Beef, Blackberry and Blue Cheese Pie

This one really gives a new meaning to “black and blue.”  I know it might seem odd, but bear with me on this.  Firstly, as a quick glance at many of my past recipes will show you I am a huge proponent of pairing meat and fruit.  Fruit brings a delicious acidity and sweetness that…

Slow-cooked Bean and Sausage Stew

It’s slow cooker season, oh boy!  The air is colder, the days are shorter…we need a bit of light and warmth in our lives.  Nothing quite compares to that feeling of coming home to an abode that smells as delicious as a meal that has had 8 hours to develop flavour.  Not only that, but…

Prawn and Avocado Salad

I ummed and ahhed about whether to call this a salad or a cocktail, and I’m still not convinced I went with the right choice.  I think the fact that it’s about 60% greens (despite appearances) settled it.  That, and a rare decision to distance myself from 70s dinner parties. Whatever you call it, it…

Cardamom and Banana 3-Ingredient Pancakes

I do love the aromatic flavour of a cardamom pod, there’s something quite fabulous about its faintly aniseed essence.  Well, until you accidentally bite into one in your pilau rice and the bitterness is overwhelming, but that’s beside the point.  I find the cardamom seeds give these insanely easy, coeliac-friendly pancakes a deliciously botanic undertone….

Sausage, Apple and Blue Cheese Risotto

A few years ago I had was attempting to make a pear, ham and blue cheese salad but alas, the pears were (typically) too hard.  Instead, I settled on some apples I had nearby.  I found the slightly more tart tang of the apples interacted with the blue cheese in a different way – the…

Mushroom and Bacon Stuffing

Ahh, stuffing – what would a Sunday roast be without you?  Or Christmas dinner?  Or those guilty pleasure stuffing and gravy sandwiches I used to make at 3am… Stuffing is, of course, a conundrum – arguably one of the tastiest parts of the dish, does it function as a mere filler to the meat or…

Chorizo and Red Wine Tapas

Introduction For some reason it took until 6 months ago for us to finally try tapas, and boy were we missing out!  So many choices, so much flavour and the joy of mixing and matching.  This, however, is our favourite tapas dish and it is so insanely easy, yet as rich and voluptuous side dish as there…