Roti Canai

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Roti Cania


300 grams of Atta fine wholemeal flour

1/2 teaspoon of salt

250mls of chilled water

20 grams of organic coconut oil, melted

Rice bran oil for cooking

Extra flour for kneading



Place the flour and salt into a large bowl and stir. Make a well in the centre of the flour. Add the water and stir to combine. As the dough begins to form, use your hands to bring it together.

Turn the dough out onto a floured bench. Knead it for a few minutes until it is soft and smooth. Portion and weigh the dough into 8 balls. Cover the balls with a clean tea towel.

Lightly flour a rolling pin and roll one of the balls into a 20 cm circle. Brush it with a little coconut oil. Roll the circle into a log, enclosing the coconut oil. Then roll the log lengthwise into a coil shape. Once it’s in a coil shape, using the rolling pin, flatten the coil back into a 20cm circle. Repeat with the remaining balls.

Lightly brush a heavy based pan with a little rice bran oil. Place one of the uncooked roti on the pan and cook it on a medium heat. Wait until it starts to puff up. You will hear it “whistling”.  Once it has started to brown, flip it over and cook the other side. Repeat with the remaining roti.

Serve them freshly cooked and still warm.


Yields: 8 roti.

Time: 15 minutes preparation. 15-20 minutes cooking time.

Notes: Atta flour can be purchased in supermarkets and Indian grocers. It is much finer than normal wholemeal flour and results in a much lighter pastry like bread than if you use regular wholemeal flour.

Super Green Salad (Almost Raw)

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Super Green Salad (Almost Raw)

Packed with nutrition, texture and flavour, mostly raw and dressed with such a simple olive oil and herb dressing, I just love this super green salad.



For the salad:

1 large brown potato, steamed, not peeled, cut into bite size pieces

1 small head (2 cups) very lightly steamed broccoli, cut into small florets

½ cup mung bean sprouts

1/2 small avocado, peeled and diced

1/2 small cucumber, finely sliced

1 handful (1 cup) green beans, tops removed and cut into 3

½ cup finely sliced spring onions

1/2 cup finely sliced celery

1 handful (1 cup) snow peas, tops removed and thinly sliced length ways

1 cup green cabbage, finely shredded

½ cup kale leaves, finely shredded

1 cup baby rocket

2 cups baby spinach leaves

Handful raw almonds


For the dressing

1 cup coriander leaves, washed and drained

½ cup sweet basil leaves, gently washed and drained

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup good quality cold pressed olive oil

Salt/pepper to taste



For the salad:

Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and mix well. Place into a serving dish.


For the dressing:

Blend all ingredients till smooth. Drizzle over the salad and serve.


Yields: We enjoy this as a huge main meal salad for 2. Alternatively it is a polite side dish for 4-6.

Time: 20 mins to prepare all the salad ingredients. 5 – 10 minutes to make the dressing.

Notes: If you eat tofu it’s a nice addition or can be used instead of the potato.

The dressing yields enough for 2-3 salads. I make it up in bigger batches and use it in any other salads, drizzle it into mash potato or use it as a dipping sauce.

Do not dress the salad until just before it is to be served.

Fattoush Salad


Fattoush Salad

Crisp, crunchy, fragrant, packed with herbs and fresh vegetables. Fattoush Salad is the perfect accompaniment to any Middle Eastern inspired meal.


What you need (For the salad)

1 large wholemeal Lebanese bread

1 small green capsicum, cored and diced

2 tomatoes, cored and diced

1 Lebanese cucumber, diced

4 radishes, finely sliced

2 cups of torn iceberg lettuce leaves

Handful of finely sliced spring onions

½ cup parsley leaves, washed and roughly chopped

½ cup sweet mint leaves, washed and roughly chopped


For the dressing

¼ cup olive oil

1 teaspoon sumac spice

Fresh lemon juice to taste

Salt/pepper to taste


What you do

Preheat your oven to 180c. Place the Lebanese bread in the oven and bake it until it is crispy.

Break the dried bread into pieces and place it in a bowl along with all the salad ingredients.

Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and add them to the salad. Stir everything well to combine and serve.


Yields: 4 side serves

Time:  10 – 15 minutes of preparation, plus the cooking time. I preheat my oven and cook my bread while I am preparing all the other ingredients.

Beetroot Mash

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4 large potatoes

4 cooked baby beetroots

4 tablespoons of Bonsoy

Extra Bonsoy as required

1.5 teaspoons of salt

Pepper to taste



Bring a medium pot of water to the boil. Peel the potatoes, cut them into small chunks and add them to the boiled water. Bring the water back to the boil, reduce it to a simmer and cook the potato until its tender.

While the potato is cooking, blend the cooked baby beetroots with the 2 tablespoons of oat milk until everything is well combined and smooth.

Drain the cooked potato and mash it well. Stir the beetroot mixture through.  Add extra Bonsoy if you want the mash to be more creamy. Add the salt, pepper to taste. Check the seasoning and serve.

Yields:  A generous side serve for 4-6 people.

Time: 10-15 minutes of preparation. 15-20 minutes of cooking time.

Notes: Use any potatoes that are in season and suitable for mashing, such as Sebago, Pontiac or Dutch Creams

Blackened Corn

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4 cobs of organic corn

1 tablespoon of coconut or olive oil

¼ cup of finely sliced spring onion

2 pinches of cayenne

1 teaspoon of smoked paprika

¼ cup of beer

salt/pepper to taste

handful of fresh coriander, washed

# optional – ¼ cup of vegan cheese



Remove the husks from the corn. Discard the husks and place the corn on the BBQ or an open flame on your stove top. Using tongs, carefully turn the cobs as the kernels blacken. Continue cooking until the corn is mostly blackened.

Place the corn, oil, cayenne and paprika together in a large pan. Move the cobs around in the pan so that they are well covered in the seasoned mixture. Pour the beer into the pan with the cobs. Heat everything through and season with salt and pepper to taste.

Once the corn is cooked and well covered, turn off the heat. Garnish the corn with the coriander and the vegan cheese (if you are using it) and serve immediately.


Yields: 4.

Time: 15 minutes.

Notes: If you do not have a BBQ and are not comfortable blackening the corn on an open flame, or if you have an electric stove top, you can blacken them in a dry pan on a high heat instead. This will just take a little longer.

A Quinoa Summer Salad


I have not been exploring the world of quinoa as much as I would have liked to yet but when creating some new Christmas inspired recipes for a magazine last month I added what to me are the flavours of summer Christmas.

Don’t get too hung up on measurements with this. The intended result is simply nourishment, colour and a medley of fresh gorgeous ingredients.

This would go beautifully with bean burgers and a crisp garden salad or it would be the perfect accompaniment to a fragrant nut roast or lovely just on its own for lunch.



1 cup of black quinoa

2 organic cobs of corn

1 punnet of roma cherry tomatoes

1 fresh mango

½ Christmas melon

½ cup of pomegranate seeds

1 cup of fresh, washed spinach leaves

1 lime

olive oil to taste



Rinse the quinoa well under cold water. Drain it and discard the rinsing water. Then place the quinoa into a medium pot with 2 cups of water. Bring it to the boil, then turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and cover the pot. Cook for 15 minutes or until the liquid is absorbed. When it’s cooked, it resembles little curls. Once it is cooked, allow it to cool and set aside.

While the quinoa is cooking, remove the husks from the corn and place the corn cobs on an open flame. Turn the cobs as the kernels start to blacken and continue cooking until all the corn is cooked. Once it has cooled, slice the kernels from the cob. Discard the cobs and set the kernels aside.

Cut the cherry tomatoes, lengthways into 4 and set aside.

Remove the stone from the mango, cut the cheeks of the mango off and slice and remove cubes of mango. Discard the stone and peel and set the mango cubes aside.

Remove and discard the seeds and skin from the melon and either ball the melon with a melon baller or cut it into cubes.

Mix all the ingredients together now, except for the lime and olive oil. When you go to serve the salad, squeeze lime juice over the it  and drizzle some olive oil over the top also and serve.


Yields: 4 side serves.

Time: 30 minutes.

Notes: It’s really important to rinse the quinoa well because depending on how it has been produced it can have a very bitter flavour.

If you don’t have a gas stove top, simply blacken the corn in a pan or on the BBQ.

If you can’t find Christmas Melon, you can substitute it for honeydew melon.You can often get pomegranate seeds at the supermarket in the fruit and vegetable section. Otherwise just remove the seeds from a fresh pomegranate.

Toffee Sweet Potato

I love turning pumpkin or sweet potato into a toffee style dish by caramelising it with maple syrup. Sometimes I toss herbs through it too.

We had this recently with yellow curry Thai noodles. It’a beautiful side dish that goes well with robust herb scented nut roasts and gravy. It will be a definite addition to our Christmas dinner this year.



1 very large sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks

Up to ¼ cup or pure maple syrup

good handful of raw cashews



Preheat your oven to 180c

Place the sweet potato on a lightly oiled oven tray and pour the maple syrup over the top and place in the oven.

Give it about 30 minutes and then gently turn the potato.

Cook until the sweet potato is tender and the maple syrup and outside of the sweet potato starts to caramelise. This can take a while but it’s so worth it. Just keep an eye on it.

When you are about 15 minutes away from them being ready remove the sweet potato from the oven, crank the oven up to about 200c, turn the potatoes again, pop the cashews on top of the potato and place them back in the oven.

Serve immediately. It won’t matter if they have cooled a little though either.


Serves: Serves 2 as a side dish.

Time: I haven’t timed this one.

Freezing: Not suitable.

Note: Cooking times and outcomes are going to depend on your own ovens. But you want to get a fairly good heat through the potatoes and then have the syrup browning well and just crank it up near the end to roast your nuts and colour the syrup a little more. Just don’t burn anything!!

Chilli, Mint & Bean Shoot Salad


This is a perfect salad for really hot days with your favourite iced cold beer or home made lemonade!

Serve it as a side with homemade pizza or take as an offering to a BBQ. Just assemble it right before serving so that it is still super crunchy.



For the salad

1 small red onion, peeled and very finely sliced

2 cups of fresh bean shoots

2 red capsicum, core removed and thinly sliced

1 cup of fresh mint leaves, washed

2 long red chillies, seeded and very finely sliced


For the dressing

2 tablespoons of vegetarian fish sauce

½ tablespoon of minced ginger

1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice

1 1/2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup



Place all the salad ingredients into a large bowl.

Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and add to the bowl with the salad. Mix everything well to combine and serve immediately.


Yields: A side dish for 4.

Time: 15 minutes.

Notes:  You can purchase vegetarian fish sauce from vegan grocery stores, online and from some Asian grocers. Otherwise simply replace it with 2 tablespoons of organic tamari or soy.

This is also delicious with the addition of handful of Thai basil and/or thin strips of fresh coconut meat.

Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I have despised brussel sprouts my entire life, then a few months ago when they came up in conversation with a friend she told me that if I simply put them in the oven with a little oil and some salt and roasted them that they are beautiful.

I was far from convinced but am a lot more adventurous these days so gave it a shot and they were pretty good. I did them again a few weeks later but pushed them a little further till they started to caramelise and I really liked the result and found myself eating one after the other. These days they are often seen sitting freshly roasted on a tray on our stove top for a snack as I cook.

If you hate brussel sprouts just give this a go. If you still hate them you have lost nothing but you may just discover they aren’t as disgusting as you thought 🙂




Preheat your oven to approx 200%,

Cut the ends off a ton of brussel sprouts and discard the ends.

Slice the brussel sprouts in half.

Place on a tray, drizzle with some oil. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt over them.

Place them in the oven and cook them until they caramelise.