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.