Coconut Poached Fish

It’s a pulled from the pantry quickie

to whip up this incredibly tasty meal!

When you finally fall through the door after a hectic day, just take a deep breath & have this fabuliciouz meal on the table in a jiffy!

Grab a large frypan & pour in a 400ml tin of coconut cream along with a tablespoon of fish sauce, a teaspoon of minced garlic, a teaspoon of white wine vinegar, the juice & zest of a lemon, a squirt of ginger paste (about a teaspoon), a tablespoon of brown sugar & 2 teaspoons of chilli flakes. Give it a jolly good mix & pop it over a medium heat to bring to the boil.

Once at the boil, turn down the heat to low & carefully place in 3 or 4 fish fillets. Simmer gently until they’re cooked through (about 10 minutes). Seafood is awesome because it actually tells you when it’s cooked by changing colour! How convenient is that?!?!?

Simply serve the fish on a bed of fluffy white rice, pour over the luscious sauce (don’t be stingy now) & hook in!


Beef Curry

An easy curry boasting great depth of flavour,

rather than heat,

so even Mini-Me loves it.

Honestly, this is such a simple, yet flavoursome, curry that I could very well upset a few takeaway shops by sharing this one! It’s a sure fire hit to fill up those hungry tummy’s!

Start by melting a good tablespoon worth (about 30g) of butter in a large pan. Add in 1 finely chopped onion along with a heaped teaspoon of minced garlic & fry that off until the onion has reduced down to release it’s sweetness, about 3-4 minutes, or so. Next, add in 1 tablespoon of curry powder ( I use Keen’s) & continue to fry that off for another couple of minutes to cook out the spices.

Pop in a tub (140g) of tomato paste, 500g of diced gravy beef & enough water to just cover that meat. Give it a jolly good stir through to combine before gently simmering for 1.5 hours.

Finally, you want to pour in 1/2 cup of full cream milk & the juice of 1/2 a lemon before seasoning ever so generously with salt & pepper. Add in 2 teaspoons of raw sugar, mix it all up nicely & serve over fluffy white rice.

Berry Pops

Looks Naughty, but it’s actually Nice.

A fun way to start your day with a healthy breakfast treat.

This is a definite Kids in the Kitchen recipe where Mini-Me simply loves to help out, making her breakfast icy-pops. They’re fun, They’re fast & They’re absolutely fabuliciouz!

But these 3 ingredient wonders aren’t just for kids! This is also a fantastic way for you grown-ups to get a healthy start to your busy days too when you’re on the run.

Nothing could be easier! Simply pop into a mixing jug 250g of any type of delicious berry that floats your boat & give it a good old whazz up with Mr Buzzy (aka stick blender), before decanting 340g of Coconut Yoghurt into the jug, along with a teaspoon of local raw honey. Give it another jolly good mix up, then pour into awaiting icy pop moulds & pop into the freezer to set.

Now you have no excuses to not get that great, healthy start to your day!

Tanz Tip – I have allergies & with having moved around the country so much, the very first thing I do in a new area is to seek out a jar of local raw honey! It’s the quickest way to expose my body to the local pollens & it’s absolutely fabuliciouz too.

Chicken Korma

A flavour packed fabuliciouz meal that you can have on the table in just 30 minutes!

It’s another one from my post Ballet quickie arsenal! This taste of the Far East is slightly modified from the original Chicken Korma to make it just that wee bit lighter after a hard work out in the studio.

Start by peeling 4-5 potatoes (350g worth) before chopping them into either halves or quarters, depending on their size. You’re after nice wedges. Pop them in a saucepan & cover with water, then add a pinch of salt & bring the pot to a boil. Boil the potatoes for 10 minutes before draining them & set aside.

Now get a pot of water on the burner to bring to a boil for the rice. Once the water is at the boil, add a pinch of salt then pop your rice in to cook.

While that’s happening, crack on with the curry.

Heat a good glug (1 tablespoon) of oil in a large saucepan before adding in 1 finely chopped onion. Sweat the onion right down to release all it’s sweetness & make it nice & tender. Next, pop in 500g of chicken mince, mix it all in together & continue to fry off until it’s cooked through.

Add in half of a 290g jar of Korma Curry Paste & allow it to cook off for at least a minute whilst you stir it through to coat everything.

Toss in the potatoes along with 150ml of boiling water, pop the lid on & gently simmer for 10 minutes.

During this time, you’re rice will probably be ready, so drain that off & scoop into the bottom of your serving bowls ready to soak up the luscious flavours that await it!

After the curry has driven all your neighbours absolutely mad with envy on the aromas emanating from your kitchen, remove the lid & throw in a handful (75g) of fresh baby spinach leaves to gently wilt through as you cook for about another minute, stirring them in.

Then dish up, Chef! Ladle that glorious concoction over the rice & It’s Chompin Time!

Lentil & Egg Curry

A flavour packed dish that’s perfect for sharing.

You’ll need to start this one a day ahead so some prior planning needs to be thought about when wanting this wee number.

Place 1 cup of dried lentils into a bowl, cover with water & allow to soak overnight.

Next day, drain the lentils & let’s get our kitchen smelling like a Curry House!

Peel & finely dice up 2 onions.

Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of curry powder, give it a quick mix then add in those onions. Cook them off until they have caramelised right down so that they release all their sweetness. That usually takes about 10 minutes or so, cooking nice & slow.

Splash in 3/4 cup of water along with the lentils, give that lot a jolly good stir then pop on a lid.

Cook, ever so gently, over a low heat for 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, hard boil 4 eggs then peel & set aside.

When the curry is ready, simply slice up the eggs & add them to the pot with a good pinch of salt for seasoning & stir in ever so gently.

Serve this one hot with lovely flat breads or pappadums to pick up the curry with.

Toblerone Fondue

Sweet strawberries dipped seductively in Decadently rich chocolate

~ have I got your attention? 

This one goes out to all the lovers! For those who adore the simple pleasures unashamedly. Those who wish to indulge quickly, without too much build-up ahead of the main event. It’s a classic for good reason.

To keep this one Gluten Free, I use the Mountain Bars available from Aldi, but if you don’t have any dietary requirements then the original recipe calls for Toblerone Bars.

I use 4 Mountain Bars which is 400g, but I believe the Toblerone Bars may work out at 375g as the closest.

Set yourself up a Bain Marie, which is a pot of gently simmering water over which you set a heatproof bowl, being very mindful to never allow the water to touch the bottom of the bowl.

Break up the chocolate into the bowl & add 150ml of luscious Double Cream. Then just stir that until it melts into a glorious dark liquid.

Have chilled strawberries at the ready for dipping & you’ve got yourself some instant romance!

Tanz Tip ~ using the Toblerones or Mountain Bars, elevates this chocolate fondue to a whole new level with the nutty, nougat bits spread throughout.

Red Pork Curry

A spicy delight to tickle your tastebuds!

It is so easy to whip up a fabuliciouz curry to rival any take-away that you’ll be dusting off your wok in no time! The secret to cooking this quick, yet healthy, cuisine is prior preparation. Have all of your ingredients ready to go before you start as wok cooking is stepping into the culinary fast lane!

Start off by handing Hubby a 500g packet of pork rashers to go sacrifice at the alter of burnt offerings (aka BBQ). You want that smokey char that only grilling can give & it also renders down the fat a wee bit.

Meanwhile crack on with the rest of the preparation.

Have a 400ml tin of coconut milk open & ready to go.

Keep your fish sauce on stand by near the cooktop along with a jar of red curry paste.

Peel 3 good sized carrots before slicing them on the angle, just to be fancy, & set them aside in a bowl.

In another bowl, place a sliced up long red chilli, also cut on the angle.

Yet a third dish will contain pineapple & lychee – grab 4 lychees out of a tin & chop them up roughly & then grab yourself a small tin of pineapple rings, there’s usually about 4 rings in there, & chop them up too.

Finally, have half a dozen kaffir lime leaves shredded up. I like to cheat by using the pre-done ones in the jar.

When Hubby brings in those now perfectly cooked pork rashers, slice them up so they’re also ready to toss into your wok when it’s their turn.

Now we are ready to cook!

Pour half of the coconut milk into your wok over a medium heat & heat it through.

Next, add in 3 tablespoons of the red curry paste & give it a jolly good stir to incorporate.

Pop in the carrots & let it all gently simmer away for about 5 minutes. You’re giving the carrots time to cook through as they take the longest whilst also cooking off the spice paste.

When you see the oil of the paste start to separate on the surface, it’s time to drop in the pork, Lychees & Pineapple along with the rest of the coconut milk & a splash of the fish sauce. You can also add in a tablespoon of the lychee juice from the tin if that’s what floats your boat but you don’t have too if it’s not your kind of flavour.

Bring that lot to the boil before throwing in your chilli & cook for another few minutes.

Last, but certainly not least, it’s time to stir through those kaffir lime leaves just before removing from the heat.

Serve this absolutely fabuliciouz spicy, saucy, soupy curry with fluffy white rice.

Blueberry Granita

A sneaky way to add a fabuliciouz superfood to Mini-Me’s diet & then have fun sticking out colourful tongues at each other!


This is as easy & simple as it gets! Just 4 basic ingredients to whip up a refreshing treat on these scorching hot Summer days!

Into a small saucepan goes 125g of blueberries & cover those with a wee bit of water before adding in 2 tablespoons of caster sugar & the juice of a lemon.

Pop the pan onto a medium heat to cook until the blueberries are just popping open & the sugar has dissolved.

Turn off the heat & grab good old Mr Buzzy (aka stick blender) to whazz that mixture to a smooth liquid consistency.

Pour it into a freezer proof container & place in the freezer to set, stirring with a fork every 20 minutes.

The Granita is set when it has changed colour & all the liquid is gone.

Of course, you could just pour the blitzed puree into ice-cube trays & use it to cool down beverages too.

Honey Glazed Lamb Roast

Sweet, Succulent, Sexy

This is not the Sunday Lamb Roast of old!


Australia is ‘infamous’ for putting our Lamb Roast above everything else, even dates with Hollywood celebrities (a pun there for us in a certain age group!) But this Honey Glazed Lamb Roast recipe takes this classic Sunday favourite to a whole new level! Enter the Asian influence.

Firstly, you want to work out your total cooking time. Now this is done by choosing if you want pink inside or well done lamb. For pink, allow 20 minutes per 500g + an extra 20 minutes. For well done, allow 25 minutes per 500g + an extra 25 minutes. You will also need to rest the meat for 15 minutes after roasting before carving to serve.

For example, I had a 1 kilo Lamb Shoulder rolled roast so my total cooking time was 75 minutes for well done.

Place a lamb shoulder roast that’s been boned & rolled onto a rack in a roasting dish & pop it into a 200c oven for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, make your glaze…..

In a small saucepan, gently warm 1/2 cup of honey before adding in the juice of a lemon, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 1 teaspoon of ground ginger & a good pinch of Allspice. Blend that lot together nicely & set aside.

When the first 15 minutes is up, turn the oven down to 180c & start the basting process with your glaze. You will want to brush the roast every 10 minutes with a wee bit of the glaze for the entire cooking time left but do make sure that all that sticky goodness does end up in there!

When time is up, remove the roast from the oven & pop it onto a board. Tuck it in with it’s own tin foil blankie to rest & crack on making the gravy!

Place the roasting dish on your cooktop burner & add in 1 cup of hot chicken stock. Get the heat going underneath to bring it to the boil & deglaze all that yummy goodness that’s stuck to the bottom of the pan. Just keep stirring until it reduces nicely & turns a gloriously deep rich brown.

Strain the gravy through a fine sieve before pouring into your gravy boat to serve with the meat.

Prawn Pate

An impressive Crustecean dip that’s sure to light up any seafood lovers gathering.


I absolutely love Seafood! I will greedily devour any bountiful harvest from the sea placed in front of me. But, alas, I don’t get to cook with it very often. Partly because I am ever so snobbish about freshness, which I haven’t found around me here of the same quality as home & partly because Hubby seems to struggle with Seafood! I always take it as a great personal triumph when he enjoys one of my Seafood dishes. I first started his conversion when we lived in a town called Katherine, at the bottom of Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory. They have the absolute BEST Barramundi in all of Australia, one taste of those beauties & he was hooked! We had fish & chips every Friday night!!! Yet, I now find myself back on struggle street in the Seafood department with him. He usually enjoys when I hide it in an Asian Curry though, so imagine my surprise when he actually went back repeatedly for my Prawn Pate!!!! I was so absolutely chuffed that I just had to share this uber easy recipe with you so that you may be able to convert any fussy fishes in your life too.

Start by popping 500g worth of cooked & peeled prawns into your food processor to chop them up finely.

In a separate bowl, cream together 85g of softened butter with 113g of cream cheese.

Place that mix in with the prawns, along with 1.5 tablespoons of whole egg mayonnaise, 1 teaspoon of minced garlic, the juice of half a big lemon (or a full smaller one) before seasoning ever so generously with salt & black pepper.

Give that lot a jolly good blitz up in the food processor to combine & that is it!

Keep this one up your culinary arsenal sleeve to whip out a rather impressive luxurious dip at your next BBQ!