Mains, Pasta, Savoury

Rich Mince Pasta Bake

;Something has happened to my life lately, it is disappearing before my eyes and there doesn't seem to be much I can do about it. I keep getting busier and busier: wake up, school lunch, school drop off, traffic, work, traffic, school pick up, after school activities, afternoon tea, homework, prepare dinner, eat dinner, tidy up… Continue reading Rich Mince Pasta Bake

Sauces, Savoury

Creamy Mushroom and Cheese Sauce

I've never really been a fan of a slab of red meat on my plate, even at a Steak House more often than not I'll order ribs, chicken or fish. But occasionally I just get the need to tuck in, especially when I drown it in this rich creamy sauce. You really do have to… Continue reading Creamy Mushroom and Cheese Sauce

Light Meals, Lunch-box Ideas, Savoury

Bacon and Courgette Quiche

With the warmer weather finally upon us, I find myself drawn to lighter meals. After a hot and busy day, the only thing I can seem to throw together is simple, easy, tasty meals using fresh ingredients. Last week I happened upon an old favourite and served with a fresh salad, it ticks all the boxes.… Continue reading Bacon and Courgette Quiche

Light Meals, Savoury

Tomato Mascarpone Tart

As our family holiday draws to a close and we reflect on all the wonderful times we've spent together and the new memories we've made, what better way to relax  than to pack a picnic and enjoy more time together in one of Auckland's beautiful regional parks. Whether Winter, Summer, Spring or Autumn, we often… Continue reading Tomato Mascarpone Tart


Creamy Potato Bake

This post is for Sasha xx With the onset of Spring and now the warm lazy days of Summer, everyone dusts off the BBQ and looks for easy, delicious dishes to accompany the meat ingredients. This recipe has long been one of my favourites and I can't tell you how many times I've been asked… Continue reading Creamy Potato Bake

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

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


Savoury Pinwheels

We all find ourselves in the position of having to prepare a plate of nibbles occasionally, whether it's for something at home, school, work or to take to a friend. The question is always "what?". Some of you may have a signature dish, but if you're like me and don't, or are just looking for… Continue reading Savoury Pinwheels