SALAD NISCOISE WITH A TWIST

So often the old favourite recipes remain the most loved and cocoon us in comfort. My eldest grand daughter did a phone survey, with  everyone who is coming over for Christmas lunch, of their favourite Christmas day foods. The plan was to then devise a menu that would delight the oldest to the youngest. As always, the old favourites were…

SUMMER BOWL, Breakfast done simply

Hot, summer days, clear blue skies, early mornings and the living is easy…….. breakfast or beach ?…….. I know what my answer is!  Healthy, quick and gluten free…yes. yes. yes   But….. with this great dish, you can do both. Those of you who are culinary challenged and for those of you who know their whisk from…

NASI GORENG WITH A TWIST

Gluten, dairy, sugar free and you guessed it…… super easy and delicious…my nasi goreng! Be creative, own your recipes and change ingredients to suit the seasons, what you have in the garden or fridge and your personal tastes. On one of our trips to Asia once, I remember the whole family eating Nasi Goreng for breakfast almost…

SANG CHOY BOW: my way

Dairy, sugar and gluten free Make dinnertime easy with this delicious family favourite! I have been making this dish for many years for all ages and all occasions and incredibly popular with my family. It’s definitely on my comfort food list and can be made with many variations. I love its simplicity and how easy it is…

TINY CHOCOLATE MOUSSE POTS: sugar & dairy free

Let them eat chocolate! Every one craves chocolate occasionally. Sadly, milk chocolate is loaded with sugar and dark chocolate still has some dairy and sugar, so try these healthy, tiny chocolate pots and I guarantee your taste buds will be delighted.  If you cant stop at one serve, don’t worry, they are filled with all things wonderful from natures bounty….

WINTER PORRIDGE with winter fruits, gluten free

Porridge, healthy and sustaining, spice up yours with this quick winter recipe. Every day breakfast needs to be simple, not a Michelin 3 star event!  I am sure, we can all agree on that. If you have 3 kids to get off to school, yourself to work and the dog to the vet, this recipe might just be for…

CHICKEN, FIG, NECTARINE TAGINE WITH BLACK LENTILS

Bring fragrant smells of a Moroccan Souk into your kitchen!   Think Moroccan and we conjure up images of the deep, vivid, colours from the open sacks of spices in markets and stacks of highly patterned ceramics. Smells in the air are sweet and spicy, that  feed the senses from a culture that is centred around a…

GREEN PEA & HAM HOCK SOUP

A bag of frozen green peas just got interesting! Vibrant green, velvety texture, the aroma of this soup fills the kitchen and once served will bring a smile to everyone’s face. This soup is happiness in a bowl. Although the initial cooking time for the stock takes 2-3 hours, the recipe is easy and requires little effort in…

CREAMY, SPICY, CARROT AND COCONUT SOUP

Carrots just got interesting!  is important to make any recipe a success! Have you ever had carrots that have a bitter, kerosene taste ? This happens when to the ground is treated to kill pests that attack the carrots causing an unpleasant taste not to mention other nasties from toxic substances. I use organic carrots…

BRAISED CABBAGE & APPLE WITH PROSCUITTO & FENNEL SEEDS

The humble cabbage just danced onto centre stage again! Quick, simple, cheap and healthy, just what the doctor ordered! Cabbage is a versatile vegetable in this dish which is an oldie but a goodie.  This recipe wins hearts every time, especially in the depth of winter. Kids love it and find it easy to eat.  70’s girl served this…

CHILLI HONEY CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS AND CRUNCHY SLAW

Easy to make, economical, healthy, a crowd pleaser, honey chicken is always a winner.  Having trouble with fussy eaters, worry no more, this dish will have them scurrying to the dinner table on the first gong. I often made this for my girls when they were younger and now my grandchildren. In cooking classes, high school kids who…

COS SALAD WITH FRESH SALMON AND GOAT CURD

Home late, hungry, need a quick meal to enjoy as you, unwind for the day and have a quite chat over the soft flame of a candle. I have the perfect  recipe!   The chat over the soft light of a candle happened to be with one of my grand daughters and Mr 70’s. We had…