With only vegetables, salt and water (ok and some herbs and spices if we’re feeling jaunty), the vegetable stock that flavours all the dishes of our life can just taste like vegetables and salt and water. However, with a bit of tinkering, we can have a rich, deeply-flavoured veggie stock that can hold up to […]
Sometimes it seems a bit like sacrilege to mess with a classic dish like potato salad. Everyone has their favourite varieties – some like theirs minty, others like good chunks of egg in there. Most agree it’s got to be creamy and cooling, with enough crunchy things in there to keep life interesting. But let’s […]
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The long winter has waved goodbye, and the fresh, tender veg of spring are HERE! This base risotto recipe is, of course, perfect year-round, but there’s something special about the delicate greenery and lemon zinginess of this spring version. It’s about to be your new favourite. Print […]
A vegetarian take on a traditional fish pie, this is going to be your new favourite dinner. Summery veg and herbs are simmered in a rich sauce with a hint of cheese, and the whole thing is topped with a savoury buttery mash before making friends in a hot oven. It’s an irresistible combination and […]
It’s pretty hard to beat a savoury stew, but when it’s topped with hot mashed potatoes its nothing but glorious. In fact, the only thing that could make it better is to top the stew with Irish champ mashed potatoes, a cheesy, oniony, potatoey conglomeration of deliciousness. This shepherd’s pie is super easy to make […]
Absolutely nothing beats a creamy, cheesy, bubbling casserole right from the oven for these chilly winter nights. This cannellini-bean version is chock-full of sweet sauteed leeks, garlic and aromatic veg and works well either topped with breadcrumbs and parmesan (as a main) or parmesan and cracked black pepper (as a side). It’s also awesome assembled […]
Spaghetti Bolognese is is a hit for everyone in our home. We all love it and for something that is so easy to cook the flavour is amazing. Ben and myself use to have competitions on who could cook the best version then one day Ben added all his secret ingredients (of which I hope he gives me for this recipe post) and what I think is the star of the show, beef ribs and he nailed it! And the longer you cook, the better it will be! I love to cook a big pot and freeze the leftovers for a busy day or for Ben’s lunches throughout the week.
We are now well and truly into winter which makes me crave comfort food. There’s nothing like a warming dinner at the end of a frosty day. This recipe is my mum’s beef stew, (she is known as Oma to my kids). There are too many variations to include but this is probably my favourite, and the most palatable to my children.
You can cook this in an hour or two on the stovetop but the best way is to chuck it all in a slow cooker in the morning. Go about your business and bask in the delish smells as they take over your house. Rest in the knowledge that all you have to do in the evening is throw some rice in the rice cooker, throw some pasta into the slow cooker half an hour before you want to eat, or if you’re really feeling energetic, you could whip up some mashed potato.
Growing up I was never really fond of coleslaw and I’m not sure why because these days I can’t get enough of it! I have no idea where this recipe came from but I can tell you it is the best coleslaw you will ever try! I like to serve it as a side salad when having a BBQ or have it on top of baked potatoes. And it accompanies slow cooked pulled pork wraps brilliantly!