Halloumi, chickpea and green bean salad

This salad is not only a great accompaniment to any meal, it’s delicious and hearty enough to eat on its own for lunch or a light dinner. There is such a great contrast of flavours and textures in this salad with the sweetness of the cherry tomatoes and capsicum, saltiness of the halloumi, crispiness of…

Read More

Anzac Cookies

What to do Preheat oven to 180°C. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper. Place the rolled oats, coconut, flour and a pinch of salt in a bowl and mix to combine well. Put aside. Place the butter, golden syrup and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until butter melts. Bring to…

Read More

Moist orange and chocolate cake

Not only is this cake moist, chocolatey and utterly delicious, it’s gluten free and really easy to bake. It’s also versatile, because you can bake it as a whole cake or as mini cakes* using paper muffin cases. What you need 2 oranges, washed 250g caster sugar 6 free range eggs 250g almond meal 1…

Read More

Caprese Salad

Nothing screams summer louder than Caprese salad. The sweetness of sun ripened juicy tomatoes is enhanced by the aromatic basil and creaminess of the burrata mozzarella. This is such a simple salad and, it’s that simplicity, that makes so delicious. This traditional Italian summer salad originates from the Isle of Capri in the Gulf of…

Read More

Roasted Cauliflower Soup

When I walk into my greengrocer during the cold winter months, and see heads of beautiful bright white cauliflower encased in tender green leaves on the shelf, I get the undeniable urge to make a pot of silky Roasted Cauliflower Soup. Roasting the cauliflower transforms it from a delicate, mild to a more robust earthy…

Read More

Maria’s Yemista

A while back, I posted my recipe for my GREEK YEMISTA (or stuffed capsicums & tomatoes) which is a delicious vegetarian dish with fresh fragrant herbs, pinenuts and tiny sweet currents. Now I have another version to share with you. This is one my mum used to make that I loved as a child. Yemista was a…

Read More

Seeds & Sesame Crackers

One on my favourite ways to spend time with family and friends is to have a glass of wine with dips, cheese and crackers and these seeded crackers are a real ‘cracker‘, pardon the pun! I came up with these deliciously healthy crackers one day when I needed some GF crackers for Sunday family dinner.…

Read More

Cabbage & Potato Bake

Cabbage and Potato Bake would have to be my family’s favourite vegetable dish. It’s a dish they wouldn’t get sick of, even if I made it every week for Sunday dinner! This cabbage and potato bake is one of those comfort foods that people crave for on a dreary cold winter’s day, because eating it makes…

Read More

Falafel – crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside – perfect!

Have you eaten homemade falafels? If you love chickpeas and haven’t ever made your own falafels, you are truly missing out! I promise you, that once you make them at home, you will never again want to eat store-bought falafels. Not only do they taste fantastic when they are just cooked, but they are incredibly easy…

Read More

Sugar Challenge Day 6 – Peanut Butter & Cocoa Bliss Balls

Today is Day 6 of my personal challenge to replace refined white sugar with healthier alternatives in the food I cook. It’s been an interesting challenge so far and in the process I’ve gone a bit mad on making healthy bars and little balls of yumminess. Well, the fact is that I can’t help myself…

Read More

Agh!…What to cook for dinner tonight?

How about a quick and easy, but oh so very delicious Thai Beef Salad? The question of ‘what to cook for dinner‘ is one that many mothers agonise over every day. This is especially true for working mums – I know because I am one of them, but it doesn’t have to be so difficult.…

Read More

Summer Fruit Salad

If you read my last post, then you’ll know this is the Summer Fruit Salad that I promised to share with you. It’s topped with Greek yoghurt, a sprinkling of toasted muesli and a drizzle of honey. It’s so simple it’s almost embarrassing, but if you’re after something refreshing, delicious and very nutritious, then this is…

Read More

No Fuss White Chocolate and Raspberry Muffins

Hello, thanks for popping by! Summer has arrived and that means beautiful sweet RASPBERRIES and lots of them – yay! Right now, raspberries are plump, sweet and juicy, making them ideal to eat in all sorts of ways.  One crowd pleaser that I’d like to share with you are my NO FUSS WHITE CHOCOLATE AND…

Read More

Yemista – Summer on a Plate

Also known as Tomatoes & Capsicums Stuffed with Rice & Herbs Yemista is one of the most traditional of Greek dishes made all over Greece, but there are many variations depending on the region. This version is one of my favourites.To me, Yemista is summer on a plate! The vibrant colours of the vegetables drizzled with a little extra virgin…

Read More

Roast Chicken with Fragrant Brown Rice Stuffing

Roast chicken has always been a favourite dish in my household. In fact, when my boys where teenagers, I would have to roast 2 large chickens because 1 was never enough and, even then, I’d have to choose my piece quickly or I’d end up with the carcass to eat. I have yet to come…

Read More

Easy Spaghetti & Meatballs

This is one of my ‘go to’ dishes when I need to cook a hearty meal but don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen. I can have this dish on the table in 15 minutes from start to finish. Although it’s not made the traditional way, my version of spaghetti and meatballs is just…

Read More

Special Dinner for Two

Hello again, Recently I shared a post with you about a wonderful dinner I had with my son Anthony. It was one of those special moments that I got to spend one-on-one time with one of my boys. “Gee, it must be great now that your 3 boys have all grown up and are independent.…

Read More

Asparagus with Shaved Parmesan and Aged Balsamic

Hi Reader, Here is another asparagus recipe as part of my Spring series that I know you and your family will enjoy. This is a ‘no brainer’ dish to make during the working week when you come home after a long day at work and need to cook something quick and easy for dinner. This…

Read More

Zucchini Muffins with Pancetta & Dukka

I decided to ‘joosh up’ my zucchini muffins by adding pancetta and dukka to make an adult version of the plainer zucchini & cheese ones I have previously shared that kids love. These muffins are a little spicy, so they’re perfect as finger food to serve with drinks or as a snack when you get…

Read More

Asparagus, Ricotta and Feta Tart

This is another dish that celebrates Spring! This delicious tart has a creamy filling and light buttery pastry. It’s one of those recipes that you will go back to again again because it’s easy to make and so delicious to eat. It makes a perfect lunch served with my BABY LEAVES & HERB SALAD on…

Read More

Grilled Asparagus with Toasted Walnuts & Feta

I came up with this dish recently quite by accident and I loved it so much that I decided to share it with you as part of my series of asparagus dishes. But, there is a story behind this dish. It was last Friday when I had gone shopping to pick up a few things,…

Read More

Asparagus – an impressive vegetable

You don’t need to do very much to asparagus to make it any more delicious than it already is. Simply lightly grilling it on the BBQ or baking it, then drizzle over a really really good extra virgin olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar and sprinkle a little sea salt, brings out the unique earthy…

Read More

Not just another cheesecake

Rhubarb and Almond Cheesecake This is one of those cheesecakes that you will never forget once you taste it the first time. It has a sensational tangy flavour that makes you want to eat more than you know you should.

Read More

Spring in a Bowl

After what seems to have been one of the longest and coldest winters, it’s such a relief to see evidence of what looks like spring. Birds are once again singing, rose gardens are blooming and, best of all, my greengrocer has started stocking fresh spring vegetables -YES! Now don’t get me wrong, I love winter…

Read More

Eat Fish – your heart will love you for it

Hi Reader With heart disease on the rise, I thought I’d share some good heart health information with you today. Did you know the Australian Heart Foundation recommends that people should eat fish and seafood 2-3 times per week to maintain good heart health? How often do you eat fish and do you have a…

Read More

Good Food for Little People – Veggie Fritters

Getting children – big and small – to eat more vegetables is a never-ending challenge for parents. And like many parents, I spent a lot to time and effort trying to encourage my sons to eat vegetables by serving them in creative ways and as a result, they grew up to love most greens and…

Read More

Mussels – a sustainable food that boosts the immune system

Not only are mussels delicious, they are inexpensive and sustainable and, most importantly, they are very good for you. The vitamins and minerals contained in mussels help to boost your immune system, your brain function and overall wellbeing. Farming methods for mussels have very little impact on surrounding ecosystems – which is great news for…

Read More

Spanakopita with a twist

Greek ‘pita’ (or ‘pie’) is a popular savoury dish made with filo (phyllo) pastry, feta cheese and eggs (as the base ingredients) and baked until golden and crispy. It makes a healthy addition to any lunch box, a delicious anytime snack or served as finger food with drinks when family or friends gather. Although Spanakopita…

Read More

Tip for Busy Parents: Waste not, want not!

For years, I would discard the stalks from leafy greens such as silverbeet, spinach, chicory, broccoli and even parsley, until I saw my mum use the stalks of spinach to make a simple but very delicious salad. My mum would cut off the spinach leaves and use them to make ‘spanakopita’ (a Greek spinach and…

Read More

Nuts, dates, coconut and cocoa

With nuts, dates, coconut and cocoa as the basic ingredients in this delicious slice, you don’t have to feel so bad about eating it. However, this CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER SLICE will test your willpower, because stopping at one slice is almost impossible – just ask Cath and Bree – haha! What you need For the Base…

Read More

Rainbow Coleslaw – tastes great, packed with goodness

Growing up, coleslaw was never a favourite of mine. I found the traditional way of making coleslaw using only cabbage and carrots was boring so, over the years, I’ve experimented by adding other ingredients including sweetcorn, capsicum, spring onion and apple, which lifts the flavour to a whole new level. No matter which way you…

Read More

Summer means green beans!

With Winter behind us, I”m thinking about the great vegetables that will soon be in season and all the dishes I will be able cook for Sunday dinner. A summer vegetable that is always a family favourite are green beans, which is great because green beans are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and…

Read More

Tip for Busy Parents – Homemade Tomato Sauce

Home made tomato sauce is great to make and have in the fridge or freezer ready to use for a multitude of dishes. It’s particularly good with spaghetti – a dish that Pedro loves to eat (with his hands)! Just boil spaghetti according the instructions on the pack. Once cooked, strain and add to warm…

Read More

What makes a Greek Salad great?

You haven’t had a great Greek salad until you’ve eaten a Greek salad in Greece. And you haven’t had an amazing Greek salad until you eaten one made from tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers grown in the garden of a house in a village in Greece. Once you eaten a tomato in Greece (or Italy for…

Read More

Cheese on spaghetti and seafood – really?

Picture this…You’re sitting on the balcony of a funky seaside cafe on a perfect summer’s day on the Greek island of Lefkada. The sky is the bluest of blues, the water below is an array of spectacular shades of blue and the seashore is a milky white. Instead of sand, beautiful white pebbles of varying…

Read More

Brussel Sprouts – a new favourite

Brussel sprouts have become a new favourite for my family which is great, because it’s one of those vegetables that have many health benefits (like cabbage), but are hated by most people – including me. That is until recently, when I saw them at my green grocer.

Read More

Food Creates Memories

I have fond memories of my mum coming home after a long day at work to cook a delicious meal for us for dinner. I would watch how she would go about preparing a chicken and vegetable casserole – cutting up the chicken and chopping the vegetables – I would always love to help. When…

Read More

Tip for Busy Parents: Homemade stock

Stock is a must for busy mums to have ready in small containers in the freezer to make healthy soups for little ones (and big ones too).  Just defrost the stock, place in a pot and bring to the boil.  Add some diced vegies, small pasta or diced chicken breast (or all three for a hearty…

Read More

Hummus is good for the heart, mind and soul.

Emerging research suggests that chickpeas may play a beneficial role in weight management and glucose and insulin regulation, as well as have a positive impact on some markers of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Hummus, which is made primarily of chickpeas (which is a legume) and tahini, oil, lemon juice and garlic, is a great tasting dip…

Read More

Simple but delicious!

A healthy lunch does not have to be difficult to make or expensive, but it must taste great, so here’s what it could look like! A crisp green salad made with fresh lettuce, baby rainbow silverbeet leaves, rocket and mint (picked from my vegie garden) dressed simply with a little sea salt, extra virgin olive…

Read More

Who says poaching eggs is difficult?

  Most people go out to a café to have poached eggs for Sunday breakfast because they think it’s the hardest thing to cook but, actually, it’s not as long as you know one very important secret – the eggs MUST be very fresh and preferably organic or free range. You can tell if your eggs are fresh…

Read More

Our first Sunday dinner for 2017

With the craziness of Christmas and New Year done and dusted, life is quickly returning back to normal with our first Sunday dinner for 2017. It was the perfect day to have our first family dinner for the year on our balcony – our favourite place to eat – and it was great to have my family back…

Read More

Cabbage – hate it or love it…

Hate it or love it, the fact is that cabbage is a vegetable everyone should eat to stay healthy! Cabbage is one of the few vegetables that I hated as a kid, but have learned to love as an adult. I’m not sure why I didn’t like it, but it may have something to do…

Read More

Silverbeet (chard) – nutritious, delicious and easy!

Silverbeet (or chard) like many leafy green vegetables, is rich in an array of minerals and vitamins essential for good health for all ages. Silverbeet comes in a green and rainbow variety and has a slightly bitter flavour.  It’s very a versatile vegetable and popular in Mediterranean cooking. It can be used in salads, pies, soups, risotto or casseroles.…

Read More

What makes a Greek Salad great?

You haven’t had a great Greek salad until you’ve eaten a Greek salad in Greece. And you haven’t had an amazing Greek salad until you eaten one made from tomatoes grown in the garden of a house in a village in Greece. Once you eaten a tomato in Greece (or Italy for that matter) you…

Read More