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Basic Risotto with Pumpkin or Butternut
If you've never made a risotto before this one is a good basic formula, you can add a bit of chopped bacon or chorizo to the onion and garlic if you like or swap out the pumpkin. Ingredients 2 cups...
Beetroot and Feta Tarts
You'll need to allow an extra 40 minutes if making your own onion jam, (see below for recipe), it's very easy and cheap or use store-bought onion jam if you prefer, it's an easy recipe to double and the tarts are...
Classic Bacon and Egg Pie
Bacon & Egg Pie is a Kiwi classic that’s great for lunch, dinner or a picnic. The kids will love it in fact it’s so easy they could make it. I use a square cake pan 20.5cm x 20.5cm, or...
Cottage Pie
Cottage pie is a family classic. It doesn’t take long to make and is real “all ages” comfort food. Use floury potatoes for the mash on the top, and serve with other seasonal vegetables. Ingredients For the filling 500g beef...
Easy Omelettes
Omelettes are a delicious way of making a little bit of something, go a long way. Follow these 3 easy steps to master a basic omelette then try adding a little grated cheese, some ham or tomato or a few...
Family Barbecue Pork Sausage Roll
This family friendly dinner dish can be made with pork or beef mince, so use what you have on hand as it's equally good with either. Ingredients ½ tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic crushed 3 rashers,...
Family Mince and Vegetable Pie
A good mince pie is a real family favourite. It’s easy to make and doesn’t need a big amount of mince. Metal pie dishes conduct the heat more effectively than glass or ceramic dishes which may result in greasy pastry...
Fried Rice
The real secret to successful fried rice is to use “day old” cooked rice. Either make extra the night before, or cook it in the morning and leave in the fridge till evening. Fresh rice becomes sticky and wont fry....
Garlic Bread
Use a basic supermarket baguette to add crispy garlicy goodness and an instant upgrade to a modest meal. Ingredients 1 Baguette or crusty long loaf of French or Italian style bread100g butter, at room temperature3 fat cloves of garlic, crusheda...
Greek Shepherds Pie
This simple layered bake makes a little bit of minced meat go a long way. We usually use lamb mince, which gives the dish a distinctively lamby flavour but beef mince works well too. Slow cooking rewards you with a...
Herby Italian Meat Balls with Primavera Sauce
This basic meatball mixture is perfect for spaghetti and meatballs, and primavera is simply a pasta sauce with veg in it. Ingredients Meatballs 500g beef mince ½ an onion finely chopped 1 tsp mixed herbs ½ tsp oregano 2 slices...
High Country Pie
With its crispy potato topping this layered dinner dish is a family pleasing and affordable meal. It does need a long stint in the oven so why not make it while you are cooking tonight's dinner then keep it in...
How to Cook a Christmas Ham
A Ham at Christmas is marvellous. It may scorch the wallet initially but, per serve, a ham is good value, looks impressive, goes such a long way and keeps well, so you can enjoy it for several days after Christmas....
How to Cook Fluffy White Rice
I use basmati by preference - it has a lovely flavour and texture and is the only white rice that is low GI so makes you feel full for longer. I like fluffy rice with curries. You don't need to...
How to Roast a Turkey
Turkey is very lean so basting with pan juices and covering with sliced bacon and a layer of foil is the usual method employed to keep the meat moist and succulent while imparting flavour into the flesh.  Frequent opening of...
Kedgeree
While Kedgeree was traditionally a breakfast dish, originating in the days of the British Raj, It’s good eaten any time of the day . The combination of mild curry flavours, smoked fish, and hard- boiled egg is very savory, and...
Magic Chicken Pies
These pies are “magic” because they make a little bit of chicken go such a long way. Ingredients 1 single chicken breast, cooked, or equivalent quantity of left over’s shredded 25g butter 1 leek, sliced (or use chopped onion if...
Make in Bulk Master Meatball Mix
I find meatballs time consuming to make for a single meal, but keeping a load ready prepared in the freezer makes a meatball meal quick and easy and the kids help out with the rolling. This mixture can also be...
Minestrone Soup
Minestrone is a robust vegetable based soup, the addition of beans and pasta makes it a complete meal in a bowl.  Change the ingredients according to the season – for example if leek is expensive leave it out and add...
Peanut Chicken and Rice
This is a good Sunday night supper type dish – you probably have everything you need in the pantry and freezer already. Its tasty and satisfying in a risotto-ish kind of way but with a bit more zing. Ingredients 1...
Pilau Rice "n" Spice Supper
This “made from next to nothing” meal is delicious, interesting and can be styled up or down as your budget allows. Ingredients 350-500g minced beef, pork or chicken 1 tsp oil, if needed 1 onion, chopped ½ tsp cinnamon ½...
Pumpkin Chickpea Curry
This simple dish is packed with flavour, its inexpensive to make and really filling.  Style it up with a sprinkle of fresh chopped coriander and some cashew nuts or eat it as is, with rice, or rolled in flat bread....
Sausage Jalousie
This is a good thing to make if you are feeding visiting children, its similarity to sausage rolls makes it a winner every time, not to mention the fact that its dead quick and easy to make! Use the best...
Slow Cooker Italian Meatballs in Sauce
Meatballs are a family favourite so it’s not a bad idea to make a double batch of the meatballs and freeze half, then all you need to do is assemble the sauce, add the balls, turn the cooker on and...
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