Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Savoury

Indonesian Beef Curry

Indonesian Beef Curry

OK so this is not really a curry, not as you might know it, but it caught your attention nonetheless. Growing up in Australia, we get exposed to a huge range of Asian culinary influences but, here in the UK it’s very much focused on Chinese, Japanese and Indian. It’s great to see Thai restaurants and street-food stalls popping up and Vietnamese is gaining traction in London, but Indonesian food is yet to have any sort of impact. I’ve always thought of Indonesian food as similar to Malaysian; a milder blend of flavours yet strong with umami. Not overly spicy …

Cheese and Onion Pizza

Cheese and Onion Pizza

It could well turn out that I develop a whole range of crisp-flavoured pizza toppings but for now, let’s just stick to this one. It’s not really crisp-inspired, it just turned out that the flavours I threw together one night tasted deliciously familiar. Of course you can use which ever cheese and onion combination you like. It could be cheddar and mozzarella coupled with spring onions, or a goats cheese and some caramelised red onion…but today I’ll share the combination that won my heart.

It begins with my long-term love-affair with cheese. It’s OK, my husband knows. He also understands …

Spring Onion and Ginger Dipping Sauce for Dumplings

Spring Onion and Ginger Dipping Sauce for Dumplings

I don’t know if anyone else finds it hard to get a good dipping sauce for dumplings, but on the occasion that I’ve either made or (more likely) bought dumpings to steam at home – the experience is not complete without a strapping good sauce for dipping. This is a recipe from an Australian chef called Kylie Kwong who makes some of the best Chinese food you’ll never eat and it comes from her cookbook Simple Chinese Cooking – which is probably one of my most-used cookbooks.

With the best Asian food, the perfect balance of flavours is essential for …

Spicy Breakfast Beans

Spicy Breakfast Beans

Sometimes, on a Saturday morning, I watch a whole lot of The Pioneer Woman episodes as I finish my breakfast. Being in a family, this means that someone is usually in earshot of Ree Drummond’s twang as she waxes lyrical about cowboys and ‘life on the ranch’ and on one particular occassion, AT was around as she cooked up a big ranch breakfast. There were hashbrowns, baked eggs and all sorts of goodies being made and of course he asked if I could make something ‘like that’, listing ingredients like green peppers and onions.

II always try something once. And …

How We Do BBQ

How We Do BBQ

I grew up watching my dad catch and cook snapper on barbecues made with cypress pine which smelled divine as it burned. He’d brush on his special mix of lemon juice and olive oil that would splatter onto the white-hot ashes sending smoke up through the meat. He was famous among family and friends for his BBQ fish and over the years his monster cook-offs would come to include thick discs of chorizo, pork chops and perfectly charred olive oil and garlic ciabatta.

It’s rather surprising that it took me more than five years of living in UK before I …

Matar Paneer

Matar Paneer

I’ve always wanted to enjoy paneer but have found the paneer dishes at restaurants to be… not so great. It’s an unusual cheese, sort of like cottage cheese in flavour – which is to say incredibly mild – but it’s dense and closer to tofu or halloumi cheese in composition. The delicate flavour and robust texture goes well with this lightly, spiced tomato sauce because you can actually taste the paneer, it’s not just a vehicle for other flavours. I called my friend and she recommended this recipe which uses an MDH masala mix called Shahi Paneer. I prefer to …

The Secret to Perfect Fried Rice

The Secret to Perfect Fried Rice

In China, each region has its culinary speciality. Changzhou is famed for their fried rice and it’s always bought at the end of the meal, almost like dessert. I don’t know why they do this because when fried rice is done properly it is truly the best part of any meal. When I was there, I asked my Chinese friend how to make fried rice the Changzhou way, and since then I’ve been trying to perfect the technique and the recipe. Recently I cracked the final secret to the perfect fried rice and it came as a surprise because I …

Cosy Lamb Meatballs

Cosy Lamb Meatballs

This is another recipe from Maria Elia, a chef I came across in my work for Foodepedia. I also got the Aubergine Mull recipe from her book which has proved to be a welcome addition to my kitchen. These meatballs are a nice alternative to beef or pork meatballs. I make them regularly as they are easy to make and taste great. The only thing to take care of with this recipe is to not overcook the meatballs because they will become tough or rubbery. With other meatballs I use milk-soaked breadcrumbs that prevent this drying out, but these ones …

Creamy Tomato, Crab and Ginger Pasta

Creamy Tomato, Crab and Ginger Pasta

This recipe has been buried deep inside my memory for many years and found it’s way out of the rat’s nest last weekend. When you remove things pasta, rice and large wallops of mashed potato from your weekly repertoire, recipes like this sink to the bottom of your mental recipe pool like a stone. I can’t remember why this one sprang to mind but it’s a terrifically satisfying dish that combines seemingly incongruent ingredients like cream, fresh tomato, crab and ginger. It doesn’t sound like it should work but it does. You get richness in flavour from the cream, sweetness …

Chicken Satay Pizza

Chicken Satay Pizza

Purists look away now! Avert your eyes and block your ears because I’m about to plunder and pimp the sacred, doughy idol you call pizza. I’ll admit that I’m not a fan of fusion food but I will bend the rules now and then when it feels right. And I don’t know about you, but for me peanut sauce, chicken and snow peas on a pizza feels right. I only know this because many years ago, we used to go a gourmet pizza restaurant and order the Java, an Asian-style pizza that contained absolutely nothing that a good pizza should. …