Cauliflower and chickpea za’atar stew with brown rice

It’s nice to have a vegee night. This dish hints of meat but there is none. Lots of veg, spices, cooked down slowly. Some are roasted. Za’atar is merely a mixture of spices, primarily sumac and thyme, sometimes the addition of sesame seeds and other things, but I find sumac also goes well with cumin…

Braised chicken with mixed vegetables

Simple and effective. Roasted Maryland chicken cuts (leg and extended thigh, with skin) in a mixture of great vegetables, served with mashed potatoes. In an oven proof deep dish on the stove, brown the chicken, set aside, and then sauté the vegetables accordingly. Add the wine, reduce the liquid by half, then add the tomatoes…

Hickory smoked pulled pork shoulder with chunky BBQ sauce

I have only had my Texas off-set smoker for a few weeks, and the weekends are the only time I have to devote the time required, so I’m on a learning curve. But having said that, I was very pleased with the outcome. I started with a boneless pork shoulder, skin on and weighing 2…

BBQ Lamb ribs

I’ve posted these lamb ribs through Instagram, but just the photo. Here’s the monologue and recipe (and doesn’t include details on the grilled chicken thighs, bottom right of the photo). I’m not sure how common lamb ribs are for people? Personally, I wasn’t properly introduced to lamb until I lived in England, but my indulgence…

Fruit bowls

Are fruit bowls in the past? Does anyone still keep a large bowl with mixed fruits, not only looking delicious, but tasting delicious? Personally, I think having fruits on display, the contrasting colours, textures and aromas, entices you to eat them. And if you’ve got kids, I think it’s an extra bonus to promote healthy…

BBQ pork ribs – one of the best so far

There are a lot of different ways to prepare BBQ pork ribs, and I can’t say which I prefer.  But here is one method, and flavour, which worked well.  The method is simple.  Quick? No.  But simple. Yes. And tasty? Very.  Place the pork ribs in the oven with a range of wonderful ingredients, cook…

Lamb meatballs with spinach tomato pesto

I created this dish with a mix of indian and italian in mind.  Think of lamb saag, but as a pesto with italian influence.  Instead of curd cheese, italian parmesan.  Add in flavours of cumin and coriander.  The result was wonderful, and my girls loved it.   Ingredients Meatballs 500 g (1 lb) lamb mince…

Pork and veal meatballs with curly pasta and parmesan

Each person you speak to will likely have a different recipe for the best meatballs.  I still haven’t found them, and there very well may not be a single best recipe.  I’ve tried beef alone, beef with pancetta, beef with bacon, pork and beef, addition of buttermilk, etc.  All good.  These have pork and veal…

Easter Friday Prawn Ravioli

Not that we’re religious, but we thought to have a meat-free dinner on Easter Friday (forget the bacon we had for breakfast!)…so I picked up some local prawns at the fishmonger, made some pasta ravioli, filled with prawn, and served with a simple tomato sauce.  Once you get the feel for the proper consistency of…

Tomato soup

The girls, especially Madeleine, have recently taken an interest in tomato soup. They have only had it from a can up to now, which is very quick, but I had some time this Sunday afternoon so I made it from scratch. Well, to be honest I didn’t use fresh tomatoes, rather canned peeled Roma tomatoes…

Simple slow-cooked pasta sauce

Easy easy easy. Sauté 1 Lb (1/2 kg) ground beef with 1 cup diced bacon. Once the beef starts to brown, add in 1 large diced onion. When the onion goes translucent, add in 1/2 head minced garlic. Sauté another 5 minutes and then transfer to a slow cooker. Add in 2 stalks diced celery,…