Thai green papaya salad (139 calories per serve)


I used to only order green papaya salad at restaurants because it intimidated me. I didn’t realise just how easy it was to make. The only thing that took time was probably shredding the papaya but even that didn’t take too long with a grater. Once I started making it, it became one of my…

Chinese steamed whole snapper (196 calories per serve)


Gong xi fa cai! Another year has gone and we now welcome the year of the Rooster and my husband has already started making “cock” jokes. Sigh! Anyway, we decided to walk to Footscray market this morning and I couldn’t resist getting some fresh fish. After all, fish on Chinese New Year is supposed to…

Basic pork and prawn wonton (248 calories per serve)


Wontons are such a versatile dumpling. They can be used in soups, dry noodles, served with chilli oil, fried or boiled/steamed on their own. They are actually really easy to make so long as you can be bothered to wrap them up. I prefer them best in a dry noodle. Check out the recipe here. Serves…

Burmese fish curry (225 calories per serve)


I’ve been craving rice lately so I decided to cook a dish that went really well with rice. In Burmese, they call this “htamin main” which means something so good that it makes you eat more rice (htamin). And this was it … a fish curry. My husband doesn’t like fish curry so I made…

Prawn and mussel linguine with basil (467 calories per serve)


It’s already half way through February … how did it go by so fast?! It seemed like only yesterday that it was Christmas, New Year … wedding and honeymoon. But now I’m back to the grind and it’s the first post of 2016! Serves 4 Prep time 15mins Cook time 20mins Ingredients 200g linguine pasta…

Grilled scallops and cauliflower mash (278 calories per serve)


I haven’t had scallops for a very long time so I thought I’d just grill some on a low-carb base of cauliflower mash. It’s not as creamy as my creamy cauliflower puree but it’s got slightly lower calories. Serves 4 Prep time 15 mins Cook time 15 mins Ingredients 600g cauliflower (approx. half a large…

San choy cabbage (409 calories per serve)


I had some green cabbage in the fridge that I had bought when it was on sale at the supermarket but I had no idea what to do with it. It wasn’t wombok but it might as well be. Here’s a Chinese style san choy cabbage. Serves 4 Prep time 20 mins Cook time 20…

Frutti di Mare all’Arrabbiata (439 calories per serve)


The name sounds super exotic and complicated but it really isn’t. I love eating this either with pasta – I used fettucine on this occasion – or dipped with bread. Buon appetito! Prep time 20mins Cook time 20mins Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 150g prawns, deshelled and deveined 200g scallops 3 cloves garlic, crushed 1/2 onion, diced 400g can…

Stir-fried lemongrass pipis (250 calories per serve)


It has been about 4 years since I’ve cooked pipis but it’s not because I don’t like them. It’s because I refused to buy something where only 50% of its weight (and it’s usually about $20/kg) was actually edible. But today I gave in … I love pipis! Serves 3 as an appetiser/snack Prep time 10 mins Cook time…

Thai ‘hor mok’ fish custard (246 calories per serve)


The first time I tried ‘hor mok’, it was in Cambodia where they called it ‘amok’. A few weeks ago, I took a friend to a fusion Asian restaurant/bar in Melbourne called Cookie and this was on the menu. She had never tried it before but loved it when I ordered it. So when I…