This chutney or relish is quick and easy as it uses cranberry sauce from a jar. It's a blend of spiced apple, cranberry, apricots and raisins and is delicious. It does taste better after it has chilled for at least 3 hours.
This is an easy to make barbecue sauce using common ingredients - perfect for an impromptu barbecue!
This is a cold noodle dish - great for summer, and can be made ahead.
This is a way to make an easy and economical sandwich spread from stew beef. It's excellent at picnics!
Pan bagna is a Mediterranean layered sandwich, often prepared in a hollowed-out round, rustic loaf. Here, eggs, anchovies, capers, basil and tomatoes – all ingredients from a classic salade niçoise – are layered in a long French loaf, then left so that the flavours can mingle and soak into the bread. It's a great picnic lunch.
This simple, economical bowtie pasta recipe is easily varied: you can use smoked chicken or turkey or a combination of spicy cooked sausage, salami and ham. Butter Beans are the blonde coloured string beans.
This fizzy and refreshing childhood treat is made by fermenting sugar syrup with a yeast mixture called the ‘ginger beer mother’ or ‘ginger beer plant’. You could make it for the kids but you'll also have trouble keeping the adults away from it.
The secret of a flavoursome rice salad is to dress the rice with a good vinaigrette while it is still warm so that it absorbs the flavours, then add the mayonnaise last, for a creamy texture.
This is my version of Tabbouleh. It's great with lamb burgers, or just about anything. It can be made up in advance, and in fact I think it tastes a bit better if done so:)
A cheap and yummy creamy pasta dinner indulgence.
beautiful biscuits, always soft, either straight from the oven or at room temperature. Also, you can use any flavour jam you desire.
This was given to me by a friend about 25 years ago. I have been making it ever since for family and friends. It is delicious with all sorts of foods, from cold meats to barbecues. It is best made with ripe outdoor tomatoes as they have more flavour and colour. Always bottle in clean sterilised jars with non-metallic lids.
This iced tea is a standard base recipe that is not too sweet and very refreshing on a hot summer day! Asian loose leaf tea leaves give the best result. You can use any concentrated fruit flavouring (bottled or fresh-made), but I prefer lime juice with green tea and lemon juice with black tea.
This is a delicious variation of dolmades using grape leaves stuffed with lamb, onion, mint, pine nuts and rice.
This recipe comes from my Aunty Sue, and I blame her for getting me addicted to fresh rice paper rolls. They're such a healthy alternative to some other Asian dishes and lots of fun to make together around the table for dinner. This recipe maximises the flavour of the rolls by omitting the rice vermicilli that rice paper rolls are often stuffed with as a filler.
Fresh broad beans are the best in this recipe - just pod and peel them and measure the weight only in beans. But eat this Greek dish - aka Koukia Lathera - anytime of year using frozen broad beans. Serve with crusty bread and good feta for an excellent vegetarian main.
A delicious & easy Lemon Butter
These delicious muesli bars are packed full of goodness and they taste great too, my daughter loves them so much she won't eat store bought ones anymore.
Another one adapted from a recipe I found in a Tex-Mex cookbook.
Dessert does not get easier than this! Two perfect ingredients, strawberries and dark chocolate. Enjoy!