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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 super easy and tasty dish was part of a lovely tapas selection we enjoyed on Fathers Day. There was something for everyone. If you’d like me to help you plan a lunch or dinner with friends and family, send me an email and I’d be more than happy to help you out with menu ideas.


You'll Need

  • 3 chorizo sausages, chopped
  • 2 cans organic cannelini beans, drained and rinsed
  • chicken stock to cover
  • olive oil
  • 6 small clean calamari hoods, scored finely in a criss cross (see video tutorial below)
  • coriander leaves


Heat a medium non stick saucepan on a medium heat and saute the chorizo for a few minutes until starting to golden (there should be enough oil in the sausages to saute in, but feel free to add extra if you desire)

Add the cannelini beans and cover with stock. Bring the stew to the boil then lower heat to a simmer and cook until the stock is almost all reduced (this may take 15 – 20 minutes, depending on the heat of your stove)

When the stew is almost reduced heat a non stick fry pan until hot and add a drizzle of olive oil. Sear the calamari until it curls up and is cooked through. Take care not to overcook the calamari, it only needs a minute or so, otherwise it will toughen.

Add the calamari to the stew and serve, topped with coriander leaves.