Super charged breakfast smoothie

This is a delicious, quick & super healthy way to start the day. You should be able to find some variant to these branded ingredients in your local supermarket, health food store or online. You will need a blender or nutri-bullet to make this smoothie. Ingredients: Chilled water 1/4 cup coconut yoghurt (I use Raglan…

Mushroom Risotto

Risotto is such a good meal any time of the year. It is rich and unctuous and surprisingly easy to make. Ingredients: 2 cups arborio rice 1 small white onion, peeled and very finely chopped 1 tsp minced garlic 7 – 8 cups of hot vegetable stock 2 cups of thinly sliced mushrooms 1 tsp…

Emma’s Rhubarb & Ginger Cordial

Yum. This is simply delicious on a hot summers day. If you have rhubarb in abundance (like my friend Emma who gave me a massive bag of it this week) – making this cordial is a great way to use it up. Keep it in the fridge and serve with sparkling water, or even better…

Pukekohe Pie

Pukekohe pie is a potato dish which was a family favourite when I was growing up. Family barbeques at Nanas house would invariably include a puke pie as the potato side and an asparagus casserole as the warm vegetable side (or creamed mushrooms) as Pop needed a “gravy”. These were in the days when regardless…

Christmas Ham

OK, so I know I’m a bit behind the programme posting a Christmas recipe on January 7th. This is the joy of being the Christmas cook – there is no real time recipe production or photography – I started writing this in 2018! Serves 12 – 16 Ingredients: A cooked or uncooked ham (circa 5kg,…

Pancakes

Since returning to New Zealand we have become a family that roams from one game of sport to another on the weekends. Long gone are the days of a little extra snooze – it’s a marathon in itself just to get out of the door with all the kit in tow. Saturday mornings are junior…

Asparagus Casserole

Ok, so I know what you’re thinking – asparagus casserole does not sound like the kind of thing you want to tuck into right now.  You need to trust me on this one – it’s really delicious. Nana used to roll this out as a side dish whenever there was a gang to feed. It…

Asian Pork Meatballsl

These asian style meatballs are really delicious – according to my son they are “amazeballs”, serve with noodles or rice and some tender stem broccoli or green beans. Serves 4 Ingredients: Meatballs: 500g – 600g pork mince (500g makes 17 small meatballs) 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce 1 tablespoon of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce)…

Prátaí Soup (Potato Soup)

This is a real winter warmer for my Irish friends. Here is a smokey bacon version and also a herb variation for the vegetarians. As with any recipe which includes high salt content ingredients (in this case smoked bacon and stock), the need to add salt will depend on the type of bacon and stock…

Homemade Milkshakes

This is a delicious strawberry milkshake recipe which you can whip up in a few seconds at home. Ingredients: 2 scoops of ice-cream (vanilla, strawberry or boysenberry) 2 cups of washed and hulled strawberries 1 banana 1 1/2 cups of milk 1 dessertspoon of honey Blend all the ingredients together, using more ice-cream if you…