Deli Style Chicken Salad

 My husband is a big fan of chicken salad and considers himself a bit of a connoisseur on the subject, given that whenever he’s in the States and chicken salad is on the menu he orders it and proceeds to give a rating out of ten. Deli style chicken salads aren’t as much an institution … Continue reading

Spaghetti & Meatballs

What’s not to love about flavour packed meatballs bathed in rich tomato sauce, poured over spaghetti and topped with mounds of parmesan cheese – comfort food just doesn’t get any better which is why this pasta dish is loved by young and old alike. I was a little shocked the first time I had spaghetti … Continue reading

French Mussel Bisque

Traditional French bisques, especially seafood ones, can be a complicated affair. But Ina Garten has created a wonderful rich French style bisque that is brimming with flavour but you won’t need to spend the whole day in the kitchen to make it. Using mussels and retaining the briny juices released as they cook gives the … Continue reading

Raspberry & Almond Upside-Down Cake

This cake looks so pretty when it’s unmolded.  It’s easy yet impressive and perfect for both dessert or morning/afternoon tea.  The sponge has a lovely crumb, moist from the buttermilk with a nice density from the almond meal and the slight sour bite of the raspberries stops it from becoming overly sweet.  When I saw … Continue reading

Creamy Dreamy Mushroom Lasagna

  I love lasagna in all shapes and forms, everything from classic meat to roast pumpkin. I’d never tried a mushroom lasagna before though, and now I have, it might be my new favourite.  This is a recipe I adapted from Ina Garten, the Barefoot Contessa. I’ve made quite a few changes to the original … Continue reading

Salami & Cheese in Puff Pastry

This is a very quick but utterly delicious appetiser. Basically salami, Sopressa if possible, is layered onto a sheet of puff pastry that has been bushed with dijon mustard.  Grated gruyere cheese is then piled on and a second layer of puff pastry is placed on top and the whole thing is baked until golden. … Continue reading

Chicken with Pancetta, Sage & White Beans

Crispy sage, tender chicken, salty pancetta and creamy white beans come together to make a delectable meal and the beans are the star of the show. A little while ago I cooked a batch of dried cannellini beans for a side dish and made sure to make extra beans for this recipe. You could certainly … Continue reading