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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!   🙂

Italian Style Sausages & Vegetables

I love a good one pot meal. If I can throw everything into one big pan and come back 30 minutes later I am a happy cook indeed.  This scrumptious meal is the brainchild of my Italian friend Linda and makes a regular appearance on her dinner menu as it is so easy and can be adapted to just about any vegetables you have at hand.  The only rule is no tomatoes which I think gives it such a unique flavour. It’s not a pretty dish but it is extremely tasty…

Buy the best sausages you can afford and you will never eat them any other way… Serve with some lovely garlic bread to soak up the juices or, as Linda’s family do, stuff it into fresh bread rolls and devour immediately…

 

Sausages & VegetablesIngredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 clove of garlic grated

1 brown or red onion finely chopped

4 large Italian sausages

1 red capsicum

1 yellow capsicum

2 zucchini

2 potatoes

1 punnet mushrooms

1 cup baby spinach leaves

1 tablespoon shredded fresh basil

1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar

Salt & pepper to taste

Method:

Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan

Fry the onions and garlic for a few minutes until soft

In the meantime slice the raw sausages into generous bite size pieces and add to onion mixture

Peel potatoes and cut into cubes then throw in to the pan

Slice the peppers into even size pieces and add them to the pan

Cut the zucchini into generous chunks and also add to the pan

Keep frying at a fairly high heat to ensure everything is mixed thoroughly

Add in the mushrooms, spinach and basil and mix well.

Turn down the heat and put a lid on to steam the ingredients for around 30 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked

A natural sauce will have formed from the moisture in the zucchini so the heat can be turned back up to fry off the moisture and caramelise the vegetables a little.

Add in the balsamic vinegar and season to taste with plenty of salt & pepper

Serve piping hot with garlic bread

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Tortellini Bake

This is another Jamie Oliver recipe – I love his style as it quite general and if you add a bit more of this and little less of that, it stills tastes great!

This dish takes very little effort and is a beauty – baked filled pasta – what could be better?  Shoving it all in one baking dish and forgetting it until the oven bell rings is the way I love to cook.  I was very surprised by how well the pasta cooks but as it is fresh it only takes about 5 minutes if boiled so baking it in a creamy sauce was a definite winner…

I used panko crumbs for the topping and it was very successful.

 

Baked Tortellini

Ingredients:

1 kg pumpkin, peeled, cut into 2cm pieces

Olive oil cooking spray

1/2 small barbecued chicken

300 ml cream

375 g packet spinach and ricotta tortellini

100 g baby spinach leaves

1 cup pizza cheese

1/2 cup panko crumbs

Method:

Preheat oven to 220°C/200°C fan forced.

Line a large baking tray with baking paper.

Spread pumpkin on prepared tray and spray with oil and season with salt & pepper.

Cook pumpkin on top shelf of oven for 12-15 minutes or until tender.

Discard skin and bones from chicken the shred the meat.

Combine chicken, pumpkin, cream, tortellini, spinach and half of the cheese in a large bowl.

Transfer mixture to casserole dish

Combine breadcrumbs, butter and remaining cheese in a medium bowl.

Sprinkle crumb mixture over tortellini mixture.

Bake for 12-15 minutes or until top is golden and tortellini is cooked

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Heavenly Homemade Hamburgers (Aussie Style)

There was a dill from America recently who made the news here by turning up his nose and declaring that Australians didn’t know how to make proper hamburgers!  As you can imagine we were feeling just a bit slighted so decided to make true blue, fair dinkum Aussie Hamburgers.  And we are so glad we did because they were sensational and if we could have, would have eaten two.  But we managed to curb our gluttony and enjoyed every mouthful of one big burger each.

So, without further fanfare – here they are.  The amounts shown make two big burgers…

AND they have beetroot on them AND and an egg!  (In some burger shops they serve a pineapple ring on them but even we thought that was a bit weird…)

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Ingredients:

500g lean beef mince

Onion salt

Olive oil

Balsamic Vinegar (optional)

2 rashers bacon

1 large brown onion sliced thinly

2 large free range eggs

2 slices tasty cheese

Handful of baby spinach leaves

1 roma tomato sliced

Sliced tinned beetroot

Tomato sauce

Salt & pepper to taste

2 hamburger buns

Method:

Combine beef mince with a dash of onion salt, pepper and tomato paste and form into large balls

Heat a little olive oil in a large pan and fry the onions until dark – I add a little balsamic vinegar to caramelise them

Meanwhile in a separate pan, flatten out the beef balls into large fairly thick discs and sizzle each side until cooked through

In the pan with the onions, push them to one side and throw in the bacon and fry until cooked though and push to one side

Using egg rings, break each egg in a ring and break up the yoke slightly.

When cooked on one side turn over and remove the ring

Place a slice of cheese on top of each burger and then start to assemble your creation

Split the buns and toast lightly on each side and top the flat side with spinach leaves

Add the sliced tomatoes

Place your burger on the tomatoes, top with the bacon, egg, beetroot and fried onions

A squirt of tomato sauce to crown the lot and put the top slice of bun on

Shove in gob!

 

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Pork Tacos with Black Beans & Green Salad

Tacos are a wonderful meal any time of the year and this Jamie Oliver recipe is delicious.  I have tweaked it a little bit  – I use pork fillet instead of pork belly as I find the latter too fatty for our taste and I didn’t have cumin seeds but found the powder was just as good.

This dish takes only as long as the pork takes to cook so is very quick and can be on the table in a matter of minutes.  The addition of grated apple in the salad is also a winner and adds a lovely surprise burst of flavour to the entire dish!

Enjoy…

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Ingredients:

2 pork fillets

1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds

1 heaped teaspoon sweet smoked paprika

olive oil

 

1 teaspoon cumin powder

spring onions

cloves of garlic grated

1 x 400 g tin of black beans

 

1 fresh red or green chilli

Baby spinach leaves

½ a bunch fresh coriander

1 ripe avocado

6 baby roma tomatoes

1 pink lady apple

soy sauce

extra virgin olive oil

1 lime

 

Sirracha chilli sauce

4 tablespoons Greek style yoghurt

hard taco shells

Method:

Cut the pork into 1cm dice and fry in a large frying pan with the fennel seeds, paprika, salt and pepper, and stir regularly

Put 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the cumin seeds into a medium frying pan

Trim, slice and add the spring onions, add garlic then stir in the beans and their juices, and simmer

Finely slice the chilli and most of the top leafy half of the coriander, then halve, destone, peel and chop the avocado

Cut tomatoes in half

Toss with the spinach leaves and pile all this on a platter, coarsely grating or matchsticking the apple on top

Ripple a little chilli sauce through the yoghurt in a small bowl

Stir, mush and season the beans to taste so they resemble refried beans

Drizzle the salad with a little soy sauce, the extra virgin olive oil and lime juice, then toss together Drain the fat from the pork pan, then serve everything straight away, with a pile of taco shells and all the other elements, sprinkled with the remaining coriander leaves

Bon Appetit!   🙂

Chorizo & Spinach Spaghetti Carbonara

We love Spaghetti Carbonara and eat it a lot as it’s probably the easiest pasta dish to put together.  When hubby suggested adding chorizo sausage instead of bacon that sounded very interesting and combined with the spinach it was really delicious… Nutmeg is the best friend of spinach and I always add a pinch when cooking it as it gives a lovely little zing to this wonderful green vegetable…

The amounts here make about 4 serves – depends how greedy you are feeling…

Chorizo & Spinach Carbonara

Ingredients:

Spaghetti

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 cured chorizo sausage skinned and chopped in small pieces

350g bag of pre-packaged spinach leaves

I clove of garlic grated

1 cup of finely grated parmesan cheese

4 fresh free range eggs

1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Salt & ground black pepper to taste

Method:

Cook spaghetti in plenty of salted boiling water until al dente

In the meantime heat a generous lug of olive oil and gently fry the garlic and chorizo until slightly coloured

Throw in the spinach and stir until wilted

Season to taste with salt, pepper and nutmeg

In a large jug, gently whisk the eggs and fold in the parmesan cheese

When spaghetti is ready drain well and tip back into the pot over a very low heat

Add the chorizo and spinach mixture coating all the strands of spaghetti well

Add the egg and cheese mixture and toss well – the heat of the spaghetti will cook the egg

Be careful not to have heat up too high as the eggs will scramble if too hot.

Serve in a warmed bowl with additional ground black pepper to garnish

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Zingy Spring Greens

With the warmer months come the most wonderful vegetables.  You can get most things year round these days but nothing beats fresh asparagus.  I use frozen peas and broad beans for this dish purely because it’s quick and I always have some lurking in my freezer.  If you have the time and the energy, certainly use fresh but don’t get the guilts because you haven’t got time.  These are delicious either way!

Spring Greens

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup of frozen peas

1 cup of frozen broad beans

1 bunch baby asparagus

1 packet of baby spinach leaves

1 long red chill (seeds removed) finely sliced

1 large garlic clove, finely sliced into batons

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

Salt & pepper to season

Method:

Zap the broad beans in the microwave for a couple of minutes

When cool enough to handle, squeeze the pretty green beans out of the outer casing and put aside

Microwave the peas for 1 minute and put aside with the beans

Break the asparagus stems off at the rough end, and chop into 1-2 inch long lengths leaving the heads whole

Heat the olive oil and gently sauté the garlic & chilli

Throw in the asparagus and spinach and combine until spinach is wilted

Add the beans, peas and nutmeg and toss until all mixed through

Season to taste with a little salt & pepper

Add in the apple cider vinegar and serve piping hot as a side dish

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Chorizo & Ham Pasta Bake

I often make a huge tray of pasta bake as it is always very tasty, very quick to put together and it freezes well.   We always have boxes of various cooked pasta in the freezer and it makes life very easy when deciding what to have for lunch.

This pasta bake has a bit of everything in it – what ever you have in the fridge can be added in.  I add just grated cheese as I find the cheese sauces can be just a bit too rich even for our tastes.  There’s so much going on in this pasta it doesn’t need a creamy sauce to enhance it.  I added in swiss brown mushrooms and a bag of spinach but you can add other vegetables such as zucchini, carrots or corn as well.

The amount shown will serve 10-12 people so it is also good to take to a party to share amongst friends…


Ingredients:

750g penne pasta

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, grated

1 large red onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon Sambal Oelek (or 1 long red chilli with seeds)

2 chorizo sausages, skin removed and chopped into small pieces

4 ham steaks, chopped into small cubes

1 punnet Swiss Mushrooms, finely sliced

1 large bag of baby spinach

½ teaspoon grated nutmeg

Salt & pepper to taste

500g grated cheese

Panko crumbs

2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Dried chilli flakes
Method:

Cook the pasta until just al dente and drain thoroughly

In the meantime fry the onion, chilli and garlic in the olive oil in a large pan

Throw in the chorizo and ham steak and cook until coloured

Add in mushrooms and spinach and combine thoroughly until spinach is wilted

Season with nutmeg and salt & pepper to taste

Combine the pasta, sausage and ham mixture and grated cheese together mixing well

Pour into a large baking dish and sprinkle with panko crumbs, grated parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of dried chilli flakes

Bake in an 180c fan-forced oven for about 30-40 minutes until golden brown and the topping is crisp

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

 

 

Cannellini Bean, Spinach & Tomato Salad

Spring is upon us in Melbourne and our thoughts start to turn towards lighter meals and the lovely salads we savour in the warmer months.

This one is fantastic – it only takes minutes to make and can be embellished by whatever you have at hand.  I was hanging on the pantry door wondering what to make and came across a tin of Cannellini beans…  I also stumbled  across some chilli infused olive oil and added a tablespoon for a little kick…  A search through the fridge and voila – we had a delicious warm salad in seconds…

Cannellini bean & Spinach Salad

 

Ingredients:

1 tablespoons chilli infused good olive oil

1 large clove of garlic grated

8 baby Roma or cherry tomatoes

1 tin of drained cannellini beans (keep the liquid)

Good handful of fresh baby spinach

1 tablespoon finely shredded Basil

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar (to taste – add more if you like a sharper tang)

Salt & Pepper to taste

2 tablespoons crumbled Persian feta cheese

 

Method:

Gently fry the garlic in the chilli oil

Throw in the cherry tomatoes whole and gently roll around for a few minutes until a bit softened

Add the drained cannellini beans and gently heat through

Throw in the spinach and basil and gently mix until the greens are wilted

Add the vinegar

If necessary add some additional olive oil or liquid from the beans if it seems a bit dry – you want an oozy thick mixture

Season to taste

Serve with crumbled Persian feta on top

 

Bon Appetit!  🙂

Potato & Carrot Rosti with Spinach, Peas & Eggs…

Vegetarians can rejoice over this wonderful meal.  We adapted it slightly from a Jamie Oliver (always reliable) recipe and the result was delicious.

The food processor took care of the chore of grating the vegetables in minutes and the rest was just putting it together once the rosti had cooked.  You can play around with all aspects of this dish – add in grated zucchini, parsnip or pumpkin or use rocket instead of spinach for the salad…  The combination of the gooey eggs, the fresh salad and the crunchy rosti – divine…

Rosti

Ingredients:

4 large potatoes grated

4 medium carrots grated

6 spring onions finely sliced

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Juice of ½ lemon

Extra-virgin olive oil for dressing

Olive oil

¾ cup frozen peas

2 cups baby spinach

4 free range eggs

Persian feta cheese

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180c fan-forced.

Peel the potatoes and carrots then coarsely grate them in a food processor or by hand on a box grater

Add a good pinch of salt, toss and scrunch it all together, then leave for 5 min

In the meantime mix the mustard, a good squeeze of lemon juice, and a couple of lugs of extra-virgin olive oil with a little pinch of salt and pepper in a medium bowl and put aside.

Drizzle a really good lug of olive oil into a large bowl and add a good pinch of pepper.

Handful by handful, squeeze the potato and carrot mixture to get rid of the excess salty liquid, then sprinkle into the bowl.

Toss in the oil and pepper until well mixed, then evenly scatter it on a large oiled roasting pan

Top with the finely sliced spring onions.

Roast for around 35 min, or until golden on top and super crispy around the edges.

Zap the peas in the microwave for a couple of minutes, then scoop out, add to the bowl of dressing and pile the spinach on top gently shaking to combine the salad. Or use your hands…

Poach the eggs to your liking carefully removing them with a slotted spoon.

Cover the hot rosti with the salad and place the eggs on top.

Crumble over the feta, some freshly grated black pepper and serve

 

Bon Appetit!   🙂

 

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