Mango and Habernero Pepper Jelly


Amazingly sweet and spicy, pepper jelly. We have been making this particular pepper jelly for a few years now, but the past 2 summers were not kind to us on bearing fruit…this year we have a super huge batch of spicy Habernero’s! I think its one of the best pepper jelly recipes out there, it…

Oh Sorrento…..Te Amore!


Red Snapper with Rigatoni Pasta, Marina Grande Style. Back from our second visit to Sorrento, Southern Italy’s beautiful seaside city, about an hour south of Napoli. There is a stunning fisherman’s harbour at the bottom of the city called Marine Grande, we stayed there 5 years ago and just had to go back one more…

Some Like it Hot


New Mexico Style Beef Chili (Adapted from Anthony Bourdain). No beans, no rice, this Chilli is all about the meat! I used this spicy Chilli dish last week as an entry into a Cookbook Sunday Challenge that my Son posted on his Instagram account. The chance to win yet another cookbook inspired me to use…

Back to Italy…


Osso Buco for two. What a lovely, warming dish for a chilly night in the Great White North! Its actually an easier dish than you may think, full of tender Beef (or for the more purist out there, Veal) shanks, with a beautiful rich, tomato sauce, simmered for a couple of hours in a Dutch…

Satay you Say?


Chicken Satay with Asian Salad and Prawn Crackers This, without a doubt, is my favourite Chicken on a stick recipe! The Satay sauce is thick, nutty and creamy with a hint of heat. I usually serve with my Asian crunchy salad for a nice balance, and a must have, Prawn Crackers! You can scoop the…

Fabulous Side Dishes


Make Ahead Mashed Potato Casserole This side dish goes great with so many things, it’s wonderful with a Pot Luck for example, or a great dish to have with Barbecue in the Summertime!! The real beauty of this dish, apart from it tastes incredible, is you make it ahead the night before your get together,…

Lets get Grilling!!


Asian Pork Ribs with Crunchy Salad This has to be my favourite Baby Back Rib recipe! You can even cook this in the winter and use an oven to finish the ribs off instead of grilling them outside. The marinade for these ribs is amazing! A hint of Chinese 5 spice creates a wonderful balance…

To the Land of the Rising Sun


Japanese Pork Curry My Son introduced me to Japanese curry a few years ago..when he mentioned the curry “came in a box” I was rather apprehensive on how much I would appreciate what a few cubes of curry could actually do! This does take a bit of time as you have to slowly braise the…

Let’s go down South!


“Old Bay” Shrimp Boil This is such a simple dish to make, and so much fun to eat! I never use utensils for this, just my bare hands! Inspired from the Old Southern USA, there are many variations. There are Cajun influences, Louisiana styles, this one is a simple version that can be enjoyed by…

Take a Trip to Thailand with Me…..


Chicken Khao Soi This is one of my most favourite dishes to prepare and enjoy! The incredible depth of flavour shines all through this Northern Thai curry soup. The base to this depth derives from the easy to make curried paste. Its wealth of flavours stem from cilantro roots, garlic, ginger root, curry powder, turmeric,…