A Mushroom Sauce for Everything!
Recipe video above. From steaks to chicken, chops to pasta, this creamy Mushroom Sauce is one you'll make over and over again. See in post for more uses!Luxurious yet simple, the key here is getting complexity into the sauce using wine, parmesan and broth. See note for how to lighten this up.Makes around 3 cups - enough to generously smother 4 to 5 pieces of protein, or toss through pasta for 3 to 4 people.
Carnitas (Mexican Slow Cooker Pulled Pork)
Recipe VIDEO above. Spiciness: Not at all. Scale recipe using Servings slider.These carnitas capture that elusive combination of flavourful, juicy AND crispiness. Pan frying to get the golden bits is not optional! Broiling/grilling will not produce the same results. Stuff them in tacos for an authentic Carnitas Tacos experience, see notes for other uses! FAQ below recipe.
Mexican Corn Salad
Recipe video above. A Can't-Stop-Eating-It delicious way to serve corn, this is a giant salad form of the famous Mexican Street food Esquites, a corn salad sold in cups that you can eat as you wander the streets! I love the way the creamy lime dressing melts into the hot corn as you toss it all together.I urge you to use fresh corn if you can, but this is still super made with frozen corn. Wonderful side dish, especially for Mexican or South Western themed menus!
Greek Chicken Gyros recipe
Recipe video above. The marinade for the chicken is so sensational that I use it even when I'm not making Gyros! This is fantastic for entertaining because you can just lay it all out for guests to help themselves. The smell when the chicken is cooking is incredible - you can really smell the oregano and garlic!
Tiramisu (Chef recipe!)
Recipe video above. You will be amazed how silky rich and yet LIGHT this Tiramisu tastes! This is slightly adapted from this recipe by Vanessa Martin, a well regarded Australian-Italian chef. This is a traditional recipe made using raw eggs that are not cooked or tempered, and with only mascarpone - no cream! You just can't achieve the same mouthfeel if you use normal cream. :) (Read in post or note about raw egg concerns)
Cheesy Italian Arancini Balls
A classic Italian dish, I've made these bite size to be finger food but they are typically made larger to serve as a meal or appetiser! This makes 25 mini Arancini balls about the size of a golf ball. :) Great for making ahead - they keep in the fridge for 3 days, then just reheat at 350F/180C for 10 minutes!
Recipe video above. Fish marinated in classic Mexican fresh flavours, seared until golden, are perfect for tacos. The lightly pickled red cabbage is a perfect accompanied for the soft fish, a great texture contrast. A wonderful recipe for white fish fillets, you will NOT miss deep fried fish!
Lentil and Roasted Eggplant Salad
Recipe video above. Lentils and roasted eggplant (aubergine) is such a great combination - especially when you infuse the lentils with flavour by cooking them in a seasoned broth, and you try my method of roasting eggplant so they stay plump and juicy inside with great caramelisation on the outside! (For more roasted eggplant uses, visit this roasted eggplant recipe).Great to serve at a brunch as a main - it holds up well for hours. Serve warm, or at room temp. Serves 3 to 4 as main, 8 - 10…
Pasta with Creamy Zucchini Sauce
Recipe video above. This is a wonderful way to use zucchinis to make a luscious pasta dinner! It's summery yet at the same time comforting, quick, easy and while perhaps not low fat, this makes a good dent into our daily recommended vegetable intake!
Recipe VIDEO above. Made with either fresh salmon OR canned salmon, these are so moreish! Golden crispy on the outside, savoury and juicy on the inside, these are baked, not fried, so they're healthier and there's less cleaning up. Makes 12 patties.
Creamy Tomato Bean Soup
Recipe video above. This is a white bean soup with a thick, creamy broth that's full of savoury flavour with a hint of tomato. It's a fast way to turn bland beans into a really filling soup that so simple to make, yet so, so good! The flavour trick - blitzing up the sautéed onion, carrot and garlic with just a bit of the beans. Keep it meat free or see notes for how to add ham, bacon, chicken or sausage! This is VERY filling - and keeps you full for ages (thank you beans!)
Kale and Quinoa Salad
Inactive marinating time: 30 minutes. Recipe video above.A seriously tasty kale salad that also happens to incorporate quinoa, another superfood! Marinating is the secret to tasty raw kale salads. Keeps for days! Makes 3 as a light meal, or serves 6 - 8 as a side.
Thai Fish Cakes
Recipe video above. These taste JUST like the Thai Fish Cakes from your favourite Thai restaurant! They should be firm but bouncy, almost a spongey texture, well seasoned, golden brown and with lovely complex flavours from the red curry paste and other seasonings.
Smashed Cucumber Salad
Recipe video above. This is an Asian way of making cucumber salad that's utterly addictive! Cooling salad for spicy food and hot weather, smashing the cucumbers so they burst open makes the dressing get into right into all those cracks and crevices. Plus, it's just really satisfying to make!!
Greek Zucchini Tots (Mini Fritters)
These tasty bites are from the Greek Island of Alonnisos. They are so versatile - one of those recipes you can have for breakfast, lunch, dinner OR serve as appetisers at a party! I like to make them in the oven and shape them into tater-tot (potato gem) shapes. But you can cook them on the stove too, and as for shape, you're only limited by your imagination!! This makes around 35 to 40 tots.