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!…

Italian Style Sausages & Vegetables

I love a good one pot meal. If I can throw everything into one big pan and come back 30 minutes later I am a happy cook indeed.  This scrumptious meal is the brainchild of my Italian friend Linda and makes a regular appearance on her dinner menu as it is so easy and can be…

Tortellini Bake

This is another Jamie Oliver recipe – I love his style as it quite general and if you add a bit more of this and little less of that, it stills tastes great! This dish takes very little effort and is a beauty – baked filled pasta – what could be better?  Shoving it all…

Heavenly Homemade Hamburgers (Aussie Style)

There was a dill from America recently who made the news here by turning up his nose and declaring that Australians didn’t know how to make proper hamburgers!  As you can imagine we were feeling just a bit slighted so decided to make true blue, fair dinkum Aussie Hamburgers.  And we are so glad we…

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…

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…

Zingy Spring Greens

With the warmer months come the most wonderful vegetables.  You can get most things year round these days but nothing beats fresh asparagus.  I use frozen peas and broad beans for this dish purely because it’s quick and I always have some lurking in my freezer.  If you have the time and the energy, certainly use fresh…

Chorizo & Ham Pasta Bake

I often make a huge tray of pasta bake as it is always very tasty, very quick to put together and it freezes well.   We always have boxes of various cooked pasta in the freezer and it makes life very easy when deciding what to have for lunch. This pasta bake has a bit of everything…

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…

Potato & Carrot Rosti with Spinach, Peas & Eggs…

Vegetarians can rejoice over this wonderful meal.  We adapted it slightly from a Jamie Oliver (always reliable) recipe and the result was delicious. The food processor took care of the chore of grating the vegetables in minutes and the rest was just putting it together once the rosti had cooked.  You can play around with all aspects of…

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…

Breakfast Burritos

The age-old question – what’s for breakfast? We conciously consume healthy cereal on weekdays which in itself is rather boring.  Come the weekend I always make a cooked breakfast and we enjoy sitting at the dining room table or in our courtyard eating something hot and scrumptious… This recipe is dead easy – basically it’s Eggs Benedict…