One of the difficulties that homecooks face is the invariable, daily decision-making that might sound more or less like this: ‘Groan, what am I gonna make for dinner tonight?’ I don’t mind cooking everyday, but sometimes it’s hard to come up with ideas and I end up in a dinner-rut. (You don’t? Who cooks your dinner?) So I’ve pulled some recipes from the web, in the hopes that some of them might inspire you to try something a little different, or just to eliminate having to decide what to cook. There are 5 options each for meatlovers and for veggielovers. I plan to do this each Friday, which allows you to shop during the weekend for the following week. I hope you’ll find the selections useful and inspiring. Enjoy!

Meals for Meatatarians


Jamie’s Beef and Noodle Stirfry

Jamie Oliver’s Beef and Vegetable Noodle Stir Fry

Chicken Parimigiana, an Aussie Pub Classic

Martha Stewart’s Beef Stroganoff

Nigella’s ‘Toad-in-the-Hole’, an English Classic

Herb and Dijon Lamb Cutlets


Meals for Vegetarians

Jamie’s Linguine with Tomatoes and Capers

Zucchini and Ricotta Frittata

 Jamie Oliver’s Linguine with Tomatoes and Capers

Silverbeet and Mushroom Pie

Kylie Kwong’s Vegetable Sung Choi Pao

Indian Vegetable Curry




Meet Nigella Lawson’s Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake. It’s rather ironic that it’s an old fashioned cake, because this recipe thrills the food geek in me. I was drawn to it mainly because it’s one of her food processor cake recipes. All the ingredients go into the food processor, gets processed and voila, the batter is ready. See? Nothing old-fashioned about that, is there? Plus, it’s easy as to make! But I’ve made it again and again since then not so much because it’s easy, but because I love how this chocolate cake tastes. Chocolatey and not-too-sweet. It’s officially my favourite chocolate cake.

The other thing that the food geek in me loves about this recipe is this : I was given some lovely digital scales for Christmas, and it makes making this cake even more of…a piece of cake! (Sorry, couldn’t help myself!) Now, all I need do is to place the bowl of my food processor on my scales, tare it (ie press ‘zero’), and then measure out each ingredient straight into the food processor bowl, hitting ‘zero’ before I add the next ingredient. No messing around with mixing bowls and spoons! Just have fun pressing buttons! I should re-name it the Hi-Tech Choc Cake.

Weigh + Spin

Pour + Bake


Here’s the link to the recipe for the cake. Most of the instructions are about how to make the icing. Which looks luscious, I have to admit, but I’ve not attempted to make it because it kind of takes away from the quick-n-easy-ness that I like about this recipe. In fact, I iced the cake with Betty Crocker’s Vanilla Icing, because I’d bought some for a kids craft project and there was just enough leftover. And, true to my casual (disrespectful) attitude to recipes, I ignored the instructions to use 2 x 20cm cake tins, and bunged the lot into a 23cm tin.