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…

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:…

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)…

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…

Fruit Crumble

Fruit crumble is a real winter favourite pudding. The soft, warm and often spiced fruit covered with a crunchy, sweet, perhaps nutty crumble topped with cream is a perfect way to top off a Sunday roast. This is a basic apple recipe but I’ve given you some variations below. Apple Crumble Serves 6 – 8…

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…

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

As the nights draw in there is nothing more comforting than a steamy bowl of thick creamy soup. When I was younger, soup was on the menu most days as an entree to nearly every meal. Pop would say that you could live on soup and soup alone – I think he’s probably right (he frequently…