Greek Salad with Chickpeas

For The Dressing: 1/3 cup olive oil 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon minced garlic (or 1 large garlic cloves, minced) 2 teaspoons dried oregano (plus extra to serve) 1/4 teaspoon salt For The Salad: 1 large cucumber, halved lengthways and sliced 10 ounces (300 g) grape tomatoes (or cherry tomatoes), halved 1 green… Continue reading Greek Salad with Chickpeas

Perfect Macaroni Salad (with variations)

SALAD 8 oz (250g) dry macaroni pasta 1/2 medium red bell pepper (capsicum), seeded and finely chopped 1/2 medium red onion, finely diced 1 small carrot, peeled and shredded 2 dill pickles, finely chopped 1/4 cup chopped celery DRESSING 1 cup mayonnaise, (S&W, Best Foods, Hellmann’s, Japanese or any whole egg mayo) 1/4 cup sour… Continue reading Perfect Macaroni Salad (with variations)

Perfect Egg Salad

12 large eggs 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper 1/4 cup finely chopped celery, (or dill pickles) 1/3 cup whole egg mayonnaise, or Japanese mayo 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon horseradish 3 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped 2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, finely chopped Pinch of… Continue reading Perfect Egg Salad

Broccoli Salad with Soy Vinaigrette

Dressing: 1 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp rice vinegar or other vinegar 1 tbsp neutral oil 1/2 tbsp toasted sesame oil 1/2 tbsp sugar 1/2 tsp black pepper or to taste Salad: 3 cups broccoli chopped, about 1 small head 1/4 red onion diced 1/4 cup craisins 2 tbsp sliced almonds 1/2 tsp toasted sesame… Continue reading Broccoli Salad with Soy Vinaigrette

Crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges (with Variations)

2 large russet potatoes 1 tbsp oil/cooking spray salt and freshly ground pepper 2 sprigs fresh thyme freshly grated parmesan as desired Scrub the potatoes clean and cut into wedges. Toss the potatoes with oil or cooking spray, salt, and ground pepper, then place the potatoes in the air fryer basket. Turn the air fryer… Continue reading Crispy Air Fryer Potato Wedges (with Variations)

Air Fryer Potatoes

1 lb baby potatoes halved 1 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder salt and freshly ground pepper In a large bowl, toss the halved potatoes with oil, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper until well coated. Add the seasoned potatoes to the air fryer basket – I like… Continue reading Air Fryer Potatoes

Crispy Roasted Potatoes

4-6 potatoes Yukon Gold or similar preferred 1/4 neutral oil high heat such as grapeseed or safflower oil 1 bunch green onions sliced flaky sea salt Preheat the oven to 425°F. Peel the potatoes and cut into even 2-inch pieces. Rinse the potatoes and place in a large pot just covered with cold water. Salt… Continue reading Crispy Roasted Potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes

1.5 lb potatoes baby/nugget potatoes preferred 4 tbsp neutral oil divided Heat the oven to 450°F. Bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat and salt generously. Add the baby potatoes and cook for 20 minutes, until soft. Drain in a colander and let dry completely, about 5 minutes. Drizzle the… Continue reading Crispy Smashed Potatoes

Cold Summer Soba Salad

2 bundles soba (6 ounces, uncooked) 1/4 red cabbage, thinly sliced 1 cooked cob of corn, kernels sliced off 1 red pepper, cored and sliced 1 yellow or orange pepper, cored and sliced 1 cucumber, deseeded and julienned 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved 1 head romaine, shredded 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro 1/3 cup sliced… Continue reading Cold Summer Soba Salad

Kashmiri Dum Aloo (Dry)

1.5 lb baby potatoes 680 gm, 14 in number oil to fry the potatoes 2-2.5 tablespoons mustard oil 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 bay leaves 1 cinnamon stick 1 black cardamom 2 green cardamom 3 cloves 1 tablespoon kashmiri red chili powder 1.5 tablespoons plain yogurt whipped 1 tablespoon fennel powder 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder… Continue reading Kashmiri Dum Aloo (Dry)

Green Bean Salad With Hot Mustard Dressing

Kosher salt and black pepper 2 tablespoons Asian hot mustard powder (or Colman’s dry mustard powder) 1/4 cup neutral oil, such as safflower or canola 1/4 cup minced shallot 2 tablespoons unseasoned rice vinegar 1 tablespoon minced peeled ginger 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions (from 2… Continue reading Green Bean Salad With Hot Mustard Dressing

Tomato & Avocado Salad

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, divided (2 lemons) 2 firm, ripe Hass avocados 2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes, halved through the stem 1/2 cup medium-diced red onion Good olive oil Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 3 ounces baby arugula Pour 1/4 cup of the lemon juice into a… Continue reading Tomato & Avocado Salad

Charred Corn with Coconut, Chilies, and Lime

1 pound frozen corn kernels, thawed, drained and patted dry (about 3 cups) 2 Fresno chilies OR 3 serrano chilies, stemmed, quartered lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced 2/3 cup coconut milk, divided Kosher salt 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut Grated zest of 1 lime, plus 1 tablespoon lime juice Heat the broiler with a rack… Continue reading Charred Corn with Coconut, Chilies, and Lime

Easy Soft Flatbread (No Yeast)

2 cups plain flour (all purpose flour) (level cups, unsifted, not packed), + keep 1/4 cup extra for dusting & adjusting dough 1/2 tsp salt 3 1/2 tbsp / 50g unsalted butter (1.75 oz) 3/4 cup milk Melt butter in milk: Combine butter and milk and heat until butter is just melted – on stove… Continue reading Easy Soft Flatbread (No Yeast)

Roasted Pumpkin with Lemon Yogurt Sauce and Pine Nuts (with Variations)

Roasted Pumpkin: 1.2kg / 2.4 lb pumpkin , skin on seeds in weight (or butternut squash or sweet potato, Note 1) 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 garlic clove , finely minced using garlic press 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper Lemon Yogurt Sauce: 3/4 cup Greek yogurt (or other plain, non sweet yogurt)… Continue reading Roasted Pumpkin with Lemon Yogurt Sauce and Pine Nuts (with Variations)

Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin or Butternut Squash

Roasted Pumpkin: 1/4 kabocha Pumpkin (1 kg / 2lb), unpeeled, deseeded, cut into 6 wedges 3 tbsp olive oil 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 salt Black pepper Garnish: 1/2 cup plain greek yoghurt , loosened with a bit of water 1/4 lemon 1 tbsp pine nuts , toasted 1 tbsp coriander leaves 1 birds eye chilli… Continue reading Cinnamon Roasted Pumpkin or Butternut Squash

Basic Roasted Carrots with Lots of Variations

1 kg / 2 lb carrots , peeled and ends trimmed (Note 1) 2 tbsp olive oil 3/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 2 garlic cloves , minced using garlic press or finely grated using microplane (optional, Note 2) Optional garnish: Fresh parsley Preheat oven to 220°C/430°F (200°C fan). Cut the carrots on the… Continue reading Basic Roasted Carrots with Lots of Variations

Couscous Pilaf

2 cups couscous 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock, low sodium 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp lemon juice 1/2 tsp salt Herb option: 2 tbsp coriander/cilantro, finely chopped 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped Fruit and nuts: 1/3 cup dried apricots, chopped 1/3 cup currants or sultanas 2 tbsp slivered almonds, toasted Heat… Continue reading Couscous Pilaf