Sausage Hot-Pot

This may not be the most glamorous of dishes but it’s certainly one of the most comforting, especially on  cold winter nights when you really crave something hearty for dinner. A sausage hot-pot, or any hot-pot for that matter, is basically a one dish casserole of sorts and they’re extremely easy to throw together which … Continue reading

Nigel Slater’s Garlic Crumbed Chicken

This is one of those very fast and simple mid-week meals that looks and tastes like it took a  lot of time and effort to create. It reminded me somewhat of chicken Kiev, but with a healthier fresher approach. Don’t be too mislead by the title, whilst there is enough garlic in the dish to … Continue reading

Malaysian Laksa – The Cheats Way

Laksa is a spicy curry based noodle soup that’s very popular is Malaysia and Singapore, not to mention Sydney where die-hard laksa fans are always on the lookout for the best laksa vendor. Making an authentic laksa from scratch can be a time consuming exercise and sometimes the craving for a laksa can hit you … Continue reading

Classic Beef Stroganoff

Beef Stroganoff has been around a long time, and by long, I mean since the 1890’s. The dish originated in Russia but quickly became popular in the West, especially in the 1970’s when it was a dinner party standard. It seems to have gone out of fashion since then which is a shame because it’s … Continue reading

Spicy Prawns with Angel Hair Pasta

This recipe is a bit of a mish-mash of cuisines; it’s part South-East Asian, part Indian and with the pasta element, part Italian. A little confused I admit but it’s quite addictive. You could limit it’s culinary passport somewhat and replace the angel hair pasta with noodles or rice but Italian pastas have a different, … Continue reading

Chicken Teriyaki

 The term teriyaki actually refers to a method of Japanese cooking where food is first marinated and then grilled whilst being basted with the marinade which usually consists of soy, sake, mirin and sugar – “Teri” meaning lustre or shine and “Yaki” meaning to grill. There’s good reason for it’s enormous popularity, especially for people … Continue reading

Baked Pappardelle with Pancetta & Porcini

This would have to be one of the best baked pasta dishes I’ve ever made, or tasted,  for that matter and I don’t say that lightly.  It comes from one of my favourite chefs, Simon Hopkinson.  The recipe below will feed 2-3 people and I think it tastes best when made to these quantities.  The … Continue reading