As we head into the cooler months, this Roasted Vegetable Salad is an easy and tasty dish to throw together. What’s more, it is beautifully vibrant: lovely to take to a family get together. Alternatively, it could be a substitute side to pair with your favourite cut of meat for a weeknight meal. This is […]
Melbourne weather is often temperamental but on the occasional run of warm days we like to enjoy these Sweet Autumn Icypoles. You would have noticed that even when the days start off cool, the sun is in full force by the middle of the afternoon at, you guessed it, school pick up time. Rather than […]
This Tomato and Bacon Risotto is our family fave and it is especially convenient when the garden is overflowing with tomatoes. It works best with cherry tomatoes but you can substitute them with other varieties if they are on hand. Likewise you can use onions if leeks are unavailable. Another reason I love this risotto […]
Want to make a salad that’s a bit different for your next get together? This easy Pumpkin and Pine Nut Salad is a winner. The soft, flavoursome pumpkin, joined with the crunchy pine nuts and leafy spinach is a delicious combination. It’s perfect if you have leftover roast pumpkin on hand. But, if not, pop […]
I’d heard rumours about chocolate cake or muffins which had zucchini in them and that the vegetable gave the dough a lovely texture. I decided to give it a go myself by substituting it into an easy chocolate cake recipe. I did a little bit of research first. You are advised to drain the zucchini […]
On our recent trip overseas we visited Malta because my husband has family there and our children wanted to see a piece of their history. We were also very eager to try an authentic pastizzi. In Malta they traditionally have either spinach and ricotta or mushy peas as a filling. Both are equally delicious. In […]
Tempura is like the Japanese version of our fish and chips but infinitely better. The batter is so much lighter. Consequently, it won’t leave you with that queasy feeling people often get after eating greasy food. It is not reserved for fish and potatoes either. The Japanese deep fry everything: from green beans, eggplant and […]
Taco lovers, have you tried a Mexican Taco Bowl? It is a healthy and easy take on the original and much less messy! It doesn’t take too long to throw together, especially if you have rice at the ready. Cook it up for the family for a refreshing summer dinner. Alternatively, prep it on Sunday for a few lunches during the week. These toppings for the bowl are delish but you can change it up with whatever you fancy: substitute rice for quinoa, add some mixed lettuce leaves, or top with vegan cream cheese instead of cheese and sour cream for a dairy-free meal. Let fussy eaters choose their own toppings or eat it deconstructed. It’s a great meal to eat on the back deck on a warm evening and another bonus is that there’s not much washing up. Buen provecho!
Pork Tonkatsu is a Japanese dish. It is traditionally served with shredded cabbage, pickled vegetables, rice and miso soup as a set. I recently visited Japan for the first time in ten years and fell in love with Tonkatsu again. I never fully appreciated cabbage until I experienced it in Japan. It is a side for many dishes there and demonstrates that something as simple as shredded cabbage with a sauce can be a delicious accompaniment. It can be a welcome alternative to green salad.
The Tonkatsu set was also very popular with our children in our travels, mostly because of the deep fried crunchy meat, and the sticky rice. It is a good meal to practise using chopsticks for that reason. Whilst Tonkatsu usually uses pork fillets, it is also just as nice with chicken.