Anchovy and Onion Pasta

For 6 portions you need 3 whole medium sized white onions 60ml extra virgin olive oil Approximately 50g (half a small jar) anchovies preserved in oil Optional: 50ml chopped flat leafed parsley Optional: a few [...]



WITH MY VARIATIONS .... For the biscuit base you need 1 packet (200 g) digestive biscuits or half digestives and half ginger biscuits; you can use gluten free biscuits if you wish 50 g (60 [...]


Curried Roast Chicken

For 4-6 people you need 1 large fresh chicken 1 can coconut milk 5-7 cm piece of root ginger, peeled 3 large garlic cloves, peeled 2-3 chillies, deseeded (I used long red cayenne chillies) A [...]


Filo Apple Roses

Credit: I took some of these photos when my friend Carol Downes served them at her home For 10-12 apple roses you need Approximately 8 apples 50ml lemon juice One pack store bought filo pastry [...]


Shallot, Mushroom and Sherry Sauce

For 6-8 servings you need 12 -16 shallots or small onions 250ml stock, depending what meat you are serving it with 200g small brown mushrooms (portabello), cleaned. Halved or quartered 20ml butter 200ml cream 50ml [...]


Tuscan Bean Soup

For approximately 10 servings, you need 25ml canola oil This is usually a vegetable soup, but you can add meat. Beef works best. Meat: optional – 500g g stewing cuts of beef, or raw chicken [...]


Lamb Rendang

For 6-8 servings you need 300g stewing lamb per person. This recipe used approximately 2kg, bone in, but as lean as possible. I ask the butcher to cut ‘slices’ about 15mm thick. Also ask them [...]


Melanzane alla parmigiana

For 6-8 serving you need 2 medium white onions, coarsely chopped 2-3 plump cloves of garlic 20ml canola oil 2 cans chopped tomatoes 5ml oregano Salt and ground black pepper to taste 2-3 medium-sized aubergines [...]


Carrot, banana & pineapple cake

For a large cake you need 2 cups (250g) roughly chopped pecans or walnuts (reserve ½ cup for decoration) 3 cups (370g) cake flour 10ml baking powder 5ml bicarbonate of soda 15ml ground cinnamon 2ml [...]


Chicken Tikka Salad

For 6 people you need I use 9 skinless chicken breasts, each sliced horizontally into 3 flat slices When catering for a crowd I bulk up the salad by adding celery, cubed pineapple and more [...]



To serve 8-10 generously you need For the herb blend 250ml chopped parsley Grated zest of 1 lemon Juice of 1 lemon 2 large cloves garlic crushed 30ml olive oil For the paella 750ml chicken, [...]



For the focaccia dough you need A large baking tray lined with baking paper or oiled 750 ml (3 cups) plain flour 5ml salt 20ml sugar 1 sachet dried yeast 2 ml milled black pepper [...]


Pineapple Fluff

You need 1 can evapourated milk (well chilled) 2 X 80g packets jelly 375ml (1 ½ Cups) finely chopped fruit* with some of the fruit juice   Tinned pineapple and granadilla are both recommended If [...]