July, 2021

Chicken Noodle Soup

SERVINGS: 4                     PREP: 20min                          COOK TIME: 40min


  • 2 tbsps olive oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 carrot, sliced

  • 6 cups (1.5L, 50fl oz) chicken stock

  • 300g (10oz) chicken breast fillets, sliced

  • 50g (2oz) egg noodles

  • 2 tbsp flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • Baguette or crusty rolls, to serve


  1. Fry onions in oil in a saucepan over medium heat until onions are softened.

  2. Add carrot and cook for 5 minutes.

  3. Add stock and cover saucepan. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 15 minutes.

  4. Add chicken and noodles and simmer for a further 10 minutes, until noodles are soft.

  5. When soup is ready to serve, mix in parsley and season with salt and pepper.

  6. Serve with crusty sliced bread or rolls.


Captain Honey. (2016). The Easy Kitchen. Morningside: Herron Book Distributors.


June, 2021

Chicken Casserole

SERVINGS: 4                     PREP: 30min                          COOK TIME: 60min


  • 2 tsps olive oil

  • 8 chicken drumsticks

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 3 celery stalks, sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 2 x 400g (14oz) cans diced tomatoes

  • 2 carrots, sliced

  • 3 cups (750ml, 24fl oz) chicken stock

  • 2-3 potatoes, peeled and cut into pieces

  • 1 cup (170g, 6oz) frozen or fresh peas

  • Salt and pepper, to season

  • 1 tbsp parsley leaves

  • Baguette, sliced to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 180oC (350oF, Gas Mark 4). Heat oil in a frying pan and brown chicken for 5 minutes then transfer to large casserole dish.

  2. In the same frying pan, fry the onion and celery until soft, around 5 minutes.

  3. Add garlic and fry for 2 minutes then add tomatoes, and carrots and bring mix to the boil.

  4. Remove from het and transfer sauce to the casserole dish with chicken along with potatoes and chicken stock.

  5. Bake, covered with lid or foil, for 35 minutes until chicken is tender and cooked through.

  6. When chicken is cooked, stir in the peas and half the parsley. Season with salt and pepper and bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven.

  7. Serve casserole garnished with remaining parsley leaves and serve with fresh crusty bread.


Captain Honey. (2016). The Easy Kitchen. Morningside: Herron Book Distributors.


May, 2021

Butter Chicken

SERVINGS: 4                     PREP: 10min  (plus marinating)                        COOK TIME: 20min


  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • ½ cup (125ml, 4fl oz) plain yoghurt

  • 2 tsps ground coriander

  • Small piece ginger, peeled, finely grated

  • 2 tsps ground cumin

  • ¼ tsp chilli powder

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 6 chicken thigh fillets, diced

  • 2 tbsps vegetable oil

  • 25 g (1 oz) butter (or ghee)

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ¼ cup (125ml, 4 fl oz) thickened cream

  • ½ lime

  • Sprig of basil, to garnish


  1. To make marinade, combine garam masala, yoghurt, coriander, ginger, cumin, chilli powder and garlic. Make sure chicken is fully covered and place in the fridge for 4 hours.

  2. Once the chicken has marinated, heat the oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat.

  3. As onion and cook until soft and golden before adding the chicken and marinade to the saucepan. Stir constantly until the chicken starts to change colour, then add stock and cover.

  4. Wait until the liquids start boiling and reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture starts to thicken and chicken is cooked through.

  5. Stir in cream. Simmer until heated through then squeeze in the juice of half a lime.

  6. Serve with basmati rice or naan bread.


Captain Honey. (2016). The Easy Kitchen. Morningside: Herron Book Distributors.


April, 2021

Mini Meatballs with Teriyaki Sauce

SERVINGS: 6                     PREP: 20min                          COOK TIME: 10min


  • 500g (1lb 2oz) beef mince

  • 1 tbsp ginger, minced

  • 5 garlic cloves, minced

  • ¼ cup (60ml, 2fl oz) soy sauce

  • 1 cup (125g, 4oz) breadcrumbs

  • 4 spring onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • Teriyaki sauce, to serve

  • Sesame seeds, to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 200oC (400oF, Gas Mark 6). And line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.

  2. Place mince, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, breadcrumbs, spring onions and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Stir to combine initially and then bring together with hands until thoroughly combined.

  3. Shape into bite-sized meatballs. Place meatballs on the baking tray.

  4. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until cooked through.

  5. Pour teriyaki sauce over the meatballs and garnish with sesame seeds.


Captain Honey. (2016). The Easy Kitchen. Morningside: Herron Book Distributors.


March, 2021

Easy Beef Casserole

SERVINGS: 4                     PREP: 15min                          COOK TIME: 2hr 15min


  • ¼ cup (30g, 1oz) plain flour

  • Salt and pepper, to taste

  • 1kg (2lb) chuck steak, trimmed, cubed

  • 2 tbsps olive oil

  • 2 leeks, thinly sliced

  • 2 red capsicums

  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed

  • 600g (1lb 5 oz) chopped fresh tomato (or use 1½ x 400g/14oz cans)

  • 2 tbsps tomato paste

  • 2 tbsps brown sugar

  • 2 tbsps Dijon mustard

  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves, roughly chopped

  • Thyme sprigs to garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 180oC (350oF, Gas Mark 4). Mix flour with salt and pepper. Lightly coat steak in the seasoned flour.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook steak in small batches for 2 minutes at a time until browned.

  3. Place cooked steak in  large casserole dish.

  4. Into the frying pan add the rest of the oil along with the leeks, capsicum and garlic. Cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes.

  5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, mustard and chopped thyme. Bring to the boil and pour over the steak.

  6. Bake, with the dish covered, for 2 hours so that the meat is tender. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with thyme.

Captain Honey. (2016). The Easy Kitchen. Morningside: Herron Book Distributors.

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February, 2021

Pappardelle with Ragu

SERVINGS: 6-8                     PREP: 10min                          COOK TIME: 3hr 20min


  • 110g (4oz) smoked pancetta, chopped

  • Olive oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 carrot, finely chopped

  • 2 sticks celery, finely chopped

  • 1kg (2lb) beef mince

  • ½ cup (125ml, 4fl oz) red wine

  • 2/3 cup (140g, 5oz) tomato paste

  • 2 cups (500ml, 1pt) boiling water

  • 2 beef (or chicken) stock cubes

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1kg (2lb) dried pappardelle



  1. Fry smoked pancetta in a deep frying pan with olive oil for 3 minutes on a low heat, until starting to crisp. Add onion, carrot and celery. Sweat for 10 minutes with lid on, until soft and onion is translucent.

  2. Add mince, stirring until beef has browned. Pour in red wine and cook at a gentle simmer for 5 minutes until sauces has reduced down. Stir in tomato paste, then add boiling water. crumble in stock cubes and add bay leaves. Cover pan and simmer for 3 hours.

  3. When ready to eat, bring a saucepan of salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook until al dente. Drain well.

  4. Place the cooked pasta in a pan with the sauce and stir, over heat, until pasta is coated in sauce.

Captain Honey. (2016). The Easy Kitchen. Morningside: Herron Book Distributors.

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