Mashed Potato Casserole

by Bhagya

Purists beware! This mashed potato casserole is delicious and can be made ahead. When you want mashed potatoes on the menu but have enough to do on the day, try this!

230 grams unsalted butter, softened, and more for the pan
3 kg potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon salt
1½ cups sour cream
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/3 cup finely chopped chives
⅔ cup bread crumbs
⅔ cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Lightly grease a 33 … Read more »

Meat Loaf

from Georgie Adamson’s parents’ days

This was one of Dad’s specialities and made for family get-togethers where it was mainly served cold with Mum’s home-made relish or tomato sauce.

Mix together in a large bowl:

500g finely minced steak, 250g sausage meat, ½ cup bacon pieces chopped finely, ½ cup breadcrumbs, 1 large onion finely chopped, 2 tsp salt, pepper to taste, 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce, 1 tbs tomato sauce and 1 egg. Finely chopped parsley or herbs may be added. Add a little water or milk to moisten.

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Chinese Food –  Chow Mein

from Georgie Adamson’s parents’ days

This was a pretty exotic dish introduced to the family menu.

1 lb minced steak

½ cabbage, sliced thinly

1 lb beans cut small, 4 stalks celery, 2 medium onions, all cut small.

1 packet Continental chicken noodle soup

1 dessertspoon curry powder

3 cups water

Melt 1dessertspoon butter in saucepan or frying pan. Brown mince steak and season. Add water, soup and all vegs. Cook 20 mins. Add 2 dessertspoon rice when it … Read more »

Fish Yassa from Senegal

by Bhagya

Yassa looms large in the cuisine of Senegal. If you’ve never had it and love lemon and onions, give it a try! You can cook the fish in a pan or on the BBQ before finishing it off in a delicious caramelised onion, lemon mustard sauce. The BBQ gives the best flavour, with a hint of char.


1 kg firm fish cutlets, skin on
3 onions, thinly sliced
2-3 cloves of garlic, … Read more »

Pumpkin fillo parcels                                              

Stuart Absalom


quarter of a medium-sized pumpkin
1 large onion
olive oil
1 egg
150 gm fetta
salt and pepper
sesame seeds
fillo pastry (or phyllo or filo …)


Cut pumpkin into small pieces, toss in olive oil and roast until tender. While the pumpkin is roasting, melt 30 gm of butter in a pan, add … Read more »

Fiji Pumpkin Curry    

Flick Ruby

Dimity learned this recipe from her mother, Peta, who was taught it in Fiji. It’s best when you use fresh spices and herbs but do what you can! It’s delicious! (Dimity is my bestie – Flick)

Ingredients: 680 gms (around 3 cups) pumpkin, skinned and chopped into large (around 1.5 inches/3.5 cm) cubes

6 cloves garlic, finely grated

2.5 cms of fresh turmeric, finely grated

2.5 cms green ginger, finely grated

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