Chorizo & Spinach Spaghetti Carbonara

We love Spaghetti Carbonara and eat it a lot as it’s probably the easiest pasta dish to put together.  When hubby suggested adding chorizo sausage instead of bacon that sounded very interesting and combined with the spinach it was really delicious… Nutmeg is the best friend of spinach and I always add a pinch when…

Pumpkin Au Gratin

Pumpkin is one of Australia’s most versatile vegetables.  We make soup with it and puree it into pasta sauces.  It’s part of a traditional roast dinner and the wife of a dodgy ex politician even made her pumpkin scones the most famous in the southern hemisphere! Butternut is the most delicious and I found this recipe on a TV…

Roasted Green Beans

We love our vegies and try to eat as many and as varied as possible.  I am always on the lookout for a new way to cook vegetables and I recently stumbled across this tasty way to present green beans.  Roasting the beans creates an intense flavour and you can play around with the seasonings…

Creamy Garlic & Chilli Prawns with Pasta

Who doesn’t love creamy garlic prawns?  Who doesn’t love pasta?  Well here’s the best of both worlds.  This delicious pasta sauce takes only minutes to make and looks wonderful.  The pasta I used this time was a mixture of linguine and curly fettuccine – a lovely combination of textures… We always have a big bag…

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…

Sicilian Style Curly Fettuccini

I found this recipe on a Jamie Oliver Youtube channel – he cooked it on camera and I was salivating just watching him eat it.  It is so very simple but so tasty – it’s actually surprising how delicious it is considering there are few ingredients… The crunch of the pinenuts and the sweetness of…

Baked Chicken Parmigiana

I have been making Chicken Parmigiana like this for over 30 years.  It’s not your dry crunchy one that every other pub or club provides.  This one is tender and moist and baked in the oven.  The sauce penetrates the chicken and the whole dish is just delicious. It’s ideal for a large gathering as the…

Spaghetti Carbonara

Who doesn’t love a deliciously creamy Spaghetti Carbonara?  It is one of the quickest and easiest pastas to make as we always have eggs and bacon and parmesan cheese in the fridge… My recipe has been honed over the years and this is our favourite version.  If you don’t have spinach it is also wonderful…

Risoni Meatball Bake

There’s not much that can’t be improved by the addition of some meatballs.  And when the meatballs are stuffed with gooey mozzarella cheese it’s even better! I came across this recipe in a newspaper and it has immediately become a meal I will make over and over.  So easy and very, very tasty… The meatballs…

Perfect Pesto Pasta

I love the fresh taste of Basil – it’s one of my favourite herbs.  Whenever I find a lovely fresh bunch I make pesto – it’s so easy and only takes minutes in the Ninja or food processor. I assemble everything I need and put it all in the Ninja – it whizzes it up…

Best Ever Scrambled Eggs

There is nothing more delicious than properly made scrambled eggs. Most people make them using milk or cream – I subscribe to the school of thought scrambled eggs should never have milk or cream near them.  If I order scrambled eggs when we go out I usually end up with a watery moat around a mound of pale…

Mushroom Papardelle

Mushrooms are a wonder food!  We love them and I add them to a lot of my recipes for flavour and texture. This is my version of a Jamie Oliver recipe for Mushroom Tagliatelle using Swiss Brown and Porcini mushrooms and wider flat pasta – Papardelle.  It is a delicious dish and the lemon zest gives it…