Sautéed Herbed Chanterelles

Back when I was living alone, sautéed mushrooms over toast or rice was one of my favourite late night meals. It was fast, easy and perfect on evenings when I craved something light. Though you could fancy it up with a splash of wine or enrich with cream, I think chanterelle mushrooms are best eaten…

Easy Basmati Rice with Raisins and Crispy Onions

Growing up in a Chinese household, it’s impossible to imagine a day where rice was not part of our regular dinners. Everyday. Without fail. Plain white rice to go with stews, curries, stir frys. Sometimes congee (rice porridge). On very, very special occasions my grandmother would make biryanis, an Indian dish of basmati rice cooked with…

Quinoa Salad with Lemon and Cumin Vinaigrette

If you’re looking to practise your dicing skills, then this everything-but-the-kitchen-sink quinoa salad is a winner. Similar to a tabouleh, all the vegetables are diced as small as possible and then mixed with your favourite grain/protein and choice herbs. In this version, I’ve gone with corn, cucumbers, and tomatoes paired with mint, parsley and green…

Quick and Summery Grape Tomato and Garlic Spaghetti Sauce Recipe

Grape and cherry tomatoes are in peak season in summer. They’re perfect in quick and simple summer recipes like skewers, salads and make for excellent sauces when you’ve got an excess after a barbecue (or when you’ve been rained out from one). Pasta sauces that don’t require you to stand over a hot stove are an…

Roasted Rainbow Carrots with Poached Egg & Frico

One of the most beautiful things about a poached egg, or a fried egg, is its amazing ability to turn the sparest of plates into a proper meal. Your salad needs something extra? Top it with an egg. Pancakes or waffles looking a bit lonely? Fried eggs will make it better. In this case, my…

Tomato Tart with Spinach Pesto

Pesto is great to have under your repertoire. It can be whipped up in five minutes and flavoured with just about anything you like. For a bright verdant green pesto, I like adding spinach, as well as a few red chilies for a bit of a kick. I usually use pesto for pastas, and occasionally…