Spiced Cauliflower

Spiced Cauliflower

img_0594I usually make this once a week, it’s good to have in the fridge to add into any salads that you make that week. I add it to lunches for work, it goes well with baby spinach, baby tomatoes, red onion, lentils and fetta! My mum taught me how to make it.

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Ingredients

1 x head cauliflower

2 x tsp tumeric

2 x tsp cumin

1 x tsp paprika

2 x tbsp coconut oil

Method

Heat oven to 200ºC

Put the coconut oil in a baking tray

Wash cauliflower head and slice in half. From there, pull or slice the florets off into pieces and add to the baking trayimg_9932

Sprinkle evenly (ish) with all of the spices and mix with a spoon to get everything coated and golden

Place in the oven for 30-40 minutes – I give them a shake after 15 minutes. They are ready when some are starting to blacken and crisp.

Serve as a side dish or in a salad

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Slow cooked lamb shoulder

Slow cooked lamb shoulder

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Since I nailed this method, it has never failed me. It is my go to when I need to cook for group lunches or dinners because it is low maintenance and I can completely trust the process. You can season the lamb with whatever you want before you put it in the oven, the recipe below keeps it simple and still delicious. If it is a smaller piece of lamb just keep your eye on it at about 3 hours, if its feeling soft then pull it out then, take the foil off and turn up the oven.

Ingredients

1 lamb shoulder (approx. 2 kgs, bone in)

Olive oil

Salt & Pepper

Foil

Method

Heat the oven to 150ºC

Drizzle olive oil into a baking tray

Place lamb into tray, drizzle with olive oil and season with salt & pepper

Cover tightly with foil

Place into oven

Leave in oven for 4 and 1/2 hours

Take the lamb out of the oven, turn the oven up to 200ºC, take the foil off the lamb and put it back into the oven for 30 minutes more

Remove from oven, cover with foil again and rest for 10 minutes

Shred with tongs or forks..

Quinoa Fritters with Peas & Feta

Quinoa Fritters with Peas & Feta

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Tip – make these gluten free by using gluten free baking powder

Makes about 20

200g quinoa
350g frozen peas
200g feta
4 shallots, thinly sliced
2 tsp ground cumin
3 tsp baking powder
2 eggs, lightly whisked
Salt & Pepper
1-2 tbs cornflour if required
Oil for frying – i use grapeseed

Method

Cook quinoa, simmer for 10 mins until cooked and drain well.

In a bowl mix quinoa, feta, shallots, cumin, peas, baking powder and eggs. Season well.

Use a stick blender to blend half of the mixture up, and then mix through with the unblended mixture. Add some cornflour if mixture is too runny.

Heat a couple of centimetres of oil in large frying pan, roll mixture into balls and fry in batches. Once golden, drain on paper towel.

These are great as a snack or served with a salad..I serve with lemon and a dollop of yogurt

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Easy Spicy Baked Buffalo Wings

Easy Spicy Baked Buffalo Wings

These crispy delicious sticky spicy chicken wings can be served with a ranch dressing or blue cheese sauce or just by themselves.

Adjust the amount of cayenne pepper you put on these to suit your heat preference.

Ingredients

16 whole wings – tips removed

Flour Mixture

3/4 cup flour

1 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp granulated garlic

1/2 tsp salt

Hot Sauce

1 cup of a good hot sauce (not chilli sauce, hot sauce)

1/2 cup butter

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C

Heat the butter and hot sauce together in a saucepan, once melted, put to the side until needed

Line tray with foil and spray with non-stick spray

Mix all dry ingredients in a big glad bag and add the chicken wings, shake it up, down and all around till every piece is coated evenly

Place the coated chicken on the prepared tray

Bake in the oven for 20 minutes

Take out and dip each piece into the hot sauce

Flip each piece and bake for another 10 minutes or until crispy

Remove from oven and dip each piece in the hot sauce one last time

Serve and Enjoy!!

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Gnocchi & Sausage Bake

Gnocchi & Sausage Bake

This recipe is so perfect for winter, it really is comforting and very tasty. You can manipulate the spiciness to suit your taste. I use a mix of normal pork sausages and Italian sausages, the Italian sausages packed a punch so I probably didn’t need to add extra chilli…but I did. It was a nice heat! I grabbed a mixture of fresh herbs from the garden…it needs that hit of freshness.

Ingredients

1 tbs olive oil

1 large onion, finely diced

1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

handful of fresh thyme and sage – leaves chopped

4 pork sausages

4 Italian sausages

500g potato gnocchi

200g light cream cheese

200mls vegetable stock

zest of 1 lemon

70g parmesan cheese, grated

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200°C

In a large frying pan heat oil, add chilli, onion, herbs and cook for a few minutes

Add the garlic

Squeeze the sausage meat out of their cases into the pan, break the meat up into small pieces

Fry until the meat has turned golden – about 10 mins

While the meat is colouring, cook the gnocchi in a saucepan of simmering water – they should only take a few minutes. Once they float to the surface, drain and add to the sausage mixture.

Stir in the cream cheese, stock and zest – coating the mixture well.

Add in half the parmesan cheese

Pour in to a large ovenproof dish, sprinkle the rest of the parmesan cheese on the top

Cook in the oven for 10-15mins until golden on top

Serve and Enjoy!!

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Honey & Thyme Crusted Lamb Cutlets

Honey & Thyme Crusted Lamb Cutlets

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I found these in a Donna Hay cookbook…they are super easy, quick and delicious.

Depending on the size of the lamb cutlets, I usually serve up 2 or 3 per person.

 Ingredients

 12-15 Lamb Cutlets

 2 Cups Fresh Bread Crumbs

 1 Tbs Thyme Leaves

 60g Butter

 1/4 Pine Nuts

 1 Tbs Honey

Method

Preheat the oven to 200°C

Process the breadcrumbs, mix through the pine nuts, thyme leaves & season with salt and pepper

Melt the butter, once melted – stir in the honey20130531-132715.jpg

Combine the butter and honey with the dry ingredients, make sure all of the crumbs are now moist

Spray a baking tray and lay out the cutlets

Place about a tablespoon of the mixture on top of each cutlet and press down so that it’s compact (easier to do this with your hands)

Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, rest for a few minutes before serving.

I usually serve these with grilled asparagus and roast potatoes

Enjoy!

 

 

 

Braised Butter Beans in Olive Oil, Capsicum, Oregano & Tomato

Braised Butter Beans in Olive Oil, Capsicum, Oregano & Tomato

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Olive Oil

2 Cloves of Garlic, crushed

2 x 400g tins of  Tomatoes

2 x 400g Butter Beans, drained

5 slices roasted Capsicum – jar, sliced

1 Tbs chopped fresh Oregano

2 Bay leaves

Method:

Heat a generous amount of olive oil in a medium saucepan

Cook garlic for a few minutes, add tinned tomatoes and bay leaves

Put the lid on and simmer for 15mins

Stir in the butter beans and capsicum and simmer for 10mins

Remove from heat, season, stir through oregano – Serve!