Light Meals, Salad

Summer Tomato Salad

This past weekend I popped in to a fruit and vege store I haven't been into for ages and I felt like a kid in a candy store! Of late I've been buying fresh produce from the supermarket as it is so much easier getting it all in one place, but my boys were at cricket and… Continue reading Summer Tomato Salad

Light Meals, Salad

Roast Chicken and Quinoa Salad

Quinoa, pronounced keen-wa, is probably not a staple in most households just yet, but vegetarians have been touting it's benefits for years. For those embracing the principles of a Low-GI diet (and by this I don't mean a weight loss plan, just a healthy way of eating), you will understand what I mean when I… Continue reading Roast Chicken and Quinoa Salad


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


Creamy Tomato, Bacon and Mushroom Pasta Bake

The first time I read this recipe I literally glanced over it very quickly and moved on - to put it plainly, it just didn't grab me.  But once I made it, I couldn't believe the depth of flavour from such a simple dish. This is another easy one, prepared and cooked in about 30… Continue reading Creamy Tomato, Bacon and Mushroom Pasta Bake


Beef Meatball Ragout

I recently came across an article explaining the differences between Ragout and Ragu.  Not much really, the ingredients and the way they're cooked seem pretty similar except the one originates from France (Ragout) while the other is from northern Italy (Ragu) and is most often served with pasta...surprised?  No, I wasn't either. Wikipedia explains: "The… Continue reading Beef Meatball Ragout

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