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I’m a professional food stylist and currently prepping my own series of cookbooks and a cooking show. In my food catering business, Mishka La Mushka, I catered private and corporate functions and events big and small, designed food in hat boxes for the Spring Racing Carnival and created too many themed kids birthday parties to mention. But now I love food styling and sharing my fun food ideas with mums wanting to create restaurant-quality meals at home, for kids and family. So let’s get cooking!

I'm Mish Lilley, a kitchen cook, food stylist and chef prepping a series of cookbooks, a cooking show and this blog. This blog is dedicated to my love of good food styling and good food. It's a cooking site and recipe website designed to help mums and dads create restaurant-quality meals at home for their kids and family. My wide range of recipes cover:

Vegetables: Artichoke Asparagus Beans Beets Broccoli Cabbage Carrot Chili Corn Cucumber Eggplant Garlic Olives Onions Peas Peppers Potatoes Pumpkin Spinach Squash Sweet Potatoes and Yams Tomatoes Turnip Zucchini

Fruits: Blackberries Blueberries Apple Apricot Banana Berries Cantaloupe Cherry Coconut Cranberries Fig Kiwi Lemon Orange Peach Pear Pineapple Raisins Raspberries Strawberries Watermelon

Meat: Bacon Beef Breasts Brisket Caribou Chicken Corned Beef Duck Game Hens Ham Kangaroo Lamb and Mutton Pigeons Pork Poultry Rabbit Ribs Spam Turkey Veal Venison Wings Livers

Seafood: Bass Catfish Clams Crab Lobster Mussels Oysters Prawns Salmon Scallops Shellfish Shrimp Snapper Sole Squid Swordfish Trout Tuna

Pasta, Rice, Breads and Grains: Barley Bran Buckwheat Cereals Cornflakes Cornmeal Grains Lasagna Noodles and Pastas Oats Rice Whole Wheat

Dairy: Butter Cheese Sour Cream Crème Fraiche Eggs Dairy Milk Mozzarella Yoghurt

Nuts: Walnuts Hazelnuts Almonds Peanuts Pecans Pistachios

Herbs and Spices: Basil Chilli Mint Oregano Salt Pepper Sesame Seed Cardamon Curry Ginger

Other Ingredients: Honey Oils Soda Soy Tabasco Tofu Yeast

Cuisines: Arab Balinese Berber Chinese Japanese Cambodian Indonesian Javanese Malaysian Penang Burmese Singaporean Thai Vietnamese Indian Italian Spanish Turkish Greek Moroccan Portuguese French Mexican Haute and Home Style

Dishes: Entrees Starters Mains Salads Sauces Soups Toppings Sides Deserts Canapes Hors d' Oeuvres

Bon appétit!

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 required. I shared this recipe recently with the readers of Little Eats, a fantastic and very informative website on kid friendly cafes in and around Melbourne.

You'll Need

  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup risotto rice (Arborio or Carnoroli)
  • 1.5 cups good quality chicken stock
  • 2 x 180g tins of good quality tuna in oil, drained (i.e Sirena)
  • 1 can organic chopped tomatoes
  • 1 small zucchini, finely diced
  • 1 small handful baby basil leaves


Pre-heat oven to 180C.
Heat a heavy based ovenproof casserole dish with a lid, on the stove to a medium heat. Add the olive oil and the onion and sauté gently for 2 minutes or until starting to soften.
Add the rice and stir until the rice is coated well with the olive oil.
Add the stock, tomatoes and zucchini and bring to the boil then add tuna. Place the lid on the dish and transfer to the oven. Bake for 20 minutes.
Remove the lid and bake for a further 10 minutes, this puts a lovely crust on top. Scatter with basil leaves to serve.