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Chicken Pasta Bake with Feta, Pumpkin and Kale

I always find that the last few weeks of term are packed to the brim with activities. It's like the school suddenly realises that they had planned to do a number of things during the term and for some reason, they all end up in the last three weeks. Even trying to catch up with… Continue reading Chicken Pasta Bake with Feta, Pumpkin and Kale

Light Meals, Salad

Salmon Pasta Salad

Recently I had cause to help a friend out. A relatively new friend, but this family arrived in New Zealand late last year, bringing only their suitcases and the clothes on their bodies ready to begin the next chapter in their lives. After a couple of months, a problem with a visa meant the precious job she had… Continue reading Salmon Pasta Salad

Light Meals

Pumpkin & Blue Cheese Penne with Meatballs

As I continue my love affair with creamy Blue Cheese, I had to share this recipe with you. It was one of those light bulb moments when everything just came together perfectly - I would probably leave out the meatballs next time if it was just for me and enjoy this as a vegetarian dish,… Continue reading Pumpkin & Blue Cheese Penne with Meatballs

Light Meals, Sauces

Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pasta

Blue Cheese, also referred to as Gorgonzola, Roquefort or Stilton depending on where it originates from and the type of bacteria used, is believed to have been discovered by accident many years ago (and by that I mean close on two centuries ago) when, you guessed it, mold began to grow and someone decided to… Continue reading Blue Cheese and Mushroom Pasta

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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

Sauces

Basil, Tomato and Garlic Sauce

This week has been a bit of a crazy one, so I haven't been able to bake ANYTHING and I'm starting to feel withdrawal symptoms!  I've even had to rely on my very versatile tomato sauce for dinner, which is one of my favourite standbys and is delicious on pizza bases, hot dogs, or even… Continue reading Basil, Tomato and Garlic Sauce

Light Meals

Creamy Bacon, Courgette and Lemon Pasta

Friends invited us to dinner last Saturday night and we were treated to a delicious pasta dish - Creamy Bacon, Courgette and Lemon Linguine.  I'm a HUGE fan of all things lemon so I couldn't wait to try it out at home tonight.  Having no linguine in the pantry wasn't a deterrent, any pasta shape… Continue reading Creamy Bacon, Courgette and Lemon Pasta