Easter Chicken and Potatoes with Green Olive Tapenade

As Easter is fast approaching, I thought a really special roast chicken recipe would be apt, so here we go. The sweet, buttery tomatoes underneath the skin keep it lovely and moist, oozing out as you serve the chicken and the garlicky tomatoes that have been ‘incubated’ whilst it cooks are beautiful spooned over whatever…

Pasta Jumble Bake

I came across this pasta at the weekend and bought it along with Sicilian and Kalamata olives, mozzarella, lots of large pomodoro tomatoes and basil with the intention of making a pasta bake. I’m always a bit dubious about pasta bakes as I don’t like overcooked pasta or too much sauce but this particular purchase…

Fennel, Garlic and Lemon Potatoes

The Delights of Fennel I am slightly infatuated with the aniseed flavour of fennel (almost as much as I am with Sambuca) but have only recently begun cooking with it. The love affair began when I realised fennel seeds went really well with roast vegetables, then I started adding the seeds to tomato sauces, BBQ…

Easy Yoghurt Flat-breads

These have never let me down, and I am by no means a bread maker – so that’s really saying something! I first made these to go with dips and then to accompany slow cooked lamb and coleslaw, and now I make these with most salads and pretty much anything. The only thing I ever…

Thyme Roast Tomatoes with Feta and Basil

This is one of the most simple breakfasts but so fresh and so punchy – it was tough taking the photos before devouring this tasty morsel. It’s probably wrong for me to call this a recipe, it’s more like a good flavour combination. Plates all too often get busy or confused but good ingredients can…

Going Nuts!

Eat a handful of almonds a day, walnuts for your heart, peanuts for your brain and pecans and brazils for men’s health! If all the nut advice is driving you nuts, I advise to keep a stash of raw nuts/seeds – and familiarise yourself with a handful of recipes incorporating them. Be creative about when…

Zucchini Agrodolce

Zucchini still sounds very Aussie to me, but then courgette agrodolce doesn’t have the same ring to it. Agrodolce is a traditional Italian sweet and sour sauce, made up from ‘agro’(sour) and ‘dolce’ (sweet) – in this case vinegar and sugar. If you haven’t already tried this, please give it a go as it is…

Bill Granger’s Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake

Who doesn’t like cheesecake? This was the first cheesecake recipe I tried and love the way it is so easy, just a matter of measuring everything and letting the food processor do the work. Preheat oven to 140°C, lightly grease a 24cm springform cake tin and line the bottom with baking paper. Find a deep…

Lemon Trickle Cake *Good zing factor

I thought I’d start with this cracker of a cake that never lets you down. It may look simple (and it is) but the taste makes up for any of that. I once thought it impossible to make this cake too lemony….but I think I have found a happy medium with this amount of drizzle,…