Recipes

Spaghetti Carbonara

Spaghetti Carbonara

In his recent entertaining TV series, Searching for Italy, actor Stanley Tucci goes in search of four iconic pasta dishes which he describes as  staggering in their simplicity: rigatoni amatriciana, spaghetti cacio e pepe, spaghetti carbonara and...

Dragon Fruit Salad

Dragon Fruit Salad

I've usually associated Chinese New Year with auspicious foods such as fish (because the Chinese root word for fish sounds like 'surplus' ) and noodles (which signify long life).But over the past few years, I've become aware of the Lunar New Year...

Watermelon Granita

Watermelon Granita

Here's a refreshing icy treat for the kids when they come home from school on hot summer afternoons.  All you need is a sweet seedless watermelon, lemon juice and sugar - and a little rosewater for an exotic flavour.InroductionAbout this RecipeBy:...

Black-Eyed Susan Cake

Black-Eyed Susan Cake

This is one of those marvellous moist upside-down syrup cakes, so-called because the pattern on the top, made with mangoes and blueberries, resembles the Black-Eyed Susan flower.  I prefer to use Kensington Pride mangoes, also known as Bowens,...

Plum Pudding Ice Cream

Plum Pudding Ice Cream

If you still haven't made your Christmas plum pudding, this frozen ice cream version is the perfect solution.  I actually prefer it to the heavy traditional English pudding, especially when it's a steaming hot day Down Under.    ...

White Christmas

White Christmas

This up-dated version of is an easy one for kids to make (as long as you supervise the melting of the chocolate) and makes a terrific edible Christmas gift.Don't forget to book the kids in to my Mini Chef Christmas cooking classes where...

Loukie’s Gravlax

Loukie’s Gravlax

This recipe is from Loukie Werle's charming book, The Valley, a collection of much-loved family recipes."Not a Christmas goes by without a call from my daughter, 'Mum, can you bring the gravlax?' she writes."It has become the go-to dish for festive...

Rainbow Veggie Pasta

Rainbow Veggie Pasta

Celebrate spring with this colourful combo of veggies, a dish which can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature with a splash of lemon juice or mild vinegar. Or for a nuttier flavour, add a teaspoon of toasted sesame oil along with the...