Rich Tomato Pasta Bake

Nothing speaks to me quite like a wholesome pasta bake on a cold winter's night. It's a great standby as a midweek meal and if you double the recipe, you can freeze half for the next week! The name of this dish could be a tad misleading because it is not a vegetarian dish. It… Continue reading Rich Tomato Pasta Bake

Dessert, Pies

Persimmon Pie

I had never heard of a Persimmon before moving to New Zealand, and I have to be honest, although they are a beautiful orange colour, it was a good few years before I tried one. Now I can't wait for late Autumn when the shops are full of them. This juicy fruit looks a bit… Continue reading Persimmon Pie

Light Meals, Soup

Roast Beef, Barley and Vegetable Soup

Ever wondered what to do with left over roast beef? We usually make sandwiches or wraps, but my latest fave is using it in a hearty vegetable and barley soup. The last few weeks has seen winter definitely arrive, but it's been a special treat as we've had minimal rain. It's my favourite kind of… Continue reading Roast Beef, Barley and Vegetable Soup


2-ingredient Ice-cream Muffins

Seriously, you did read that right. Ice-cream. Muffins do not get easier to make than these - they have two ingredients: ice-cream and self-raising flour. And it gets even better, you can use whichever flavour ice-cream you decide...or have on hand...so in this case, these are vanilla ice-cream muffins. They also freeze very well so… Continue reading 2-ingredient Ice-cream Muffins


No-bake Peppermint Cream Pudding

This is one of those puddings that leaves you wanting more, more and more; and whether you make a round crushed biscuit crust or use the whole biscuits to line a square dish, the end result has a beautiful smooth texture. The taste is not as sweet as one would imagine, and all topped off with… Continue reading No-bake Peppermint Cream Pudding


Beef Stroganoff

Stroganoff (or Stroganov) is said to date back to mid 19th-century Russia and is traditionally a beef dish, with either the strips or cubes of meat lightly coated in flour before being sauteed with onions and cooked in a sour cream sauce. There are now so many variations as this recipe spread throughout Asia after the… Continue reading Beef Stroganoff