These recipes are brought to you courtesy of Ian Haines, Market Coordinator. Ian Cooks on the Radio! This year marks the 32nd anniversary of Ian moving to Albany. Co-founder and original owner of "Kookas" the award winning and iconic Albany Restaurant, he has always been a strong advocate of sourcing, using and promoting local product.

All these recipes are easy, often "one-pot" cooking and they work! Well we hope so... Enjoy and if you have suggestions or feedback we'd love to hear from you. Please email us at

All ingredients can be bought in the market, but because of seasonality may not always be available

Baking & Cakes

Fresh Pear & Ginger Cake

Easily made in the bowl of the mixer, simply adding the ingredients one after the other.

Fresh Plum Cake

A simple cake that’s uses fresh plums which is ideal as dessert or afternoon teacake! It’s a very good way of using those plums that might be getting too ripe!


As we head into winter and hearty soups come to the fore this is a relatively easy bread to make to accompany a soup. Leftovers, if there are any, toast really well for breakfast!


Now that fresh local beetroot are in plentiful supply here is a "different" idea for a easy to make cake, which surprisingly to many people is really good!



Fresh Peach and Goat Cheese Flan

This is a simple summer flan; the only cooking is sweet pastry case.

Fresh Pear & Almond Tart

Pears are fantastic at the moment and this dessert uses only 5 ingredients and can be made in 5 minutes and on the table in 40 minutes ~ it’s also a great way to use up those pears that may be getting very ripe! Its almondy chewy texture is an easy version of macaroon.

Rhubarb and Apple Pudding

I believe Rhubarb is greatly underrated. Here, with Apple it makes a great old-fashioned comfort food for any occasion. Furthermore, it's really easy!

Caramel & Apple Croissant Pudding

If by some oversight you have some croissants left over this is a quick and luxurious dessert. Based on the old bread and butter idea, providing you use REAL croissants they will have so much butter in them you won’t need to butter them!



Watercress and Leek Soup

This recipe is ideal as a hearty winter soup, but works equally well chilled!

Sweet Corn, Red Capsicum & Avocado Soup

Roasting all the vegetables before making into soup brings out a sweetness and depth of flavour sharpened by the roasted garlic and chilli.

Thai Flavours in a Spicy Pumpkin Soup

It's now getting to soup weather and what better than pumpkin soup spiced up with some Thai ingredients.

Potato, Bacon & Mint Soup

A simple soup, slow cooked to bring out the flavours with just a few ingredients which are most probably in your cupboard and pantry. Ideal as a meal in itself it can be spiced up if you wish, but its honest flavours should suit most tastes.



Red Onion Marmalade

Easy to make, this condiment will go with just about anything, cold meats, cheeseboards, sandwiches, burgers the list is endless.

Sweet & Sour Chilli Jam

A versatile side dish that is ideal as a dipping sauce with fresh vegetable crudites or can be used as an accompaniment to any main dish or entree.

Sweet Chilli Sauce

So simple to make and such a great colour and taste you’ll wonder why you never made chilli sauce before!

Sweet Eggplant Pickle

Eggplants are now plentiful and at their best. Here is a straightforward recipe for Brinjal Pickle, a wonderful spicy, chunky condiment to enliven any dish, but obviously best suited to curries!


Main Courses

Char-grilled Lamb Kebabs with Grilled Vegetable Salad

A simple dish using seasonal summer vegetables and lamb backstrap, served with a home-made tzatziki dip.

Mussels in a Wine & Yoghurt Sauce

This is a different twist on cooking mussels which produces a tasty, creamy dish, enhanced by the leeks and touch of fennel. It can be on the table in only a few minutes, the longest job is cleaning the mussels!

Slow cooked Lamb and Onion

Simplicity itself, this brings out the best in the cheaper cuts of Lamb on the bone providing a tender flavoursome meal with the meat falling off the bone.


This time of year zucchinis are plentiful and often grow so fast they get out of hand.



Panzanella ~ a Tuscan style tomato& Bread Salad

Nothing speaks more of summer than this delightful Salad that showcases ripe tomatoes like no other. Easy to put together with just a few simple ingredients it is sophisticated enough for any dinner table or equally at home on a picnic or BBQ

A Winter Salad

Freshly grated raw vegetables and fruit combine to make this a tasty crunchy addition to any meal and a lighter choice than Mayonnaise in a coleslaw Can be on the table in 5 minutes!

Watermelon Summer Salad

Capture all the flavours of summer in this easy to make salad that uses summer salad vegetables and provides a texture and surprising punch finish with the rocket, fresh chilli and garlic complimenting the sweet watermelon.

Watercress, Feta & Tomato Salad

This really simple Salad is packed with flavour, needs very little preparation, just 30 minutes or so oven time! Ideal for the family or a special occasion, it looks fabulous on the table in a lovely Mediterranean style salad bowl!



Baba Ghanoush

A deceptively simple, yet exquisite eggplant recipe.




Availability of large Chantenay Carrots from Bathgate Farm enable this dead easy veggie dish to share!

Zucchini, Rosemary and Feta Bake

A perfect easy dish to serve zucchini in a different style. Easily made ahead it can serve as a picnic dish a side dish or a main non-meat dish!

Vegetable Tian

A French/Mediterranean dish, traditional served in a glazed earthenware dish, using eggplant, zucchini, roma tomatoes, capsicum, garlic, red onion and Parmesan cheese.

Vegetable Tagine

A fantastic vegetable dish, easy to make and stands on its own as a main course with cous cous or as a side dish. This is a mild version.


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