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FRIDAY FEAST with me…again!

Greetings, Feasters, from (sort of) sunny South Australia. I’ve been on a library tour all week around the south east of the state, chatting about Heart of the Valley and my journey to publication, plus whatever else I go off on a tangent about. And it’s been huge fun! Delightful crowds who ask lots of questions, and the hospitality of the library staff has been wonderful. There are links on my Facebook page to photos if you want to take a look, and a radio interview I did which was rather fun.

Heart of the Valley has been earning some amazing reviews, which is really heart-warming. How about this one from Shelleyrae at Book’d Out.

Heart of the Valley is a novel about letting go and moving forward that mixes tender romance with heartfelt drama. I finished Heart of the Valley with a contented sigh for a story well told and a longing for a horse of my own. Cathryn Hein has joined my ever growing list of must read Australian women writers.

And this from 1 girl… 2 many books!

Heart Of The Valley is an excellent addition to the ever-growing rural lit genre – it showcases a beautiful area, contains wonderful, well thought out characters that I really, really enjoyed and I felt the story was rounded and well paced.

And the Facebook comments keep coming too. So on the off chance you haven’t seen Heart’s cover or read the blurb, and to keep the Friday Feast posts consistent and me from getting twitchy about them not matching, here it is again!

 

HEART OF THE VALLEY

 

Brooke Kingston is smart, capable and strongwilled ­ some might even say stubborn ­ and lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley on her family property. More at home on horseback than in heels, her life revolves around her beloved ‘boys’ ­ showjumpers Poddy, Oddy and Sod.

Then a tragic accident leaves Brooke a mess. Newcomer Lachie Cambridge is hired to manage the farm, and Brooke finds herself out of a job and out of luck. But she won’t go without a fight.

What she doesn’t expect is Lachie himself ­ a handsome, gentle giant with a will to match her own. But with every day that Lachie stays, Brooke’s future on the farm is more uncertain. Will she be forced to choose between her home and the man she’s falling for?

A vivid, moving and passionate story of love and redemption from the author of Promises.

 

Right, enough promo, it’s FOOD TIME!

I had planned to write another Heart of the Valley themed post, maybe sharing another Nancy Burrows-style, hearty country recipe, but then I realised that Sunday was Mother’s Day. Given Jim and I move around quite a bit, and sometimes reside long distances from our families, we don’t get to see our mums as often as we’d like and it’s rare for us to spend Mother’s Day with them. Things are easier for me now we’re in Melbourne because that makes Mount Gambier only a 4 ½ (give or take a bit) hour drive away, but it’s still not pop-around-the-corner easy.

So this will be the first Mother’s Day I’ve been able to spend with Mum for donkey’s. To celebrate, we’re planning a nice family brunch on Sunday morning at Mum and Dad’s. There’ll be fresh eggs from my brother’s chooks, maybe a bit of bacon or some chipolatas if I can track some tasty ones down, fruit, cereal, toast and whatever else we can think of. Simple, but good. Anyway, like most celebrations the food won’t really matter. It’s the company that counts.

If I was home, though, and had all my cooking toys at hand, I’d probably try something a bit fancier. In fact, I’d probably make it a Mother’s Day lunch instead of a brunch because then I’d have an excuse to crack a bottle of fizz. Always feels a bit naughty to drink fizz in the mornings, even for a champagne breakfast on Melbourne Cup day, but lunch is another matter. There’s something deliciously indulgent about it, and let’s face it, Mother’s Day is all about indulging Mum.

But if you’re considering lunch for your mum and have a bit of time to prepare, here’s a recipe that might appeal. Serve with a nice green salad, and a glass of crisp white wine, rosé or even fizz, throw in good company, and you have yourself the makings of a perfect afternoon.

 

LEEK, FETTA AND TOMATO TART

 

Serves 4

Pastry

This will make much more than you need, but it’s very hard to measure half an egg. Refrigerate or freeze the rest for another time.

225g (1 ½ cups) plain flour

90g butter, chopped

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tablespoon cold water (you may need more)

Place flour and butter in a food processor and whizz until crumbly (or use the tips of your fingers to rub butter into flour). Add egg and water and pulse until a ball forms. You may need to add extra water. Tip out onto a floured surface and knead lightly. When smooth, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180°C

Take a 35cm by 13cm loose bottomed tart tin and line it with pastry. Rolling out the pastry can be extremely painful so just use your fingers to press balls into the tin until a nice shell forms. Bake for 15 minutes, or until lightly golden.

Filling

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 leek, halved, washed and white part very thinly sliced

200g pancetta or good smoky bacon, cut into small fine batons

1 clove garlic, crushed

A few good handfuls of baby spinach

100g fetta, crumbled

6-8 cherry tomatoes, halved

3 eggs

180ml cream

3 or so tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a non-stick pan. Add leek, garlic and pancetta and cook over medium heat until the leek is nice and soft and starting to caramelise a little. Add spinach and wilt.

Spread leek mixture over the cooked pastry case. Top with fetta.

Whisk eggs with Parmesan cheese and then stir in cream until well-combined. Pour over leek mixture. Dot surface with halved cherry tomatoes.

Bake 30 minutes or until set. Serve warm.

 

I’d love to hear what would make a perfect Mother’s Day for you, or even how you plan to celebrate with your mum. Maybe you get to flop around in your PJs all day with people waiting on you hand and foot. Perhaps you’ll be picnicking or adventuring or doing something completely indulgent. Maybe Sunday will find you whipping up your favourite recipe for your mum. I bet there are some wonderful ideas out there we could all gain inspiration from.

FRIDAY FEAST with me!

This week on Friday Feast we have a very special guest… me!

Heart of the Valley released yesterday and as I want as many people as possible to buy and read it, I’m taking over this week’s Friday Feast to mercilessly plug my book. Well, not mercilessly – I’m not that enamoured with self promo – but I’m going to make sure you know aaaaall about this wonderful, emotional read.

Yes, emotional. I have it on good authority that people have been so moved by Heart of the Valley and the fate of its characters that they’ve cried. As Michelle, book editor of online magazine Beauty and Lace warns in her recent review, “…regardless of how tough you think you are you are going to need the tissues.” I also shed many tears during its writing, although not always for the same reason. As any (normal) author will tell you, writing can be bloody stressful!

So in keeping with the established Friday Feast format, and because I’m painfully pedantic and like to keep things ordered, here’s the cover and blurb. You can also read the opening chapter at my website.

 

HEART OF THE VALLEY

 

Brooke Kingston is smart, capable and strongwilled ­ some might even say stubborn ­ and lives in the beautiful Hunter Valley on her family property. More at home on horseback than in heels, her life revolves around her beloved ‘boys’ ­ showjumpers Poddy, Oddy and Sod.

Then a tragic accident leaves Brooke a mess. Newcomer Lachie Cambridge is hired to manage the farm, and Brooke finds herself out of a job and out of luck. But she won¹t go without a fight.

What she doesn’t expect is Lachie himself ­ a handsome, gentle giant with a will to match her own. But with every day that Lachie stays, Brooke’s future on the farm is more uncertain. Will she be forced to choose between her home and the man she’s falling for?

A vivid, moving and passionate story of love and redemption from the author of Promises.

 

Vivid, moving and passionate… yup, that about sums it up. But I should also mention that the hero, Lachie, is a complete and utter babe. There’s this bit where he… Oh, just go and buy the book and you’ll soon see what I mean.

Right, enough of that. Let’s talk FOOD!

 

There’s a sweet character in Heart of the Valley named Nancy Burrows who’s a gun country cook and one of those wonderfully generous souls who loves nothing more than to spoil those she holds dear with her delicious food.

Nancy doesn’t do fancy food. Nope, Nancy makes hearty country fare like beef casseroles, chicken and vegetable soup, and Lancashire hot pot. And she bakes. Oh, does she bake. There are ginger biscuits, apple and rhubarb crumble, and Lachie’s favourite, bread and butter pudding.

So I thought I’d dedicate this Friday Feast to Nancy Burrows and share the sort of recipe that she’d make. Which is rather fitting now that fickle Melbourne has finally abandoned its Indian summeriness and instead decided to blast us with cold and rain. I don’t know about you, but when the weather turns horrid, my stomach craves old-fashioned winter comfort food, and what better warming food is there than a rib-sticking soup?

My mum, bless her, isn’t the most enthusiastic of cooks, although she can whip up a damn fine pavlova. My grandmother taught me how to bake but, overall, I’d call myself a self-taught cook. However, one of the recipes I did learn from Mum growing up was her pea and ham soup. There was no recipe as such; Mum just knew how to make it. I assume she learned from watching her mum, which is exactly how I learned too.

This is perfect winter fare. Thick, delicious, warming and satisfying. I loved coming in from the freezing cold, soaked and mud-smeared after a game of hockey or hair-covered and reeking of horse after a morning spent riding, and being served a great bowl of this soup with buttery toast. It was so damn homely. Nearly as good as a hot shower or a loving cuddle.

Mum always made her soup with bacon bones, but I use a smoked ham hock because I enjoy having all that gooey meat to chew on. Just make sure you allow plenty of cooking time so the meat completely falls away from the bone. I also occasionally substitute some of the soup mix for plain barley simply because I love the stuff.

Oh, and all quantities are variable. Adjust to however you prefer or to the ingredients you have on hand. As for how much this recipe makes… um, a lot. Enough at least to feed a ravenous family with some left over.

There you have it. A recipe even Heart of the Valley’s Nancy Burrows would be proud of.

So what are you waiting for? Go grab that stock pot and start simmering!

 

MUM’S PEA & HAM SOUP

1 smoked ham hock

6 stalks celery, finely chopped

3 large carrots, diced

5 onions, peeled, halved and each half cut into thirds

Enough water to cover

300g soup mix (McKenzies)

Salt

Place ham hock, onions, carrots and celery into a stock pot and pour in enough water so the hock is covered. Place on the stove and simmer, lid on, for three hours or until the meat is falling off the bone and a good stock has developed, adding more water if necessary to ensure the hock is always covered.

Remove ham, peel off the skin and discard. Shred the meat, then return meat and bones to the pan. Test the soup for salt – usually quite a bit is required.

Add soup mix, and simmer with the lid on for another two hours or until the pulses are soft.

Serve piping hot with good crusty bread or hot buttered toast.

 

Now, my feasty lovelies, it’s giveaway time and what a prize I have on offer. Oh yes indeedy! One lucky commenter has the chance to win a signed copy of my brand spanking new release, Heart of the Valley, that vivid, moving and passionate book you see above, which is already earning rave reviews (I have proof!).

Winter is just around the corner (or already here if you live in Melbourne) and I’m on the hunt for some comfort food inspiration. Winter-perfect meals are what I’m after. Casseroles, puddings, soups – whatever makes your mouth water. Just share your favourite winter dish and you’ll be in the running to win a copy of Heart of the Valley. So get commenting!

 

I’m going to use my blog owner’s prerogative and add a few more days to the normal giveaway closing time so I can pimp this post and my book for longer. Hey, a girl has to do what she can! Anyway, this time you have until midnight, Thursday 3rd May, 2012 to leave your comment. Australian addresses only, sorry.

Now, in case you haven’t interacted enough with me yet, besides this blog I also play around on Twitter and Facebook, but only when I’m not hard at work daydreaming of bestsellerdom.

 

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our lucky winner, Beck! Your copy of Heart of the Valley will be winging it’s way to you very soon. Thanks to all who entered. Some great comments as always.

FRIDAY FEAST with Karly Lane

Feeling a bit chuffed here in Feastland because today we have another fabulous guest. Not only is Karly Lane a lovely person, she’s a wonderful author, and I know this to be true because 1/. I’ve met her, and 2/. I’ve read (and loved!) her books.

Karly lives on the gorgeous north coast of NSW, where she’s kept super busy looking after her four children and husband, as well as penning her heart-warming novels. When I read North Star on its release I couldn’t put it down. Not only that, the moment I finished it I shot Karly a gushy email to tell her how much I loved it and demanded to know when was her next book coming out. Well, now I have my answer. Karly’s next book releases very shortly – at the same time as Heart of the Valley, in fact – and I cannot wait to get my nose buried in its pages.

Check it out!

MORGAN’S LAW

 

When Sarah Murphy returns to Australia she desperately needs a break from her high-powered London life. And though mystified by her grandmother’s dying wish for her ashes to be scattered under ‘the wishing tree’ on the banks of the Negallan River, she sets out to do just that.

While searching for the wishing tree, Sarah stays in the small township of Negallan. It’s there that she finally has some time to relax and unwind, there that she finds herself drawn to a handsome local farmer, and there that she discovers her enquiries about her grandmother are causing disquiet within the powerful local Morgan family.

Will the Morgans prevent Sarah from discovering the truth about her grandmother? And should she risk her glittering career in the UK for a simpler existence in the country, and the possibility of true love? By the bestselling author of North Star, Morgan’s Law takes you on a compelling journey into a young woman’s hopes and dreams.

 

I’m squirming in excitement already!

Oof, but enough of my fangirldom. Here’s Karly with her gorgeous post and a recipe that makes my stomach rumble. Wonder if I could nip out for a quick countery at lunch…

 

FORGOTTEN JOYS

The humble counter meal at any pub in Australia, I think, is vastly underrated.

Morgan’s Law is basically set in a country pub, so for my career minded-London living Sarah, she has to deal with a huge culture shock when it comes to meal times.

When was the last time you had one? For me, it had been years, until my writing group began holding get togethers once a month at a central point (being that we travel from up to200 kilometresfrom all points of the compass to attend.) In doing so, I’ve rediscovered the humble counter lunch.

The beauty of the pub meal is that in the majority of cases-they’re not only economical, but they’re huge! Having a daughter who is about to back-pack around Australia – having a decent meal – even if it’s for lunch, will at least ensure she won’t starve to death!

The other thing about pub meals is that gone are the days where you only had maybe two choices—a meat pie with chips or a meat pie with vegies (complete with complementary grubs in the broccoli) …now days some of these places are rather suave and sophisticated, and the meals a work of art! So there’s something to suit everyone!

The other thing that I adore about these places are the buildings themselves. Most of these pubs we go to are beautifully restored or preserved buildings, making you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. I can’t help but conjure up all sorts of wonderful scenes from years gone by…makes me wish I could sneak back in time for a little while and see what these old pubs were like in their heyday!

Ahh, this writer’s life is hard work… the things we do in the name of writing…

Check out my favourite local pubs – they’re gorgeous.

The Star Hotel, Macksville

Federal Hotel, Bellingen

The Heritage Hotel, Gladstone

CHICKEN PARMAGIANA

Something you’ll find as a staple on every pub menu is the good old Chicken Parmigiana, so here’s a recipe to make it at home.

 

Pre-heat oven to ~250 degrees Celsius

Crumbed Chicken:
2 Chicken Breasts
2 Eggs
Milk
Plain Flour
Bread Crumbs
Oil (for frying)

Trim any excess fat and rubbish away from chicken, slice open along the edge length ways (so as to double it’s size) cover with glad wrap/freezer bag/whatever and flatten.

Whisk eggs and milk, coat chicken draining off excess. Coat in flour ensuring it is completely covered. Return to egg mix and then coat in the bread crumbs.

Heat oil and fry. (Making sure the oil is hot before putting the chicken in) Cook until brown. Set aside on some paper towel to drain excess fat.

Sauce:
20ml Oil
1/2 an Onion
1 Clove of Garlic
1 tin (400gm) Crushed Tomatoes
1/2tsp Dried Basil
1 ½ tsp of Brown Sugar
Sal and pepper

Heat oil in frying pan and add onion and garlic; cook until onion has softened stirring occasionally.

Add tomatoes, basil and sugar. Bring to the boil then return to a simmer. Once the sauce has reached desired consistency add salt and pepper to taste and remove from heat.

Line baking tray with foil. Place chicken in tray cover the top with sauce then add cheese.

Put in the oven until the cheese is brown.

But if all this is just too hard…why not pay a visit to your local pub and get them to cook it for you!

Thanks so much, Karly. Lovely post and they are indeed gorgeous pubs!

I’ve always been a fan of a good counter meal myself. They’re cheap and, as you say, usually enormous. Very important when you have ravenous men or starving hollow-legged teenagers to feed. But I think it’s also the simple casualness that makes them appealing – that and the sometimes weird and wonderful pubs they’re served in.

I took Jim to see the famous Tantanoola Tiger when we were home over Easter. The ‘Tiger’, which is in fact an Assyrian wolf shot by a local back in the late 1800’s, sits in the dining room of the Tantanoola Hotel behind a glass frame, complete with the gun he was shot with. So you can enjoy your counter meal in this great old pub in the company of a stuffed wild animal.

As to how the ‘Tiger’ came to be roaming around the south east gobbling up sheep, no one really knows. There’s speculation that it swam ashore from a shipwreck, which is kind of amazing, really, and also makes me wonder why the wolf was on the ship in the first place. Ahh, Australian stories. What fun they are!

Now, giveaway time. And we have a fabulous one on offer this week – a Karly Lane goodybag! Karly would love to hear about your favourite counter meal or even your most beloved pub, the more interesting or quirky, the better. So, Feasters, crack those knuckles and get commenting!

And when you’re out and about or even net-surfing, keep your eyes peeled for Morgan’s Law, coming veeeeeery soon to a bookstore near you!

Entries close midnight, Tuesday 24th April 2012 AEST. Australian addresses only.

If you’d like to learn more about Karly and her heart-warming rural stories, please visit her website. You can also connect via Twitter, Facebook and on Goodreads.

This giveaway has now closed. Congratulations to Louise, who has earned herself a Karly Lane goodybag. Thanks to everyone who joined in the pub food fun. I hope to see you back again.

This Writing Life – Gettin’ Back Into The Groove

I can’t believe it’s been nearly a month since I posted about something other than food or cooking. Not that there’s anything wrong with food and cooking. No way. Food is good! Cooking is fun! But change is like a Belgian chocolate truffle. It does the soul much good.

After a month of wrangling boxes, building new bookshelves (oh, thank you, IKEA!), and generally smacking things into some form of organisation, my office is at last looking like a workplace instead of a forgotten back garden shed. I now have a semi-tidy desk and planners on my wall, and my white boards are looking suitably scribbled on with character notes for my next book, up-coming promos and important things like conference and book release dates.

Yes, I have a release date for my next rural set romance, Heart of the Valley. April 26th is the big day and the start of what will be a very, very busy but fun month, with a library tour of South East S.A. and guest blogging like there’s no tomorrow. I’ll make sure to keep you up to date on all my adventures via my website, Facebook, Twitter and, of course, here.

In the meantime, I’m knuckling down to my next book in between appearances in blogland. This Saturday sees me over at Mission: Romance as part of their “In The Paddock With…” series, discussing places that really resonate in your heart, like home towns. Drop by and share the place that means the most to you and you could win a signed copy of Promises.

Speaking of home towns, if you’re interested in a bit of history then check out this wonderful mini documentary of a typical day in 1960’s Mount Gambier. The film was part of the Department of Immigration’s “Life In Australia” series and it’s incredible to see how much the place has changed.

 

Life In Australia: Mount Gambier


And watch out for Heart of the Valley’s blurb and cover. Coming veeeeery soon!

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News and a Promises giveaway

Well, the first round of edits for Heart of the Valley is complete and the next will be here any day. In the meantime, I’m working on my next book, which I’ve christened Where Hope Lies. Not sure if that title will stay but it’ll do for the moment, and WHL is a nice easy acronym to use in emails when I’m chatting with my writing buddies. Not as good as HotV, mind. That one was a beauty!

Heart of the Valley is scheduled for release in May 2012. No sign of a cover yet but I promise to post it as soon as I get the go ahead. Can’t wait to see what it’s like. It’s always a huge buzz to see a new cover.

On the blog touring front, today I’m a guest on Rachael Johns’ Theory on Thursday segment, talking about writing craft and also giving away a signed copy of Promises. So if you want to be in the contest, click on over to Rachael’s blog, discover the answer to the simple question I’ve posed and leave it in the comments. Entries close at midnight Sunday, 20th November 2011. Australian addresses only, sorry.

While you’re there, check out Rachael’s debut release, One Perfect Night, available in December from Carina Press. I have a preview copy of this book and I can honestly say it’s fabulous. A great romantic romp from a wonderful new Australian writer.

If you happen to be wandering down Beaumont Street, Hamilton, NSW on Sunday and are wondering where all that laughter is coming from, it’s probably all the attendees at the Australian Romance Readers Association lunch. A great group of local readers and writers are coming along so it should be a fun day. We’ll be at Cafe de Beaumont from 11am. Please feel free to stop by and say hello. I promise you we’re all very friendly!

And last but not least, I’m very excited to announce that I have some fabulous Australian writers booked for Friday Feast guest appearances over coming weeks, including best-selling historical author Anna Campbell, and gorgeous Harlequin Desire author and website designer Paula Roe. Can’t wait to see their feasts!

 

What’s on this week

We had a long weekend here last week. Unfortunately Mother Nature wasn’t playing nice and it absolutely poured from Saturday afternoon onwards. But on Monday the weather cleared a little, so Jim and I slipped up the Hunter Valley to sneak in a round of golf. Somehow, we also managed to return home with 3 cases of wine in the car. What can I say? We were in the Hunter. All those wineries are hard to resist!

It was lovely to see the vines in leaf after winter, adding vibrancy to the landscape. If you’ve never been to the Hunter then put it on your bucket list. It’s a gorgeous place to visit and, as Brooke, the horse loving heroine of my next book Heart of the Valley will tell you, a wonderful place to live.

This week I’m featured on bestselling Australian author Nicole Alexander’s website, talking about what makes a good romantic story and what made me want to become a writer. Please drop by and say hello and if you haven’t already done so, take a look at Nicole’s books, The Barkcutters and A Changing Land, both great stories.

I’m also officially a cover girl, having made the front of last Saturday’s Newcastle Herald Weekender magazine. Sadly, I have yet to find link to the article on the Herald’s website but if one appears I’ll post it. But you can still catch the short Q&A I did for the Adelaide Advertiser’s Adelaide Now insert. Fun!

Lastly, keep an eye out for this week’s Friday Feast. My special guest Rachael Johns is promising me something sweet and irresistable. Can’t wait!

 

FRIDAY FEAST!

I’m a hoarder of recipes. I have piles of the damn things; pages torn from magazines, scraps of paper covered in scrawl, clippings from newspapers, all held together in great wodges with bulldog clips. Some of them I’ll make. Some I’ll look back on in and wonder what the hell I was thinking when I cut that recipe out. Some I’ll keep simply because I like the idea of it.

I try to keep the piles under control but during the writing of Heart of the Valley they went a bit feral. I still bought my monthly quota of cooking mags, which at this point stands at 5 (Gourmet Traveller, Delicious, SBS Feast, Cuisine and Good Taste), but I wasn’t experimenting with recipes much. Mainly because I didn’t have time to look through the piles, hunt for weird ingredients, or prepare complicated dishes, but also because at the end of the day I felt a bit brain dead. It was far easier to pull out a tried and true, and settle into vacant familiarity.

But the time has come to attack the piles before my next book takes over my life. So this week, much to Jim’s consternation (the poor man gets a bit tense when I get all wannabe cheffy), I went on the hunt for new things to cook.

Monday’s dinner was quite interesting, even if I did fail to read the recipe in its entirety and got the timings up the spout: Lion’s head meatballs, which, I believe, is a dish cooked for Chinese New Year. Tasty, very tasty indeed but it didn’t make keeper status. Tuesday I cooked an awful cheat’s satay style chicken stir fry thing which I couldn’t finish eating. Thursday I made Po Ling Yeow’s (of Masterchef and ABC television fame) nonya chicken curry and was really pleased with the result. Unfortunately I wasn’t so pleased with the mess I made of the kitchen. I love pounding things in the mortar and pestle, but gawd it makes a mess. I’m still discovering turmeric stains in weird places.

So what happened on Wednesday? Well that memorable dinner went straight into the keeper file. It ticked all my weekday meal boxes. Relatively healthy, fast, and bloody delicious. So I thought I’d share it. No photo though, sorry. I forgot to take one, but I promise you it looks pretty.

FISH POACHED IN COCONUT MILK WITH PINEAPPLE

 Serves 2

1 x 270ml can coconut milk

1 tablespoon fish sauce

1 tablespoon red curry paste (more or less depending how you like it)

4 fresh kaffir lime leaves

3 thickish slices galangal (or ginger if galangal is unavailable)

1 stem lemongrass, bruised

¾ cup fresh pineapple pieces

400g white fish fillets (eg flathead) cut into 3cm pieces

2 cups chopped vegetables (eg snow peas, choy sum, wombok)

½ cup mint leaves

½ cup coriander leaves

2 x spring onions (shallots), trimmed and sliced

1 long fresh red chilli, sliced on the diagonal

Combine coconut milk, fish sauce, curry paste, lime leaves, ginger, lemongrass and pineapple in a wok over high heat. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes until liquid thickens slightly.

Reduce heat to low. Add the fish and simmer, covered, for 3-4 minutes or until just cooked through.

Add the vegetables and stir for another minute or two, taking care not to break up the fish. Toss through herbs, onions and chilli.

Spoon into bowls and serve.

Told you it was easy!