Brie and rocket salad with pomegranate dressing

This recipe is based on a well-known creation of Donna Hay, who publishes a wonderful food magazine and is one of my favourite cooks and cook book authors. She makes beautiful food using everyday ingredients – fresh, simple and creative – and her photography is spectacular. Her recipe uses dried cranberries in the dressing, but pomegranates are in…

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BBQ corn with lime, chilli and coriander

This is a killer recipe, full of the big, bold flavours of chilli, lime and coriander combined with sweet, fresh corn. It’s exactly the sort of food I wanted to try and highlight when I started this blog. It doesn’t have any bells and whistles in either ingredients or technique, but tastes fantastic and is viscerally…

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Smashed peas with fennel and mint

These beautiful little morsels are very easy to make, but look and taste as if they took a whole lot of effort and skill. Peas are gently simmered in a little stock that has been flavoured with onion, garlic and fennel, then mashed up and piled onto toasted bread rubbed with fresh garlic and spread…

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Zucchini, mint and corn fritters – farewell to summer

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  Henry James It’s officially the first day of autumn in our part of the world. We love autumn and the beginning of a different season, but we’re not quite ready to let glorious, long summer afternoons go…

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Avocado slammer salad

When I made this avocado and rocket salad, my eldest son suggested I call it avocado slammer salad, because of the lemon wedges and little pile of salt on the plate. And when we eat it, it has a certain slammer-like quality – take a wedge of avocado, sprinkle on salt, squeeze over some lemon…

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Tomato, basil and prosciutto on sourdough (or, sort of BLT)

Hot summer’s day, vine ripened tomatoes, basil explosion in the vegetable garden and a loaf of fresh sourdough. All the elements were aligned in our house today to make this oh, so simple, but so delicious lunch. It’s nothing more than really lovely tomatoes gently roasted with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic and…

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Roasted balsamic onions

Onions are an integral part of my cooking, and their sweet, aromatic flavour adds depth and intensity to so many dishes. But in this dish they shine on their own. I saw something like this on Nigella Lawson’s Nigellisima Italian themed cooking show, and have been itching to make a version of my own ever since.…

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Sweet potato pie

After ten days in Papua New Guinea spending time with some amazing women who live and work with the local people there, I came home to my family ready to do one of the things I most love, cooking something delicious for them. Sweet potato is common in PNG so I was inspired to make…

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Potato and pea salad with hazelnut dressing

This salad is not much like the mayonnaise flooded, stodgy version of potato salad familiar to many. It has a nutty hazelnut and mustard dressing that has a great bite and contrasts with tender potatoes and crunchy peas. It’s perfect for when sugar snap and snow peas are in season. It can be served warm,…

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Sweet potato soup – winter joy

Pumpkin soup is ubiquitous as a winter time meal in my part of the world so I thought I’d mix it up a bit and try a sweet potato soup instead. Lots of spices and a bit of heat make this soup a little different and it would be a good introduction for the uninitiated…

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