Beef, Light Meals, Soup, Vegetable, Vegetarian

Slow-cooked Beef and Vegetable Soup

With June being Winter Wellness month, what better way to celebrate health and vitality on a cold night than with a hot and filling veggie soup. Packed with flavour, colour and any vegetable in season you can think of, it's a delicious meal on it's own, but I decided to slow-cook gravy beef separately and… Continue reading Slow-cooked Beef and Vegetable Soup

Light Meals, Soup

Rich Bean Soup

I know we're well on our way to Summer down here in the southern hemisphere, but this is a delicious bowl of goodness that I've meaning to share for a while. So to all my friends and family in the north, you might want to bookmark this one to try when the weather turns colder.… Continue reading Rich Bean Soup

Light Meals, Soup

Broccoli, Blue Cheese and Walnut Soup

Last night was cold. Perhaps not as cold as some places in this world, but cold for Auckland. We woke to find frost glistening on the grass in the early morning sunlight. I love the sharpness of the summer sunshine, but to wake to a beautiful clear blue sky brightened by the weakened rays of… Continue reading Broccoli, Blue Cheese and Walnut Soup

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


Malaysian Chicken Noodle Soup

Now this is a very old favourite. I hadn't made this soup in about 10 years as it comes from one of my first ever recipe books purchased way back when. I have no idea how authentic it is either, but delicious it certainly is! I've had a horrendous cold this past week and generally… Continue reading Malaysian Chicken Noodle Soup


Bacon and Lentil Soup with Ham and Cheese Toasts

On the last day of the school holiday I took the day off work to spend with my little man. When I asked if he had anything special he'd like to do that day like go to a movie, play mini golf, skate park, etc. his reply melted my heart: "It doesn't matter Mum, as… Continue reading Bacon and Lentil Soup with Ham and Cheese Toasts


Prawn and Pumpkin Soup

Soup, Soup, glorious Soup! It has to be one of the easiest meals to prepare and one of my favourite Winter standbys. Simply wack everything into a pot, pour in some stock and let it simmer away until the delicious aromas begin tantalising your tummy juices. Thankfully my family isn't fussy and puts up with… Continue reading Prawn and Pumpkin Soup

Bread, Soup

Sausage, Herb & Lentil Stew with Homemade Bread

This past week has seen Auckland's typical Spring weather, "4 seasons in one day", return with a vengeance, this phrase having been made famous by Neil Finn and co. of Crowded House - true Kiwi music icons. We've had quite heavy rain and fantastic loud, thundery storms with the accompanying lightning. So loud that it… Continue reading Sausage, Herb & Lentil Stew with Homemade Bread

Light Meals, Soup

Roast Tomato and Bacon Soup

I'm definitely a summer person, preferring the long, hot, sunny days enjoying ice cream on the beach or watching my little one playing at the water's edge learning to boogie board.  BBQ on the deck as the sun goes down is a great family time too, smelling the meat sizzling away, chatting with friends over… Continue reading Roast Tomato and Bacon Soup

Bread, Soup

Roast Pumpkin Soup with Nutty Yoghurt Bread

Today was the perfect day for hearty comfort food. Opening the fridge the first ingredients I laid my eyes on were half a pumpkin and a bottle of cream - the decision was made: Creamy Roast Pumpkin and Garlic Soup with home baked bread. My husband's first words after tasting the soup were "Rich, but… Continue reading Roast Pumpkin Soup with Nutty Yoghurt Bread