Most of these delicious side-kicks are so yummy they can be eaten as filling meals in their own right with a nice chunk of fresh bread, but they also complement their protein partners perfectly. Sitting demurely next to them on the plate.

Salads are also in this category, I hope you enjoy them!

Proscuitto + polenta (cornmeal) muffins

Posted on January 17, 2010

Proscuitto and polenta muffins

These were perfect for dunking into gravy on Christmas Day…

Although you can enjoy them anytime (no gravy required!).

This recipe is based on a Donna Hay recipe I found in the 2009 Christmas edition. If you’ve been reading this blog for a while you’ll know I haven’t had much luck with old Donna’s recipes before – remember the chocolate self saucing pudding disaster?

However, I have to applaud her and her team this time because these worked out perfectly! Luckily, as it was the first time I’d made them and they were for our Christmas dinner.

I used gluten free flour so my lovely mother-in-law could enjoy them and they were absolutely delicious when used to mop up gravy. A great alternative to stuffing or bread rolls. (more…)

17 delicious no-lettuce salads

Posted on October 18, 2009

Chicken and pumpkin salad


I’ve heard people complain they don’t eat salads because they still feel hungry afterward. Rubbish! They’re obviously not eating the right salads.

I’ll let you in on a secret: salads don’t have to include lettuce. Gasp! It’s a hard secret for some to swallow, but once you start to follow the no-lettuce rule, salads get a lot more interesting.


The perfect partner: Spinach + avocado salad w/ sesame wasabi dressing

Posted on April 18, 2009

[Spinach and avocado salad w/ sesame wasabi dressing]

This salad is just crying out to be served with some BBQ’d tofu – the perfect vegan meal!

It would also be right at home next to a nice piece of salmon, a grilled chicken breast, a juicy steak – can you see where I’m going with this?  Yes that’s right, it goes with everything! (more…)

Potato salad gets a healthy makeover

Posted on October 14, 2008

Potato salad has always been a favourite of mine. Although the calories that come with a mayo-rich dressing don’t fit into my healthy way of eating.

That’s why I decided to give it an overhaul using beautiful seasonal produce to add flavour, texture and freshness – without the fat.

It was the perfect accompaniment to the lamb and prawn skewers at the Foodbuzz BBQ, and as you can see, sat happily in the sunshine while being photographed.

It’s a clean, fresh and cheery little salad. (more…)

Tabbouli – the fresh taste of Lebanon

Posted on October 6, 2008

This is one of my all time favourite salads, it congers up childhood memories of large family gatherings that were heaving with food.

Most dishes use herbs sparingly, but this salad packs a massive herby punch and the overload of parsley does freak some people out.

For those of us that love it, and there’s lots of us, the combination of parsley, tomatoes, onion and cracked wheat is freshness personified.

It’s just as good served alongside grilled meats or felafal as well as simply scooped up with pita bread or crisp lettuce leaves. (more…)

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