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…

Poached Eggs on Kumara “Toast”

This is a tasty alternative if you are looking for a reduced carb breakfast or brunch or if you are simply trying to avoid bread. You can make the Kumara toast ahead of time if you are too busy of a morning to be cooking for too long. Serves 2: 4 fresh, organic eggs 1…

Roasted Pumpkin Soup 

In New Zealand it is pumpkin season and today it is cold! Time for soup. You can vary the quantity depending on how much pumpkin you have, but keep the same ratio of pumpkin to potato, onion and stock as below to get the right consistency and flavour. Ingredients:  1.25kg pumpkin (peeled, deseeded and cubed)…

Salad Dressing

If you have the following ingredients in your pantry at home you can quickly rustle up a dressing to transform the most basic of fresh greens into a delicious meal or side dish. The quality of dressing will depend on the quality of your two main dressing ingredients: oil & vinegar. Right now I’m loving balsamic…

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…