Chilli Bacon and Prawn Spaghetti with Balsamic Vine-ripened Tomatoes

I made this dish a while ago and as with many recipes, I decided to change it a bit here and there, combining two I'd found that were very similar. The end result was just as I had imagined, a light meatiness with a touch of zing from the chilli and lemon, with the fresh… Continue reading Chilli Bacon and Prawn Spaghetti with Balsamic Vine-ripened Tomatoes

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

Light Meals

Steak Rolls

I know I keep going on about Summer, but we're enjoying a wonderful one at the moment and special family time together at home. My husband loves to braai (BBQ) and cannot only cook enough food for us for one meal, he believes that while the fire is good, cook a heap of meat so… Continue reading Steak Rolls

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


Hearty Chicken and Veggie Casserole

This past week I decided to give myself a break from red meat.  Don't get me wrong, I love red meat, but I think we eat too much of it at times, so a week of chicken, bacon or veggies (may have to throw in some fish tonight) has been well received by my body,… Continue reading Hearty Chicken and Veggie Casserole


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


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

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