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Baba Ganoush

I went to a vegetarian cooking class many years ago and one of the lessons incorporated Middle Eastern dips which everybody loves and are so easy to make…

This beautiful eggplant dip is our favourite and is foolproof – I have been making it for years and it always tastes the same.  Light and airy with a soft smoky taste…  It’s a winner

Serve with flatbread or carrot and celery sticks…

Baba Ganoush

 

Ingredients:

1 large Eggplant

I large clove of garlic grated

2 tablespoons Tahini paste

Juice of one lemon

½ teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of Greek yoghurt (can be substituted with sour cream)

1 teaspoon of good olive oil

Paprika for garnish

Method:

Peel the eggplant and cut into large chunks

Place in a steamer and steam for about 10 minutes or until soft enough to put a skewer though it

When cool enough to handle place in a food processor and pulse until just broken up

Add all other ingredients and pulse until smooth and airy

Pile into a bowl and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with paprika to serve

Serve with pita bread or vegetable sticks…

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Savoury Impossible Pie

Who remembers “Impossible Pie” from their youth?  My mother would make a sweet one with coconut or a savoury one like a simple quiche.  Whichever one you chose it was always a success and very tasty.  The alchemy of the flour sinking to the bottom and magically creating a crust is beyond my comprehension but believe me – it always works.  Just make sure your filling isn’t too wet and it will crisp up beautifully.

A variety of fillings can be used from vegetables to bolognaise sauce, it just depends what is at hand.  I find this a terrific way to use up all the leftovers at the end of the week or when you have a glut of eggs…

I also use Massel Chicken Stock powder which is gluten-free, vegan, and suitable for people with Coeliac Disease. They come in three delicious flavours, a classic vegetable blend, a vegan chicken style stock and a vegan beef style stock.  I find these add more flavour instead of just using salt…

Impossible Pie puffed up and golden straight out of the oven...

Impossible Pie puffed up and golden straight out of the oven…

let sit for 10-15 minutes and it slices beautifully... Delicious warm or cold.

Let sit for 10-15 minutes and it slices beautifully… Delicious warm or cold.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 onion finely chopped

1 clove garlic grated

4 large Roma tomatoes deseeded and sliced

2 cups baby spinach leaves

1 small tin of sweet corn

2 tablespoons of roasted red peppers chopped

1 cup of frozen peas

1 generous teaspoon of Massel Chicken Stock powder

Pepper to taste

4 large free range eggs

1 cup of milk

100g of self-raising flour

1 cup of grated pizza cheese (a blend of cheeses or just mozzarella)

½ cup of tasty cheese cubed

Hungarian paprika for garnish

Method:

In a non-stick pan fry the onion and garlic gently until golden and cooked

Add in the other vegetables and fry until the spinach is wilted

Add in the chicken stock powder and pepper to taste and leave to cool down

In a large jug lightly beat the eggs and milk together

Add in the flour and gently stir until combined

Tip the vegetables into a glass pie dish

Sprinkle over the grated cheese

Dot the top with cheese cubes

Carefully pour over the egg mixture and ensure it has gone through to the bottom of the pie dish

Sprinkle the top with paprika

Place on a baking sheet and cook at 180c fan-forced for around 35-40 minutes until puffed up and golden brown

When removed from oven – let stand for about 10-15 minutes and the pie will be easy to cut.

Delicious warm or cold…

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Chermoula

Chermoula is a marinade used in Algerian, Libyan, Moroccan and Tunisian cooking. It is usually used to flavour fish or seafood, but it can be used on other meats or vegetables.  I made this simple version as I had some preserved lemons in a jar I wanted to use up,  I also had some coriander and parsley, so what better than to blend it all together and make this delicious, tangy sauce.  We spread some on a divine fillet steak and it gave the meat a wonderful kick…

The amounts below give approximately 1/2 cup of sauce which will keep in the fridge for 7 days…

Chermoula

Ingredients:

1/2 preserved lemon

3 Tablespoon s of parsley

3 Tablespoons coriander

2 cloves garlic

½ teaspoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon hot paprika

2 Tablespoons of fresh lemon juice

2 Tablespoons of good olive oil

Method:

Put all the ingredients into a food processor (or Ninja) and pulse until it becomes a smooth sauce

Add a little extra olive oil if it’s too dry

Serve as a sauce on any meat or chicken

 

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Middle Eastern Style Green Beans

We love our vegetables and any tasty way of cooking them is always a treat.  This recipe is so quick and easy and so delicious it will be on your menu for a long time to come.  The cinnamon and allspice give it a deep sultry flavour and it’s very easy to just eat a bowl on it’s own with bread to mop up the sauce.

Middle Eastern Style Green Beans

Ingredients:

50 g butter

2 onions chopped

4 garlic cloves grated

500 g green beans topped & tailed

1 can of Italian tomatoes

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon of allspice

Salt and pepper, to taste

Olive oil, to taste

Method:

Melt the butter in a heavy-based saucepan over medium heat

Add the onions and garlic, cover and cook until translucent

Add the tomatoes, cinnamon, and allspice, and season with salt and pepper

Add the beans, cover and cook over low heat for 20 -30 minutes or until the beans are cooked through but still have a little bite and the sauce is thickened

Remove the lid and cook until the excess liquid has evaporated and the sauce is thickened

Remove from heat, add the olive oil and stir to combine. Sit for 5 minutes

Can be eaten warm or cold with Lebanese bread to mop up all the juices or as a side dish for meat dishes

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

 

Easy Spicy Stir-fried Wombok

Wombok, or Chinese Cabbage, is a marvellous vegetable.  It is subtle and mild in noodle dishes or can be served fiery hot as part of a stir-fry.

Chinese Emporiums sell it for a song and it keeps really well in the crisper sealed in a snap lock bag.  This spicy colourful dish is delicious as a side dish or served with rice for a healthy meal.   Add some meat or chicken and you have a whole dinner ready to eat in minutes.  The coconut gives a lovely texture and flavour… The amounts shown will feed 4 people…

Spicy Stir Fried Wombok

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

1 finely chopped red onion

1 clove garlic, crushed

1 teaspoon crushed ginger

1 chopped chilli (optional)

1/2 a wombok, sliced (about a quarter-inch thick slices)

1 teaspoon of powdered tumeric

1-2 tablespoons desiccated coconut

Method:

Heat frypan or wok, add 1 tablespoon oil

Fry onion, garlic, ginger and chilli for about 2 minutes

Toss in sliced wombok and sprinkle over 1 teaspoon turmeric

Stir-fry about 2-3 minutes more (the wombok will quickly collapse)

Then, just before serving, sprinkle over a tablespoon or two of desiccated coconut.

 

Bon Appetit!

Gado Gado

Gado Gado – which literally means mix-mix – is a salad of raw and cooked vegetables in a spicy peanut sauce, often served with fried tofu and hard-boiled eggs.  it is absolutely delicious and a great way to use up leftovers or all the bits and pieces in your fridge.  The addition of boiled eggs and tofu makes this dish a substantial meal on its own but it can be eaten with rice.

The Chinese cabbage is blanched for a few minutes until softened and I add a teaspoon of chicken stock powder to the boiling water to give it a lovely flavour. The zucchini is pan-fried in a little olive oil with a sprinkling of onion salt to give a zing. Fried tofu can be bought at any supermarket these days and I just pan-fried it and cut it into thick slices.  The rest of the vegetables were steamed, including the eggs, or sliced raw…  Pour over a hot, spicy peanut sauce and who can resist crunchy prawn crackers…  The textures and flavours are fantastic…

Gado Gado

Ingredients:

Zucchini slices pan-fried

Cooked potatoes

Thin slices of cucumber

Baby tomatoes cut in half

Wombok (Chines cabbage) shredded and blanched

Carrot batons cooked

Green beans cooked

Fried Tofu cut into slices

Lightly boiled eggs cut in half

Baby spinach leaves

1 long red chilli finely sliced

Fried Shallots for garnish

Deep fried prawn crackers for garnish

Peanut Sauce

Method:

Arrange all the ingredients attractively on a platter

Sprinkle with Chinese Fried Shallots

Place prawn crackers around the platter

Pour over peanut sauce to your liking

Serve with roti bread or rice

Peanut Sauce:

Ingredients:

1 cup of crunchy peanut butter

2 generous tablespoons of honey

1 250g tin of coconut milk

½ cup of water

Juice of ½ a lemon

1 tablespoon of Hoi Sin sauce

1 teaspoon of hot chilli sauce (Sriracha is very good)

Method:

Put all of the ingredients into a heavy based pot and slowly bring to the boil while stirring

Once it boils – take off the stove – it will thicken on cooling

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

 

Curried Vegetable Strudel

We love our vegies and are always thinking of clever ways to incorporate more into our diet.  If you have some bought pastry, some curry paste and a load of vegetables in your fridge then this recipe is ideal.  Spicy, creamy, curry filling in crisp golden pastry – it doesn’t get much better than that!  I use Korma paste as it is milder so won’t overpower the taste of the other ingredients…

I used what I had at hand but you can include any vegetables you have just cook for a bit longer if you are using carrots or any other hard root vegetables.

This curry can also just be served over rice or made into a pie – very versatile…  This amount makes about three strudels…

Simon shaped the pastry into perfect rectangles...

Simon shaped the pastry into perfect rectangles…

Lovely crispy pastry encasing a creamy curry filling...

Lovely crispy pastry encasing a creamy curry filling…

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon of olive oil

2 tablespoons of Korma Paste

1 400g tin of coconut cream

1 leek finely sliced

1 parsnip chopped into small even size cubes

2 medium potatoes chopped into small even size cubes

1 zucchini roughly chopped

450g sliced mushrooms

1 bag of baby spinach

1 teaspoon sugar

Salt & pepper to taste

2 tablespoons of Greek yoghurt or sour cream

2 teaspoons of cornflour

Sheets of pre-packaged puff pastry

1 beaten egg

Chilli flakes for garnishing

 

Method:

Heat the oil and gently fry the leek until softened

Add in the parsnip and potato and fry for a few minutes

Add in the Korma paste and combine well

Add in all the other vegetables and stir well

Pour in the coconut cream and gently bring to the boil

Simmer uncovered for about 1 hour or until the potato and parsnip are cooked though depending on how large your pieces are

Mix the yoghurt and cornflour together and add to the curry

Stir constantly until the mixture has thickened

Add in the sugar and season to taste

Allow curry to cool

Place a square of thawed puff pastry on a flat surface and spoon a generous amount along the middle as if making sausage rolls

Brush the rims with beaten egg and fold over to form a rectangle

Press firmly together and using a fork, make a frill around the rectangle to seal the pastry

Poke a few air-holes in the top and glaze with beaten egg

Sprinkle some chilli flakes on top and bake in a 200c fan-forced oven for around 30 minutes or until golden brown and cooked though

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Spaetzle Dumplings

Spaetzle are a kind of soft egg noodle or dumpling found in the cuisines of southern Germany and Austria, Switzerland and Hungary.  They go perfectly with saucy stews or casseroles and are perfect for soaking up the juices when served with sausages and sauerkraut.

The batter takes only a few minutes to prepare and the result is fantastic if you invest in a spaeztle maker which makes the whole task so much easier and quicker as the batter is quite sticky.  Simon picked one up for us for around $29.00 on E Bay – what a bargain!  It clips onto the side of the pot and in one or two passes over the grater you have a pot full of little wiggly dumplings.  You can use a colander but it is a bit more work.  We will definitely make these again – delicious…

The amounts below makes six serves as a side dish.

Spaetzle

A spaetzle maker is a very handy gadget to have

A spaetzle maker is a very handy gadget…

 

 

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour

4 eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup low-fat milk

2 teaspoons salt

1 tablespoon butter

2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley

 Method

In a large bowl, stir the flour, eggs, milk and salt until smooth (dough will be sticky).

In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil.

Pour dough into a colander or spaetzle maker coated with cooking spray

Place over boiling water and with a wooden spoon, press dough until small pieces drop into boiling water.

Cook for 2 minutes or until dumplings are tender and float to the top

Remove with a slotted spoon and toss with butter and parsley

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Baked Potato Croquettes

I am the left-over queen and can’t bear to throw away perfectly good food.  I can always transform something left-over into something else to enjoy.  Apart from being economical it’s also a lot of fun.  Thinking how to use up those bits and pieces in the most interesting way is worth the time as you can often discover your new favourite dish at the same time!

The secret ingredient in these delicious croquettes is a tub of spreadable Philly Light Cheese with Chives.  It gives a lovely subtle flavour to the mashed potato and renders it creamy and soft.  Coated in crunchy breadcrumbs, this is a definite winner…

Potato Croquettes

Ingredients:

Leftover mashed potato (about 3 cups)

1 200g tub spreadable Philadelphia Light Cream Cheese with Chives

1 beaten egg

1 cup grated parmesan cheese

½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

Salt & pepper to taste

Couple of tablespoons of plain flour to bind the mixture

Panko bread crumbs

2 tablespoons olive oil

Olive oil spray

Method:

Mix together all the ingredients apart from the panko crumbs & olive oil

Form into balls or patty shapes

Combine the panko crumbs and olive oil together and press each croquette

Into the mixture using your hands to keep the shape even

Place on a baking tray lined with baking paper

Spray lightly with olive oil spray

Bake in hot oven – 220c fan-forced – for about 20 minutes or until golden brown

 

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Golden Cheesy Baked Vegetables

I recently saw a photo of a vegetable bake on a website and thought it looked so pretty I just had to make something similar.  The contrast in colours is lovely and the combination of vegetables is very tasty.

I found I had to stack the vegetables in halves as my tray was quite shallow but if you have a deeper tray stack them in rounds – it’s fiddly but worth the end result.

This is terrific as a side dish or just pile it onto toasted sourdough bread with a green salad for lunch…

Prior to going into the oven

Prior to going into the oven

Golden and bubbly read to eat...

Golden and bubbly read to eat…

Ingredients:

2 large onions, sliced

2 tomatoes, sliced

1 zucchini, sliced

1 small long eggplant, sliced

salt and pepper to taste

3 tablespoons olive oil

Pizza cheese or grated cheese, grated

100 grams fetta cheese crumbled

2 sprigs fresh thyme (optional)

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180oC.

Arrange onions, tomatoes, zucchini and eggplant alternately in a baking dish.

Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle olive oil over the vegetables.

Cover the baking dish with aluminium foil and bake for 35 -40 minutes

Take out the baking dish from oven, remove aluminium foil and sprinkle the top with grated and crumbled cheeses.

Place under the griller for about 5 minutes until the top is golden and bubbling

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

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