Funky “Courgette” Fritters


Print courgette fritters Simplicity in a fritter – for breakfast, lunch, after-school or even into the lunchbox! Ingredients 1 Tb olive oil 1 shallot finely diced 1 courgette coarsely grated 1 egg 2 Tb flour sea salt fresh herbs Instructions Heat the oil in a non stick pan. Add the shallot and cook to soften … Continue reading Funky “Courgette” Fritters

Banana and Pistachio Cake


  Print Banana Pistachio Cake A moist and delicious banana, date and pistachio cake topped with honey and cacao icing. Ingredients 175 g unsalted butter cubed 200 g plain flour 4 tsp baking powder 100 g muscovado sugar 2 eggs 3 tbs honey 250 g mashed banana 100 g pitted dates chopped 50 g pistachio … Continue reading Banana and Pistachio Cake

Broccoli and Leek Soup


Print Broccoli and Leek Soup This is a deliciously creamy and healthy soup – all about the broccoli. You would think it was decadent, yet the creaminess comes from the slow cooking of the leeks and broccoli stalks – you couldn’t get more REAL than this soup Ingredients 1 large leek halved vertically and thinly … Continue reading Broccoli and Leek Soup

Fresh Spring Rolls with Tuna and Baby Rocket


Ingredients 500g fresh tuna chilli flakes vegetable oil 100g baby rocket leaves mint leaves coriander leaves vermicelli, soaked in boiling water, rinsed in cold water square rice paper sheets Method: Heat oil in a heavy based frypan until smoking hot. Roll the tuna fillet in chilli flakes and season with sea salt. Fry the piece … Continue reading Fresh Spring Rolls with Tuna and Baby Rocket

Kumara and Tofu Dumplings


  Kumara and Tofu Dumplings Recipe Type: Starter Cuisine: Asian Author: Vanessa Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 35 mins A delicious Vegetarian dumpling Ingredients I packet of fresh dumplings wrappers 2 kumara, peeled, cubed and roasted with chilli flakes 50g cabbage- finely shredded and chopped 1/2 onion – finely chopped … Continue reading Kumara and Tofu Dumplings

Grilled Fish for the Family Table


I love simplicity and this recipe oozes simple for the family table. You can use any variety of fish – so it covers all seasons and countries. This reminds me of an Italian meal.  It’s all about the fish and it’s flavour. You can use one type or several types of fish in one time.  This … Continue reading Grilled Fish for the Family Table

Ouef en Cocotte


We love these baked eggs in our home.  It is a wonderful way to feed a crowd for breakfast or brunch also as all the eggs can be cooked at once and served up in little individual pots.  Teenagers love this! Print Ouef en Cocotte Deliciously mourish eggs baked in a ramekin Ingredients 150 g … Continue reading Ouef en Cocotte

ANZAC inspired Feijoa Cheesecake


I decided that I wanted to create a special dish for ANZAC day that had the ‘idea’ of an ANZAC cookie (ie.oats) but had a little more Kiwi seasonality to it.  3 bags of feijoas from the market gave me the impetus to come up with something that had feijoa and apple included.  The kids … Continue reading ANZAC inspired Feijoa Cheesecake

Amore – the Italian way


Today was awesome. For me there is something so emotionally heartwarming when an Italian thinks that I am also Italian. I have felt like this since I was a Uni student and worked in Sassi’s Italian bistro in Carlton, Melbourne. It possibly at that time had more to do with his swarthy son who I … Continue reading Amore – the Italian way

Vietnamese Spring Rolls


I had to take a hiatus from making Vietnamese Spring Rolls after the epic thousands I made along with the students from KOTO charity when they were here to cook at the Taste of Auckland last year. But, as I am travelling New Zealand this year (2016) =and creating a Vietnamese degustation dinner in each … Continue reading Vietnamese Spring Rolls