Quick-impressive fruit salad

Always a tasty healthy alternative to desserts that even kids love. So simple to make, albeit the prep work can be slightly annoying, but wouldn’t take any more effort than a dessert half as good and half as nutritious. Great for the summer, especially with fresh seasonal fruits. Time: 15-20 minutes Serves: 8 Good for:…

Healthy natural popsicles

The easiest and cheapest summer treat you can do is a fresh juice Popsicle. Assuming you already have a juicer there isn’t a huge cost here, your fruits and veggies and the popsicle mold (alternatively you can use an ice cube rack with popsicle sticks (from the dollar store) sticking out of each one. Just…

Home-made granola bars

You all know this by now, anything homemade is great, anything ready made is evil (not quite) but in most cases that is true. Plus it’s way cheaper to do it at home. Granola bars are one such case, it’s so easy to make it should be a crime for you to buy the store…

Easy does-it trifle

There are probably as many trifle recipes as there are people. Trifles can be a combination of many things and somehow still come out tasting naturally sweet, fresh, and delicious. Here is an easy one for you with easy to find ingredients; you can just about substitute any of the ingredients to something equally good….

Tasbeech Meatloaf

This is Middle Eastern twist on the meat loaf phenomenon – I know what you’re thinking, why would we want a Middle Eastern twist on meatloaf when we can barely stand regular meatloaf. Please give this a try, it’s really good, and the look is impressive. It really puts all your proteins and nutrients in…

Sweet Tortilla Crunchies

This is an easy way to cook with the kids and have a “healthier” alternative to chocolates.  It’s still sugar but hopefully less of it in their mouths than what they would get for a small chocolate bar, and just as satisfying for the sweet tooth we all have. Time: About 30 minutes Serves: 3…

Boston Cream Cake

A decadent recipe from one of my all time favourite Italian chefs Ms. Lidia Bastianich. They have a luxurious feel and will taste like they took way more effort than they actually did, which is what we all want! Time: About 1 hour Serves: 10 Good for: Impressive dessert, for those you want to impress…

Simple baked fish

Baking fish has always been an intimidating task to most (not least my wife) for some reason. I never saw it as difficult protein to work with, but I can see how the balance of having a “fishy” tasting fish versus one with over powering flavour, or overcooking versus undercooking can be challenging. Here’s a…

The humble Bruschetta

Bruschetta is one of those things that people take for granted, but once they are prepared and in front of human mouths, they will fly off in no time. They are light, familiar and great for anytime of day. They are healthy and more importantly tasty. As appetizers or late dinner entrees, you can never…

Fig Walnut Cake

A very warm, almost savoury (but not quite) semi sweet loafy cake. Very nutritious and exotic with a range of flavours people will get in layers. Great with the older crowd and those with discerning tastes for desserts. Time: About 1 hour and 45min Serves: 10+ Good for: People coming for tea/afternoon- tea Exotic flavour…