Pasta salad two ways

Pasta salad two ways

I was recently asked to bring a pasta salad to a family birthday, and of course it's the one salad I pretty much NEVER make. I wanted to avoid the usual creamy options, and ended up with two different versions, both of which were a hit. GREEN MACHINE PESTO PASTA SALAD Toss some traditional basil [...]

Chorizo croquettes

Chorizo croquettes

Mashed potato and chorizo sausage all crispy golden crumbed and fried? Yes please. For a vegetarian alternative feel free to swap the chorizo for some spinach or peas: also yum! what you need 2 fresh chorizo sausages a good quantity of mashed potato, butter okay but no milk salt and pepper a pinch of smoked [...]

Easy fish curry

Easy fish curry

Mid week just-got-home-from-work dinners are my biggest challenge. It's easy to get a nice meal on the table when you have lots of time to plan and prepare and shop for it, but it's trickier on long work days. One of my favourite ways to do it is with prepared curry pastes. I use them [...]

Slow cooker beef stew

Slow cooker beef stew

The humble $40 slow cooker I bought many years ago is still one of the best things in my kitchen. And it's not even for the days I'm at work, because there's no way I'm ever going to be organised enough to get everything into it before seven am. I actually love using it on [...]

Paella

Paella

This was a recipe I've long wanted to share, but held back because what I cook and label paella isn't really the most authentic version, and also because it's a tough one when trying to get the quantities right {especially in terms of the amount of rice needed}. But at the end of the day [...]

Porchetta

Porchetta

Being a lifelong Italophile there aren't many Italian recipes I've tried and not loved, but being a lifelong hater of pork as well as offal the idea of a chicken liver-stuffed rolled piece of pork never appealed to me. And I have to say that even now, after having made this recipe and enjoyed it, [...]