Quick and healthy weekday work lunches

Top ten healthy lunches at Raine Square There’s nothing busier than the lunch rush in the CBD. Beat the crazy peak times and the winter bulge by stocking up on some cheap and healthy staples […]

Water Chestnut Raita

This is the perfect accompaniment to a lamb burger. The water chestnut is used in place of cucumber and add a world of texture. Ingredients 1 small tub of Greek Yoghurt 1 clove garlic crushed […]

Lean Spiced Lamb Fillet Burger Patties

Looking for a lean burger that is full of flavour? Try this burger patty recipe that would also be delicious as meatballs. It is very lean and has a Middle Eastern flavour to it. Perfect […]

Moroccan Spiced Couscous Salad

Inspired by the incredible Moroccan Table held by Inspired Food, Laura’s Mess and Feed Your Soul Perth, I set out on creating my very own taste of Morocco. This is a perfect salad to serve […]

Dark Chocolate Olive Tapenade

  This recipe is something a little bit different and will not appeal to everyone’s palate. If you enjoy a good drop of red wine, dark chocolate and an antipasto platter, this is the dish […]

Roast Beetroot, Pear and Fennel Soup

This bright and vibrant dish is perfect to serve as an entree for a dinner party, or if you amp up the garnishes, it makes for a fabulous main! Ingredients: 2 bunches medium sized beetroot […]

Seeded Quinoa Crisps

Looking for something healthy to snack on? This is a perfect vegan dish that will impress your friends. Use it as a garnish for soup, dip it in some pesto or simply nibble on it […]

Beer Batter Tempura Cauliflower & Wasabi Mayonnaise

Looking for something cheap, easy and impressive for your next gathering? This is the canape (or side dish) for you. The creamy center, crispy crust and smooth heat of the dipping sauce is exciting and […]

Homemade Sausage Rolls

Ingredients 1 tube of Woolworths sausage roll mince 1 grated onion 2 grated carrots 2 grated celery 1 egg Handful fresh herbs (thyme and oregano work well) 1 grated garlic splash Worchestershire sauce squeeze tomato […]

Naughty Chocolate Crackles

Ingredients 200 g milk cooking chocolate 3 Tbls cocoa 2 cups rice bubbles 1 shot creme de menthe 1 shot baileys irish crea Method Break up chocolate and place in a microwave-safe bowl. Cook on […]

New Year’s Eve 2012/2013 – Homemade Degustation

  This New Year’s Eve, my husband (Adam) and I decided to spend the money on something a little different. Instead of paying $200 a ticket for a set menu and cheap drinks, we planned […]

Crispy Skinned Duck

Decadent, luxurious, exotic. The perfect dish for a dinner party. Ingredients 2x Duck Breast (skin on and intact) Olive Oil Salt Method Preheat the oven to 180C. Preheat a heavy based frying pan to medium. […]

Fool Proof Whole Egg Mayonnaise

I am a sucker for a thick, creamy mayonnaise. Growing up with a Dutch mother, mayonnaise was put on and with everything. Sandwiches, salad, chicken, fish, hot chips, burgers, the list goes on. There always […]

Open Egg Pie

I love Saturday mornings. PJ’s until noon, Sex and the City marathon on Foxtel and most times a cooked breakfast. This week I decided to bring out my old electric pie maker (awesome piece of […]

Sticky Date and Hazelnut Slice

Ingredients 1/2 cup coconut oil (I like Spiral Foods Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil) 2 scraped vanilla pods (I like Queen Organic Vanilla Bean Pods) 1 cup pitted dates, chopped finely 1 cup boiling water […]

Chicken and Brie Involtini

This tasty dish was inspired by my love for Christmas flavours. The classic combination of chicken, brie and cranberry is so festive, you can’t help but think of Christmas when you take that first bite. […]

Seared Scallop with Crispy Pork Belly

A delicious combination of flavours, packed with texture. If you want to impress your guests at a dinner party, this is sure to give them that “wow factor” as an exotic canape or entree. Pork […]

Drunken Cauliflower Soup

This very decadent and boozy soup is so delicious. Perfect for a starter to a posh 3 course meal or perhaps on it’s own with some dense bread and butter. Ingredients 2 shallots, thinly sliced […]

Apple Celery Salsa

  This little ripper is the result of my constant search for delicious father-in-law friendly dishes and interesting alternatives to a boring garden salad. With the balance of fresh herbs, the crunch of celery, sweetness […]

Bacon, Potato and Brussel Sprout Fry

  This delicious little creation is perfect as a side dish, easy main or even used for brunch the next day. Certainly a cheeky way to get your kids to like Brussel Sprouts! Ingredients 4 […]

Lemon Minted Couscous stuffed Capsicums

  Ingredients 100g prepared instant couscous (I like Ainsley Harriott’s Lemon, Mint and Parsley Cous Cous) Tablespoon butter or olive oil Salt and Pepper Handful chopped, fresh flat leaved parsley 4 medium orange capsicums (washed, […]

Caramel Apple Pie

  Ingredients 100g unsalted butter 300g cored/chopped apples (I like Granny Smith apples in wedges) 1tsp ground cinnamon 3tblsp (heaped) brown sugar 1 star anise 1 cinnamon quill 2 sheets puff pastry (cut into 4 […]

Mint and Pineapple Spicy Salsa

Ingredients 1 whole pineapple (skinned and diced) 1/2 handful fresh mint (washed and torn) 1 small fresh chilli (seeds options) 1/4 diced red onion 1 thumb grated ginger lime juice Method Combine all ingredients and […]

Caribbean Grouper

  Ingredients 1 tblsp ground cinnamon 1 tblsp ground nutmeg 1 tblsp paprika 1 tsp ground cumin 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper 1 heaped tblsp brown sugar 2 small brown onions 2 large shallots 2 garlic […]

Cheat’s Beetroot Salad

This dish is a cheap, easy, last minute salad to serve at a BBQ or alongside a grilled salmon fillet. Ingredients: 2 tins beetroot (wedges or cubed) 4 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 handful dill 1/4 cup […]

Vegan Banana and Strawberry Ice “Cream”

This is perfect for babies, kids, teens and adults. Naturally sweetened with nothing but fruit. Feel free to use any/all fruit alongside the banana (the banana is used to make a sweet, thick and creamy […]

Roasted Avocado stuffed with Mexican Beans

Who says you need tortillas, sour cream and meat to enjoy Mexican food? This dish is vegan and gluten free. Bring it on. Ingredients: 4 large ripe, avocados 1 can Mexican flavoured beans (Mexe-beans by […]

Roasted Capsicum and Tomato Salsa

  Ingredients 1 large Brown onion, skin on, cut in quarters 10 medium tomatoes, halved 1 large Red Capsicum, membrane removed, cut in quarters 1 bulb Garlic, skin on, one end cut, cloves separated Pinch […]


  Ingredients 5 small (or 3 large) ripe avocados Tobasco Sauce Small handful fresh chopped coriander Lime juice salt and pepper Method Mix all ingredients in food processor. Adjust tobasco, lime and salt n pepper […]

Fresh Tomato Salsa

  Ingredients 5 small ripe Roma Tomatoes, finely diced Handful fresh torn coriander 1 spring onion, finely sliced pinch of salt Method Mix ingredients together. Keep at room temperature. Delicious served with corn chips and/or […]

Pork Scotch Fillet with Apple and Guava Jus

These tender morsels are delicious served with sides like Bacon, Potato and Brussel Sprout Fry and Apple Celery Salsa. Ingredients 2 Pork Scotch Fillets 1 tsb butter 1 tsp olive oil Salt and pepper 1/2 cup apple […]

Asian Citrus Slaw with Squid

This light and easy dish is full of flavour and texture. Perfect as a starter or a light summer dish. Ingredients 1/4 head purple cabbage (sliced) 1/4 head green cabbage (sliced) 1/2 carrot (grated) handful […]

Spinach and Fetta Tart

Pack up the wicker basket, comfy rug and a footy, it’s picnic season! Now is the time to experiment with tasty sandwiches, tarts, pies, cold cuts and other picnicy delights. Just remember not to forget […]

Grilled Lemon and Garlic Chicken Skewers

This simple, fresh dish is packed with flavour and super easy to make. Nice and light on the wallet too. 1 lemon 2 cloves garlic – crushed olive oil extra virgin olive oil 4 chicken […]

Apple Cider Slow Roast Pork

First let me say that this dish does not plate well. “Rustic” is an understatement. However the flavours are so complex and delicious, I urge you to go with your taste buds and give this […]

One Pot Slow Lamb Roast

This dish is so awesome for a Sunday Roast. It requires so little effort and is super delicious. You will need to prepare this dish a day before and allow for 4 and a half […]

Mexican Meatloaf

A great family classic with a Mexican twist. The kids will love this one. Ingredients 500g premium or low fat beef mince 1 medium onion, finely diced handful of fresh coriander 1 egg salt and […]

Recipes for the Cuisinart Icecream Maker

As promised, here is my basic recipe for the Cuisinart Icecream Maker. Each flavour I create is a variation from this original base recipe. Ingredients 2 cups thickened cream 1 cup full fat milk 2/3 […]

Balsamic Reduction

Ingredients 150ml 4 leaf Balsamic Vinegar 1 tsp black peppercorns 1 large shallot (thinly sliced) 1 teaspoon brown sugar Method Place all ingredients in a heavy saucepan or frying pan. Keep the heat on low […]

Chunky Smoked Tomato Salsa

This smokey delight is perfect as a dipping sauce for Spanish Tapas. (edited April 2012) Ingredients 1 punnet very ripe cherry roma or grape tomatoes (washed) 1 garlic clove (sliced) 1 shallot (sliced) 1 teaspoon […]

Cashew, Avocado and Baby Leaf Salad

This tasty combination of flavours is perfect on its own or accompanied with a delicious grilled or baked meat. Ingredients 1 cup rocket 1 cup baby spinach 1/3 cup roasted cashews 1 diced avocado Balsamic […]

The Perfect Steak

There is no doubt that cooking the Perfect Steak is an art. Over the years I have struggled with getting the right temperature. Now I believe cooking steak is a fairly simple exercise as long […]

BBQ Roast Dorper Lamb with Sticky Mango Marinade

Summer calls for the BBQ, fresh salads and ice cold drinks. Today happens to be a 36 degree day and I woke up craving something smoky and fresh. Armed with a generous cut of local […]

Zesty BBQ Lamb Rack

Lamb chops on the BBQ is iconically Australian. This recipe gives the dish a delicious Mediterranean twist. Make yourself a jug of ice-cold Sangria and you have the perfect Summer meal. Ingredients Frenched Lamb Rack […]

Cheesy Potato Croquettes

These crunchy, oozy, tasty croquettes are quick, cheap and the best way to turn leftover mashed potato into a cute canape. Ingredients 2 cups mashed potato (use leftover mashed potato from the night before if […]

Homemade Beef Burgers

Following my meatball recipe, I decided to whip up some tasty burgers for Sunday afternoon lunch. The biggest thing to remember is the construction. Layering is very important, so I have provided a guide to […]

Bite-Sized Meatballs

Rissoles, Meatloaves and Meatballs are make or breakers. They are either absolutely delicious and juicy, or flavourless, dry and crumbly. After much trial and error, I believe I have come up with a fantastic meatball […]

Chunky Chips

The perfect chip is crispy on the outside, smooth on the inside and so moorish you just can’t stop at one. Follow these steps and you will never be disappointed. Chunky Chips: Ingredients 1 large, […]

Easy Ice-Cream

Creamy, sweet, completely melt-in-your-mouth. Ice Cream is a year-round favourite that everyone enjoys. I absolutely love icecream and make it whenever I can. However sadly, I do not have an expensive icecream churn so I […]

Slow Roasted Ribeye with Rich Gravy

Slow Roasting a cut of meat on the bone, on a low heat breaks down meat and allows it to fall off the bone. Instead of your usual Sunday Roast, treat the family (and yourself) […]

Creamy Garlic Prawns for Reef and Beef

A timeless classic that is rich and full of flavour. Perfect to impress your friends and family at a dinner party. Ingredients 6-8 prawns (shelled and de-veined) 1/2 cup of cream 2 cloves of garlic […]

Creamy Pesto Prawn and Scallop Fettuccine

The balance of flavours makes or breaks a dish. If you can incorporate contrasting flavours, textures and sensations in a dish, the result is something very special. This gorgeous dish balances the sweetness of the […]


I had a craving for crunchy bread and tomato based sauce, so I whipped up a “structured” Ratatouille just to have in all its glory. Traditionally, the dish is more like a stew, but I […]


This is a gorgeous dish I lifted from a cook book called “Abla’s Lebanese Kitchen” by Abla Amad. Make it and enjoy with a cup of tea. Ingredients 1 x 375g packet filo pastry 250g […]

Basic Pasta Sauce

Edit: April 2012 (2 years after originally posting recipe) After much experimentation, I have adjusted the recipe to improve the depth of flavour. I hope you enjoy this version as much as I do. Ingredients […]


I love Stephanie Alexander’s pesto with a few tweaks… here is my sure-fire version. Ingredients: 1 cup well packed basil leaves (I jam packed my cup – pushing down the leaves with every new layer) […]

The Dip

You would think the old school method of mixing a creamy base with dried soup mix ended with the 60’s… fortunately for the lazy host, it is still a perfectly acceptable way to create a […]

Easy Croissants

Buttery, oozy, fantastic. This is a super quick recipe for Croissants. Perfect for a last minute brunch. Chocolate Croissants: 4 tbsp chopped coverture chocolate 1/2 sheet good quality puff pastry (Cut into 2 triangles) Melted Butter […]

Spiced Lamb Kebabs

This dish is a favourite at our place. Quick, easy and packed full of flavour. Perfect served with a Not-So Greek Salad and Garlic Mint Yoghurt. You could even put it all in a Pita […]

Quick Spanish Omelette

This is a fantastic throw-together dish that uses basic ingredients found in the pantry. Feel free to add bacon, mushrooms or anything else in the fridge. Ingredients 3 eggs per person, whisked 1 potato, peeled […]

Celeriac Mash

An interesting alternative to mashed potato. Celeriac has a fresh fusion of flavours… a strange cross between celery and parsnip. Teamed with potato, this is simply gorgeous. Ingredients 1x Celeriac (trimmed, peeled and chopped) 2x […]

Plum Red Wine Reduction

A delicious sauce perfect with game meat. Ingredients 2x Spring Onions (trimmed and thinly sliced) 1x Shallot (thinly sliced) 1x Large Garlic Clove (thinly sliced) 1 1/2 cups Red Wine 3x tbsp Plum Sauce 1x […]

Buttered Garlic Spinach

A silky smooth side that will make you mouth water… Ingredients 1 bag or bunch of baby spinach 1 garlic clove 1 tablespoon butter Salt and Pepper taste Method In a saucepan place the garlic […]

Crunchy Potatoes

Super crunchy potatoes perfect with a roast. Ingredients 4 Large Ruby Lou or Royal Blue potatoes 1/4 cup Olive Oil Salt and Pepper taste Method Preheat oven to 200 and insert a baking tray with […]


Creamy, dreamy and gorgeous with the humble spud. An epic classic that will leave you wanting more. Aioli: Ingredients 1 Cup of Homemade Mayonnaise 2 Garlic Cloves 1 Teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce Tabasco Sauce to taste […]

Patatas Bravas

This traditional Spanish Tapas dish is perfect as a canape, side or tapas with wine. Serve with Garlic Mint Yoghurt or Aioli. Ingredients 3 large potatoes (peeled, cut into bite-size chunks) 1 tsp sea salt […]

Cranberry Balsamic Reduction

This is a beautiful, sweet sauce which can be served with poultry or on a cheese platter. Perfect for Christmas. Ingredients 1/2 cup red wine 3 tblsp balsamic vinegar (4 leaf) 3 tblsp cranberry sauce […]

Spiced Plum Reduction

For a sweet and spicy kick, try this sauce as a glaze or dipping sauce for pork, game meat or even BBQ’d chicken. Ingredients 2 tablespoons prepared plum sauce 1 cinnamon quill 1/2 teaspoon smoked […]

Cauliflower Puree

Absolutely delicious alternative to the old school Mashed Potato. Ingredients 1/4 head cauliflower, broken into small florets then roughly chopped into chunks 1/2 – 1 cup full cream milk “glug” of cream 2 tablespoons butter […]

Chargrilled Capsicum and Field Mushroom Stack

Smokey and sweet, this gorgeous vegetable steak is delicious on its own or atop a Perfect Steak. Ingredients 1 large red capsicum or 2 paprika 2 field mushrooms salt and pepper olive oil Method Slice […]

Crunchy Duck Fat Kipfler Potatoes

This little beauty is a great way to make your dish a little gourmet. Ingredients 6 Kipfler Potatoes 100ml Duck Fat Sea Salt Flakes Par-boil potatoes unpeeled and whole in a large pan of salted […]

Grilled Citrus Asparagus and Baby Carrots

This smokey, zesty dish is delicious with any grilled meat. Ingredients 1 bunch fresh asparagus 1 bunch baby carrots juice of 1 citrus fruit (lemon, lime or orange are great) Glug olive oil Sea Salt […]

Luscious Tomatoes

Sweet and acidic, these luscious babies are perfect as a simple side dish. Ingredients 1 Punnet of baby Roma tomatoes – halved (at room temp) Sea Salt Freshly Ground Pepper Glug Extra virgin olive oil […]

Bocconcini, Basil and Roma Tomato Salad

This delicious salad boasts simple, elegant ingredients. Perfect for a BBQ, Italian dinner party or a quick lunch. Ingredients: 2 ripe Roma tomatoes (ripe and stored at room temperature – never the fridge) handful basil […]

Not-So Greek Salad

This recipe is by no means traditionally Greek. I have adapted the dressing, vegetables and fetta to suit my taste. I know Greek Salad is made with Greek Fetta, however I absolutely adore the delicious […]

Italian Potato Salad

I love a nice creamy potato salad as much as the next person, however for a fresher and even more flavoursome change, try my spin on the Italian Potato Salad. Ingredients 2 Medium Ruby Lou […]

Garlic Mint Yoghurt

This creamy, aromatic sauce is delicious with lamb, chicken, pizza or anything that you want add a little zing to. Ingredients 1 small tub plain Greek Yoghurt 1 handfull fresh mint (washed and chopped finely) […]