After the Turkey Malarkey, a Fish Quiche

What do you do when you’re in a post-turkey rut? When the leftover cranberry relish, stuffing and sweet potato gratin are no longer calling your name? (Or scarier still, are calling your name with one stalk in the grave?) (more…)

November 29, 2010. Tags: , , , . Baked Goods, Breakfast, Dinners, Fish, Lunch, One-dish meals, winter. 2 comments.

Fish and Fennel Pie

This is a favorite recipe from Jamie Oliver, and one which Him Indoors had added to his repertoire a while ago. I don’t know why my husband picks the not-so-direct recipes for when he decides to cook. Such as risottos and then this one above, and excluding the baked beans on toast – excellent as well – which he occasionally produces with a flourish for a weekend lunch 😉  With the risottos, I gather that half the attraction is drinking the wine that’s meant to go into the pan, making the whole process very enjoyable for him, and no doubt, fortifying the reserves of patience he (and anyone) needs to cook a good risotto.

Perhaps this recipe may be of use for anyone leaning fish-wise and looking for ideas over Lent, when many try to abstain from luxury food. Although eating fish is a ‘hardship’ I would enjoy on a daily basis! To be absolutely strict, substitute fish or veg stock or milk for the cream, and eat a very small sliver of the final product (I dare you to stop there though).

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March 5, 2010. Tags: , . Baked Goods, British, Dinners, Fish, Mains, One-dish meals, winter. 9 comments.

Chicken Stirfry with Red and Yellow Peppers and Cashew

This is one of the fall-back recipes I’ve kept from decade to decade. It worked as well in the BC days (before children) as it does now – the only difference being in how I use my free time (far more frivolously in those days) and is inspired by the fresh and quickly prepared ‘street food’ in Singapore.  It’s easy, you only need the one wok, and takes 15-20 minutes from start to finish. Just put the rice in a rice cooker before you start chopping the veg and chicken fillets and watch everything come together at the end for a steamy-hot comforting meal on a cold-weather day like today. The red and yellow peppers may be substituted for green beans, broccoli or sugar snap peas.
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October 19, 2009. Tags: . Asian, Chinese, Dinners, Mains, One-dish meals. Leave a comment.

Lunchbox Star: The Cheese and Chutney Sandwich


Another winner for the school lunchbox and one that easily fits into a picnic basket, too. Both my children have recently requested easy meals they can despatch with haste in order to get to the more important tasks of hanging with friends or hanging on a climbing frame (usually upside down, which can’t be encouraging for any sandwich).

Layer up wholemeal bread with double brie, baby spinach and mango chutney (Trader Joe’s). Slap ’em together and serve with a side of fruit. I saw not a crumb in either lunchbox after school!

Some mums might fret about the choice of cheese, but feel free to substitute low-fat (i.e. flavorless, plasticky) cheddar for it. But moi? I’ll pick the full-fat one myself, thanks very much. It’s not as if we have brie every day or top it off with vats of ice cream at the same sitting.

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June 18, 2009. Tags: , , . Kids Cuisine, Lunch, Lunchbox, Nutrition, One-dish meals. 2 comments.

A Gobbleworthy Turkey Sandwich


My older son has rather keen tastebuds and (thankfully) fancies few lunchmeats. I found this uncured *turkey at Trader Joe’s, which both my children love. It has five recognizable ingredients (turkey, sugar, salt, spices, honey), but no nitrites, nitrates or preservatives.

Best of all, the bird was raised – as all beings free of pneumonia and infections should be – without antibiotics.

Add to the generous slab of turkey some lettuce, tomato, mayo and wholewheat bread and voila, you have another healthy option for the school lunchbox!


*Wellshire uncured turkey ham steak, sold at Trader Joe’s.

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May 27, 2009. Tags: . Kids Cuisine, Lunch, Lunchbox, Nutrition, One-dish meals. Leave a comment.

Matzah Pizza


The house is all crumb-free and clean but you’re clean out of meal ideas for Passover week. Worst still, you have a craving for a thin-crust pizza? Here’s something that could well save the day!

  • matzah crackers, 4
  • cheese, parmesan or mozzarella, grated
  • pasta sauce
  • baby spinach
  • optional: anchovies, sardines, etc
  1. Preheat the grill/broiler
  2. Lay the matzah crackers on a wide and deep baking tray
  3. Spread the pasta sauce over it, then any veg and/or protein
  4. Top with cheese
  5. Bake under the grill for 2-4 minutes, watching carefully so it doesn’t burn


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April 12, 2009. Tags: , . Jewish, Kids Cuisine, Lunch, Lunchbox, One-dish meals, Passover. 2 comments.

Cajun Chicken Wrap with Roasted Peppers


For those times when you’re clean out of ideas, here’s a no-fuss one-dish meal. All you have to do is grill the veg and chicken. I particularly like having the oven do all the work so I can multitask – by doing the laundry, cleaning up after the kids or updating this blog!

  • chicken fillets, 2
  • red and green peppers, 1 of each
  • large red onion, 1, sliced
  • thick Greek yoghurt or sour cream, as needed
  • smoked paprika, for seasoning
  • cummin, 1 tsp
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  1. First, marinate the chicken fillets with a squeeze of lemon juice, some paprika, cummin and salt and pepper – or use ready-prepared cajun seasoning
  2. Preheat the oven with the grill setting on High or bake at 425F
  3. Grill the chicken and sliced red and green peppers and onions together on a tray lined with tin foil, drizzling them with olive oil first
  4. The chicken will be done in 10 minutes. Depending how you like your peppers, either start grilling them with the onions 20-30 minutes earlier or together with the meat, if you like a bit of crunch
  5. Allow the filling to cool a little
  6. Toast a wholewheat wrap on a heated pan, slather it with some sour cream or thick yoghurt and bung the chicken and grilled peppers and onions on top
  7. Roll it up and allow the yummy juices to dribble down your chin!

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March 6, 2009. Tags: . Dinners, Kids Cuisine, Mains, Nutrition, One-dish meals. Leave a comment.

Wrap of Lamb


Now that you’ve roasted a whole leg of lamb, how does one make the refrigerated leftovers look appetising again? Stick them in a wrap for lunch in a snap!

  • roast lamb leftovers, sliced
  • tzatziki, a few tablespoonfuls
  • salad leaves or spinach, handful
  • wholewheal wrap/s, as needed

  1. If eating immediately (as opposed to packing a school or work lunch), the lamb may be heated gently in a 200C oven for 10-15 mins, in aluminium foil. When done, slice thinly
  2. Prepare the wraps – spread tzatziki over the wrap
  3. Dot with tabasco if desired, arrange salad leaves on top
  4. Top with meat and roll up
  5. As an alternative to the tzatziki, yoghurt may be used, flavoured with some fresh, chopped mint leaves and a squeeze of lemon juice

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January 21, 2009. Tags: , , . Dinners, Herbs, Mains, One-dish meals. Leave a comment.

Peter Piper picked.. a Pita Pocket with Falafel


Not the tidiest looking of meals but certainly one of the speediest to put together – quicker, even, than a McDonald meal. This protein-packed pita pocket is delicious and will do one a lot more good than a production-line burger.

Falafel is a popular street food which hails from the Middle East. They are deep-fried veggie balls made of fava beans, chick peas (garbanzo beans) or a mixture of both.

  • wholegrain pita pockets, 2 (to serve one)
  • crisp romaine leaves, handful – torn or chopped
  • falafel, 2 or 3 per pocket
  • spicy tomato salsa, 1 generous tbsp
  • tabasco sauce, a couple of drops
  • hummus, 1 1/2-2 tbsp per pocket
  1. Lightly toast pita pockets or zip in microwave a few seconds to warm them
  2. Warm the falafels in the oven or microwave for 25-30 seconds on high
  3. To assemble, spread hummus in a pita pocket, layer romaine on top
  4. Add some salsa and stuff with falafel
  5. A couple of dashes of tabasco (if you like the heat) and you’re off!

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January 15, 2009. Tags: . Dinners, Kids Cuisine, Mains, One-dish meals, Salads, Vegetables, Vegetarian. Leave a comment.

Quick Fish Sandwich


We go through a small pond of fish every week in this household. One of the boys’ favourite sandwiches is what they call a fish burger – basically some fish I’ve breaded, baked and thrown between a burger bun or wholemeal bread for them. An easy kiddy meal to put together 😉

  • Fish fillet, 1 (tilapia, haddock, cod, salmon)
  • Soy sauce, 2 tbsp
  • Honey, 1 tbsp
  • Egg, 1, whisked
  • Breadcrumbs, 3/4 cup
  • Wholemeal bread, 4 slices
  • Baby spinach, handful, washed
  • Mayonaise, as required
  1. Preheat the oven to 220C
  2. Whisk the honey and soy sauce together and dip the fish in it
  3. Then dip in egg and finally, coat in breadcrumbs
  4. Place on greased sheet, spritz with Pam and bake for 13 mins
  5. Lightly toast the bread, spread with some mayo
  6. Layer the spinach onto it, followed by the breaded fish
  7. Luscious and delicious, what’s not to like?

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December 23, 2008. Tags: , . Asian, Fish, Kids Cuisine, Mains, One-dish meals. 1 comment.

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