Cucumber and Sesame Salad

Sometimes the simplest of ideas are the ones that resonate as being the best.  Such is the case with this Japanese inspired salad that I made from Bill Granger’s Simply Asian Cookbook. Simply make the dressing, cut your cucumber and combine to serve.   This recipe generously serves 2 people but can easily be multiplied…

Pork Satay Skewers with a Fresh Cucumber and Radish Salad

Recently I managed to sneak in a little bit of time to make us something new in my kitchen.  I’m not sure that I should mention that its actually supposed to have been dinner for the past 3 nights and has only just been created….such is life with a baby in the house unfortunately. I’m…

Pearl Barley Salad with Harissa-Spiced Chicken

Harissa is a new spice combination for me. I’m not sure what’s taken so long to come to the party other than that it’s not been right under my nose in a shop when I’ve been looking and I’ve not hit upon a recipe until now that’s demanded I use it. Consider me and Mr…

Baby Potatoes with Asparagus and Caper Dressing

Some great recipes I stumble upon are all about the visual image that accompanies them in a cookbook, whilst others are the combination of flavours that sing to my palate long before they are a reality.  When the two meet in the same location its a happy joy for me and one that I’ve felt…

Fresh Summer Salads

I may be overstating the obvious for anyone in Brisbane at the moment, but this summer is HOT! 35 celsius and 90% humidity has me melting around the edges and very grateful for air-conditioning.  The last thing I feel like doing is heating up the kitchen (and myself) when it takes so much effort and…

Caesar Salad

Caesar salad is much maligned in the cafe world, particularly in the 90’s and early 00’s. So often served with slathering of mayonnaise, oversized croutons and horrid violently salty anchovies and lots of random additions. Made right though this salad can be a beautiful balance of textures and flavours that will have you changing your…

Fresh Produce and Candied Walnuts

I’m one of those foodies that can never really get my head around the idea of delivered fresh groceries.  I know it would be convenient, probably cheaper and I could choose to support a local business, but I have a thing about my fresh grocery shopping.  I like to be inspired by my senses, all…

White Wine Mustard Vinegarette

I seem to have found myself with an obsession for white wine vinegar at the moment. I’m not buying anything fancy but it’s almost become compulsory to have a daily splash on my salad. Whilst it’s easy to add unadulterated I recently decided I should step it up a notch and create a creamy mustard…

Layered Roast Vegetable and Haloumi Salad with Pinenuts

Recently I made this salad and we both fell in love with it instantly.   To be honest it just kind of happened and it was a delightful accident that is well worth repeating.  A request from a friend for the recipe means that I thought I would share my idea with you all.  I wouldn’t…

Spicy Asian Style Salad Dressing

Summer is a time for salads, and keeping them appealing over a long few months can make it a challenge for even the most creative of cooks.  One of the ways that I like to vary my salads is by dressing them in interesting combinations.  I find the layering of ingredients,  followed by a good…

The Ottolenghi Trio of Salads

I’ve been very fortunate to have most of my family visiting me in Queensland for a few weeks over Christmas.  Time spent together, and in particular at the table and in the kitchen is very precious to me.  It epitomises the wonder and pleasure that food can bring when you can share a meal of…