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 Meatballs

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…

Beef Stroganoff

This is a really quick recipe for dinner. Do the chopping prep first, then get the water on to boil for the rice. When you start the cooking, pop the rice on and the whole thing will be ready in less than 15 minutes. The brandy in the sauce is optional – but it does…

Vegetarian Pizza

I have a lot of spinach growing in my garden at the moment so I have been thinking of disguising it so that I can get the kids to eat more of it. They love pizza and it’s fun to make your own dough – so hey presto vegetarian pizza for dinner! You will need…

Chicken & Orange Salad

This salad is simply delicious. It is sweet and juicy and makes a great winter salad when you need something really refreshing – and the navel oranges are in season. Serves 1 Ingredients: 1 chicken breast (no skin / bone) 1 clove of garlic (minced), save 1/4 of it for the dressing 1 good splash…

Lean & Mean Fillet Steak

Eating Lean? Then treat yourself to a ultra lean fillet steak – this packs in a whole heap of your B vitamins. Here I have served it with some parsnip and kumara (sweet potato) chips and fresh green beans as its winter food, but you could alternatively serve it with a lovely big salad. This…

Almond & Banana Porridge

This is a super quick and wholesome breakfast. If you are trying to reduce or avoid dairy use almond milk instead, it gives a lovely nutty flavour. Serves 1 Ingredients: 1/2 cup of organic rolled oats (45g) 1 cup of almond milk (250ml) 1/2 small banana or 1 whole small banana Handful of flaked or…