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)…

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…

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…

Frittata 

Just when you think there’s nothing in the fridge for supper… a Frittata is quick, easy and goes along way for not many ingredients. Serve with a green salad and some pickles and crusty bread for a leisurely lunch.  Serves 4.  Ingredients 500g of potato, peeled and cubed (2 – 3 potatos)  1 onion, finely…

Chicken & Broccolini Gnocchi 

Silken gnocchi with the crunch of broccolini and sugar snaps peas in a rich alfredo sauce – heaven. You can easily leave the chicken out of this recipe and it isn’t a real alfredo sauce – more of a cheats version but it makes for a really quick supper.  Ingredients: 1 bag of gnocchi (400g)…

Stuffed Potato Skins 

This is a really good crowd pleaser and you can choose the filling to suit your taste. You’ll need large roasting potatos, one per person, washed, dried and pricked with a knife all over. Place them straight on to the wire rack and cook for 1 hour at 200°c. While they are cooking you can…

Aislings Afghan Beans (Vegetarian Taco Filling)

This recipe was inspired by a recent trip where I was able to watch men from Afghanistan prepare a variety of dishes for Iftar, the breaking of the fast during the month long Ramadan. Vegetarian dishes are a big part of middle eastern cuisine and with a recent vege convert in our house I wanted…

Quick Quesadillas 

I’m not sure you can call this cooking – it’s more assembly. But I figure if Nigella can create a recipe out of avocado on toast then I can too!  Quesadillas are a super quick snack and a good way of using up flour tortillas. The great thing about them is you can do a…

Rocket Pesto Chicken 

Strictly speaking, this isn’t pesto as it doesn’t have the same wet consistency, but it uses the same ingredients and is made in the same way just using less olive oil. You could use white fish instead of chicken if you prefer, either way it’s a great way to make a plain fillet of chicken…