Cookbook-recipes

Dulce de Leche Ice Cream Recipe

You had us at dulce de leche. Now imagine dulce de leche ice cream – does it get any more indulgent? Try this recipe from beautiful new cookbook Argentinian Street Food.

Preparation time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 5 minutes. Refrigeration time: 3–6 hours

Makes 1 Litre

Ingredients

1 tablespoon caster (superfine) sugar
1 tablespoon dextrose
5 g (1⁄8 oz) ice-cream stabiliser (optional)
500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) milk
350 g (12 oz) dulce de leche

Method

1. Combine the sugar, dextrose and stabiliser, if using. heat the milk in a saucepan to just below boiling and add the dry ingredients in a steady stream, whisking to prevent lumps forming. Put the dulce de leche in a heatproof bowl, pour over the hot milk mixture and mix with a hand blender until well combined. Transfer to a container.Cover the surface with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3–6 hours.

2. Churn in an ice-cream maker according to the manufacturer’s instructions. serve immediately or store in the freezer.

Recipes and images from Argentinian Street Food by Gaston Stivelmaher & Enrique Zanoni, published by Murdoch Books, RRP $ 29.99, photographed by Akiko Ida

April 1, 2014

Chicken and Coriander Empanada Recipe

These luscious chicken and coriander empanadas from the beautiful new cookbook Argentinian Street Food are great served as part of a picnic or buffet.

Preparation Time: 30 minutes. Resting Time (Optional): 24 hours. Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Makes: 20 empanadas

Ingredients:

1 quantity of puffed dough

Filling

500 g (1 lb 2 oz) chicken breast fillet
sunflower oil
1 onion, sliced
1 yellow capsicum (pepper), sliced
11⁄2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato paste (concentrated purée)
a little chicken stockor water
3 teaspoons ground cumin 3 teaspoons dried oregano
90 g (31/4 oz/1 bunch) coriander (cilantro) leaves, chopped
salt, black pepper

For frying

1.5 litres (52 fl oz/6 cups) sunflower oil

Method

1. Cut the chicken into small pieces. Brown the chicken in a heavy-based saucepan with a little oil over medium heat. Add the onion, capsicum, ginger and garlic to the pan. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 10 minutes over low heat.Add a little stock if it starts to catch on the base of the pan.

2. Cool the filling and chop in a food processor. Add the cumin, oregano and coriander. Season with salt and pepper.

3. Let the filling rest for 24 hours in the refrigerator, if possible, for a more intense flavour.

4. Sprinkle a little flour on the work surface. Roll out the dough to a thickness of 3 mm
(1⁄8 inch) and cut out circles with a 14 cm (51⁄2 inch) cutter. Using a 60 ml (2 fl oz/1/4 cup) ice-cream scoop or measuring cup, form small balls of filling and place one on each round of dough. Lightly moisten the edge of the dough with a little water and fold over into a half-moon shape. Seal the edges and give them the ‘pollo’ decoration (see page 26) or an edging of your choice. Set aside in the refrigerator if not cooking immediately.

5. In a saucepan or deep-fryer, heat the oil for frying to 180°C (350°F), or until a cube of bread dropped into the oil turns golden brown in 15 seconds. Add a few empanadas to the oil, and fry for 5 minutes, or until they brown. Remove from the oil and drain on paper towels. Repeat this process with the remaining empanadas. Allow them to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Recipes and images from Argentinian Street Food by Gaston Stivelmaher & Enrique Zanoni, published by Murdoch Books, RRP $ 29.99, photographed by Akiko Ida.

March 29, 2014

Smoked Salmon, Asparagus and Ricotta Frittata Recipe

Callum Hann’s frittata recipe from his fun new cookbook I’d Eat That make great summer picnic food, or enjoy it as an easy breakfast on the go.

These muffin-sized frittatas are awesome for a weekend brekkie, but I also like to take them with me for a snack on the run. The eggs make it filling and the saltiness from the smoked salmon makes me want to keep eating them! When out of season, swap asparagus for frozen peas.

Recipe and image from I’d Eat That by Callum Hann, photography by Alan Benson. Published by Murdoch Books, RRP $24.99.

Ingredients
canola spray oil, for greasing
6–8 (1 bunch) spears of asparagus, woody ends snapped off, stems sliced into 2 cm pieces, tips left whole
6 free-range eggs
60 ml (1⁄4 cup) milk
115 g ricotta cheese
150 g smoked salmon, 
torn into 2 cm pieces
1 tablespoon finely chopped dill

Method
1. Bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil over a medium–high heat. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Lightly grease a 12-hole (60 ml/1⁄4 cup) muffin tin with canola oil, then line each muffin hole with baking paper.

2. Add the sliced asparagus to the boiling water and blanch for 1–2 minutes, or until bright green and almost tender. Drain well.

3. Whisk together the eggs, milk, a pinch of salt and half of the ricotta. Stir through the drained asparagus, salmon and dill. Divide the mixture evenly between the muffin holes and crumble over the remaining ricotta.

4. Bake for 15–20 minutes, or until golden and puffy. Serve warm with a salad as a meal, or cold as a snack.

What are your favourite picnic ideas?

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February 10, 2014

Chicken and Pea Korma Recipe

Forget takeaway, Callum Hann’s chicken curry recipe is now one of our weekly easy dinner ideas. Serve with rice, fluffy naan and his singly tzatziki for the ultimate curry night.

Korma is one of those please-all Indian curries. Everyone (except vegetarians), will pounce on a big bowl of this chicken one, and even then you could swap the chicken out for sweet potato or pumpkin (winter squash). Prepare for your kitchen to smell delicious. The green apple I’ve added to the tzatziki gives it a little extra zing.

Recipe and image from I’d Eat That by Callum Hann, photography by Alan Benson. Published by Murdoch Books, RRP $24.99.

Serves: 4

Ingredients
130 g (1⁄2 cup) thick Greek yoghurt
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
a thumb-sized
piece of fresh ginger, finely grated
a handful of coriander, stems finely chopped, leaves reserved
1 tablespoon garam masala
6 boneless, skinless free-range chicken thighs
cooked white rice or naan bread, to serve (optional)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 brown onion, halved and thinly sliced
1⁄2 a red capsicum, seeded and thinly sliced
1 1⁄2 tablespoons tomato paste (concentrated purée)
2 teaspoons curry powder
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
1 batch of simple but proper tzatziki
1 green apple (such as granny smith), coarsely grated, seeds removed
75 g (1⁄2 cup) frozen peas
25 g (1⁄4 cup) flaked almonds (optional)

Method
1. In a large bowl, stir together the yoghurt, garlic, ginger, coriander stems and 2 teaspoons of the garam masala.

2. Cut each chicken thigh into nine pieces then stir into the yoghurt mixture, cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or ideally for 1–3 hours, if you have time.

3. If you are making rice, start it just before you start cooking the korma.

4. Heat a large heavy-based saucepan over a high heat. Add the canola oil, then the onion and capsicum and stir for 3–5 minutes, or until the onion starts to turn golden brown.Add the tomato paste,curry powder, salt and the remaining garam masala, and cook for a further 2–3 minutes, stirring frequently, before adding the chicken and yoghurt mixture.

5. Cook for 8–13 minutes, stirring often, or until the yoghurt has started to brown and the chicken has just cooked through (piping hot flesh with no sign of pink in the juices).Turn the heat off.

6. Meanwhile, make the tzatziki (omitting the dill in the recipe). Roughly chop half the coriander leaves and stir them through the tzatziki with the grated apple.

7. Stir the frozen peas through the korma.The second they have warmed through in the korma, put the taztziki in the middle of the table with the rice or naan bread.

8. Scatter over the remaining coriander leaves and flaked almonds (if using) and serve.

What’s your favourite curry dish?

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February 7, 2014

Super Muesli Recipe

Start your day off right with Michelle Bridges’ muesli recipe, packed with nutrition and flavour, with none of the nasties of store-bought muesli.

Store-bought muesli can often contain lots of added sugar – it’s much better to make your own. The sweetness here comes from the cranberries and mango, while the flaxseed and wheatgerm really crank this up into ‘super’ territory. 

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 5 minutes. Calories per serve: 392

Ingredients
2⁄3 cup (50 g) bran
1⁄2 cup (45 g) traditional rolled oats
1⁄4 cup (35 g) dried cranberries
20 g dried mango, chopped
2 tablespoons raw wheatgerm
1 tablespoon flaxseed
1⁄2 mango, peeled and chopped
1 cup (250 ml) low-cal milk

Method
1. Combine the bran, oats, cranberries, dried mango, wheatgerm and flaxseed in a bowl. Divide between two serving bowls. Add fresh mango and milk to serve.

Tip: You can make a big batch of this super muesli and store it in an airtight container in a cool dry place for up to one month (346 cal per 100 g/1 cup).

Variation: Replace the mango with 1⁄2 cup drained apricot halves in natural juice and 50 g raspberries (400 cal per serve).

What’s your go-to breakfast?

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February 6, 2014

Salted Caramel Popcorn Fudge Recipe

How amazing does Callum Hann’s salted caramel popcorn fudge recipe sound? Salty, sweet, crispy and gooey – make two batches as it won’t last long.

My birthday is the perfect time to request whatever the heck I want to eat. Every year, I ask Chloe to make me a batch of her signature fudge. It’s completely over-the-top and decadent, and I love it. It has a rich, butterscotch taste that’s cut by the salt flakes on the top, and the popcorn is the perfect foil to the fudge. I keep pestering her to open her own shop so I can have access to it more often. If you see her, please pester her for me.

Recipe and image from I’d Eat That by Callum Hann, photography by Alan Benson. Published by Murdoch Books, RRP $24.99.

Makes: 16 pieces

Ingredients
125 g (1⁄2 cup) butter
330 g (1 1⁄2 cups, firmly packed) brown sugar
1 x 395 g tin of condensed milk
2 tablespoons golden syrup
180 g white chocolate melts
1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt flakes
enough air-popped salted popcorn to cover the surface of the tin (about 2 cups of popped corn)

Method
1. Line a 21 cm (8 1⁄4 inch) square baking tin with baking paper. Melt the butter over a high heat in a medium heavy-based saucepan. Once melted, add the brown sugar, condensed milk and golden syrup. Stir until boiling then lower the heat to medium– low and cook for a further 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Keep an eye on it throughout; if it looks too hot, take it off the heat and keep stirring for a few seconds before returning it to the heat. Don’t even think about touching or tasting it at this point, as caramel can burn pretty badly.The mixture will become thicker and darker in colour as it cooks.

2. Once ready (when the sugar has all dissolved and the mixture is smooth, dark and has thickened slightly), take the pan off the heat and add the chocolate.Vigorously stir in until smooth then pour into the lined tin using a spatula or wooden spoon to help spread it out evenly.

3. Working quickly, sprinkle the salt flakes all over the top, and scatter over the popcorn until the fudge is all covered. Lightly press the popcorn into the still-warm fudge. Place in the fridge to set for at least 1 hour.

4. Once set, take it out of the fridge and slice into 16 pieces. Some popcorn will fall off during this process, but that’s fine. It’s best served at room temperature so put it in an airtight container and keep in a cool corner of the kitchen for a few days. It might last longer, but I’ve never seen it survive more than a couple of days!

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February 6, 2014

Chicken Salad with Beans and Peas Recipe

Michelle Bridges shares an easy chicken breast recipe from her new cookbook Superfoods that doubles as one of your new go-to midweek dinner ideas. It’s healthy, full of incredible flavours and leftovers make a great next-day lunch.

Just the one superfood in this recipe, but so many other good things alongside it. The mixture of peas and beans gives heaps of fibre and iron, while the chicken gives a meaty texture without overloading the calorie count. Add the delicious dressing and you’ve got one hell of a tasty salad.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: 10 minutes. Calories per serve: 380

Ingredients
250 g skinless chicken breast, trimmed
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil spray
100 g green beans, trimmed
100 g snow peas, trimmed
½ cup (60 g) frozen peas
¼ cup (70 g) no-fat Greek-style yoghurt
¼ cup fresh mint leaves
½ garlic clove
400 g can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

Method
1. Season the chicken with black pepper. Lightly spray a char-grill pan with olive oil and heat on medium–high. Cook the chicken for 4–5 minutes each side or until lightly charred and cooked through.

2. Meanwhile, cook the green beans in a medium saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes, adding the snow peas and frozen peas for the last 2 minutes. Drain and cool in iced water. Drain.

3. Process the yoghurt, mint and garlic together until smooth.

4. Thickly slice the chicken. Arrange the beans, peas and chicken on a serving plate. Drizzle with the dressing.

What’s your favourite chicken breast recipe?

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February 5, 2014

Cauliflower and Broccoli Cheese Recipe

Michelle Bridges shares on our favourite comfort food dinner ideas: classic cauliflower cheese with a healthy, low-calorie twist.

Cauliflower and cheese – what a flavourful combination. With the addition of broccoli, you get a double whammy of cruciferous goodness as well. The cheese provides protein and calcium, but use a low-calorie version to avoid too much fat.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 10 minutes. Cook: 45 minutes. Calories per serve 388

Ingredients
700 g cauliflower, trimmed and broken into large florets
1 large head broccoli (300 g), trimmed and broken into large florets
2 1⁄2 tablespoons cornflour
2 cups (500 ml) low-cal milk
1 cup (120 g) grated low-cal cheddar cheese
freshly ground black pepper
pinch freshly grated nutmeg
pinch cayenne pepper
mixed salad leaves, to serve

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan-forced).

2. Steam the cauliflower over a large saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes. Add the broccoli and steam for another 4 minutes or until just tender. Place in a 5-cup (1.25 L) capacity ovenproof dish.

3. Meanwhile, combine the cornflour and 1⁄4 cup milk in a jug. Place the remaining milk in a saucepan and bring to the boil over high heat. Whisk in the cornflour mixture and cook, stirring, for 2–3 minutes or until the sauce boils and thickens. Stir in half the cheese until smooth. Season with black pepper and nutmeg. Pour over the cauliflower and broccoli. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and cayenne. Bake for 30 minutes or until bubbly and golden.

4. Serve with the salad leaves alongside.

What’s your favourite comfort food dish?

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February 4, 2014

Lamb and Asian Greens Stir Fry Recipe

Stir-fries are one of our go-to quick dinner ideas, and we love this Michelle Bridges recipe from her new cookbook Superfoods, ready in under 30 minutes!

I’m a huge fan of stir-fries. They are quick to prepare, adaptable so you can use whatever ingredients you have on hand, and the cooking method means they are not drowning in oil. Here I’ve used gai lan, but you can substitute ordinary broccoli as well; just cut it up quite small so it cooks through quickly.

Recipe from Superfoods Cookbook: The facts, the foods and the recipes – feel great, get fit and lose weight by Michelle Bridges, photography by Henryk Lobaczewski and Julie Renouf. Published by Viking, RRP $29.99.

Serves: 2
Prep: 15 minutes. Cook: 10 minutes. Calories per serve: 421

Ingredients
75 g dried pad thai rice noodles
1 teaspoon peanut oil
250 g boneless lamb loin, trimmed and thickly sliced 1 bunch gai lan (Chinese broccoli), cut into chunks, leaves and stalks separated
100 g snow peas, halved on the diagonal 5 spring onions, cut into 5 cm length
3 garlic cloves, crushed
3 teaspoons dark soy sauce
3 teaspoons light soy sauce
1 egg
sliced fresh red chilli, to serve

Method
1. Cook the noodles in a saucepan of boiling water for 4 minutes or until tender. Drain and cool under cold running water. Drain well.

2. Meanwhile, heat the oil in a wok on high. Stir-fry the lamb, in two batches, for 2–3 minutes or until browned. Set aside.

3. Reduce the heat to medium–high. Stir-fry the gai lan stalks and snow peas for 2 minutes. Add the spring onion and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the noodles and sauces and stir-fry until the noodles are well coated. Make a well in the centre of the mixture and crack an egg into the middle. Cook, stirring the egg, for 1 minute, then return the lamb to the wok with the gai lan leaves and stir-fry until hot and the leaves have just wilted.

Tip: When stir-frying Asian greens such as gai lan, choy sum or bok choy, separate the leaves from the stalks and only add the leaves at the end as they take no time to wilt.

Variation: For a vegetarian version, replace the lamb with 200 g firm tofu, cut into cubes (407 calories per serve).

What’s your favourite stir fry recipe?

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February 3, 2014

Savoury Bread and Butter Pudding Recipe

Chef Adam Humphrey of Sydney’s Restaurant Arras and Arras Too shares an easy dinner idea using leftovers from the beautiful OzHarvest Cookbook. Australia’s most celebrated chefs including Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Maggie Beer and George Calombaris share their favourite ‘food rescue’ recipes.

This is a dish my mother used to cook for my brothers and me when we were young and she needed to feed us cheaply and with minimum fuss, using left over bread and other pantry items. 

From the OzHarvest Cookbook, RRP $60

Serves 4

Ingredients
10 slices stale bread, crusts removed (use the crust for crumb)
50g butter
50g mustard, preferably English mustard
350ml full cream milk
50ml cream
2 eggs
Pinch cayenne pepper
100g leftover hard cheese, grated (plus extra for topping)
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper

Variation: In between the layers of bread, place in any left over ham or mushroom or vegetables or herbs that you have.

Method

1. Grease and ovenproof dish enough to hold approximately a litre.

2. Butter each slice of bread both sides with the butter and the mustard, and then cut in half triangularly. Lay one layer of the bread across the bottom of the dish.

3. Heat the milk and cream in a pan with the bay leaf ensuring it doesn’t boil. In a heatproof bowl, whisk the eggs until well broken down and pale in colour. Immediately add the hot milk mix and whisk until well combined, add in the grated cheese and whisk until melted. Season with salt and pepper.

4. At this stage, add in any extra items (ham, vegetables etc) in between the layers of bread. Ensure that the top layer is finished with the bread. Pour over the cheesy custard mix gradually – If you have time, “feed” the pudding over a period of a few hours with the custard.

5. Top with the extra grated cheese, mixed with the crumbs.

6. In a 180°C oven, bake the pudding for approximately 40 mins until the custard is set and the top is golden brown.

7. Once cooked, let rest for a couple of minutes before serving. Serve with left over salad. This pudding is even great the next day too.

What’s your favourite leftover recipe?

January 20, 2014

Chicken, Roast Vegetable and Macadamia Salad Recipe

If you’re looking for new dinner ideas using leftover roast chicken, you’ll love this easy chicken salad recipe from the OzHarvest Cookbook. Australia’s most celebrated chefs including Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Maggie Beer and George Calombaris share their favourite ‘food rescue’ recipes.

Celebrity chef Stefano Manfredi’s recipe makes a fantastic summer dinner and leftovers are delicious for lunch.

From the OzHarvest Cookbook, RRP $60

Serves 3-4 as a quick lunch or light dinner

Ingredients
100g macadamia nuts
1-2 cups leftover roast chicken meat
2 cups leftover roast vegetables
1 bunch rocket leaves, chopped
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Leftover chicken skin, crisped in some hot oil (optional)
Crusty bread, to serve

Method
1. Toast the macadamia nuts in a dry pan over medium heat, moving them constantly with a wooden spoon until lightly coloured. Set aside to cool and then roughly chop.

2. Shred or slice the chicken meat into bite-sized pieces and place in a large bowl. Cut the roast vegetables into smaller pieces if need be and add to the bowl. Add the rocket and cooled nuts. Dress with the oil and vinegar and season with salt. Toss lightly and finish with a few grinds of cracked pepper. Add the crunchy chicken skin, if you’re using it. Serve with crusty bread.

What’s your favourite recipe using leftovers?

January 16, 2014

Neil Perry’s Claypot Chicken Rice Recipe

Celebrity chef Neil Perry shares one of our favourite easy dinner ideas that’s perfect for weekend entertaining. The rice takes on all the flavours of the chicken and your choice of add-ins, and it makes great leftovers too.

Recipe and image from Simply Good Food by Neil Perry, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99.

This is a cross between boiled and fried rice. The rice takes on great flavour and you can add any favourites to the dish such as dried shrimp, bacon, bamboo shoots or water chestnuts.

Serves 4, or 6-8 as part of a shared Asian banquet

Ingredients

400 g (2 cups) long-grain rice, washed
600 ml chicken stock
4 skinless chicken thigh fillets, cut into small dice
1 Chinese sausage (lap cheong), sliced 6 dried black shiitake mushrooms, soaked, simmered until cooked, then quartered
4 cm piece fresh ginger, julienned
1 spring onion, green and white part, julienned

Marinade
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1⁄2 teaspoon sesame oil
3 teaspoons oyster sauce
2 teaspoons light soy sauce
3 teaspoons dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon sugar
1⁄2 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon cornflour

Method

1. Soak a small clay pot in water for 24 hours before using for the first time. Put the rice and stock in the clay pot, cover and cook over low heat with a heat diffuser if you have one for 20 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, mix together all the marinade ingredients and pour over the chicken, mixing well.

3. Spread the marinated chicken, Chinese sausage, mushrooms and ginger on top of the rice. Cover and cook for a further 10 minutes. Mix everything through the rice, sprinkle with the spring onions and serve.

Note: I like to mix in a beaten egg when I’m folding all the ingredients through the rice at the end. It gives the dish a luscious texture that I adore.

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What’s your favourite easy chicken recipe?

January 14, 2014

Best-Ever Basic Scones Recipe

There’s nothing better than fresh, out-of-the-oven warm scones, slathered with jam and cream. And who better to share their best scones recipe than CWA judge and MasterChef guest Merle Parrish…

From Merle’s Country Show Baking and Other Favourites Copyright © Merle Parrish 2013 Reprinted by Permission of Random House Australia All Rights Reserved RRP $39.95 by Ebury Illustrated. Available now from bookstores and online retailers.

Prep Time: 10 mins. Cooking Time: 12–15 mins

Makes: 15

Ingredients

3 cups self-raising flour
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
2 tbsp cream
1–1 1/2 cups milk, plus extra to brush
jam and cream to serve

Method

1. Preheat oven to hot (220°C) and lightly grease a baking tray.

2. Sift the flours, baking powder and salt into a mixing bowl and make a well in the centre. Use a butter knife to mix in the cream and enough milk to make a soft dough.

3. Gather the dough together and turn out onto a lightly floured bench. Knead gently and briefly until smooth. Don’t overwork the dough or you will have tough scones.

4. Use a rolling pin to roll out to about 1.5cm thick. Cut out rounds with a 5cm round cutter and place slightly apart on the tray. Brush tops lightly with milk, and bake for 12–15 minutes, until risen and lightly browned.

5. Serve warm or at room temperature, with jam and cream.

What are your favourite old-fashioned baking recipes?

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January 9, 2014

Vegetable Patties Recipe

Whether you’re looking for delicious meat-free Monday recipes or new easy dinner ideas, give these authentic Sri Lankan patties a try. They’re delicious hot or cold, served as part of a curry night or a picnic, and a great recipe to get kids cooking.

Recipe and image from Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka by Bree Hutchins, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99

Sri Lankan patties are unlike the ones I’m used to; these are deep-fried pastry parcels filled with curried vegetables, similar to a samosa. Vigneshwaran wrapped up a few patties for me to eat on the drive back to Jaffna, but we only made it down the road before they were all gone.

Makes 32 

Ingredients

Filling
1 tablespoon coconut oil
200 g cabbage, thinly sliced
4 dried long red chillies, chopped
6 small pink Asian shallots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon roasted chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
1 sprig curry leaves, leaves picked and roughly chopped
6 cm piece rampe (pandanus) leaf, chopped
1 teaspoon salt, dissolved in 1 tablespoon warm water
1 kg potatoes, boiled, peeled and mashed
vegetable oil, for deep-frying

Dough
600 g (4 cups) plain flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil, plus 2 tablespoons extra
250 ml (1 cup) full-cream milk

Method

1. To make the filling, heat the coconut oil in a wok or deep frying pan over medium heat. Add the cabbage, dried chillies, shallots, fennel seeds, chilli powder, turmeric, curry leaves and rampe; cook for 5 minutes, or until the shallots are golden brown. Add the salty water and remove from the heat. Stir in the mashed potato until well combined. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

2. To make the dough, sift the flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl. Using your hands, mix in the coconut oil, then gradually add the milk, about 2 tablespoons at a time. Continue to work the dough until it is soft and pliable; you may need to add a little water (up to 4 tablespoons). Shape the dough into a large ball and rub with a little extra coconut oil.

3. Roll out half the dough on a lightly floured surface to 3 mm thick. Cut out 10 cm  circles with a pastry cutter or glass. Spoon a heaped tablespoon of the filling into the centre of each circle and fold in half. Use your fingers to press the edges together, brushing the edge of the dough with a little water if necessary. Re-roll the offcuts and use as well. Repeat with the remaining dough.

4. Fill a wok one-third full of oil and heat to approximately 180°C (a cube of bread dropped into the oil will brown in 15 seconds). Deep-fry the patties in batches for 2–3 minutes until crisp and golden, turning them over halfway through cooking time. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towel. Serve hot or cold.

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What’s your favourite meat-free Monday recipe? Share them in the comments!

 

January 6, 2014

Neil Perry’s Soft Tacos with Smoky Shredded Pork Recipe

Once you slow-roast the pork, celebrity chef Neil Perry’s soft tacos couldn’t be easier to make, and are one of our family’s favourite quick dinner ideas.

Recipe and image from Simply Good Food by Neil Perry, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99.

Too easy – this sauce is great with any fresh tacos. You can also just fry the tomatoes and when they start to melt, add a spoonful of chipotle chilli powder, cook for a minute longer, remove from the heat and squeeze in fresh lime. Cabbage salad, guacamole, sour cream, tortillas and a margarita…heaven. 

Ingredients
800 g boneless pork shoulder
4 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
1 brown onion, quartered
sea salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
255 g raisins
16 corn tortillas
guacamole, to serve
sour cream, to serve

Roasted tomato chipotle sauce
4 garlic cloves, unpeeled
9 roma (plum) tomatoes
3 chipotle chillies in adobo sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
sea salt

Method
1. Place the pork in a medium saucepan with the garlic and onion. Add a good pinch of salt, cover with water and bring to a simmer. Cook, covered, for about 2 hours on medium–low heat or until the pork is tender. Allow to cool before shredding the meat with your hands.

2. Preheat the oven grill. For the roasted tomato chipotle sauce, heat a heavy-based saucepan over high heat and add the unpeeled garlic. Roast for 15 minutes, turning halfway through, until the outsides are blackened. Remove from the heat, squeeze the garlic flesh out of the skins and roughly chop.

3. Place the whole tomatoes under the grill and cook until the skins are dark and blistered on all sides. Remove from the grill and allow to cool slightly before peeling.

4. Place the tomatoes and garlic in a food processor and blend. Add the chillies one at a time and process to combine. Taste the sauce as you go and, depending on the heat level you prefer, add more.

5. Heat the oil in a non-stick saucepan and cook the sauce over medium heat, stirring frequently, until the sauce has slightly thickened. Season to taste.

6. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a heavy-based saucepan, add the shredded pork and cook until it is crispy and golden. Add the raisins and roasted tomato chipotle sauce and cook for 5–6 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.

7. To serve, microwave the tortillas for 10–20 seconds, or according to the packet instructions, to soften and warm through. Place a large spoonful of the pork in each tortilla and top with the salsa, guacamole and a generous dollop of sour cream.

Note: Marinate and grill fish or chicken to add more elements to your feast. The tortillas can also be steamed or warmed in a frying pan.

What are your favourite midweek recipes?

December 11, 2013

Pineapple and Passionfruit Cheesecake Recipe

This pineapple and passionfruit cheesecake recipe is the quintessential Australian dessert, with an Anzac crumb base and a delicious summer fruit swirl.

Recipe and image from Recipes for a Good Time by Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $59.99. Makes a great Christmas gift idea for the foodie in your life.

Serves: 8–10

Ingredients

Anzac crumb base

150 g plain flour
125 g rolled oats
70 g caster sugar
90 g desiccated coconut
1 teaspoon fine sea salt
150 g unsalted butter, diced
200 ml pure maple syrup
3 g bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)

Cheesecake mixture

500 g cream cheese, chopped
200 g caster sugar
2 eggs
200 ml cream (35% fat)
50 ml passionfruit purée (see note)
50 ml pineapple purée (see note)

Method

Anzac crumb base

Preheat the oven to 180C. Mix the flour, oats, sugar, coconut and salt together in a large bowl.

Melt the butter and maple syrup together in a small saucepan over a low heat and add the bicarbonate of soda.

Add the melted butter mixture to the dry ingredients, mix together well then use your hands to bring it all together.

Grease a 20 cm (8 inch) spring-form cake tin and line it with baking paper, then press the crumb into the base and bake for 15 minutes. Set aside to cool to room temperature.

Cheesecake

Turn the oven down to 130C. Beat the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, until smooth.

With the mixer running, add the eggs and cream and mix for a further 2 minutes.

Pour the mixture into the tin, evenly covering the biscuit base, then drizzle over the fruit purées and use a skewer to gently swirl them through the mixture.

Bake for 1 hour, or until just set. Allow to cool to room temperature and then chill before eating.

Note: Fruit purées are available from specialty food stores, often in Tetra packs.

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December 9, 2013

Pumpkin Curry Recipe

Thinking of doing a vegan challenge like Beyonce and Jay Z? Curry is one of our go-to easy dinner ideas, and this authentic Sri Lankan pumpkin curry recipe is so quick to make, it’s ready in under 30 minutes. A great recipe for when you want to go meat-free or have vegan or vegetarian friends over.

Recipes and images from Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka by Bree Hutchins, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99

This thick, creamy curry, made with tender chunks of pumpkin, is enhanced by a burst of flavour from tempered onions, curry leaves and mustard seeds. Tempering is a method used often in Sri Lankan cooking and is a great way to increase the flavours of a curry. The technique involves frying onions, mustard seeds, sometimes fenugreek or cumin seeds, and curry leaves in oil until they are brown, slightly crisp and aromatic. This mixture is added to the curry just before it is served.

Serves 4–6 

Ingredients

Curry

750 g Jap pumpkin, seeded and cut into 5–6 cm pieces (skin left on)
4 small pink Asian shallots, sliced
2 thin green chillies, cut into thirds
1 sprig curry leaves, leaves picked and roughly chopped
8 cm piece rampe (pandanus) leaf, cut into 2 cm pieces
1 teaspoon unroasted chilli powder
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
1 1/2 teaspoons Manike’s thuna paha (or store-bought roasted curry powder)
1 teaspoon salt
500 ml coconut milk
250 ml coconut cream

For tempering

2 tablespoons coconut oil
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
2 small pink Asian shallots, sliced
1 sprig curry leaves, leaves picked

Method

1. To make the curry, place the pumpkin into a clay pot or heavy-based saucepan, add the rest of the curry ingredients and mix to combine. There should be just enough coconut milk and cream to cover the pumpkin pieces.

2. Bring to the boil, then cover, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10–12 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender, stirring the curry occasionally so the coconut milk does not split. Remove from the heat and set aside.

3. For tempering, heat the coconut oil in a small wok or frying pan over medium heat and add the mustard seeds. When the seeds start to pop, add the shallots and curry leaves and cook for 3–5 minutes, or until the shallots are dark brown and starting to crisp a little. Remove from the heat and strain through a sieve. Stir half of the tempered mixture into the curry and garnish with the remaining mixture. Serve with pol roti and rice.

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What’s your favourite curry?

December 4, 2013

Meatloaf and Gravy Recipe

Meatloaf is making a comeback, especially when it’s done well like this version from the beautiful new cookbook New York Cult Recipes. Forget the stodgy meatloaf of your childhood, this meatloaf recipe is the ultimate comfort food and one of our favourite beef mince recipes. The recipe uses both beef and veal mince, but works equally well with just beef mince. Serve it hot with mashed potatoes and gravy, and cold the next day in a sandwich with some spicy mustard or pickles.

Recipes and images from New York Cult Recipes by Marc Grossman, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.95. Makes a great Christmas gift idea for the New York lover in your life.

A retro classic of American diners.

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Serves: 6

Ingredients

Loaf

70 g (2. oz) celery, finely chopped
70 g (2. oz) onion, finely chopped
70 g (2. oz) mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
350 g (12 oz) minced (ground) beef
350 g (12 oz) minced (ground) veal
3 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
125 ml (4 fl oz/1/2 cup) ketchup + 50 ml (1.fl oz), to brush over the loaf
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce (optional)
1 egg, beaten
1 1/2 tablespoons flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, chopped
2 pinches salt +1 pinch
ground black pepper

Mashed potatoes

1 kg (2 lb 4 oz) russet (idaho) potatoes
70 g (2. oz) butter
80 ml (2. fl oz/⅓ cup) milk

Gravy

1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
50 g (1 3/4 oz) mushrooms, thinly sliced
40 g (1 /2 oz) butter
1 1/2 tablespoons plain flour
250 ml (9 fl oz/1 cup) beef stock

Method

The loaf

Preheat the oven to 180C. Saute the celery, onion and mushrooms in the oil over medium heat until they’re soft. Add the rest of the loaf ingredients and mix until combined.

Turn into a 20 x 10cm loaf tin, smooth the top, spread over the extra ketchup and cook for 1 hour.

The mashed potatoes

Cut the potatoes into pieces of the same size. Place them in a saucepan of cold salted water. Bring to the boil and cook for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are tender. Drain.

Melt the butter in the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Mash together the hot potatoes and the hot milk–butter mixture using a food processor, potato masher or a fork followed by a whisk. Season with salt and pepper. Add more milk if the mash is too dry. Serve hot.

The gravy

In a saucepan, saut. the onion and mushrooms with 3 teaspoons of the butter until softened. Remove from the saucepan and set aside. Heat the remaining butter in the same saucepan. After a few minutes, when the butter starts to foam, add the flour. Stir constantly until the roux turns a light brown colour. Slowly pour in the beef stock, stirring constantly. When the mixture is smooth, increase the heat and bring to the boil. Add the mushrooms and onion and continue to cook, stirring, until it has the right consistency.

Tip: the beef stock can be replaced by a stock cube dissolved in 250 ml boiling water.

What’s your favourite retro recipe?

 

December 4, 2013

Neil Perry’s Meatballs in Chipotle Sauce Recipe

Meatballs are one of our go-to beef mince recipes, but pick up some minced pork and a jar of chipotle chillies in adobo sauce and you’ll have classic meatballs with a Mexican twist thanks to celebrity chef Neil Perry. A delicious spin on your everyday spaghetti and meatballs.

Recipes and images from Simply Good Food by Neil Perry, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.99

Love these, look Italian, could only be Mexican when you taste them. The chipotle in adobo sauce is awesome to have around the kitchen. Add to any sauce for a fantastic smoky lift and I love them chopped through a vinaigrette for a salad. Serve these with tortillas for a fresh taco or serve them with rice or potatoes for a hearty tasty meal. If you really want to have a fab lunch, make a sandwich out of them. So damn good!

Makes about 18 meatballs

Ingredients

300 g minced (ground) beef
300 g minced (ground) pork
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
60 g (1 cup) fresh breadcrumbs
2 large eggs, organic, if possible
1 tablespoon milk
extra virgin olive oil
Manchego or pecorino cheese, to serve

Sauce
4 ripe tomatoes
6 chipotle chillies in adobo sauce (see note)
2 garlic cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
250 ml (1 cup) chicken stock

Method

1. For the chipotle sauce, place the tomatoes, chillies and their sauce, garlic, cumin, oregano and salt in a blender. Add the stock and process until quite smooth.

2. For the meatballs, place the beef, pork, cumin, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and a grind of pepper in a bowl. Mix well, then stir in the breadcrumbs, eggs and milk. To check the seasoning, cook a small amount of mixture and taste it. Form the mince mixture into small walnut-sized balls.

3. Heat a large frying pan with a splash of olive oil over medium heat. Add the meatballs and brown gently for 2 minutes. Add the sauce and cook gently for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the sauce starts to thicken. Reduce the heat to medium–low and cook, uncovered, until the sauce reduces to about half its original volume and coats the meatballs.

4. To serve, spoon the meatballs onto a serving plate and grate a little Manchego or pecorino over the top.

NOTE: Chipotle chillies are red jalapeños that have been smoked and dried. Adobo sauce is typically flavoured with spices such as paprika, bay leaves and oregano. The two are available together in tins at selected delis and Mexican food suppliers. 

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What makes your meatballs the best? Share in the comments!

December 2, 2013

Kylie Kwong’s Blue Eye and King Prawns with Lemon Honey Onions

Entertaining this weekend? Pick up some fresh, local seafood for this spectacular summer recipe from celebrity chef Kylie Kwong.

The combination of salty, sweet and sour flavours is evident in so many cuisines – Asian, Middle Eastern, European – and it’s a trio  of tastes that I adore. In this recipe, the lemon and honey onions work as a beautiful relish for the delicate flavours  of the prawns and fish. In cooler climes, haddock or cod can be substituted for the blue eye.

Ingredients

16 uncooked king prawns
pinch sea salt and cracked pepper
400 g blue eye fillet, cut into large pieces
1 oxheart tomato, roughly sliced
small handful of chopped flat-leaf parsley

Stock
3 garlic cloves
8 slices ginger
1 tablespoon sea salt
½ cup (125 ml) olive oil
1 stick of celery, sliced
1 small carrot, peeled and finely diced
1½ tablespoons sliced lemongrass
2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
small handful of flat-leaf parsley leaves, cut in half crossways
½ cup (125 ml) white wine

Lemon and honey onions
1½ tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
10 small salad onions, trimmed
1 small red onion, sliced
½ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Method

1. Peel and devein the prawns, but leave the tail intact. Reserve heads and shells for stock. Butterfly the prawns by making a shallow cut along the back – this helps them to cook quickly and evenly.

2. To make the stock, pound garlic, ginger and salt with a mortar and pestle until you have a fine paste. Heat oil in a small heavy-based saucepan, add garlic paste, celery, carrot and lemongrass, and gently fry for 2 minutes, or until aromatic. Stir in tomatoes and parsley, then add reserved prawn heads and shells and gently fry for 1 minute. Pour in wine and simmer for 2 minutes, or until alcohol has evaporated. Add 1 cup (250 ml) of water and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Have ready a fine strainer over a large bowl. Ladle stock into strainer, gently pressing the ingredients to extract as much liquid as possible. Set aside.

3. For the onions, heat oil in a frying pan and add onions and salt. Gently fry for about 2 minutes, or until onions are lightly browned. Add honey, reduce heat and simmer gently over low heat for 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes, or until slightly thickened and caramelised.

4. Season prawns with a little salt and pepper, and cook in a heated, oiled frying pan until lightly browned and just tender. Remove prawns from pan and cover with foil to keep warm while you poach the fish.

5. Return stock to a small saucepan and bring to the boil; add fish pieces and reduce heat. Poach very gently, uncovered, for about 3 minutes, or until just tender. Place sliced tomato in the centre of a large, shallow bowl and arrange prawns and fish on top. Spoon over stock and top with onions. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.

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November 28, 2013

Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

One of our go-to beef mince recipes is meatballs. This best-ever spaghetti and meatballs recipe from the fabulous new cookbook New York Cult Recipes uses pork and beef mince, roasting the meatballs in the oven before simmering them in a classic Italian tomato sauce. Feel-good, comfort food at its best.

Recipes and images from New York Cult Recipes by Marc Grossman, Published by Murdoch Books, RRP: $49.95. Makes a great Christmas gift idea for the New York lover in your life.

Nothing fancy here. Big, authentic meatballs, a generous smothering of home-made tomato sauce, a little grated parmesan on top and some garlic bread. Good old-fashioned American–Italian food.

Serves 4

Preparation time: 30 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients

Meatballs
250 g (9 oz) minced (ground) beef
250 g (9 oz) minced (ground) pork
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 egg, beaten
50 g (1 3/4 oz) parmesan cheese, grated
50 g (1 3/4 oz) fresh breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, finely chopped
100 ml (3. fl oz) milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pinch ground black pepper

Tomato sauce
2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
1 tablespoon each of finely chopped carrot and celery
45 ml (1 1/2 fl oz) olive oil
5 garlic cloves, crushed
2 pinches dried oregano (or basil)
500 ml (17 fl oz/2 cups) tomato passata (pureed tomatoes)
100 ml (3 1/2 fl oz) water

Garlic bread
1 baguette (not too thin)
100 g (3 1/2 oz) butter, softened
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoon flat-leaf (Italian) parsley, finely chopped

Other ingredients
400 g (14 oz) spaghetti

Method

The meatballs
Preheat the oven to 200C. Mix all of the ingredients together until combined and form 10 –12 large meatballs with your hands. Arrange them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 15 minutes.

The tomato sauce
Meanwhile, sauté the onion, carrot and celery in the olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes until the onion is translucent. Stir in the crushed garlic and cook for another minute before adding the oregano, tomato passata and water. Simmer for 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, and a pinch of raw (demerara) sugar if you like. Add the meatballs and simmer for 15 minutes just before serving.

The garlic bread
Preheat the oven to 180C. Split the baguette in half lengthways. Mix all the other ingredients into a paste. Spread this mixture on the cut sides of the bread and place the two halves on a baking tray with the buttered sides up. Bake for about 10 minutes until they’re slightly browned. Slice and serve with the dish.

Spaghetti
While you’re making the garlic bread, start cooking the spaghetti. Cook in boiling salted water until al dente, then drain and serve with the meatballs and tomato sauce. Offer garlic bread on the side.

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November 27, 2013

Real Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Matthew Evans’ authentic shepherd’s pie recipe from the beautiful OzHarvest Cookbook is a great way to use up leftover cooked lamb after a weekend roast.

Shepherds ate lamb and potato pie before there was such a thing as ‘Shepherd’s pie’. This is my version, using leftover roast or braised lamb. You could use beef, but then it would be a cottage pie – Matthew Evans.

Serves 5-6

Ingredients

40g of butter
3 onions, finely diced
3 small carrots, finely diced
4 celery sticks, finely diced
500g leftover cooked lamb, finely diced
125ml (1/2 cup) Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste or sauce (passata)
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 sprig thyme
1 bay leaf
1kg potatoes, cooked and mashed
Melted butter to brush

Method

1. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and fry the vegetables for 10 minutes without letting them colour too much.

2. Add the lamb and 250ml (1 cup) water and stir in all the remaining ingredients except the potato.

3. Simmer for about 1 ½ hours until everything is soft and cohesive. Longer is better than shorter here. The mixture should be wet, but not runny, so add a touch more water if dry, or simmer to reduce if too sloppy. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200°C. Spread the lamb filling into a larger casserole dish. Spoon the mash over the top and run a fork over it to make bits that crisp up when cooked. Brush with melted butter. Bake for 20-30 minutes until lightly coloured and leave to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

From the OzHarvest Cookbook. Australia’s most celebrated chefs share their favourite ‘food rescue’ recipes, including contributions from Matt Moran, Neil Perry, Maggie Beer, George Calombaris plus many more.

November 25, 2013

Custard Tart Recipe

If you love old-fashioned desserts, then you’ll love this classic custard tart recipe from CWA judge and MasterChef guest Merle Parrish, with crumbly, homemade pastry and a luscious vanilla-scented custard.

From Merle’s Country Show Baking and Other Favourites Copyright © Merle Parrish 2013 Reprinted by Permission of Random House Australia All Rights Reserved RRP $39.95 by Ebury Illustrated. Available now from bookstores and online retailers.

Serves: 8

Prep time: 30 minutes. Chilling time: 20 minutes. Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes.

Ingredients

Pastry

1 1/4 cups plain flour
1 tbsp icing sugar
90g cold butter, chopped
2 tbsp chilled water
1 egg white, lightly beaten

Filling

4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 1/2 cups milk
nutmeg, to sprinkle

Method

1. To make the pastry, sift the flour and icing sugar into a large bowl. Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Add the water and mix with a butter knife until evenly moistened (add a tiny bit more water if necessary). Gather the dough together and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll out to line a pie dish (18cm base measurement, 3 cup capacity). Chill for 20 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to moderate (180 C). Line the pastry with a piece of baking paper and fill with dried beans or rice. Bake for 15 minutes, then take out the paper and beans and bake a further 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush the inside of the pastry shell with egg white. Bake a further 5 minutes, until dry and lightly golden. Cool completely.

3. For the filling, whisk the eggs, vanilla and sugar in a bowl. Heat the milk until it just comes to the boil, then pour onto the egg mixture, stirring constantly (don’t whisk or it will become frothy). Stand the pie dish on an oven tray, and pour the egg mixture into the pastry shell. Sprinkle the surface lightly with nutmeg. Bake for 40 minutes, until just set in the centre. It will still be a bit wobbly, but will firm up as it cools.

What’s your favourite old-fashioned dessert?

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November 22, 2013

Michelle Bridges’ Not-so-Naughty Nachos Recipe

Who doesn’t love nachos? But this addictive corn chip snack is laden with calories and fat. Luckily The Biggest Loser’s Michelle Bridges shares a recipe for low calorie nachos that tastes as good as the real thing.

Extract from the book Get Real!: Inspiring Stories and lessons from the Michelle Bridges 12 Week Body Transformation revolution by Michelle Bridges and photography by Jane Allen published by Viking RRP $24.99. 

Try this for a guilt-free snack. Nachos? No worries!

Serves: 2

323 calories per serve

Prep time 20 mins  Cooking time 25 mins

Ingredients

1 slice wholemeal mountain bread olive oil spray
1 medium  onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 medium  celery stalk, chopped
100 g lean beef mince
100 g canned lentils, drained
200 g canned tomatoes, diced
1 medium  tomato,  diced
½ medium avocado, diced
¼ cup fresh coriander leaves
1 tablespoon low-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).

2. Cut the mountain bread into small triangles and place on a baking tray. Bake for 5−10 minutes or until crisp.

3. Lightly spray a frying pan with olive oil and place over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Cook, stirring often, for 2−3 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the chilli powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.

4. Add the celery and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes.

5. Add the mince and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any lumps, for 3−5 minutes or until browned.

6. Stir in the lentils and canned tomatoes. Simmer over a medium−low heat for 8 minutes or until most of the liquid has absorbed.

7. Combine the fresh tomato, avocado and coriander in a bowl.

8. Assemble the mountain bread crisps on a large plate and top with the beef mixture, salsa and sour cream.

9. Sprinkle with the parmesan to serve.

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November 19, 2013

Gelato Messina’s Salted Caramel Gelato Recipe

Australia’s best gelato shop Gelato Messina in Sydney’s Darlinghust shares their best-selling salted caramel gelato recipe from their beautiful new cookbook Gelato Messina. This salted caramel gelato is silky smooth with an addictive sweet-salty balance.

Gelato Messina, by Nick Palumbo. Hardie Grant Books, RRP $39.95

Makes: 1kg

Ingredients

650 g milk
120 g cream
145 g sugar
45 g skim milk powder
35 g dextrose
5 g stabiliser
4 g salt

Method

1. Put the milk and cream in a double boiler over a medium heat.

2. Put the sugar in a heavy-based saucepan and stir in 30 g water to make a slurry. Put the pan on the stove over a medium–high heat and let the sugar caramelise. There’s no need to stir, just let it do its thing. The sugar will start to bubble after 5 minutes or so and then 2 or 3 minutes later it will start to colour. When the caramel is a dark toffee brown, remove the pan from the stove — the sugar will be around 160°C to 180°C.

3. Meanwhile, put the remaining powders in a bowl and mix until combined. When the milk and cream hit 40°C, whisk in the powders and bring the mixture up to 65°C. Keep the mixture at 65°C for 30 minutes, whisking every 5 minutes.

4. When the caramel is ready, slowly, SLOWLY pour the caramel into your hot milk mixture. Make sure that the mixture in your double boiler is above 65°C, as the hotter the mixture, the less the temperature differential between the mix and the caramel, reducing the chance of getting splashed with hot caramel. Under no circumstances should you combine the caramel with cold mixture. You can add the caramel at any time while your mixture is sitting at above 65°C for the required 30 minutes. When you have added all the caramel, give it a good mix with a stick blender.

5. Transfer the mixture to a stainless steel bowl and place in an ice bath; chill to 40°C. Cover tightly with foil and put in the freezer, stirring every 10 minutes or so until the mixture drops to 4°C, then place in the fridge and let it age for 4 hours.

6. Turn on your gelato maker so it begins the freezing process.

7. Using a stick blender, blend the mixture for 1 minute, then pour into the gelato maker.

8. Once the mixture reaches –4°C, scoop out the gelato and transfer to a pre-cooled stainless steel bowl, cover tightly and immediately place in the freezer.

9. The gelato should be served within 2 to 3 hours after placing it in the freezer, or when it reaches –12°C. If it goes below –15°C or is left in the freezer overnight, the texture will be compromised. The serving temperature of the gelato should be around –11°C to –13°C.

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November 15, 2013
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