you…

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…

Baked Stuffed Mushrooms

We have a Hobbit like passion for mushrooms and eat loads of them.  One of my favourite ways is to stuff them full of lovely things and bake them in the oven. Served with a salad and some garlic bread, this makes a lovely lunch or light dinner.  The flavours can be tweaked but 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…