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…

Lamb Kofta Meatballs

Kofta are spiced middle eastern meat parcels – typically oblong in shape and served on a skewer. For simplicity you can shape them into meatballs. These are really tasty and can be served with steamed rice or couscous. This recipe serves 4 – 5 depending on portion size and makes 20 meatballs. For the meatballs:…

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…

Cooking Pasta and Rice

Using a large saucepan with 2 handles makes cooking with large volumes of water easier to handle. The trick with boiling pasta and rice is using a lot of water. When steaming rice you need to be specific with the volumes so here are a few tips: All measures serve 4 – 6  1) 500g…

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…

Notposh “Nandos” Spicy Rice

My daughter LOVES Nandos – every time we are in our local shopping centre she makes a bee line for the funky chicken restaurant which she cutely calls “Fernandos” and promptly orders their spicy rice. She’s not really bothered by anything else on the menu (other than the self serve froyo). Last time we were…