Four years is a very long time not to return to see friends and family, but the amazing news is that I leave in less than two weeks, and there is much excitement! Australia is most definitely my home now, but I will always have Africa beating through my veins. I've...read more
Bling up your next roast with this fabulous 'spray-tanned' roast chicken! Roast chicken is an all time favourite. It's the definitive crowd pleaser and will never go out of fashion. 'Bling' up your next roast with this fabulous turmeric and curry...read more
I'm so excited! My mother arrived last week to be with me and her beloved grandson's. It's been two years since I last saw her so it's just a relief to have her here for Mother's Day. And although we Skype and call and Whatsapp all the time, nothing can beat a cup...read more
Ras el Hanout Spice Mix I know this like a massive investment, but once you have this made up, you will use it in so many different dishes! There are so many varieties of ras el hanout, you will eventually end up with your own special blend…just like I did! Make a...read more
Stir fries are a wonderful, healthy, economical family meal. Not only are they tasty, they are bursting with health and nutrition and are full of colour, flavour and personality.
BUT…are your stir fries soggy and full of liquid, or are they gloriously sticky like your favourite take away from you Asian restaurant!
There are so many varieties of the good old stir fry so the only wisdom I can impart is on how to cook it successfully every time! Get that wok out guys and let’s get cooking!read more
Magical Moroccan Mince with a pistachio and date gravel CHEFS MINCE NOTE: REMEMBER if there is grey liquid in you pan at any stage it is simply because the pan is too cold, you are stirring too much, and the mince is stewing. Scrape all the mince to the ONE side...read more
Guys this recipe is just too easy. If you have any roast carrots, butternut or sweet potato left over in the fridge, feel free to throw about half a cup of that roasted goodness in here too. Ingredients 1 tin butterbeans, drained half a teaspoon turmeric half a...read more
Fragrant Lamb Shoulder with sticky figs, pistachio and lemon gravel 2-4 kg-lamb shoulder bone in Salt and pepper to season 1-2 litres weak chicken stock (this will depend on the depth of the baking dish you use 1 teaspoon freshly grated turmeric (or powder)...read more
Suntanned Pan-Lamb with dates, mint & nuts Mel’s note: Leg of lamb is fabulous for this dish, but will take about 30 minutes to cook, first on stove top then finish in oven. Lamb back strap is twice as expensive BUT you can cook those down in about 8 minutes so you...read more
First of all, I just want you to know, that you too can get perfectly crisp fish skin EVERYTIME! Here’s how! 180g fish, skin on, per person Salt and pepper to season Half lemon or lime per serving 4-6 strips Pancetta placed on a roasting tray and then baked...read more