Friday, October 5, 2012

Greek Lamb Kebabs with Greek Salad

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Creamy Tomato Pasta

Serves 4 - 6

500g cooked pasta
1 Tbs olive oil
3 teaspoons garlic, minced
2 chicken breasts, sliced
1 small green capsicum, chopped
4 cups passata-style tomato sauce
2 Tbs household tomato sauce
300 ml cream
parmesan cheese, to serve

Heat oil in frypan , fry capsicum, garlic and chicken until cooked through. Set aside.

 Meanwhile, heat passata-style tomato sauce in a large sauvcepan, stirring occasionally. Stir in cream and household tomato sauce. Add pasta and chicken mixture, cook 3 minutes or until pasta is heated through.

Divide pasta mixture among bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon cheese. Serve.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Crunchy Asian Chicken Noodle Salad

Serves 4

½ wombok cabbage
2 large shallots, sliced
1/2 packet Chang’s Fried Noodles

2 Tbs white wine vinegar
3 Tbs castor sugar
1 Tbs soy sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
2 Tbs olive oil

Mix all the ingredients for the dressing in a bowl. Stir well until sugar is dissolved and place in microwave for 30 seconds. Meanwhile, combine the cabbage, shallots and noodles in a large bowl. Add dressing and mix well. Serve immediately.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Char Kway Teow

After a spending spree at a local Asian supermarket, I've finally been able to get my hands on some Lap Cheong (Chinese sausage).

What do I do with Lap Cheong? Nothing more than whip up a Char Kway Teow, of course!

600g fresh rice noodles
1 chicken breast, sliced
300g prawns
5 fish cakes, sliced
3 small Lap Cheong, thinly sliced
2 cups beansprouts
3 eggs, whisked

3 tsps minced garlic
1 Tbs Sambal chilli paste
2 Tbs fish sauce
4 Tbs soy sauce
2 Tbs kecap manis (or adjust to taste)
2 tsp Shaoxing wine
 2 Tbs water
6 Tbs peanut/vegetable oil

 Optional: Chives, cut into 2 inch lengths

Heat wok with 3 tablespoons of oil. Add garlic, chicken, Lap Cheong and fry until glossy. Add fish cake and prawns, fry until cooked. Reduce heat, move ingredients to one side.

Add chilli paste, noodles and water. Fry until all ingredients in wok are combined. Add fish sauce and soy sauce, combine. Add rest of oil, crack eggs into wok and stir. Add kecap manis, wine and bean sprouts and combine. Serve hot!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Moroccan Sausage Couscous


Serves 4 - 6

3 sausages
2 cups couscous
6 teaspoons Moroccan seasoning
2 cups boiling water
1 Tbs olive oil
420g can chickpeas, drained, rinsed
70g baby spinach
6 spring onions, thinly sliced
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 bunch chopped fresh coriander leaves
1/3 cup chopped peanuts
  1. Heat a pan over medium-high heat. Cook sausages, turning occasionally until cooked through. Transfer to a plate. Thinly slice.
  2. Meanwhile, combine couscous and seasoning in a large heatproof bowl. Add boiling water and oil. Cover. Stand for 5 minutes. Stir with a fork to separate grains. Add sausage, chickpeas, spinach, onion, lemon juice and coriander to couscous. Toss to combine and serve.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Super Almond Muffins

Double the almonds. Makes 12 muffins.

1 medium egg, beaten
3/4 cup of milk
1/2 cup of oil
1 1/2 cups self raising flour
3/4 cup of almonds, chopped
1/2 cup of sugar
1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  1. In a medium bowl mix together egg, milk and oil.
  2. In a larger bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, cinnamon and chopped almonds.
  3. Make a small well in the centre of the large bowl and add the egg mixture. Mix gently until the flour mixture is incorporated.
  4. Bake at 200C (fan-forced) for 15 minutes.

Pork and Mushroom Lasagne

Serves 6 -8

cooking spray
1 small brown onion, finely chopped
2 tsp crushed garlic
1 Chorizo sausage, finely chopped
500 grams pork mince
500 grams veal mince
1/4 cup fortified wine
1 cup chicken stock
freshly ground black pepper
6 fresh lasagne sheets
100 grams grated cheese
2 tsps ground sage
Mushroom Mixture
cooking spray
1 brown onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
200 grams button mushrooms, sliced
2 tsp ground sage
freshly ground black pepper
Bechamal Sauce
30 grams margarine
8 tablespoons plain flour
4 cups skim milk
1 teaspoon mustard

Heat a large frying pan coated with cooking spray, add onion, garlic and chorizo,  Cook, stirring, until onion softens. Add mince, stirring until browned. Add fortified wine and stock, bring to the boil. Reduce heat, simmer for about 20 - 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, spray a medium saucepan with cooking spray, add onion and garlic, stirring, until onion softens. Add mushrooms, cook stirring until mushrooms are browned. Add sage, season to taste. Remove from heat.

To make the bechamal sauce, melt butter in a non-stick saucepan. Add the flour, cook stirring, until mixture bubbles. Gradually stir in the milk, stirring until mixture boils and thickens. Stir through dijon mustard and simmer for 2 minutes.

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Spray a large ovenproof dish and mix 2 cups of white sauce with mushroom mixture in a seperate bowl. Place a third of the meat mixture in the base of dish. Top with half of the mushroom mixture. Top with two sheets of lasagne. Repeat using another third of meat mixture and remaining mushroom mixture. Top with two sheets of lasagne. Spread remaining meat mixture and top with third layer of lasagne sheets.

Spread white sauce over lasagne sheets. top with and sprinkle with cheese. Bake, uncovered for 40 minutes.  Let stand for five minutes before serving with salad.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tamarind Chicken

The refreshing and hearty taste of lime!

2 Tbs lemongrass, sliced        
1 onion, chopped
4-5 cloves garlic
1 Tbs pickled ginger, sliced    
3 Tbs vegetable oil
1 Tbs chilli paste
½ tsp turmeric
4 Tbs tamarind juice
1 tsp salt
1 Tbs caster sugar
4 kaffir lime leaves, sliced thinly       
500g chicken breasts, chopped
100ml water
140ml coconut cream
steamed rice, to serve

1. Combine lemongrass, garlic and ginger. Set aside.

2. Combine the chilli paste, turmeric powder, tamarind juice, salt, sugar and kaffir lime leaves. Heat the vegetable oil in a medium-sized pan, add the lemongrass mixture and fry for 1-2 minutes, or until aromatic. Add the chilli mixture and cook over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes, or until the oil starts to separate from the rest of the mixture.

3. Add the chicken and pour in some of the water. Reduce the heat and simmer for a few minutes, adding the remaining water a little at a time, until the chicken is cooked through.

4. Add the coconut cream, stirring well. Bring to the boil and continue to cook for a further 4-5 minutes, or until the curry has thickened. Serve with jasmine rice.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Red Honeyed Chicken

Sweet and spicy!

4 chicken drumsticks
4 chicken thighs, trimmed
2 onions, roughly diced
2 tomatoes, quartered
5 cloves garlic - chopped

2 tbsp sambal oelek
2  tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp sweet chili sauce
2 1/2 tbsp honey
Salt, to taste

Marinade for chicken
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 tbsp chili powder
2 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin powder
½ tsp coriander powder

Mix together the chicken with all the marinade ingredients and let stand for at least 2 hours.

In a large pot or wok, heat up some oil and fry chicken until just browned. Remove chicken and return wok/pot to medium high heat. Add onions and garlic. Stirfry until fragrant. Add in tomato paste, tomatoes and sambal oelek. Cook until it softens.

Add in the sweet chilli sauce, honey and a few tablespoon of water (if needed). Mix well and add in some salt. Add in the chicken and stir thoroughly to coat with the sauce. Cook for a further 10-15 minutes, check seasoning. Serve with steamed rice.

Marinating chicken.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012


Pierogies are dumplings of unleavened dough traditionally stuffed with potato fillingsauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit. Of central and eastern European provenance, they are usually semicircular (Wikipedia).

In this instance, we boiled and then fried some sauerkraut and mushroom pierogies, and potato pierogies. They were one of the most delicious and simple dumplings I've tried, possibly my new fav meal! We also served these with some fried Polish sausage, which was extremely lean and beautifully smokey.

Polish sausage - served with the pierogies.

Frying the onion, boiling the pierogies.

The addition of dried herbs......

...whole peppercorns....

...browning the pierogies.

Traditionally served with sour cream.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fish Tacos

Serves 4

10 flour or corn tortillas

For the fish marinade
2 - 3 firm white fish fillets (I used frozen beer-battered fish)
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup fresh lime juice
Pinch of salt
2 tbsp chopped coriander
1 tsp mild chilli powder

For the cabbage salad
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup coriander, coarsely chopped
2 cups freshly shredded purple cabbage

For the bajar sauce
1/3 cup plain yogurt
½ tsp mild chilli powder (or to taste)
1 tbsp lime juice
Pinch of salt

For the chipotle salsa fresca
1 cup chopped red tomatoes
½ cup chopped red onion
½ cup chopped coriander
Juice of 1/2 lime
Pinch of cumin
Sea salt

Place the fish fillets in a large, shallow dish and brush with olive oil. Pour over lime juice, a sprinkle of salt, chopped coriander and half the chilli powder. Allow the marinade to infuse the fish for 30 minutes - 2 hours in the fridge. In the meantime, toss the cabbage salad ingredients together.

For the salsa 
Mix the chopped tomato, onion, chilli, garlic and coriander together in bowl. Drizzle with lime juice. Add pinch of cumin and some sea salt and stir through. Set aside.

For the bajar sauce
In a small bowl, mix together - yoghurt, chilli powder, lime juice and salt.
Preheat a grill or barbeque to medium-low. On a very clean grate brush the grill with oil and place the fish seasoning side down to cook. Sprinkle the rest of the chilli on the top side of the fish and cook for about 2-3 minutes per side or until the fish is cooked through.
Remove the fish to a clean platter, allow it to rest 10 minutes and then slice into thick strips. Heat the tortillas.

To serve
For each taco, place a warm tortilla on a plate, add a few chunks of fish, drizzle with the Bajar sauce, and add a handful of salsa and cabbage salad.

Make a small fold along the bottom edge of the tortilla and close from both sides, creating a little parcel that won’t drip out the bottom.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Slow Simmered Spaghetti Bolognese

Serves 6 - 8
2 tsp olive oil
1 kg minced beef
1 brown onion, diced
3 small carrots, diced
270g jar roasted capsicum, diced
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 Tbs dried Italian herbs
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste
1 cup of beef stock
2 Tbs tomato paste
800g jar puréed tomatoes
2 400g cans crushed tomatoes
2 Tbs sugar
1 packet spaghetti
parmesan cheese, to serve
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the minced beef and the onion. Cook, stirring often to crumble the beef, for 4-5 minutes. Add the carrots, roasted capsicum, garlic, dried herbs, and sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste. Add the stock, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and the puréed tomatoes to the beef mixture as well as the sugar. Stir until well combined. Cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for 3-4 hours.
Remove the pot from stove top. Skim the surface for any fat, then taste and re-season if needed. Cook the spaghetti per instructions, drain. Serve the sauce on top of the spaghetti then top with Parmesan if desired.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

''German'' Hotdogs

Makes 3 Hotdogs

1 Tbs olive oil
150g bacon, chopped roughly
200g sauerkraut, drained
1 Tbs garlic, minced
1/2 Tbs mustard
1/4 cup beer
salt and pepper, to season
1 cup beer, extra
3 Polish sausages
3 hotdog buns

Saute bacon in oil until crispy. Add sauerkraut. Stir in garlic, mustard and 1/4 cup of beer. Bring liquid to a simmer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

Place remaining beer in a frypan, over medium heat. Bring liquid to a boil. Add sausages and fry for 10 minutes.

To serve, place sausages between each bun. Top each sausage with some of the smothered cabbage mixture.