Pasta Primavera


This quick and easy pasta dish is a lovely way to welcome spring! The sauce is based on that for pasta carbonara but with the […]

Microwave Mushroom Risotto

Servings: 3
Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes + 5 minutes standing

1 cup Aborio rice
3 cups water
10-20g dried porcini mushrooms, crumbled coarsely
1 tablespoon olive oil
1-1 […]

Boiled Eggs with Brioche


Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 1–2 minutes

2 eggs
Oil for deep frying
Plain flour
1 egg extra
1 small brioche or 2 slices from brioche loaf

1/2 cup broccoli florets
mixed […]

My Ultimate Four Cheese Macaroni


The success of this recipe depends on the choice of cheeses. Ricotta replaces a white sauce, mature cheddar has flavour and bite, parmesan adds a […]

Glass Noodle Salad


Servings:  4 to 6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes soaking

125 g mung or green bean vermicelli (cellophane noodles)
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
1 tablespoon […]

Asparagus with Parmesan

Servings: 4

This is a simple recipe with no definite quantities.

Take a bunch or two of asparagus and snap off the bottom ends. Fresh asparagus will […]

Barbecued Mixed Vegetables

Servings: 4 – 6 as a side dish
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

1 small (250g) kumara (orange-coloured sweet potato), sliced thickly
1 large (300g) red […]

Quick Mexican Soup with Spiced Avocado Salsa


This is a hearty main course soup which will please not only vegetarians. Carnivores could add some crumbled crisp bacon if desired.

Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 5 […]