Arancini (Breaded Rice Balls)

A wise farmer once said “any food can be made better by breading and frying it in nugget form.”  I believe his name was McDonald.  Arancini are delicious little balls (or whatever shape you like – I used an onigiri press given to me following the recipe a few weeks ago) of rice and various…

Prawn and Pineapple Onigiri (Rice Balls)

When I’m not busy mixing fruit and meat into bizarre combinations I am lucky enough to be a primary school teacher.  Many of the children I teach are from Japanese backgrounds, so I often see these delightful little triangular mounds of rice in their lunchboxes.  I was amazed at how perfect they look, and being…

Jerk Chicken with Rice and Beans

I will begin by stating that this may not be totally authentic – it is very much something I put together myself, and is not meant to be a traditional recreation of an exact dish. What made this so nice was its ease – one pot, entirely cooked in the oven, perfect for sharing across…

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…

Sundried Tomato and Pine Nut Risotto

  Earlier last year I fell in love with sundried tomatoes.  The concentrated, rich, oily flavour packs a punch unlike any other tomato product.  Perfect with pasta, on toasted bread, or on some strong cheese – perhaps my favourite use of sundried tomatoes is in this dish.  While the tomatoes provide the flavour, the pine…

Sweet Chili Crab Risotto

Risottos seem to have a strange reputation as a phenomenally difficult dish to cook and I’m not really sure why.  Granted, a restaurant critic might be a stickler about the precise consistency but quite frankly – besides the somewhat attentive stirring needed – risottos are wonderfully easy and versatile dishes that are particularly good for…

Satay Chicken Curry

For some, they’re delicious bar snacks and a great source of protein…for others, they’re a death sentence.  The peanut is an interesting one, as it suits both sweet and savoury dishes equally well. Satay Chicken is deliciously marinated and grilled with spiced peanut flavours, and this dish combines it with a peanut-coconut based curry.  Super…

Butternut Squash Risotto

Introduction I first observed this meal when my American house-mate made some and was immediately taken in.  Through a mixture of observing her and looking at some recipes on the net I gradually honed this to my tastes.  Perhaps the biggest variable is the herb you use – I prefer sage but my housemate always…