Currently Browsing: Spring & Summer Sensations 27 articles

The Best Chicken Salad Recipe with Casesar Dressing and Croutons

The Best Chicken Salad

An easy winter salad, with goats cheese, bresaola and sweet potato, to keep you warm and happy on those long cold nights.


Home-made Sizzler Toast

If you grew up in Australia, then you’ll be very familiar with Sizzler toast. It was that gorgeously golden, deliciously cheesy toast that would be served alongside the salad bar at every Sizzler restaurant. In fact, it was so loved by people it was the main purpose of many people’s visit! However, over the years […]

Proper homemade garlic bread with roasted garlic - no more store bought or frozen garlic bread. This gorgeously posh and luxe garlic bread will win over friends and family. The secret? Roasting the garlic and mashing it into salted butter! Absolute perfection every time. For more recipes follow

Proper Garlic Bread (with roasted garlic)

Spaghetti is a regular feature on our weekly meal plan, and as we all know – you can’t have spaghetti bolognese without garlic bread! However, we don’t just do any old plain and boring garlic bread. In our house, we make proper garlic bread – with roasted garlic! This proper garlic bread is for people […]


Creamy Chicken One-Pot with Spinach and Broccolini

The weather has been strange here in Scotland, making deciding what to cook each day that much more difficult. The mornings are brisk and chill, whereas it warms up throughout the day to something rather uncomfortable. I like to think it’s Scotland’s last attempt at Summer! But no matter how warm it is, sometimes all […]

Spicy Chicken and Cauliflower Soup Recipe - Thai Green Curry Chicken Soup

Spicy Chicken & Cauliflower Soup

Chicken and cauliflower soup seems to be a British staple, though I have never been too fond of it myself. However, this week I decided to get a little creative. I asked myself how can I make this typically mild soup something sensational instead? And of course, I thought to myself to be inspired by […]

Deliciously creamy lemon and caper cream cheese on a toasted bagel topped with smoked salmon. For more recipes, follow

Smoked Salmon Bagel with Lemon & Capers Cream Cheese

Many years ago when I lived in Brisbane, every Wednesday I would head to the food market, line up beneath the hot Queensland sun, and buy myself a bagel. And although I would try to vary my order each and every week, more often than not it would be a smoked salmon bagel with cream […]

A tasty and easy summer salad recipe, this rustic tomato salad recipe with crunchy croutons is something a little bit different but very colourful and perfect for the hot weather come summer! A great Australian recipe. For more recipes follow

Rustic Tomato Salad with Crunchy Croutons

An easy winter salad, with goats cheese, bresaola and sweet potato, to keep you warm and happy on those long cold nights.

Minute Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing Recipe

Minute Steak Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing

Despite my Aussie roots, I am far from a fan of hot and humid weather. And the past week or so in Scotland has been both hot and humid. However, always one to see the positive in every situation, this warmer weather of course means more excuses for me to make salads. As we know, I […]

This delightfully seasonal pink salad has beetroot, radish, leafy greens and feta tossed through a balsamic glaze. A wonderful salad perfect for a warm summery day! A great summer salad recipe. For more recipes and cooking tips follow

Leafy Pink Salad with Feta

An easy winter salad, with goats cheese, bresaola and sweet potato, to keep you warm and happy on those long cold nights.

super easy and very creamy guacamole recipe - this gorgeous avocado dip takes 2 minutes to prepare and is popular at parties and when entertaining - a gorgeously easy and delicious guac recipe

Easy & Very Creamy Guacamole

There are a few recipes I make so often I simply forget to write them up. Such is my creamy guacamole recipe! I blitz up this easy and speedy guac recipe at least every other week to be served alongside tacos, or scooped up with tortilla chips on movie night. To make my guacamole recipe especially […]

Honey Lemon Baked Salmon with Tenderstem Broccoli Recipe - a delicious and easy baked salmon recipe with honey, lemon, butter and chilli, topped with broccolini for a healthy dinner idea for the whole family.

Honey Lemon Baked Salmon with Broccolini

After the indulgence of Christmas and the new year, I have been feeling drawn to much lighter dishes, especially seafood. And for me, when it comes to seafood or fish in general, there is no greater delight than baked salmon. I do love the festive season and the richness of food it brings. Yet afterwards, […]

Green Lentil and Vegetable Soup Recipe - vegetarian and vegan friendly soup recipe

Green Lentil & Vegetable Soup

I make vegetable soup with such regularity that I often simply presume I have all the ingredients I need on hand. This means I rarely have the ingredients on hand and a quick trip to the shops is required. Or I alternatively make do with what I have and discover a new, flavoursome recipe that […]

Fresh tomato salsa salad recipe bursting with tasty tomatoes, onions, coriander and red peppers. Perfect for tacos and nachos.

Fresh Tomato Salsa

One of my favourite things to do to relax is making a salad. There’s something completely therapeutic about slowly slicing and dicing, marinating and tending to vegetables, ensuring you get the most out of each and every colourful bite. When it comes to my fresh tomato salsa, I spend as much love and care preparing […]

The perfect lemon and coconut blondies! This lemon slice is easy to make, and is dense, lemony, and fudgey - adults and kids will love these sweet treats! Lemon traybake lemon slice #traybake #slice #recipe #baking #cake

My Childhood Lemon & Coconut Slice

One of the firm rules I was growing up with, was if visiting anyone, whether friend or family, never arrive empty-handed. Likewise, whenever we had visitors, there must always be a sweet treat on offer. Sometime these treats would be store-bought, but more often than not,us kids would be in the kitchen baking. One of […]

Provencal Traditional French Ratatouille Recipe - a classic French dish with slow-cooked summer vegetables, this vegetarian stew is vegan friendly and a thoroughly delicious treat. Filled with aubergine, courgettes, garlic, tomatoes and wine, it’s the perfect summer dinner served with bread. #frenchfood #frenchcuisine #frenchflavours #recipe #recipeideas #dinnerideas

The Tastiest Ratatouille

The other day, we were having a movie day when we started watching Ratatouille. Now, as I am sure is abundantly clear, I adore food and French cuisine is one of my favourites. However, I had never had the rustic summer vegetable stew that is ratatouille. FIlled with the best of summer flavours, such as […]

Slow Roasted Tomato and Burrata Bruschetta Recipe: Toasted bread with garlic, slow-roasted tomatoes, burrata cheese and basil is a fresh and vibrant interpretation of the classic caprese salad. Light, healthy, this bruschetta recipe is perfect for brunch or lunch and will satisfy all your cravings. The perfect comfort food. #recipe #italian #burrata #burratarecipe #brunch #breakfast

Slow-Roasted Cherry Tomatoes & Burrata Bruschetta

Although you may not be able to tell from my recipes, I am actually gluten-free! Ben, our family and friends can eat gluten aplenty which helps my recipe writing. However, over the years I’ve had to learn to adapt to the GF lifestyle. Thankfully, over the past few years, gluten-free ranges have become extensive and […]

A classic Pesto alla Trapanese recipe with fresh basil, tomatoes, almonds, garlic, pecorino cheese and extra virgin olive oil. #pesto #italianfood #recipe #easy #pasta #recipes #dinnerideas

Pesto alla Trapanese

I’ve mentioned before how I always have a jar of homemade pesto in my fridge. It varies from week to week what we have on hand, but it’s always there and is always used. Whether I toss it through pasta, or simply spread it on some toast, it’s a gorgeously delicious treat. And my personal […]

Roast Carrot with Harissa Hummus Recipe - Humus with a twist! This gorgeously rich and flavoursome hummus dip recipe is a little bit sweet, and a little bit spicey thanks to harissa! Perfect for parties or entertaining. #recipe #recipes #dips #spreads #hummus

Roast Carrot and Harissa Hummus

Who else is excited and relieved that lockdown is easing? Finally, we’re able to see our families and soon with our friends too. For me, this means I’m able to get back into the kitchen to start cooking food for people other than myself. Party food, food to entertain. And my roast carrot and harissa […]

A tasty baba ganoush recipe, made with roasted eggplants, tahini and lemon juice, my recipe for this classic vegetarian and vegan Middle Eastern and Mediterranean mezze dip is the easiest, and tastiest you’ll find with gorgeously roasted aubergines. Babaganouj, baba ghanoush, baba ghanouj recipe #vegetarian #vegan #recipe #dips #spreads

Baba Ghanoush

Growing up, I was never fond of aubergine. This was quite simply because my first exposure to it was when it was prepared by someone who simply didn’t know how to cook it. It was bland, it was bitter, and well, I never wanted to try it again. Fast forward a few years, and I […]

A wonderfully healthy lasagne with roasted Mediterranean vegetables like aubergine and courgette for guilt-free pleasure! Less than 500 calories per serving, this is a lasagne without guilt, but plenty of flavour. Deliciously easy. #lasagne #recipe #recipes #italiancuisine #italianfood #under500calories #guiltfree

Healthy Lasagne with Roasted Vegetables

After a week of warm weather (for Scotland at least!) we’re thankfully having a bit of a cool break and some rain. The perfect weather for comfort cooking! There’s nothing better, to me than spending a cosy rainy day in my kitchen. Especially when it gives me the time, and luxury, to make lasagne. Or […]

Crispy skin duck salad with noodles and a spicy Thai style dressing featuring cucumber, carrots, lime juice and chilli. A wonderfully bright and flavourful noodle salad with crispy skin duck. #salad #saladrecipes #recipes #recipe

Thai Crispy Skin Duck Noodle Salad

Another day, another salad. Can you tell I’ve fully embraced the summer spirit? Today’s recipe is a Thai inspired crispy skin duck noodle salad. Think sweet and sour, a little bit tangy and quite spicy, set against the cool and sweet flavours of cucumber and carrot, set against rich, crispy-skinned duck. Yum! This Thai duck […]

A delicious and easy taco salad with chicken and avocado dressing with bright fresh and summer flavours for your next lunch or dinner #recipes #mealideas #food #dinnerideas #brunchrecipes #dinnerrecipes #yummy #recipe

Chicken Taco Salad with Avocado Dressing

After a month of sunny days, Scotland has returned to its usual dreich weather. That, however, doesn’t mean I’m not going to stop eating gorgeous salads! Like my Chicken Taco Salad with Avocado Dressing. Now, the Avocado dressing I prepare for this salad is very much a salad dressing. It used a mayonnaise base. However, […]

Deliciously easy whipped feta - my whipped feta recipe is smooth and creamy, a little bit tangy and a whole lot of tasty! Perfect for spreading on toast, or as a dip. My favourite recipe! #recipe #recipes #feta #cheesedip #whippedfeta

Whipped Feta (the easiest way!)

An easy salad recipe bursting with flavour, my Persian Feta and Mint salad is the perfect side salad - or dinner for two! #salad #saladideas #saladrecipe #recipes #dinnerideas

Mint & Feta Salad

Growing up in Sydney, I was exposed to Mediterranean food from a very young age. There’s something about the freshness and brightness of the flavour, and these have always heavily influenced my cooking. Today’s recipe is a simple mint and feta salad inspired heavily by the Israeli and Shirazi salads. Finely diced tomato, onions, peppers […]

A spicy Thai red curry noodle soup to bring colour and flavour to your kitchen. A perfectly comforting midweek meal - ready in less than 30 minutes! That Red Curry Noodle Soup Recipe #recipe #recipes #asiancuisine #dinnerideas #thaifood

Thai Red Curry Noodle Soup

Growing up in Sydney, I had never really experienced Thai food until I moved north to Brisbane. Back then, although Sydney was abundant in Chinese and Vietnamese cuisine, Thai food hadn’t made it quite that far south. At least, not to the area I lived in! Likewise, Chinese and Vietnamese food was few and far […]

Toasted bread topped with seasoned tomatoes makes Bruschetta con Pomodoro perfect for parties and entertaining, or the perfect brunch recipe! #italianrecipes #brunchrecipes #brunch #recipe #recipes #tomatoburschetta

Bruschetta con Pomodoro

I guess it’s the Australian in me that has me loving bright, colourful, summery foods. Although I moved to Scotland for the weather, Australian summers will always form a large part of my soul. That’s why today’s recipe, to celebrate the bright blue skies of spring, is Bruschetta con Pomodoro. Bruschetta is an Italian antipasto […]

A creamy salmon and lemon risotto bursting with summer flavours - with hints of lemon dancing alongside hearty salmon, this risotto recipe will bring the bright colours of the Mediterranean to your kitchen. #risotto #italianfood #italiancuisine #seafood #recipe #recipes #dinnerideas

Salmon & Lemon Risotto

Today’s recipe is a relatively simple affair, as far as Salmon and Lemon Risotto can be simple, that is. There seems to be this great fear surrounding risotto as to its complexity, and that it requires constant attention, and is far too easy to ruin. Personally, I find this nothing more than scare tactics holding […]

Close Cookmode