Tomato Pasta

January 21, 2017
pasta with tomato sauce

Pasta with tomato sauce is a staple. It’s one of those things everyone should know how to make because it’s quick, simple and uses 5 ingredients (6 if you count the parmesan cheese you need for serving). It takes as long to make as boiling a pot of water and cooking the pasta – so about 20 minutes.  Continue Reading

scones with jam and cream

Scones with jam and cream

Sometimes there’s nothing better than afternoon tea, and by afternoon tea I mean a fabulously brewed pot of tea and a batch of scones served with strawberry jam and cream. Feather-light scones are quick and easy to prepare, but a gentle hand is required to make…

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January 18, 2017
wild rice and chicken salad

Wild rice and chicken salad

A combination of wild and jasmine rice forms the base for this salad.  While the crisp, fresh ingredients and the Asian inspired salad dressing make it pop, the chicken makes this light salad a little more substantial for dinner time.…

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January 14, 2017
Date, coconut and puffed rice balls

Date, Coconut and Puffed Rice Balls

There are so many things to love about these simple snacks. The ingredients are minimal; they are super easy to make; and they satisfy that afternoon craving for something sweet when chocolate just isn’t an option (remember October challenge?).…

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January 11, 2017
Lemongrass beef noodle salad

Lemongrass Beef Noodle Salad

Lemongrass beef noodle salad is a Vietnamese inspired offering for those times when you want something fresh and light and full of flavour. This is yet another noodle salad that is perfect for hot summer evenings when you’re searching for easy dinner options.…

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January 7, 2017
Reading December at the beach

Reading…December

The great thing about Christmas holidays is you can sit down and read in the middle of the day and not feel guilty: not that you should ever feel guilty about reading. It’s no longer confined to early morning and late night. You can…

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January 4, 2017
Fruit mince pies

Fruit Mince Pies

Christmas is around the corner, which means it’s time to make fruit mince pies. They are my major concession to Christmas, baked every year regardless of weather considerations. As for the rest of the Christmas feast, it really does depend whether the forecast is 36…

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December 21, 2016
Lamb koftas

Lamb Koftas, Tabouleh, Baba Ganoush and Hummus

This is a  feast that takes about an hour to prepare but it is well worth the effort. It’s perfect for when you want nibbly kind of food, rather than something heavy. You can take a sample of each of the offerings, or buy some…

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December 17, 2016
Auntie Mary biscuits

Auntie Mary Biscuits

The problem with recipes that are handed down from generation to generation can often be the name. Auntie Mary Biscuits are a case in point.  Auntie Mary wasn’t really an auntie to any immediate member of the family. She was in fact the sister of the…

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December 14, 2016
Greek yoghurt pancakes

Greek Yoghurt Pancakes

Pancakes are a breakfast staple. The weekend special treat when you have time to sit down and eat without thinking about rushing out the door. We have always used a traditional pancake batter made with flour, milk and eggs (Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup), until…

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December 10, 2016