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 [...]


Singaporean Laksa

To serve 6-8 you need For the paste 2-3 cloves garlic, peeled 2-3cm root ginger, peeled 1cm root turmeric or 3ml powdered 1 large shallot or a small white onion 2-3 chillies, remove pips if [...]


Grapes with Feta and Mint

You need I like using a mix of red and green grapes This recipe has no clear quantities, adjust the proportions to personal taste Approximately 125ml seedless grapes per person 3-4 small cubes feta per [...]


Limoncello Cheesecake Desserts

Makes 8 small servings You need 240g tub low fat cream cheese 200ml cream, lightly whipped Approximately 40 ml Limoncello, or to taste! 3 egg whites, whisked to soft peaks just before you need them [...]


Salted Caramel Mustard

You need 1 can sweetened condensed milk 1 can caramel 20ml hot English mustard powder 30-50ml good quality red wine vinegar 15ml flaked salt     To prepare Combine all the above ingredients. Mix well [...]


Blueberry Galette or Crostata

For the pastry you need 300ml flour 50ml icing sugar 1ml salt 50ml yellow cornmeal (polenta), almond or chickpea flour, add this quantity cake flour 100ml butter, chilled in fridge Thyme thriving in the garden1 [...]