Basil Pesto – “Pesto Alla Genovese”

A great easy recipe that is bursting with freshness. Pesto is perfect for smearing on crusty bread, dolloping on pizza just as it comes out of the oven, or stirring through fresh pasta. Or thin the pesto with extra olive oil and use it as a dressing for a salad of ripe juicy tomatoes and […]

Quick & Easy Mayonnaise Mussels

A fabulous dish to share with the one you love, or make double and feed a crowd! Serve with plenty of toasted crusty bread (with butter!) and a large leafy green salad. Quick & Easy Mayonnaise Mussel Recipe Ingredients 1 egg yolk 1 tbsp dijon or French mustard 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tsp white […]

Quick & Easy Lebanese Style Garlic Dip Recipe

This is a great easy dip recipe, that goes really well with hot or cold veggies (raw carrot, steamed broccoli/cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, raw celery sticks, baby radishes etc), and can be made in minutes. Quick & Easy Lebanese Style Garlic Dip Recipe Ingredients 1 small tub plain natural/greek style yoghurt 1/2 clove garlic, very finely […]

Top 5 Smoothies: Number 2 Strawberry and Yoghurt Smoothie Recipe

Strawberries and yoghurt go almost as well together as strawberries and cream (and yoghurt is certainly a bit better for you!), and this smoothie makes a delicious treat. If strawberries aren’t in season, then you could substitute frozen strawberries. Strawberry and Yoghurt Smoothie Recipe Ingredients 1/2 cup strawberries 1 tbsp strawberry yoghurt 1 tsp honey […]

Top 5 Smoothies: Number 3 Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe

Even when not in season, you can purchase frozen berries relatively cheaply to make this delicious smoothie. Frozen berries cool down the smoothie, making it the perfect summer breakfast on a hot day. Mixed Berry Smoothie Recipe Ingredients 1/2 cup mixed frozen berries (such as strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries etc) 1 tbsp yoghurt 200ml milk […]

Top 5 Smoothies: Number 4 Mango and Coconut Smoothie Recipe

I remember drinking a smoothie similar to this in a cafe at breakfast on the beach at Palm Cove (in tropical North Queensland near Cairns; think hot sunny days, blue water etc). I have tried to recreate it, but somehow it is never the same… possibly something to do with the location? Anyway, this smoothie […]

Top 5 Smoothies: Number 5 Watermelon and Pineapple Smoothie Recipe

Smoothies are the ultimate fast food fix; roughly chop the ingredients, add to a blender or cup, whizz and it is done. In an instant you have breakfast, morning tea or an after school/work snack made, which makes it perfect for the “I’m hungry mum” chorus. I use a stick blender to whizz up smoothies […]

Simple and Authentic French Beef (Boeuf) Bourguignon Recipe

Celebrate Bastille Day (14 July), the French national holiday, with this authentic French dish. Enjoy with a lovely French red, some good crusty bread, a light salad and good friends for a wonderful dinner. Beef Bourguignon Recipe Ingredients 1kg chuck steak, cut into 3-4cm dice Olive oil 1 large brown onion, diced 1 carrot, peeled […]

Quick and Easy Dinner Ideas: Kid Friendly Roast Chicken (& Gravy) Recipe

A well roasted chicken is one of the most simple, easy and spectacular dinners you can make. It only takes a little bit of preparation, and then dinner cooks itself, so don’t be put off by the ‘roast’ word. Purchasing a whole chicken is much cheaper per kilo than any of the individual cuts (breast, […]

Quick & Easy Dinner Ideas Series: Roasted Chicken Pieces with Lemon, Garlic and Thyme

This is a great recipe, as you can do all of the preparation work well in advance, then simply do the cooking, which is great if you know you have a big day ahead of you (or perfect for Sunday lunch when you want to be a bit lazy). Roast Chicken Pieces Ingredients 1 whole […]