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…

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…

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…

Nanas Beef Soup 

Soup is food for the soul and when I was growing up soup was on the menu nearly every day of the week. Nana served Pop soup daily for lunch, usually either chicken noodle or beef soup and then again before his main evening meal. They often had soup followed by pancakes as a light…

Baked Salmon with Lentils

This recipe is really delicious, the lentils are so tasty! This serves two, but you can multiple the recipe up as necessary. Ingredients: 2 medium sized salmon fillets 150g green lentils 1 pint of chicken stock 1 pint of water 1 medium red onion – finely chopped 50g (handful) of pancetta – cut into lardons…

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…

Slow Roasted Pork with Apple Sauce 

If you are looking for a great roast which cooks itself then a slow roasted pork is the way to go. I opt for a large shoulder, with the crackling left on. Ask your butcher to the score the crackling as it can be tricky to get your knife through. Go for the largest joint…

It’s a wrap 

I find any meal that the kids can construct themselves is always consumed with more gusto than if they are served a full plate. Wraps are a good example – and better still they are quick, economical and healthy too.  Vegetarian ones are great, but in the event you want to bulk it up chicken…

Quick Chorizo Paella 

This is a quick cheats version of paella that will serve 2 for dinner or 4 for a smaller lunch serving, preferably with a salad. Ingredients 1 cup of long grain rice like basmati 3 cups of water Salt and pepper 1 dessertspoon of turmeric 1/4 teaspoon of dried chilli powder or 1 fresh chilli…