Braised pork chops with beans

Winters call for comforting and warming soups, broths and stews. One of our favourites is this relatively quick cooking stew like dish which once done, leaves us with beautifully fork tender pork and rich and flavourful bean stew that pairs really well with crusty breads or/and roasted vegetables. Perfect for weeknight dinners or for entertaining,…

Cauliflower Manchurian

Deep-fried twice until deliciously crispy and then, stir-fried with tons of aromatics and a sweet and spicy sauce, gobi or cauliflower Manchurian works beautifully as a starter with a chilled beverage or as a main course served over steamed rice or soft noodles. Ingredients: For the crisp cauliflower florets 500 grams of cauliflower cut into…

Braised Chicken and Potatoes in Creamy Garlic Sauce

Winner, winner, chicken dinner šŸ™‚ This braised Chicken and Potatoes in Creamy Garlic Sauce is superbly comforting and truly delicious with all of the crispy skin and luxurious sauce, it’s versatile and can be served with bread, rice, roasted vegetables or just on its own and it comes together in about 50 minutes. With this…

Tarte de Natas or Portuguese cream tart

One of my husband’s favourites, Tarte de Natas or Portuguese Cream tart is one of Portugal’s favourites desserts. Delightfully airy, sweet and creamy, tarte de natas is surprisingly easy to make and wonderfully subtle in flavour to work as the perfect end to any meal. I still remember the first time I had this. My…

Home-style Mutton Curry

This slow cooked mutton curry is a Sunday favourite. Delicious and wonderfully flavourful, this mutton curry is deceptively easy to make; all it really requires are patience and time and it yields the most succulent mutton enrobed in wonderfully perfumed sauce elevating any ordinary weekend meal to something very special. Fit for celebrations and special…

Minced lamb and lentil stew

A little goes a long way with this one! With a bit of lamb, a can of lentils and a few readily available aromatics, we get a pot of flavourful and nourishing lamb and lentil stew in about 40 minutes. Best served over rice or couscous, with flat-breads and fresh salads, this surprisingly light and…

Green tea and ginger clear soup with chicken and steamed vegetables

Ingredients (for 2 persons; serve over noodles or rice for a heartier meal)For the soup: 2 cups of salt-free chicken stock 1 cup of water 2 spring onions, chopped into long pieces. 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, grated 1/2 tsp of fish sauce Salt to taste Chilli flakes to taste A handful of vegetables of…

Fiery carrot and fennel soup with tomato and chive salsa

Portions: 2 generous bowls Ingredients and method: For the soup: 1 tbsp of olive oil 2-3 cloves of garlic, finely minced Half a large bulb of fennel, roughly chopped 2 carrots, diced into small pieces 1 ripe tomato, diced 1/2 tsp of salt 3/4Ā  large red chiliĀ , minced (save the rest of the chili for…

Meat balls and beans pasta bake

Portions: Serves 4 Ingredients: 250 grams of lean minced meat of any kind; I have used chicken 1 can of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed, half for the meat balls and the rest saved for later 1 tsp of onion powder 1/2 tsp of salt for the meat balls and more to taste for…

Hot pork belly with aromatic sticky rice and gingered veggies

Portions: Serves 2 Ingredients: For the rice: 1 cup of glutinous rice washed and soaked in water for at least 4-5 hours For the hot pork: 300 to 350 grams of pork belly with rind, cut into large chunks; keep these chunks fairly large (I keep them strips of 1 inch X 5 inches each)…

Creamy spinach and basil soup

The perfect bowl of nourishment, this creamy spinach and basil soup makes you allĀ  warm and cozy while keeping the calories in check. Quick and easy, this recipe provides the much needed comfort on a chilly autumn/winter night. Portions: Serve with warm bread or/and croutons and enjoy a filling meal for two. Great for three/…

Oven roasted piri piri chicken drumsticks with tangy veggie salad

These piri piri chicken drumsticks are healthy, easy to make, budget-friendly and deliciously juicy… An absolute favourite! Portions: Great for three with some carbs. We love it with roasted potatoes/ fries and/or a small serving of rice. Perfect on its own as a satisfying low-carb meal for two. Effort: Hardly any; it takes 5 minutes…