banksia plant art with lemon leaves

RECIPES – collected taste sensations

Here is a collection of recipes which have inspired me, I hope they inspire you to eat well too!

I try to include recipes that are less than 300 calories per serve, and which contribute to your daily fruit and vegetable intake.



Latest recipes

Orecchiette with cauliflower and pangrattato

It is most disappointing. Tonight I made the Orecchiette with cauliflower and black pepper pangrattato. It was an overkill on so many levels. If I had made this recipe as advised, it would have been 1000 calories per serve! No wonder they don’t advertise the nutrition information of these recipes! People would run a mile. The version that I made was just over 400 calories. The main changes that I made were to reduce the amount of oil that was used from three tablespoons to 2 teaspoons (one teaspoon for cooking the leek, onion and garlic and one teaspoon for... Read More

Vegetarian recipe remixes and plastic free July

So, my remixing of vegetarian recipes was not all that successful this week. Mostly, I just found vegetarian recipes and cooked them. The first was a cauliflower mac and cheese, which while tasty, had a lot of cheese in it. It is still nice comfort food though. If you decide to make this recipe, don’t skimp on the chives and basil garnish. I often skip the garnish because herbs are so expensive, but without it, this dish was a bit bland. It also made my joints hurt the next day, so not ideal. I cut the recipe in half so... Read More

Quinoa risotto – with mushrooms, leek and spinach

Does anyone else find risotto annoying, time consuming and difficult to cook? I have some good news. You can make a beautiful dinner of quinoa risotto, and it only takes about 20 minutes to cook! Method for quinoa risotto The basic steps are to cook 1/2 a leek and a clove of crushed garlic for 2 minutes over medium heat, then add 160 g of sliced mushrooms and cook for a minute. Then you can add 1/2 cup of quinoa and 1 cup of vegetable stock, bring to the boil, then lower heat and simmer for 12 minutes. Add 80... Read More

Remix recipe – Broccolini and chilli pasta with pangrattato

One of the things that really irks me, is the fact that restaurants and cafes serve such calorie laden food. I know that there are a lot of people who avoid them, because one meal can be 600 calories or more, and who needs it?!? I think that there should be a section of the menu for meals that are 300 calories or less. More people would eat out, if this were the case. And more people would be able to have the delightful experience of eating out more often, without eating something questionable, that is so heavy on the... Read More

Cooking as a sensory pleasure

Sometimes when you have been very intellectually active, and it has been a long day of hard work, it can be nice to get lost in something physical and something almost sensual, like cooking. It is something of a sensory pleasure to get lost in the kitchen with colours, smells and flavours of good, wholesome food. It is hard to imagine changing the gears in your mind to relax and get lost in something sensory and practical, but I feel it is the best medicine for a day of grueling work. There is something about the colours and textures of... Read More

red wine in winter – mulled wine recipe

You have probably heard the saying ‘white wine in summer and red wine in winter’, but why? Red wine has a higher alcohol content and is heavier and richer, so it will likely warm you up from the inside. It is also more harmoniously paired with heavier winter dishes that you might enjoy during winter. White wine is lighter and more acidic and more harmoniously paired with light salad and fish dishes, which are lovely to eat during summer. Furthermore it is lovely chilled, which is much more appetising in summer when the temperatures soar and you feel like a... Read More

Mediterranean artichoke pasta

The world begins again! I am inspired to be healthy 🙂 Tonight, I decided to cook for myself at home rather than eating out. Eating out can be fun, but it can be hard to find healthy food. My initial thought was ‘pasta’. To be honest, I have had just about enough of cutting out whole food groups. I eat wholewheat bread for lunch sometimes these days, and it seems like a good plan. Also if it has calcium in it and it is not dairy, I will eat it, including canned salmon with bones! Yum! Tonight I made a... Read More
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