Sides and Starters

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


  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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]