Category: Recipes

One pan Mediterranean chicken with rice.

I’ve been wanting to try out a one pan chicken and rice dish for so long, and what I had in mind was inspired by a paella but was even less effort, and I was after the kind of midweek meal that ticks all the boxes. Classic Mediterranean flavours have been something I’m stuck on, ...

Peka

A peka is a traditional Dalmatian meal cooked under a dome shaped lid and covered over with hot coals. It’s usually saved for special occasions when you’re cooking something out of the ordinary like a large octopus, turkey, or duck, and also because there’s a decent amount of playing with fire involved in the prep. ...

Donna Hay’s banana & choc chip muffins

Faced with overripe bananas and not wanting to make banana bread yet again, I was happy to discover this recipe from one of my favourite Australian foodies, Donna Hay. All pantry staples, super quick and easy, and perfect for an after school treat. I’ve left the weights as per the original recipe despite my assumption ...

Potato bake

My kids all love this, as do I, but due to the rich fattiness of all that cream it’s not something I make often. This is a super easy version that you can tweak in so many ways, and it easily lends itself to catering size quantities. The amount of cream stated is obviously going ...

Mushroom & ginger san choy bau

Even though I can no longer label myself as vegan I do still try to make vegan choices as often as possible and in fact I eat no red meat and very little chicken. {Dairy is the mistress I can’t seem to break up with but that’s a whole other post.} What makes me happiest ...

Gregada

Gregada: a strange word that took me forever to remember, this is a dish I never knew existed until recently. It’s a very traditional Dalmatian recipe {the region not the dog 😉 } that we discovered only last year while in Zadar. My husband was contemplating what to order at one of our favourite restaurants, ...

Fattoush

This is the perfect salad: substantial, fresh, crunchy, zingy, and filling enough to be a meal on it’s own. I usually serve it as part of a Lebanese spread but it’s also great with a BBQ, or even with seafood. It’s a great all rounder which always disappears fast. It’s good for you too. I’m ...

Vegan pasta salad with caramelised balsamic

This recipe will actually take me longer to type up than it did to cook. It’s perfect Summer eating, easily stretches to feed a crowd, and is full of vegetables too. You could definitely add some kind of crumbled cheese as well as olives and give it a Greek vibe, and some lentils or black ...

Crunchy chicken & almond salad

This salad is what you get when your older kids decide that five in the afternoon is a good time to tell you that they’ll be home for dinner after all. So those few chicken schnitzels that were going to feed three now need to stretch to feeding a few more. There’s always the pizza ...

Pantry essentials :: Ras el Hanout

Trust me when I say that this Middle Eastern spice mix is going to change your meals. I picked up a small tub earlier this year and liberally seasoned a free range chicken before cooking it on the BBQ {see recipe here} and the results were nothing short of spectacular. Since then I’ve used it ...