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Italian Braised Chicken with Capers Recipe

This is an update of a very traditional Italian braise I’ve been doing for years and is a particular Winter family favourite. Think Cacciatore but with capers instead of olives. No surprises that when preparing this I had capers on hand and no olives, but it really works and it’s easy…

Lamb Meatball Tagine Recipe

I put together this recipe for Gary’s Quality Meats this week using his fabulous lamb mince. Good quality lamb mince has a fatty content that naturally binds the meatballs together, eliminating the need for breadcrumbs and eggs which can dull the flavour of the dish. This dish is far from dull…

Thai Salmon Salad Recipe

I was given some Superior Gold salmon to try last week and it’s seriously good. There are many varieties in the new range one of which was thick cut hot smoked salmon, which was perfect in this super tasty protein packed salad.

Lamb Saag Recipe

Over the next while I will be developing seasonal recipes using Plains Paddock delightful lamb and veal. As a lover of all things paddock to plate (excuse the pun) and farmer Anna Kelly’s product this is going to be nothing but a delight for me. As with most curries made from…

Fresh Broad Bean Falafel Recipe

Once you’ve had freshly made falafel, it’s hard to turn back. Besides, it’s a great way to utilise delicious broad beans which are in abundance at the moment. You’ll need to soak the chickpeas overnight, so make sure you begin this recipe a day ahead.

Tuna Tartare Recipe

This a very special recipe, taken from Olimpia Bortolotto of Cecconi’s Flinders Lane new cookbook – La Tavola Della Famiglia. Tuna is a fish IMHO (in my humble opinion),  that is best served raw. This fresh, spicy and delicious combination is a lighter nod to traditional tartare and would make…

Spaghetti Cake Recipe

This a great way to use up leftover spaghetti, as somehow I always manage to cook too much. Use my recipe as a guide, you can use any type of flavourings you want, leftover spaghetti coated in bolognese sauce works a treat too.

Yiouvetsi Recipe

I shop for food at the Prahran market not only because it’s convenient but because of people like Kathy Tsaples from the Sweet Greek. Kathy is the owner of shop no.702 in the Deli Arcade. As well as stocking a selection of sought after Greek groceries, such as sheep’s milk…

Silverbeet, Haloumi & Mint Gozleme Recipe

I served this tasty gozleme as a pre-quel to our slow roasted lamb for Easter lunch. I must admit, I get a warm fuzzy feeling watching kids chow down on super greens like silverbeet, I can’t help but feel that I’ve kicked some serious parenting goals. Speaking of goals, I’m…

Healthy Salmon Fishcake Recipe

The recently opened Kaya Health Club  in Prahran have challenged me to experience their Mind and Body Health Club – 21 times in 30 days. Those that know me, know that I’m a big pilates fan, so what’s great about this health club is that it specialises in authentic yoga and Group Reformer Pilates…

Mexican Style Black Beans Recipe

Happy New Year! I thought I’d kick off with these delicious beans, loaded into tortillas with fresh avocado, coriander and a squeeze of lime they are totally irresistible. And on another note, if you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet now is a good time. I’m now sending out…

Ma Po Tofu Recipe

I’ve been making a version of this deliciously addictive dish for years but have recently switched to Ben O’Donoghue’s recipe. It’s so close to what you get in Chinatown and is seriously good. It’s spicy so get ready for a decent hit of chilli.

Duck Massaman Curry Recipe

This drool worthy duck curry is fresh from a recent shoot with photographer Guy Lavoipierre. Thai Massaman curry has the influence of Aryuvedic spices such as cloves, cardamom and cinnamon which results in a deeply rich and aromatic flavour. The work is in the curry paste but this recipe makes a big batch…

Mustard Crusted Pork Loin Recipe

Fast Ed Halmagyi from Better Homes and Gardens has just released a beautiful cookbook unlike any other I’ve seen before. Jam packed with recipes “The Food Clock”(Harper Collins) also tells a whimsical tale about Ed’s fictional alter-ego, a French country gentleman Henri Petit-Pois. Ed is an ambassador for fresh seasonal food, prepared…

Greek Chicken Meatball Soup Recipe

I’ve been meaning to post this recipe for a while now and with winter looking like it’s going to hang around for as long as possible, this nourishing soup is sure to chase the blues away. You really need to make your own stock for this one, it doesn’t take…

Braised Duck Pappardelle Recipe

I’ve been doing a lot a travelling recently, which has been fantastic, but I’m always happy to come home to the comforts of my own kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the break from cooking but at the same time I really miss it. So, here I am straight…

How to prepare Artichokes

Hands up if you can’t be bothered with fresh artichokes? They are really easy to prepare, once you know how, and taste so amazing fresh. Australia’s artichoke season is nearly done, so I thought I’d sneak this post in, just in time. Follow my step by step guide and you…

Tuna Bake

Since my retro flashback posts 2 weeks ago, I’ve received a few requests to revive a few classic dinners favourited in the 70’s and 80’s. Tuna Mornay was top of the list so I renamed my version, Tuna Bake (Mornay just isn’t a culinary term thrown around much these days).…

Chicken Chow Mein

I’m going retro this week (wait until you see the sweet post on Thursday!). This westernised Chinese classic was a dinner staple for many families in the 70’s and 80’s. It’s a great family meal, tasty, packed with vegetables and quick to make too. Most old school chow mein recipes…

Beef Cheek Rendang

This is a dry style curry that works brilliantly as part of a shared meal with rice and stir fried greens. Unlike a lot of curries there isn’t a long list of ingredients, just a slow cooking time to ensure the beef cheek becomes as tender as possible. You can…

Roasted Beetroot & Haloumi Risotto

I picked up some beautiful organic beetroot over the weekend and whipped up this very tasty risotto with it. The colour was so stunning and I’m certain that this played a part in the girls liking it so much. I mean how could a little girl refuse pink rice for dinner?…

Chicken & Cashew Korma

This is a great mild and healthy curry. We spiced ours up with loads of chilli (added after the kids had been served) and mopped it up with homemade roti. I will do a separate post on roti making soon. Yum!

Ricotta Gnocchi with Tomato Sugo

This gnocchi is light and fluffy and not stodgy at all. It’s also super easy and quick to make. My kids love it with just tomato sugo but you could serve it with pesto, cured meats, ragu, whatever you feel like. (I usually make a big batch as the uncooked…

Pork & Chilli Wonton Soup

This was my first attempt of making Chinese style dumplings, which explains why they look like tortellini!  I made a double batch so that we could try them different ways and freeze the rest. We steamed them and had our very own yum-cha session and then made a big pot…

Lemongrass & Lime Leaf Chicken

Here’s another highlight from our trip to Vietnam. This chicken is mouth wateringly delicious and the kid’s just can’t get enough of it. When serving it up to adults I sprinkle it with freshly chopped birds eye chilli, to give it a little extra kick.

Thai Braised Beef Ribs

This is a version of one of my favourite Karen Martini recipes. Once everything is in the pot the long slow cooking process produces a super tasty, unctuous stew. This is a brilliant entertaining dish as you can cook ahead of time and your kitchen will be smelling amazing when…

Baked Tuna, Tomato & Zucchini Rice

This is a recipe that every parent should have in his or her repertoire. It has been an absolute saviour when I’m disorganised and only have basic ingredients on hand. It’s not pretending to be a risotto, but the rice always seems to cook perfectly every time with no stirring…

Mushroom Lasagna

Some really beautiful mushroom varieties are popping up at the market at the moment. So, I was delighted when Kat chose mushrooms for The Mum & The Chef this week. It doesn’t really matter what variety of mushrooms you use for this dish but it’s good to mix up the…

Super Easy Indian Lamb Curry

This is a basic, but very tasty lamb curry and has become a firm family favourite. I often make it when kitchen stocks are low as I usually have all the ingredients on hand.  Ensure you follow all the steps as the technique of reducing the sauce before topping it…

Crispy Duck with Plum Sauce

I adore plums, which is why I chose them for this week’s Mum & The Chef ingredient. Martin Boetz from Longrain taught me how to make plum sauce using fresh blood plums in a Masterclass at The Essential Ingredient. It works equally as well with chicken, spatchcock or even pork belly…

Slow Roasted Lamb Souvlaki

This fresh take on the fast food “souva” is a winner. The lamb can go in the oven at lunchtime and left to slowly and gently cook. By the time dinner comes around, only a small amount of prep is required to churn out a hearty and satisfying meal. …

Snapper Pie

I managed to get my hands on some beautiful fresh snapper, which is my favourite fish with red emperor a close second. Its firm texture lends itself to many recipes and it’s probably too good to put in a pie, but this is a very special pie that the whole…

Beetroot Ravioli (Casunziei)

Summer just ain’t summer without beetroot, one of my favourite ingredients. I cook with it loads and love its versatility in both sweet and savoury dishes. Beetroot and dark chocolate are a match made in heaven and its hard to go past roasted beetroot in a salad or dip. It’s…

Margherita Pizza with Zucchini Flowers

Those of us growing zucchinis in kitchen gardens will soon be picking them in abundance and forever trying to think of new and innovative ways to cook with them. Unfortunately, my homegrown zucchini are still a little way from harvest, but they are nicely propagated and coming along well. With…

Eggplant Papoutsakia Recipe

I have already mentioned how much we love Greek food in our house, so it may not come as a surprise to you that Tessa Kiros’ latest book – Food From Many Greek Kitchens, is a new favourite.The recipes are very traditional and authentic – straight from a Yia Yia’s kitchen,…

Quick Red Roast Duck Curry Recipe

I always order a red duck curry at a Thai restaurant. It is the determining factor for me, as I’ve been known to judge my local Thai restaurants just on this dish alone.  So you can imagine my delight when I recreated my perfect red duck curry at home? I left…

Spanish Chicken Recipe

I created this yummy one pot wonder the other night. It’s definitely not a traditional Spanish dish by any stretch of the imagination, but the flavours inspired me to call it that. Throw a jalapeno in for extra kick and some sliced chorizo would also be a delicious addition. We…

Lentil Curry Recipe

This recipe will have even the most carnivorous of eaters begging for more.Mild lentil, sweet potato and cauliflower curryServes 2 kids and 2 adultsYou’ll need:2 tsp coriander seeds2 tsp cumin seeds1 tbs grapeseed oil1 brown onion, finely chopped2 cloves garlic, finely chopped2 cm fresh young ginger, grated1 long red chilli,…

Pumpkin & Chorizo Risotto Recipe

This is a great combination, even my non pumpkin eating little one ate it with gusto. I don’t think she could resist the crispy chorizo bits stirred through. The pumpkin gives the risotto such a delicious texture and adds a nice bit of colour to your table.Pumpkin & chorizo risottoServes…

Butternut Gnocchi Recipe

This dish is sooooooo yummy and can be pre-prepared, so it makes for a great family meal or even a dinner party dish.Butternut GnocchiServes 2 adults and 2 kidsYou’ll need:500g butternut pumpkin (skin removed and chopped into chunks)2 egg yolks100g plain flour50g grana padano or good quality parmesan cheese (grated)Salt…

Chicken, Spinach & Mushroom Pie Recipe

Ordinarily, I’m not really big on the whole concealing vegetables thing, kids have likes and dislikes just like adults and I’d like to think that I nurture their palates not control them.In this case, I have one child who doesn’t like mushrooms but the rest of us do – so…

Easy | Pizza Roll Recipe

This weeknight winner is adaptable to any tastes. I often make it on a Monday to use up leftovers as that’s all I generally have in the fridge anyway.Pizza Roll(Serves 4)You’ll need:1 qty of pizza dough (see recipe below)2 cups mozzarella (grated)12 slice ham/prosciutto1/2 cup spinach1/2 cup fresh basilOlive oilSea…

Spinach Kofta Recipe

I’ve merged quite a few recipes to get this healthy and light version of the Indian classic malai kofta. Many recipes call for cream in the sauce and the deep frying of the kofta, it’s just not necessary (my apologies to all the Indian cooking purists out there). The flavours…

Vietnamese Chicken Salad Recipe

Here’s a light recipe to segue into Autumn. It’s only going to get heartier from here.Vietnamese chicken saladServes 2 kids 2 adults (my kids enjoyed this salad without the dressing)You’ll need:2 skinless chicken breasts1/4 red cabbage, finely shredded2 carrots, finely julienned1 cup bean shoots4 spring onions, finely julienned1 handful Vietnamese…

Easy Greek | Prawn Saganaki Recipe

Apparently, saganaki means “little frying pan” not fried cheese, as I always thought. There’s no fried cheese in this recipe, just lots of tomatoey, bread dipping deliciousness. Enjoy.Prawn saganakiServes 2 adultsYou’ll need:1 tbs olive oil1/2 red onion, sliced thinly2 garlic cloves, finely chopped1 birds eye chilli, finely chopped1 punnet cherry…

Lamb Kofta Sticks Recipe

These tasty little morsels are quick to whip up and cook on the bbq. I’ve served them as a yummy snack with drinks before but they would also make a delicious main meal. Throw some pita bread on the bbq for a few minutes after you’ve cooked the kofta and…

San Choy Bow Recipe

This was a huge hit with the kids and a perfect dinner solution for a hot summer evening, I’ll definitely be making this again.Serves 2 adults and 2 kidsYou’ll need:500g pork mince6-8 small iceberg lettuce leaves4 spring onions chopped + 1 extra for garnish1 small can water chestnuts, chopped1 small…

Stuffed Red Pepper Recipe

There seems to be a million versions of stuffed peppers out there. Previous attempts have always been quite bland but this one is pretty damn tasty and healthy too. This is a great make ahead dish that can be warmed in the oven just before serving.You’ll need:2 cups cooked brown…

Roast | Chicken dinner recipe

If you’re thinking roast chicken but have 2 dinner sittings to contend with then this will definitely work for you.Roast chicken dinnerFeeds 2 kids and 2 adultsYou’ll need:1 organic chicken, cleaned up1 lemon, halved2 cloves, garlic1 stick thyme2 baby leeks, halvedOlive oilSea salt & pepper8 baby carrots4 potatoes, halved and…

Satay Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Yummy, yum, yum. These might have been a product of a weird pregnancy craving but the flavour combo really worked.Satay chicken piesServes 2You’ll need:1/4 cup crunchy peanut butter1 tsp soy sauceJuice of 1/2 a lime1 tbs grated palm sugar150ml coconut milk500g organic chicken thighs, chopped into small pieces1 tbs vegetable…

Indian | Masala Potato Recipe

I love potatoes done this way. Full of flavour and a fantastic accompaniment to curries, they are also yummy cold the next day served as a potato salad. We devoured the leftovers in wraps with leftover lamb tikka, raita and fresh coriander.Masala style potatoesServes 4You’ll need:2 tbs vegetable oil1 tsp…

Leftovers | Bubble n’ Squeak Recipe

After making a vegetable soup with a smoked ham bone from my favourite butcher, I was left with all this delicious slow cooked meat. Rather than putting in into the soup which already had loads of flavour, I turned the ham into a very rustic simple meal. You’ve got to…

Tasty | Lentil Burger Recipe

These are so good straight from the pan or cold the next day. They are really yummy, a fantastic healthy family treat.Lentil burgersServes 41 x 400g tin organic lentils, drained & rinsed1 onion, finely diced4 garlic cloves, chopped finelyOlive oil100ml cold water200g cottage cheese1 lemon, zested & juiced1 handful fresh…

Adults only truffle degustation

Saturday night was a swanky affair. Loaded with the right ingredients and beautiful wine supplied by our like minded foodie friends we sat down to a beautiful dinner. I can’t decide if the most fun was in the conjuring of the menu, the cooking or the eating. Either way, I…

My kind of steak | Tagliata Recipe

This dish does not really require a recipe it’s so simple, but once you cook a steak like this you won’t look back.Tagliata di manzoServes 2 adults You’ll need:2 porterhouse steaksOlive oilSalt & pepperAged balsamic1 small handful capers in salt, washed & drained2 large handfuls of rocket1 lemon, chopped into wedgesFresh…

Spinach & Cheese Rolypoly Recipe

This is my take on a classic cheese & spinach pie. It evolved as a result of a pretty empty fridge & pantry so I used what I had. It was delicious and loved by the whole family.Spinach & Cheese RolypolyServes 4You’ll need:Olive oil1 leek, white section finely chopped2 garlic…

Moroccan my world | Lamb Shank Tagine Recipe

Ohhhhh! This tagine is a winner. Perfect for cold nights.Lamb shank tagine with pistachio couscousServes 4You’ll need:4 lamb shanks (frenched by your butcher)1/2 tsp coriander seeds1/2 tsp fennel seeds1/2 tsp cumin seedsSea saltOlive oil1 tsp ground ginger2 spanish onions, finely chopped3 garlic cloves, finely chopped350ml chicken stock1 cinnamon stick1 tbs honey1/2…

Tummy Warmer | Steak & Guiness Pie Recipe

I made this the other night and it was so deliciously comforting. I’ve never made anything with Guinness before, it really does make a great pie. This recipe is pretty versatile, if you didn’t want to do pies you could serve it as a stew with mashed potato or even…

Warm Autumn Salad Recipe

Here’s a really yummy quickie dinner for 2. Vary it any way you like with whatever veges you have on hand. You can also omit the bacon if you’d prefer and add some slivered almonds so you still get some protein.Warm roasted vege salad with crispy baconServes 2You’ll need:1 carrot,…

Good Friday Appeal | Smoked Cod Pie

It’s hard to go past a decent fish pie. Mine is really simple and doesn’t involve a rich creamy sauce so it’s fairly light. You could use snapper or blue eye but the smoked cod gives it fantastic flavour. Writing this now makes me feel like leftovers. If only there…

Torte & Terrific | Silverbeet & Potato Torte Recipe

Stephanie Alexander’s silverbeet and potato torte is so delicious. I was bursting to use dad’s silverbeet and this recipe was a triumph with a really healthy pastry.Silverbeet & potato torteServes 4 You’ll need:Filling15 silverbeet leaves (separate leaves from stems)2 tsp salt2 medium potatoes, peeled & quartered1/2 onion. chopped finely150g mozzarella, grated1…

Eggplant Parmigiana Recipe

Yum! Comfort food at it’s best and a great recipe to use up eggplants. My version doesn’t stray very far from the traditional, which I think is pretty important when it comes to Italian food. I’ve served it as a side dish as well as a main – up to…

Salmon Burger Recipe

I stumbled across some freshly minced salmon at the market and immediately thought “fish burger”. I’m crazy like that. My mum made something similar to this when I was a kid, but she called them salmon patties and used tin salmon. The girls devoured these and they were so good…

Vegetarian | Calzone Recipe

I was inspired by a friend (thanks Harriet) to make calzone. I’ve never made it before. It was so yummy and the filling alternatives are absolutely endless, I started with a vegetarian version. You can pre-prepare everything to cook when you want it and the smell of calzone wafting through…

Mama’s Italian Meatballs Recipe

Who said beef mince is boring? This recipe runs rings over spag bol, and takes less time to make (especially when you have little helpers).Our family do things differently and rather than serving the meatballs with pasta, we pile them high in a bowl with steamed peas and a side…