Vietnamese-style pork meatball noodles

Back in Melbourne, my family and I would religiously go to a local Vietnamese restaurant every Friday. Now that I live in Ireland, I crave those Friday nights devouring amazing Vietnamese food and being surrounded by family. Whilst I have found two great Vietnamese restaurants in Dublin, sometimes I just want to be at home…

Chickpea and Chorizo stew with pan fried Sea bass

To me, this stew is a stew for all seasons. Make it as is and it’s perfect with a glass of red, in front of a fire in the depths of winter. Or add pan fried Sea bass, or any white fish, and you’ve changed it into something light and summery. The punchy flavours of…

Norwegian waffles (Vafler)

Ahhh Norwegian waffles (vafler). The thinner, cuter, lovelier version of a waffle. They work well with a dollop of raspberry jam and sour cream or with Norwegian brown cheese as an afternoon snack. But there’s no reason why you can’t make them a serious dessert by adding peanut butter and chocolate sauce or fresh berries…

Chicken, fennel and grapefruit traybake

Traybakes are just too easy! And this one is no exception. Make the marinade, and place all the ingredients into the roasting tin and let the marinade do it’s magic. The following day, just pop it into the oven and dinner is sorted. Serve with fried gnocchi, creamy mashed potatoes or mashed sweet potato. Serves…

Beef Wellington

The ultimate show stopper for a Sunday roast is the Beef Wellington. It’s famed for being quite difficult to cook, but if you take your time and make sure you let things cool, then it’s well within everyone’s grasp to make. Serve with roast potatoes, roasted vegetable and gravy. Serves 6-8. Preparation: 45mins Cooking: 1hr-…

Chicken Shawarma with hummus

Another middle eastern inspired dish- Chicken Shawarma with hummus. Chicken breast pieces marinated and then pan fried served with hummus and plenty of trimmings. This version is super easy so it won’t take much longer than  going out and getting a take away version and with much less guilt. Make it before a night out…

Persian inspired Chicken with pomegranate sauce 

This middle eastern inspired chicken dish really packs a flavour punch. The sweetness of the pomegranate mellows with the cooking time and blends with the spices to create a sticky, humming gravy to brighten up any chicken breasts. Sprinkle with the jewels of pomegranate and pistachios and you have an amazing, easy dinner that everyone…

Kangaroo steak

So Lidl sell Kangaroo steaks and on the back of the pack it suggests to cook them for a whopping 16 minutes! So I thought I better set the record straight, because I wouldn’t want anyone to try kangaroo for the first time, cook them as directed and end up eating something that tasted like…

Hoisin beef burgers

Sometimes you just want to mix things up a little. Sure you could make burgers like you always do, or you could snazz it up a little, like with these Hoisin beef burgers. Just by adding a few different ingredients, you’ll be rewarded with these tasty burgers that are super juicy. Serves 4. Preparation: 30mins…

Prawn Toasts

These prawn toasts are perfect as canapés at your next dinner party. They have an amazing texture; the crunchy bite of the toast with the soft prawn meat is a winner. Many recipes call for a food processors to blitz the prawns, but I prefer mine to have a bit more texture. They’re surprisingly easy…

Coconut chicken goujons with mango and lime dip.

A tasty twist on regular chicken goujons. The coconut adds a sweetness that marries well with the chicken. They are perfect on their own or with the zingy mango and lime dip. Serve with spiced potato wedges and your choice of vegetables. Serves 4. Preparation: 30mins Cooking: 30mins. Ingredients Coconut chicken goujons:  1 kg chicken…