Pies, Savoury

Smoked Fish Pie

The other night our neighbour arrived with an enormous fish he'd caught at the weekend and smoked at home. We aren't fisher folk so a freshly caught donated Snapper is a real treat, especially one that has been tenderly smoked to perfection. We don't generally go in for fish stews or casseroles as we prefer… Continue reading Smoked Fish Pie


Oven Roasted Cauliflower

The humble cauliflower - where to begin? Does it get a fair rap? Or is it always doused in cheese sauce? Once upon a time it was boiled into almost non-existence and could have passed as baby puree, but these days there are so many different ideas to make your cauliflower stand up and be… Continue reading Oven Roasted Cauliflower

Cakes, Dessert

Baked Vanilla Cheesecake

Now who doesn't like cheesecake? Not many people I know, to be sure. My husband is a huge fan but to be honest, I haven't mastered the fancy ones yet. If you're new to baked cheesecakes, this is probably the easiest one to start off with and is very tasty, although I have to admit… Continue reading Baked Vanilla Cheesecake


Toasted Pine Nut Coleslaw

With Spring well underway, I'm always on the lookout for fresh salad ideas.  The old "lettuce, cucumber and tomato" becomes a tad boring and there are so many new recipes to try - just Google an ingredient and literally thousands of ideas appear at your finger tips. One of my family's favourites is Coleslaw, traditionally… Continue reading Toasted Pine Nut Coleslaw

Light Meals, Savoury

Crustless Bacon, Mushroom and Leek Quiche

A few nights ago I was in one of those moods when I didn't feel like eating what was on my meal plan and while gazing into the fridge for inspiration, I noticed a number of eggs that were begging to be used.  Now there can be very few cooked meals that are quicker, or… Continue reading Crustless Bacon, Mushroom and Leek Quiche

Biscuits / Cookies, Lunch-box Ideas

Easy “no fail” Shortbread Cookies

Yesterday was the last day of the school holidays and my little man had a friend over to play, keeping each other busy for hours setting up marble racers, train tracks, army tanks...you name it.  I took this as my cue to withdraw to my lovely kitchen and create my favourite Shortbread Cookies. All was… Continue reading Easy “no fail” Shortbread Cookies


Fluffy Naan Bread

When eating curry, I find nothing nicer than using a fresh naan bread to soak up the gravy so I get every last tasty morsel.  I'm not a fan of very hot curry, in fact one of the ladies at dinner the other night described the way in which she measures a "too hot" curry:… Continue reading Fluffy Naan Bread

Biscuits / Cookies, Lunch-box Ideas

Oat, Raisin and Chocolate Chip Cookies

I have recently found myself in the position where I have a little more time on my hands than usual so I'm in happy heaven when able to spend that time creating in my lovely kitchen. With it being school holidays, little man and I are enjoying baking together again, like the old days before… Continue reading Oat, Raisin and Chocolate Chip Cookies