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,…

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)…

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…

Loaded Potato Wedges

Comfort food at its finest – this is a really easy and yummy supper. Ingredients: Large floury  potatoes (allow one per person) One cup of grated cheddar cheese 1/4 cup of sour cream 1 spring onion or some chives Rindless bacon 1/2 teaspoon of paprika Salt and pepper Turn the oven on to bake at…

Homemade Burgers 

Homemade burgers are sooo much juicier and tastier than supermarket ones. You know exactly what’s in them and can spice them up to your own taste.  Ingredients – Makes 8 1 kilo of good quality minced beef  1 onion, very finely chopped  1 large garlic clove, crushed  1 bell pepper, finely chopped  1 tspn ground…

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…

Nasi Goreng 

I’ve been eating this for as long as I can remember. Fried rice is a family favourite and there are a number of versions of the recipe. You can substitute the chicken for pork, beef or prawns, even a meaty fish like monkfish would work really well. Nasi is better the next day, so whilst you…

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)…