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Pan-fried Chicken Salad with Grapes, Almonds and Raspberry Vinegar

This is gorgeous, simply gorgeous (and here am I a hitherto raspberry vinegar hater). In this salad, the intensely sw...     more...

 


Prawns & Scallops on Skewers
Time to prep 12 minutes
Time to cook 5 minutes
 


Pan-fried Scallops with Gremolada Crumbs
This is also good made with prawns.
 


Chilli Beef with Lime and Palm Sugar Dressing
Here's the quintessential westernized Thai beef salad. Itís so good!
Time to prep 35 minutes
Time to cook 25 m...     more...
 


Poussins with 40 cloves garlic
Time to prep 15 minutes
Time to cook 1 hour 10 minutes
New season garlic is delicious in this recipe - crisp a...     more...
 


Leg of Lamb with Parmesan Crust and Crunchy Potatoes
Time to prep 20 minutes
Time to cook 1 hour 20 minutes

 


Greek Pastitso
Here's another great filling and warming dish. Make it in individual deep ovenproof dishes if preferred.

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Orecchiette with Garlic & Rosemary Crumbs
Garlicky crumbs on top of chewy pasta makes for one of Apulia's best pasta dishes, but don't cut back on the oil as it i...     more...
 


Spaghetti Frittata with Chorizo
Children love pasta, and this takes the concept a step further - a crunchy pasta pie with a melting stretchy cheese and ...     more...
 


Roasted Peppers Stuffed with Tuna & Capers
Here's a healthy meal using canned beans, tuna and red peppers.

Time to prep 12 minutes
Time to cook 1...     more...
 


Pork Chop Goulash
This dish has plenty of flavour. For a green vegetable accompaniment, I'd opt for broccoli, or broccolini. The paprika g...     more...
 


Spaghetti with Tuna
This is surprisingly good - even people who swear they don't usually like tuna fall in love with it!

Time to ...     more...
 


Tomato & Chorizo Soup
A spicy soup hits the spot when you're chilled to the bone. Try serving this to kids after Saturday winter sports - they...     more...
 


Bubble & Squeak Cakes
Made from freshly-cooked ingredients, rather than leftovers, these bubble and squeak cakes are excellent.

Tim...     more...
 


Seared Lamb with Toasted Cumin
Lamb shortloins (backstraps) are thin strips of prime meat, weighing about 225g. There is no wastage. All they need is a...     more...
 


Fattoush My Way
Bread is a great addition to a salad, especially if it's crunchy. It may not be authentic to toast the bread for this Le...     more...
 


Char-grilled Eggplant with Pomegranate
 


Pan-fried Blue Cod Fillets with Lime Butter

If you're going to eat fish - let it be good! Lime, cherry tomatoes and basil with sizzling butter make sure of that ...     more...

 


Moroccan Chicken

Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes

Donít be put off by the long list of ingredients Ė this is an easy-enough dish to d...     more...

 


Potato and mushroom soup

This soup has bags of flavour thanks to the porcini mushrooms. Theyíre not cheap, but if this is your dinner, the ove...     more...

 


Pork and Sage Schnitzels

This is a great twist on schnitzels, which also works well with chicken in place of pork. Serve it with a mash of car...     more...

 


Homemade Crusty Fries

It's hard to share these. My sister-in-law Marcella taught me how to make them years ago, and nothing else compares. ...     more...

 


Pot-roasted Chicken with Black Olives
This is an easy way to cook a chicken. After initial browning, which develops flavour, eye-appeal and speeds up the cook...     more...
 


Haricot Beans with Pancetta
A bacon bone could be used in this soup instead of pancetta. Remove it at the end of cooking, discard bone, fat and gris...     more...
 


Spinach pies from Crete
It's important to use a creamy feta for this recipe because very firm feta can tear the pastry when it is rolled into coils.
 


Roasted lamb nuggets with anchovy, bacon and shallot stuffing
This is a really tasty roast which is not that much bother to prepare. It's also easy to slice. Serve it with an aubergi...     more...
 


Curried Cauliflower and Potato
 


Stir-fry Chilli Chicken with Cashews
This is hugely popular. It might look like a long-winded recipe, but itís not, most of the work is in measuring a spoonf...     more...
 


Eggplant & Chickpeas with Mint Yoghurt
This is a gorgeous treatment for eggplant. There are plenty of rich and tasty juices for dunking bread into, and along w...     more...
 


Ricotta-stuffed chicken breasts with verjuice
Everyone in my family loves this moist and tasty chicken. And it looks glamorous, too, though itís not that much work. J...     more...
 


Black Cabbage Pesto with Rigatoni
Time to prep 15 minutes
Time to cook 15 minutes
Cavolo nero is readily available from farmer's markets - thoug...     more...
 


Chicken Bonne Femme
READY IN: 1 HOUR 25 MINUTES

This is an all-time favourite in our family. We enjoy it with grilled or baked mush...     more...
 


Bruschetta with guacamole & crispy bacon
This is substantial enough for a light meal.
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 5 minutes

 


Smoky Chilli Beans
 


Green Chicken Curry with Cashew-nuts
Time to prep 25 minutes
Time to cook 1 hour 15-30 minutes
There's bags of flavour here, but check the timi...     more...
 


Pork & Fennel Satay
Makes 40 small skewers. This is the sort of thing you can quickly marinate earlier in the day, and finish off skewering ...     more...
 


Pasta alla Norma
Serves 4-6
 


Lamb and Aubergine Salad with Chickpeas and Roasted Tomatoes
Time to prep 20 minutes
Time to cook 25 minutes

Lamb and eggplant is a legendary combination - think mouss...     more...
 


Grilled Pizza
Makes 4
Time to prep 20 minutes
Time to cook 40 minutes

Pizza on the barbecue - if you don't have a p...     more...
 


7-Hour Lamb
This lamb is cooked for 7 hours. I know it sounds outrageous, but believe me, it is utterly gorgeous, cooking to fork-te...     more...
 


Barbecued Pepper & Feta Salad
Time to prep 15 minutes
Time to cook 12 minutes

This is a classic combination, but one that works so wel...     more...
 


Pea and Ham Soup
Apart from being quick to cook, and easy to cook - most soups just require chopping, then slow-cooking - soups often tas...     more...
 


Lamb Racks with Lemon and Honey Crust
Usually, one tries to avoid the white pith on the interior of lemon rind, but in this dish it is tempered by the sweetne...     more...
 


Crispy Bean Cakes with Chili Lime Yoghurt Sauce
These bean cakes are sensational and meat-eaters and vegetarians alike wolf them down. Don't be alarmed at how soft the ...     more...
 


Tomato Tarts
Allow 1 per person as a starter, 2-3 as a main course.
 


Baked Potatoes, Peppers & Chorizo
This colorful crunchy dish is a meal in itself - just add a few green leaves on the side. Or serve it alongside grilled ...     more...
 


Lamb Cutlets with Mustard & Thyme
These cutlets have been a Biuso family favorite for decades. You just can't go wrong with them - providing you buy good ...     more...
 


Roast fillet stuffed with mortadella and pistachio nuts
A fillet of beef is expensive, but Christmas is the one time of the year when you might splash out. The meat is easy to ...     more...
 


Pavarotti
This is the very ham I served to Luciano Pavarotti when he visited Auckland in 1999, the one which he pronounced 'magnif...     more...
 


Turkey Breast Stuffed with Apricots, Walnuts and Lemon Thyme
Prep time 15 minutes, plus soaking time for apricots
Cooking time 35 minutes

 


Turkey Breast in Verjuice with Green Grapes and Almonds
The match of tarragon and chicken is a classic, and it works a treat with turkey too. Lemon, verjuice, cream, grapes and...     more...
 


Roasted Eye Fillet Wrapped in Bacon
 


Roasted Chicken with Sage and Orange
The perfume of orange rind, the earthy taste of olives and potent aroma of sage, give this chicken an exotic fragrance a...     more...
 


Minestrone
In typical Italian style, minestrone improves with a little siesta, so make that work to your advantage. The vegetable f...     more...
 


Spicy chicken drumsticks
Time to prep 10 minutes
Time to cook 45 minutes

Marinating these chicken drumsticks overnight improves the...     more...
 


Eggplant & Buffalo Mozzarella Stacks
This is divine. Serve it with a crisp and crunchy garden salad.
 


Selvapiana Beef in Chianti
Tuscany is famous for its beef. In this dish, which I first sampled at the Selvapiana vineyard in Tuscany, the savory gl...     more...
 


Pappardelle with Asparagus and Smoked Chicken
Small chunks of smoked chicken and tender slices of asparagus bathed in a lemony cream sauce with basil make the perfect...     more...
 


Spaghetti Frittata w/ Roasted Peppers & Mozzarella
This makes a terrific lunch dish or light supper served with a mixed green salad. And it's also great to take on a picni...     more...
 


Chicken & Honeydew Melon Salad with Tarragon
The chicken will stick to the pan at first, so don't attempt to move it. Once it is browned, it will be easy to move aro...     more...
 


Pork Snitzels with Porcini and Pinot
 


Isanna's Porcini Ragu
 


Seared Lamb with Cumin Rub
Lamb shortloins are thin strips of prime meat. All they need is a little seasoning and a quick sear on the grill to arri...     more...
 


Cottage pie
This is undoubtedly one of my family's all-time favourite dishes. Don't be put off by the long list of ingredients - it'...     more...
 


Rocket & Beans with Fusilli
Peasant food doesn't get much better than this - hunky textural pasta, slippery mealy beans, smoky bacon, and a hot bite...     more...
 
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