Smoked Salmon & Vegetable Salad

Dinner planning can be a little mind boggling at times however, this Smoked Salmon salad with vegetables and creamy dressing isn’t too time consuming and a great alternative when you feel a little stuck for inspiration and ideas. A selection of a few pan charred vegetables, steamed beans and cooked potatoes with a tangy dressing,… Continue reading Smoked Salmon & Vegetable Salad

Involtini (Chicken) Home Made

Involtini is an Italian word which translates into small bite of food (wrapped in a filling) and they can be made from a variety of meats, vegetables and fish. My version today will be made from chicken breast. The meat needs to be thinly sliced and then filled. They can be filled with a variety… Continue reading Involtini (Chicken) Home Made

Lasagne with Chicken, Leek, Mushroom & Spinach

The colder it gets outside, darker earlier, the brighter the lights inside and the warmth of a cosy home is inviting and comforting when winter is setting in.   A home made Lasagne with Chicken, Leek, Mushroom and Spinach is the comfort one requires on a cold winter evening. The recipe that I am sharing isn’t… Continue reading Lasagne with Chicken, Leek, Mushroom & Spinach

Duck Curry (With Kaffir Lime Leaves & Lime Zest)

I have been wanting to prepare a duck curry for quite a while using Kaffir Lime Leaves and Lime Zest in the paste.  A dear friend who lives in the country will always order a duck curry if on a restaurant menu.  This has inspired me to create my own version for her next visit. … Continue reading Duck Curry (With Kaffir Lime Leaves & Lime Zest)

Gobi Manchurian (Fried Cauliflower in Spicy Sauce)

Gobi Manchurian is an Indo Chinese dish of fried cauliflower. A popular snack food in India. The florets are coated in batter, then pan fried.  A spicy rich sauce is made that coats the cauliflower giving the dish wonderful spicy flavours and consistency.  I was first introduced to this dish by my chef and trainer.  I… Continue reading Gobi Manchurian (Fried Cauliflower in Spicy Sauce)

Potato Bites (Party Food for Easy Entertaining)

There will always be a number of vegetarians and vegan guests at any party.  An idea came to mind that is all vegetable based and the central element of the dish would be using the humble potato.  The only time consuming part of making these little bite size morsels is cooking the potatoes and refrigerating… Continue reading Potato Bites (Party Food for Easy Entertaining)

Sicilian Style Summer Caponata

A little while ago I promised that I would share the Sicilian style summer caponata recipe.  For those that have been waiting patiently this recipe is for you.  As well as for those that enjoy eating Sicilian dishes.  Let us begin preparing this wonderful dish. All these ingredients are readily available at the moment and… Continue reading Sicilian Style Summer Caponata

Home Made Corn & Zucchini Fritters

When in season I can never go past corn to prepare some home made dishes. It is that time of the year and I am in heaven. It reminds me of my childhood back in Croatia. Where I lived the fields were abundant during the late summer.  Corn was enjoyed in many different ways. Today… Continue reading Home Made Corn & Zucchini Fritters

Delicious Home Made Christmas Fruit Mince Pies

With Christmas not too far away I am starting to plan what to prepare as small gifts. A great way to spend an afternoon is to bake some treats to share with your family, friends and neighbours.  Do not go past making these home made fruit mince pies.  They are absolutely mouthwatering. Pastry 4 1/2… Continue reading Delicious Home Made Christmas Fruit Mince Pies

Mini Goat Cheese & Roast Pepper Quiches

With Christmas not too far away and many of us in the middle of planning the dishes we are going to prepare, appetisers, main courses, desserts, drinks and the list goes on.   During this time of year, I endeavour to make my life as easy as possible and without too much stress.  After all it… Continue reading Mini Goat Cheese & Roast Pepper Quiches