Mom’s Beef Curry with Sliced Banana & Poppadoms

My mother used to serve this curry at dinner parties. She’d make us something else to eat beforehand, and I remember asking why we couldn’t eat what they were having. The answer? “It’s curry, you won’t like it”. Ha! Challenge accepted. This is one of the easiest curries to make, and the sliced banana is…

Saucy Steak & Mushroom Pot Pies

Once, many many moons ago, I came home very late and very tired, having drunk considerably too much wine, and I found a pie on my bed. My housemate had returned home an hour earlier and had thoughtfully purchased two additional Engen pies for the hooligans still out painting the town red. I can honestly say I have…

Creamy Pesto Chicken with Gnocchi

This dish is one of my all-time favourites, originally adapted from the Australian Women’s Weekly. Sometimes I don’t make it for months, and then I suddenly remember it with glee. It never disappoints. This recipe is from the good old days when food was just food, taste and texture were what really mattered, and if…

Caramelised Mushroom Tart

I’m not sure when ‘meat-free’ Mondays became a thing, but I’m okay with it in principal. In practice, however, I am just not usually that organised. And of course, what is considered ‘healthy’ has become completely subjective, depending who you’re talking to. Vegetarians will tell you that carbs are fine and animal products are unhealthy,…

Sticky Mushrooms on Ciabatta French Toast

There are nights when I feel virtuous (usually the day after a food-binge) and want to cook elaborate, healthy veggie-filled meals, and there are nights when I want to eat food that is FAST, simple and makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside. French toast is one of my all-time favourite breakfasts, so you can…