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April 11, 2019

CREAMY PUMPKIN PASTA

This vegetarian creamy pumpkin pasta is such good comfort food! Grab yourself a bowlful and get cozy on the couch. Do you usually avoid cooking with pumpkin because it’s such a pain to cut up?! I had a conversation with my sister recently where she admitted to this, and I used to be exactly the same. My top tip is […]
April 11, 2019

EGGPLANT, BACON AND HALOUMI SALAD

Don’t be fooled by the word ‘salad’ – this cheesy eggplant, bacon and haloumi salad is loaded with delicious ingredients and served with a creamy yoghurt dressing and warm garlic bread. Coating the eggplant slices in a mixture of egg and parmesan is quite a different way to cook eggplant (credit to mum for this one). They taste a little […]
April 11, 2019

BUDGET BEEF WELLINGTON

This budget beef wellington uses a less expensive cut of steak and is served deconstructed, making it quick and easy to prepare. Accompanied with veggies and simple roast potatoes, it’s a tasty weeknight meal. While I love a proper beef wellington, and eye fillet steak is delicious, I don’t feel like I can justify it for a regular weeknight meal! […]
April 4, 2019

MEDITERRANEAN ROAST CHICKEN

An easier version of a full roast meal. This Mediterranean roast chicken uses butterflied chicken for quicker cooking, and is served with roast kumara mixed into a tasty salad. I like to cook the kumara pieces on the same tray as the chicken, to infuse flavour (and a bit of fat!) into them. They don’t go as crisp this way […]
April 4, 2019

LAMB AND PESTO PASTA

This lamb and pesto pasta dish is full of really yummy ingredients, including some hidden veggies. It’s super quick and easy to make. If you haven’t heard of ‘wide lasagne’ before, have a look in the dried pasta section of the supermarket. Rather than lasagne sheets, it’s smaller pieces of pasta with frilly edges. Layering the pasta together with the […]
April 4, 2019

SALT AND PEPPER FISH ON ROTI

A variation on fish tacos, this salt and pepper fish on roti makes a delicious, filling meal. Wrap them up like a kebab, eat with your hands and it will feel like you’re treating yourself to takeaways! If you’re not too keen on seafood, the fish can easily be swapped for chicken. I like to lightly cook the cabbage – […]
March 28, 2019

THAI YELLOW CURRY

Thai yellow curry is mild and creamy – a curry that the whole family will enjoy. This vegetarian version includes paneer, a fresh white cheese that is like a less salty version of haloumi. A couple of weeks ago I shared a satay chicken skewers recipe which featured yellow curry paste, with a promise to share another recipe in a […]
March 28, 2019

MEXICAN BOLOGNESE

A Mexican twist on an Italian favourite! This lightly spiced Mexican bolognese is bulked up with veggies and beans, and topped with plenty of cheese, salad and a dollop of sour cream. Most nights in our household are spent trialling new recipes, but sometimes we just feel like some basic comfort food. Spaghetti bolognese always hits the spot. I didn’t […]
March 28, 2019

CHICKEN, CRUMBED CAMEMBERT AND GRAPE SALAD

I’ve been looking for a way to add crumbed camembert to a meal and this chicken, crumbed camembert and grape salad is it! A delicious combination of indulgent and healthy. I first attempted to cook the camembert by baking it in the oven. With just a single coat of breadcrumbs, the camembert oozed out everywhere and made a complete mess! […]
March 21, 2019

PRAWN FILO PIES

The creamy, cheesy filling in these prawn filo pies is so good! Perfect paired with the light, crisp pastry and a flavoursome salad. Placing whole prawns in the pies makes them feel a little more gourmet, and tuna really improves the flavour of the filling without being overly fishy. Royce’s ‘canned fish radar’ is pretty good but I managed to […]