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Mem’s Pork Stew

Mem’s Pork Stew 2 Tablespoons olive oil 2 Tablespoons butter 2kg Pork Chops (any type) 5 rashers bacon, roughly diced 1 leek, trimmed, and diced 500g potato, roughly diced into small cubes 1 cup apple cider 1/4 cup plain flour 2 cups bacon stock 300g button mushrooms, sliced 1....

Mem’s Mums Zucchini Slice

Mem’s Mums Zucchini Slice 1 cup self raising flour 5 eggs 4 zucchini, grated (leave skin on) 1 carrot, grated 1 cup grated cheese 1/2 cup oil 1 onion, grated Mix all ingredients together. Place in a quiche dish. Cook on 180c until golden/firm. Serve with Chicken and Pepper...

Mem’s Mums Pumpkin Soup

Mem’s Mums Pumpkin Soup 5 1/2 cups pumpkin chopped to 1/2 inch squares 2 onions, roughly diced 4 Tablespoons butter (or margarine) 4 cups water 1 cup milk 1. Cook onion and pumpkin in butter for 10 minutes. 2. Add water and cook gently until pumpkin is very tender....

Homemade Irish cream

Homemade Irish cream Makes: 8 x 300ml bottles. 200g milk chocolate 400g can sweetened condensed milk 750ml evaporated milk 300ml thin cream 1 Tbsp instant coffee 3 tsp boiling water 750ml Scotch whisky 1. Place chocolate into a heat-proof bowl or double saucepan. Stir over a saucepan of simmering...

Mem’s Macadamia Baileys Mousse

Photo by Mem Mem’s Macadamia Baileys Mousse 250g Cadburys Macadamia Chocolate Block 4 eggs, separated 1 1/2 Tbsp Baileys 1 cup cream Chop chocolate roughly, put into top of double saucepan, stir over hot water until melted (be very careful as it will burn easy). Remove from heat, cool...

Mem’s Ricotta Cannelloni

Photo by Mem Mem’s Ricotta Cannelloni 250g Ricotta Cheese 3 cups grated cheese 1 cup shallots, finely sliced 250g frozen spinach, defrosted and drained 2 eggs cannelloni shells 800g tin whole tomatoes 1 cup cheese, extra Preheat oven to 180c. Mix together the ricotta, cheese, shallots, spinach and eggs....

Mem’s Pasta Pie

Mem’s Pasta Pie 400g Penne Pasta 4 bacon rashers, diced 1 cup diced spring onion 1 tin diced tomatoes 1 cup grated cheese 6 eggs 2 cups milk fresh herbs such as oregano, thyme, parsley Preheat the oven to 180c. 1. Grease a large casserole dish. 2. Cook the...

Homemade Pet Food

Homemade Pet Food For dogs and cats 1 kg chicken pet mince 500 g small pasta shells Handful of rice 1 kg frozen mixed vegetables Splash of oil Cook the pasta, rice and used oil in a big pot. When it is nearly cooked, turn off the power and...

Homemade Chocolate Truffles

Homemade Chocolate Truffles 150g very best quality plain dessert chocolate 150ml thick double cream 25g unsalted butter 2 tablespoon rum or brandy 1 tablespoon Greek yoghurt For Plain Truffles: 1 dessertspoon cocoa powder For The Ginger Truffles: 20g preserved ginger, very finely chopped, plus some extra cut into small...

Mem’s Mums Chicken and Pepper Casserole

Mem’s Mums Chicken and Pepper Casserole 1 Tbsp oil 1 onion 1 green pepper (capsicum) 440g can cream of chicken soup 1 1/2 cup sour cream 1 chicken Heat oil in a saucepan; add onion and pepper, cook, stirring until soft. Stir soup and sour cream into saucepan and...

Homemade Lemonade

Homemade Lemonade 5 lemons 125g sugar 625ml water 2 litres soda water Wash lemons well. Grate or finely chop the peel (or zest) from two lemons (do not use the white pith). Juice the zested lemons along with the remaining lemons. Hint: Popping the lemons in the microwave for...

Mem’s Trifle

Mem’s Trifle Sweet Sherry Stale Sponge Cake Jelly Tin Sliced Peaches Custard Cream crushed nuts Dice up sponge cake into squares about 1 inch. Place into a seperate bowl and sprinkle enough sherry over for your taste .. carefully mix it in .. you can also sprinkle some peach...

Mem’s Chocolate Mousse

Mem’s Chocolate Mousse 200g Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate 2 Tablespoons Glucose 3 eggs separated 15g powdered gelatine 45ml hot water 150ml double cream To Serve: whipped cream strawberries 1. Put the chocolate and glucose into a bowl over a pan of hot water and melt (or microwave on low...

Mem’s Pastry

Mem’s Pastry This is a sweet pastry recipe you can use for things like biscuits and sweet pie pastry. 4 Tbsp Margarine 3/4 Cup Sugar 1 Egg 1 Cup Plain Flour 1 Cup SR Flour Cream butter and sugar. Then add egg and stir. Add flour and mix in....

Homemade Lemonade

Homemade Lemonade 4 cups white sugar 2 cups water 2 cups fresh lemon juice 2 teaspoons citric acid 2 teaspoons tartaric acid water or soda water, ice, mint leaves Place sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 min. then add the lemon...

Homemade Liquor

Homemade Liquor This is an excellent base for homemade liquors. Substitute chocolate, coconut, or any flavouring desired for vanilla extract and you will have made a different flavour alcohol. Food colouring can also be added to the cooled mixture to add a bit of pizzazz to your alcohol drinks!...

Homemade Irish Cream

Homemade Irish Cream 1 bottle Irish whiskey 8-3/4 ounces milk chocolate 2 (14 ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans evaporated milk 2-1/2 cups heavy cream 1/4 teaspoon instant coffee granules Pour a small amount of whiskey into a large bowl. In the top of a...

Mem’s Tuna Dip

Mem’s Tuna Dip 100g can of Tuna (drain oil or water if any) 1 tub of Cream cheese 1/4 – 1/2 small onion, diced Salt and Pepper if required Mix all ingredients with a fork and serve....

Spicy Tomato and Chickpea Soup (Thermomix)

Photo by Julie O’Malley Spicy Tomato and Chickpea Soup (Thermomix) Serves 4 2 tsp of yellow mustard seeds 3 tsp fennel seeds 3 tsp coriander seeds 2 tsp of cumin seeds (or 1 tsp ground) 4 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 medium onion, chopped Pinch salt 2 tsp sugar...

Chocolate Hazelnut Self-Saucing Puddings

Photo by Julie O’Malley Chocolate Hazelnut Self-Saucing Puddings 1/2 cup (125ml) milk 50g dark chocolate, chopped 50g butter, chopped 1/4 cup (60g) chocolate-hazelnut spread 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder 1/2 cup (75g) self-raising flour 1/4 cup (30g) hazelnut meal 1/3 cup (70g) caster sugar 1/2 cup (100g) brown sugar 1...

Semi-Dried Tomato Pesto Damper Scrolls

Photo by Mem Semi-Dried Tomato Pesto Damper Scrolls 450g (3 cups) self-raising flour 80g butter, chopped 1/4 cup finely shredded fresh basil Salt & freshly ground black pepper 375ml (1 1/2 cups) buttermilk 200g feta, crumbled Buttermilk, extra, to brush Semi-Dried Tomato Pesto: 200g (1 cup) semi-dried tomatoes 45g...

Mini Easter Cheesecakes

Photo by Mem Mini Easter Cheesecakes Makes 8 2 Tablespoons boiling water 2 teaspoons powdered gelatine 6 plain chocolate biscuits (eg. Choc Ripple) 20g butter, melted 250g cream cheese, softened 2 Tablespoons caster sugar 1/4 cup pure cream, lightly whipped 50g milk chocolate, melted 8 caramel-filled mini Easter eggs...

Tarte Flamiche with Paprika Thyme Pastry

Photo by Mem Tarte Flamiche with Paprika Thyme Pastry 50g unsalted butter 1 Tbsp olive oil 3 large onions, thinly sliced 150g bacon, chopped 4 eggs 100ml thickened cream 1 1/4 cups (150g) gruyere, grated Micro herbs, to garnish Paprika Thyme Pastry: 200g plain flour 1/2 tsp paprika 1/2...

Spiced Orange Roast Chicken

Photo by Mem Spiced Orange Roast Chicken 1.2kg chicken thigh fillets 80ml (1/3 cup) fresh orange juice 80ml (1/3 cup) honey 2 tsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp ground coriander 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp turmeric 1 orange, thinly sliced Finely chopped fresh chives, to...

Marshmallow Cupcakes

Photo by Mem Marshmallow Cupcakes 125g butter 140g (2/3 cup) caster sugar 2 tsp vanilla essence 2 eggs 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted 50g (1/3 cup) plain flour, sifted 80ml (1/3 cup) milk 105g (1/3 cup) raspberry jam 125ml (1/2 cup) water 5 tsp gelatine powder 140g (2/3...

Hearty Italian Vegetable Soup

Hearty Italian Vegetable Soup Serves: 4-6 2-3 Tbsp olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1/2 medium eggplant, diced 2 small zucchini, diced 2 medium carrots, diced 10 green beans, topped, tailed and cut into lengths 4-5 canned, peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped 2 litres vegetable stock...

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Photo by Mem Red Velvet Cupcakes Makes 18 300g (2 cups) plain flour 30g (1/4 cup) cocoa powder 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 315g (1 1/2 cups) caster sugar 250ml (1 cup) buttermilk 200g unsalted butter, melted 2 eggs, lightly whisked 1 Tbsp white vinegar 1 tsp vanilla extract...

Apricot Chocolate Chip Cake

Photo by Julie O’Malley Apricot Chocolate Chip Cake 1 cup chopped dried apricots 1 cup apricot nectar 125g butter/margarine 2/3 cup raw sugar 2 eggs, separated 1 1/2 cups coconut 1 1/2 cups SR flour 1/2 cup chocolate chips 1. Grease deep 20cm round cake pan. Line base and...

Apple Muffins

Photo by Julie O’Malley Apple Muffins Best eaten fresh 2 C SR flour 1/2 tsp salt 4 Tbsp sugar 1 tsp cinnamon 1 cup milk 1 egg, beaten 1 cup grated apple 125g butter, melted Topping: 2 Tbsp caster sugar 1 tsp cinnamon # Sift flour, salt, sugar and...

Apple Cobbler

Photo by Julie O’Malley Apple Cobbler Filling: 5 cups tart apples, peeled and sliced (approx 5 large) 1/2 – 3/4 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like it) 2 Tbsp plain flour 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup water 1 Tbsp butter,...

Spaghetti With Crab, Lime And Chilli

Photo by Mem Spaghetti With Crab, Lime And Chilli Serves: 2 150g tub Crab Meat Juice & zest of 2 lime Juice 1 lemon 1 clove Garlic, crushed 1/4 cup roughly chopped flat leaf parsley 1/4 cup finely sliced green onions 1 small chilli, sliced 1 tsp Sea Salt...

Peabody’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

Photo by Mem This Recipe is Adapted from Culinary Concoctions by Peabody. I have changed a few things to how I made it. Please visit Peabody’s page for her recipe. Peabody’s Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake 1 1/4 cups chocolate chip cookie crumbs (I used 400g The Decadent Chocolate...

Pavlova

Photo by Julie O’Malley Pavlova 5 large egg whites pinch of salt 1 1/4 cups caster sugar 1 tsp cornflour 1 tsp white vinegar 1/2 tsp vanilla # Preheat oven to 200 C. # Beat egg whites and salt until stiff in a clean, dry bowl. Gradually add sugar...

Passionfruit Soufflé

Photo by Julie O’Malley Passionfruit Soufflé Serves 6 1-2 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened 50g caster sugar, plus extra to sprinkle 1 generous cup of crème patisserie pulp from 6 passionfruits 2 Tbsp whipped cream 6 egg whites a pinch of cream of tartar 1 Tbsp caster sugar icing sugar,...

Scout’s Cupcakes

Photo by Julie O’Malley Scout’s Cupcakes Makes 12 2 eggs thickened cream vanilla essence 3/4 cup castor sugar 1 cup self-raising flour Into a 1 cup metric measuring cup place the eggs. Fill to brim with thickened cream. Beat for 1 minute. Add a splash of vanilla essence and...

Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce

Photo by Julie O’Malley Sticky Date Pudding with Caramel Sauce 225g dates, pitted and chopped 450ml water 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda 90g soft butter 225g caster sugar 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla extract 225g self-raising flour, sifted Caramel Sauce: 150g brown sugar 250ml pouring cream 200g butter, chopped...

Jamie Oliver’s Storecupboard Lentil Soup

Photo by Julie O’Malley Jamie Oliver’s Storecupboard Lentil Soup Serves 4 to 6 Fresh Ingredients: 6 rashers of quality smoked streaky bacon, chopped 2 red onions, peeled and chopped 2 carrots, scrubbed and chopped 3 sticks of celery, trimmed and chopped 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and sliced a...

Italian Broccoli and Salmon Bake

Photo by Julie O’Malley Italian Broccoli and Salmon Bake 250g penne 300g broccoli , cut into large florets 25g butter 25g plain flour 600ml milk 100g mascarpone 8 sundried tomatoes (preserved in olive oil), drained and thickly sliced 2 Tbsp small capers (optional) rinsed to remove excess salt or...

Honey Coconut Cake with Caramel Icing

Photo by Julie O’Malley Honey Coconut Cake with Caramel Icing 1/2 cup coconut 125g butter 3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 2 eggs 2 Tablespoons honey 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 1/2 cup milk # Line a selected tin with baking paper and grease (19cm x 29cm lamington pan,...

Curtis Stone’s Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks

Photo by Julie O’Malley Curtis Stone’s Peanut Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chunks Makes about 20 cookies 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup natural chunky peanut butter (about 9 ounces / 280 grams) 1/2 cup (packed) light brown sugar 1/2 cup granulated...

Coconut Cookies

Photo by Julie O’Malley Coconut Cookies 125g butter 1 cup sugar (can use less) 2 eggs 1 cup coconut 1 1/4 – 1 1/2 cups self-raising flour 1. Melt butter. 2. Add sugar, eggs, coconut and flour; mix. 3. Roll into balls and place on a tray. Press down...

Buttered Rosemary Rolls

Photo by Julie O’Malley Buttered Rosemary Rolls Frozen, Unbaked Dinner Rolls (or homemade roll dough) Melted Butter, Regular, Salted Fresh Rosemary, Coarsely Chopped Coarse Sea Salt # Spray a small iron skillet with cooking spray (or coat with olive oil). Place frozen rolls in the skillet, leaving plenty of...

Apple and Berry Crumble

Photo by Mem Apple and Berry Crumble Serves : 6 6 Pink Lady apples, skin on and cut into wedges 1 Tablespoon caster sugar 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon orange zest, finely grated 1 Tablespoon water 400g frozen or fresh mixed berries Crumble Topping: 1 cup plain flour...

Spiced Treacle Biscuits

Photo by Julie O’Malley Spiced Treacle Biscuits 340g butter, softened 1 1/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup treacle 2 eggs 1/2 tsp vanilla paste (or 1 tsp vanilla extract) 480g flour 1 Tbsp bicarb soda 2 tsp cinnamon 2 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground allspice 1/2 tsp ground cloves...

Vietnamese Sautéed Beef

Photo by Julie O’Malley Vietnamese Sautéed Beef Serves 6 60ml (1/4 cup) oyster sauce 1 Tbsp soy sauce 1 Tbsp fish sauce 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2 tsp caster sugar 1 tsp sesame oil 800g beef fillet, cut into 2.5cm pieces Olive oil spray 2 red onions, halved,...

Two-Cheese and Tomato Pie

Photo by Julie O’Malley Two-Cheese and Tomato Pie Serves 4 3 eggs, lightly whisked 250ml (1 cup) milk 80g (1 cup) coarsely grated cheddar 140g (1 cup) pastry mix 1 bunch spring onions (globe onions), trimmed, thinly sliced 3 bacon rashers, rind removed, coarsely chopped 1 tbs shredded parmesan...

Spaghetti with Garlic Butter, Bacon and Prawns

Photo by Julie O’Malley Spaghetti with Garlic Butter, Bacon and Prawns Serves 4 60g unsalted butter, softened 2 garlic cloves, crushed 2 tsp lemon juice 1/4 cup chopped basil, plus extra to serve 400g spaghetti 1 Tbsp olive oil 4 bacon rashers, chopped 500g green prawn meat, roughly chopped...

Rollini with Semi-Dried Tomatoes

Photo by Julie O’Malley Rollini with Semi-Dried Tomatoes Serves 4 500g eggplant, cut into 2cm cubes 1/3 cup olive oil 500g San Remo Rollini pasta 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 cup semi-dried tomatoes, chopped 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves # Preheat oven to 200°C. Line...

Pesto, Semi-Dried Tomato and Bocconcini Bruschetta

Photo by Julie O’Malley Pesto, Semi-Dried Tomato and Bocconcini Bruschetta Serves 6 80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil 1 garlic clove, crushed 6 slices ciabatta 100g (1/2 cup) bought basil pesto 100g semi-dried tomatoes, drained on paper towel 200g cherry bocconcini, drained, halved Small fresh basil leaves, to serve Sea...

Pesto Chicken Pasta With Pumpkin

Photo by Julie O’Malley Pesto Chicken Pasta With Pumpkin Serves 4 45g (1/4 cup) pine nuts 1kg butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeded, cut into 2cm pieces 1/2 cup olive oil 240g cherry truss tomatoes 400g dried spaghetti 3 chicken breast fillets 1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves 1 small garlic...

Persian Lamb with Pumpkin and Pomegranate Sauce

Photo by Julie O’Malley Persian Lamb with Pumpkin and Pomegranate Sauce 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 large onion halved and sliced 2 cloves garlic finely chopped 1 red capsicum coarsely chopped 3 red birds eye chillies, deseeded and coarsely chopped 1 tsp ground cumin 3 Tbsp pomegranate molasses 2...

Pepper Steak with Mushroom Sauce

Photo by Julie O’Malley Pepper Steak with Mushroom Sauce Serves 4 2 Tbsp crushed mixed peppercorns 4 x 150g sirloin or New York steaks 30g unsalted butter 2 Tbsp olive oil, plus extra to brush 2 eschalots, finely chopped 300g mixed mushrooms (such as Swiss browns and shiitakes), sliced...

Middle Eastern Syrup Muffins

Photo by Julie O’Malley Middle Eastern Syrup Muffins Makes 12 2 1/2 cups (375g) self-raising flour 185g caster sugar Grated rind and juice of 2 oranges 1/2 cup thick Greek yoghurt, plus extra to serve 1/3 cup (80ml) milk 1 egg 100g unsalted butter, melted, cooled Syrup Zest and...

Indonesian-Style Fried Rice with Prawns and Chilli Peanut Sauce

Photo by Julie O’Malley Indonesian-Style Fried Rice with Prawns and Chilli Peanut Sauce Serves 4 2 cups (400g) long-grain rice 1 fresh red birdseye chilli, finely chopped 2 Tbsp lime juice 2 Tbsp kecap manis (see notes) 1/3 cup (55g) toasted peanuts, coarsely chopped 1/3 cup (80ml) peanut oil...

Green Beans Amandine

Photo by Julie O’Malley Green Beans Amandine 3 cups green beans, trimmed 6 slices bacon 2 cloves minced garlic 1 medium red onion, sliced 1 cup sliced mushrooms 1/2 cup sliced almonds 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 teaspoon oregano 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese # In a...

Drunken Bean Tortillas with Salsa and Guacamole

Photo by Julie O’Malley Drunken Bean Tortillas with Salsa and Guacamole vegetable oil 2 large garlic cloves, crushed 2 small red chillies, seeded and sliced 2 rindless bacon rashers, diced 1 large onion, chopped a good pinch of cumin 2 pinches dried oregano 400g canned cannellini beans, rinsed and...

Beef in Black Bean Sauce

Photo by Julie O’Malley Beef in Black Bean Sauce Serves 4 2 teaspoons cornflour 1 Tablespoon soy sauce 1 Tablespoon black bean sauce 1 Tablespoon hot chilli sauce 1/4 cup chicken stock 1 1/2 Tablespoons peanut oil 750g beef rump steak, trimmed, very thinly sliced 1 medium brown onion,...

Meatballs in Tomato and Yoghurt Sauce

Photo by Julie O’Malley Meatballs in Tomato and Yoghurt Sauce Meatballs: 1 onion 500g lamb mince 2cm piece of ginger, grated 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg ~ Grate the onion, put it in a sieve and use...

Green Pasta Salad

Photo by Julie O’Malley Green Pasta Salad Serves: 6 500g green fettuccine 250g cherry tomatoes 2 small Lebanese or pickling cucumbers 250g rocket 1 medium red onion, finely sliced 250g bocconcini black olives for garnish Basil Pesto: 1 cup fresh basil leaves 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon...

Italian Meatball Bake

Photo by Julie O’Malley Italian Meatball Bake Serves 4 2 cups dried spiral pasta 500g lean beef mince 2 garlic cloves, crushed 3 green onions, finely chopped 3/4 cup fresh basil leaves, finely shredded 1 large carrot, trimmed, peeled, grated 1 large zucchini, trimmed, grated 150g button mushrooms, grated...

Stir Fried Pork with Honey Noodles and Vegetables

Photo by Julie O’Malley Stir Fried Pork with Honey Noodles and Vegetables 440g thin hokkien noodles 2 tsp peanut oil 400g pork fillet, very thinly sliced 1 onion, peeled, cut in half and sliced 12 green beans, sliced in half lengthways 4 spring onions finely sliced 1 carrot, julienned...

Carrot Cake

Photo by Julie O’Malley Carrot Cake 1 cup self-raising flour 1 tsp bicarb soda 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed 1 1/2 cups grated carrot 1/2 cup sultana’s 1/2 cup chopped glace ginger – optional (can replace with sultana’s) 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 2 eggs,...

Balsamic Chicken with Crispy Mint and Pine Nuts

Photo by Julie O’Malley Balsamic Chicken with Crispy Mint and Pine Nuts Serves 3 3 single chicken breasts, skin on 1 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 1 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar Sauce: 2 tsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 1/2 cups chicken stock 1/2 cup white wine 1...

Chocolate Cheesecake

Photo by Mem Chocolate Cheesecake Serves 12 Melted butter, to grease 1 x 250g pkt plain chocolate biscuits, coarsely broken 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon 150g butter, melted 250g dark chocolate, finely chopped 155g (3/4 cup) caster sugar 3 eggs 3 x 250g pkts cream cheese, at room temperature 2...

Cherry Ripe Mud Cake

Photo by Mem Cherry Ripe Mud Cake Serves 12. 250g butter, chopped 1 Tablespoon instant coffee granules 1 2/3 cups (400ml) coconut milk 200g dark eating chocolate, chopped coarsely 2 cups (440g) caster sugar 3/4 cup (110g) self-raising flour 1 cup (150g) plain flour 1/4 cup (25g) cocoa powder...

Triple Chocolate Mousse Tart

Photo by Mem Triple Chocolate Mousse Tart Serves 10 250g plain chocolate biscuits 1 tablespoon plain flour 125g butter, melted cocoa powder, to serve Chocolate Ganache: 100g dark chocolate, chopped 1/2 cup thickened cream Chocolate Mousse: 200g dark chocolate, chopped 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 600ml thickened cream 1. Grease...

Spaghetti with Garlic Cream Prawns

Photo by Julie O’Malley Spaghetti with Garlic Cream Prawns Serves 2 About 20 raw prawns, peeled, deveined, tail on or off Approx 6 cloves of fresh garlic depending on size – crushed 2 spring onions chopped (approx half a cup) 1 cup chopped mushrooms 2 rashers shortcut bacon, finely...

Speedy Minestrone

Photo by Julie O’Malley Speedy Minestrone Serves 4 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 medium brown onion, sliced thinly 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 bacon rashers, chopped 2 celery sticks, chopped 1 medium carrot, chopped 1 large potato, peeled and chopped 2 cups bottled tomato pasta sauce 300g butter beans,...

Chicken with Port Cream and Fettuccine

Photo by Julie O’Malley Chicken with Port Cream and Fettuccine 115g sun dried tomatoes 2-3 chicken breasts, cut in half horizontally 2 Tbsp butter 1 cup port 1 1/2 cups whipping cream Fresh fettuccine Fresh tarragon sprigs, optional as decoration 1. In a small bowl, soak tomatoes in warm...

Golden Syrup and Pecan Steamed Pudding

Photo by Julie O’Malley Golden Syrup and Pecan Steamed Pudding 1/2 cup golden syrup 1/2 cup roasted pecans, roughly chopped 125g butter, softened 1/2 cup caster sugar 2 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs, lightly beaten 1 cup S.R.Flour 1/2 cup milk Custard, ice cream or cream to serve #...

Strawberry Sorbet

Photo by Julie O’Malley Strawberry Sorbet 450g fresh strawberries, rinsed and hulled 150g sugar 1 tsp kirsch (optional) 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice Pinch salt # Slice the strawberries and toss them in a medium bowl with the sugar and kirsch if using. Stir until the sugar begins...

Baked Rice Pudding

Photo by Julie O’Malley Baked Rice Pudding Serves 4 2 cups (500ml) milk 300ml thin cream 1/2 cup (110g) medium grain (calrose) rice, rinsed, drained 1/2 cup (100g) caster sugar 1 cinnamon stick 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped Pinch of ground nutmeg, plus extra to sprinkle 2 strips...

Lime, Paprika and Honey Glazed Chicken

Photo by Julie O’Malley Lime, Paprika and Honey Glazed Chicken 2 Tbsp plain flour 2 Tbsp sweet paprika salt flakes freshly ground black pepper 8 chicken chops (trimmed thigh pieces with the skin on) 2 red onions, each cut into 8 wedges 2 Tbsp flavourless oil 2 tsp freshly...

Roast Potato and Carrot Salad

Photo by Julie O’Malley Roast Potato and Carrot Salad Serves 2-3 2 large carrots, peeled and cut in chunks 10 baby potatoes, skin on, cut into halves or quarters depending on their size 2 Tbsp honey combined with 1 Tbsp olive oil 1 tsp dried chilli flakes fresh rosemary...

Tiramisu Cake

Photo by Mem Tiramisu Cake Serves 12 6 eggs 1 cup (220g) caster sugar 1 cup (150g) self-raising flour 1/2 cup (75g) cornflour 1 cup (250ml) boiling water 1 1/2 tablespoons dry instant coffee 1/2 cup (125ml) marsala 1/4 cup (25g) finely grated chocolate 300ml thickened cream, whipped 75g...

Blueberry Yoghurt Crumble Cake

Photo by Mem Blueberry Yoghurt Crumble Cake Serves 8 125g butter, softened 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 eggs 1 3/4 cup self-raising flour 1 cup Vaailia French Vanilla Yoghurt 1 apple, peeled, cored, sliced thickly 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 60g butter, extra, chilled, chopped 1/2...

Pistachio and Rosewater Cake

Photo by Julie O’Malley Pistachio and Rosewater Cake 200g unsalted pistachio nuts, shelled 5 eggs, separated 150g caster sugar 50g pistachio nuts – extra (for the topping) Syrup: 90ml water 70g sugar 1/2 tsp lemon juice 1/4 tsp rosewater 1. Preheat oven 180 C. Grease and line a 20cm...

Neenish Tarts

Neenish Tarts Serving size: Serves 10 or more 275g packet frozen sweet tart cases Filling: 1/4 cup raspberry jam 1/4 cup icing sugar 1/4 cup condensed milk 50g butter, at room temperature 1 tablespoon lemon juice Icing: 1 1/2 cups icing sugar, sifted 2 teaspoons cocoa, sifted 4 tablespoons...

Pupcakes

Pupcakes Here is a special occasion, sweet treat for your pups. Remember, to serve up these doggy cupcakes in moderation. 2 3/4 cups water 1/4 cup unsweetened apple sauce 1/4 teaspoon vanilla 4 cups wholemeal flour 1 cup dried apple pieces – you can also use fresh fruit 1...

Flourless Chocolate Cake

Photo by Julie O’Malley Flourless Chocolate Cake 1/3 cup cocoa powder 1/3 cup water 150g dark eating chocolate, melted 150g butter, melted 1 1/3 cups firmly packed brown sugar 1 cup hazelnut meal or almond meal 4 eggs, separated 1. Preheat oven to 180/160c fan forced. Grease deep 20cm...

4 Minute Cake

Photo by Julie O’Malley 4 Minute Cake 3 cups self raising flour 2 cups sugar 250gm butter, slightly melted vanilla 4 eggs – place 2 eggs in a cup (250ml). Fill to the top with milk. Do the same for the other 2 eggs. Combine ingredients in a large...

Chicken, Pumpkin and Spinach Lasagne

Photo by Julie O’Malley Chicken, Pumpkin and Spinach Lasagne 500g butternut pumpkin, cooked and mashed pinch of nutmeg 75g thinly sliced prosciutto, roughly chopped 500g chicken mince 250g frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 2 cloves garlic, crushed 200g low fat ricotta fresh lasagne sheets 1/2 cup grated parmesan...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – W

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z wakame: wakame is a seaweed that is most commonly sold in its dried form. It must be soaked in warm water until it...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – T

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z tabasco sauce: a thin spicy sauce made of vinegar, red peppers, and salt. This sauce is commonly used with Creole food, chilli con...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – S

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z sablée: a rich short biscuit similar to shortbread, that it delicate in texture. safflower oil: the vegetable oil that contains the highest proportion...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – P

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z paella: a Spanish rice dish originating in the town of Valencia. There are hundreds of recipes for paella, all claiming to be authentic....

Cook’s Encyclopedia – O

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z oak leaf lettuce: also known as Feuille de Chene. Available in both red and green leaf. Green oak leaf lettuce, also known as...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – N

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z naan: leavened Indian bread; traditionally baked by pressing it onto the inside wall of a heated tandoor (brick oven). nachos topping sauce: consists...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – M

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z macadamias: native to Australia, rich and buttery nut; store in refrigerator because of high oil content. macaire: a potato pancake made with seasoned...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – L

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z laksa paste: bottled paste containing lemon grass, chillies, galangal, shrimp paste, onions and turmeric. lamb’s lettuce: also known as mâche, corn salad or...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – G

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z g: measurement unit – g (gram) = 1 kg (kilogram). gai larn: also known as kanah, gai lum, Chinese broccoli and Chinese kale....

Cook’s Encyclopedia – F

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z falafel: a Middle Eastern speciality consisting of small, deep-fried croquettes or balls made of highly spiced, ground chickpeas. They’re generally tucked inside pita...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – C

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z cabernet vinegar: aged red wine vinegar made from the must of cabernet sauvignon grapes. cachous: small, round, cake-decorating sweets available in silver, gold...

Cook’s Encyclopedia – B

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z baba: a small cake made from enriched yeast dough, often flavoured with candied fruits, and soaked with a rum or Kirsch syrup after...

Passionfruit Ice Cream

Passionfruit Ice Cream Serves 6 8-10 passionfruit 185g caster sugar 100ml water 3 large eggs Pinch of salt 300ml cream Halve passionfruit and spoon out pulp. Push pulp through a small sieve to remove seeds. Place sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil, stirring...

Microwave Lamingtons

Photo by Julie O’Malley Microwave Lamingtons 1 cup flour 2/3 cup caster sugar 1 1/4 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 90g butter, melted on defrost power for 2 mins 1/3 cup milk 2 large eggs, beaten 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 tsp grated orange or lemon rind, optional...

Chicken with Ground Nut Stew

Photo by Julie O’Malley Chicken with Ground Nut Stew olive oil 8 chicken thighs (cutlets) on the bone 1 large onion, chopped 3 garlic cloves, crushed 2 bay leaves 1 tsp good quality curry powder (or to taste) 2 fresh thyme sprigs 1-2 tsp sambel oelek (or any other...

Crispy Batter

Photo by Julie O’Malley Crispy Batter 175g SR flour, sifted pinch salt 1 tsp paprika 250ml cold water oil for deep frying Place flour, salt and paprika in a bowl. Add water gradually, using a whisk to mix until smooth (Should be the consistency of double cream). Heat oil...

Honey Glazed Pork

Photo by Julie O’Malley Honey Glazed Pork Serves 2 2 pork fillets 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 Tbsp tomato sauce Pinch salt 1 Tbsp soy sauce 2 1/2 Tbsp honey Combine all marinade ingredients in a container long enough for the fillets to lie straight. Add whole fillets (slice...