Hot and sour soup (282 calories per serve)


My husband has been having a hankering for hot and sour soup lately. I don’t really like it but I did enjoy the few scoops I had the other day from the takeaway he got from China Bar of all places. We’ve tweaked the recipe to our liking including adding more mushrooms. The consistency of…

Manaeesh Lebanese flatbread (468 calories per serve)


Lebanese flat bread with zaatar is one of my favourite types of breads. And I love my bread! Every time I host a lunch or dinner party, I try to bake my own fresh bread to serve as a basic appetiser. Usually I’d just make a standard bread loaf but increasingly, I’ve been making flatbreads…

Creamy mushroom sauce (169 calories per serve)


My favourite sauce to pair with my steak is a pepper sauce but occasionally, I opt for a creamy mushroom sauce. I made it for my mother-in-law the other day and she loved it so much that she asked for the recipe. So here I am madly typing away (before I forget!) so that she…

Creamy Cauliflower Soup (255 calories per serve)


This is one of my favourite soups and was one of the earliest recipes I posted when I first started this blog. My original recipe had chorizo and some browned cauliflower florets on top as well. But as time went on, I found myself only sticking to the basic cauliflower soup without many toppings. It’s…

Mushroom medley gnocchi (638 calories per serve)


I must make gnocchi from scratch as I just can’t stand store-bought gnocchi. It also doesn’t require much equipment to get good results either. However, it does require a fair bit of time so if you are short of time, you could just use the store-bought gnocchi. In making gnocchi, I found best results with…

Toasted tomato rice (282 calories per serve)


My daughter loves rice so long as it is plain and has nothing in it. There have been times where I’ve set down a plate with rice, some meat and some vegetables and she would painstakingly pick out the meat and vegetables and just eat the rice. She would even point at the rice pot…

Basic mushroom risotto (379 calories per serve)


My husband’s parents tend to cook a type of cuisine per week so they can use similar bases to make multiple dishes. Using this as inspiration, we decided to have Italian week in our household ranging from risottos to a good ol’ ‘spag bol’ and pizza. This mushroom risotto is pretty basic but also pretty…

Creamy pumpkin soup (282 calories per serve)


Although we’re technically at the final couple of weeks of autumn, I already feel as though winter has arrived. What I love most about winter are all the soups I get to enjoy and I absolutely love creamy soups such as this one. Although I have used pumpkin in this soup, the base is pretty…

‘Picnic pleaser’ potato salad (334 calories per serve)


My friends organised a casual picnic for this year’s Australia Day celebrations so I decided to bring, amongst other things, a simple potato salad. I’ve always loved potato salads, but not the ones at supermarket delis that are absolutely drenched in mayonnaise. I like adding a bit of mayonnaise but not too much as it…

Thai vegetarian fried rice (659 calories per serve)


Thai fried rice is very aromatic. In my opinion, it is more flavourful than Chinese fried rice and I often have fond memories of it. When I was younger, my family used to go to Bangkok often for holidays. During these holidays, we used to stay at a motel near MBK shopping centre. I don’t remember…

Pumpkin, tofu and green beans red curry (267 calories per serve)


Do you know how much pumpkin is actually in a whole butternut pumpkin? A lot apparently … after removing the skin and the seeds, I had about 1.6kg of pumpkin! Since I am pretty much living by myself at the moment, that’s a lot of pumpkin to get through for one person without trying to eat…

Quick tofu and bean sprout stir fry (238 calories per serve)


I’ve been running around doing errands all day … doing the laundry, folding and ironing, filing away bills, paying bills, making medical appointments, changing bed sheets … I was pretty exhausted. I hadn’t been sleeping well either because the baby has started kicking and rolling almost non-stop … especially when I’m still and trying to sleep! Anyway…