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Vegan Garlic Goodness Aioli

I am an aioli lover through and through... garlic on everything and anything I say! I have just learnt and understood the ingredient "Aquafaba" and the properties it has in cooking for those who are plant based or vegan and what amazing things you can do to transform regular cooking brine from lentils and chickpeas to cakes, meringues and vegan aioli! Much like an egg white - Aquafaba is a great replacement to whip aeration into cakes and muffins. This aioli is just as good if not better th...

August 21, 2021

Hummus

1 can cooked chickpeas in brine, drained - (save the brine to make Vegan Aioli)2 Tbsp tahini4 cloves garlic 1/2 Tbsp coriander seeds2 Tbsp cumin seeds1 lemon squeezed Good pinch salt 2 Tbsp olive oil Method Dry toast the spices in a panGrind in a mortar and pestle Add all ingredients to a food processorBlend until the consistency desiredTaste and season. Jar it and cover with olive oil to preserve the storage.   Note: You can add any flavourings you like to this recipe s...

August 15, 2021

Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

By far, the easiest baked good ever and only 4 ingredients! If you have unexpected guests coming or need to send something for a school bake day for your children - make these! they literally take 30mins.  225g coconut threads100g coconut sugar  - you can use caster sugar2 eggs, lightly whiskedDark chocolate for dipping Preheat oven to 130C Fan bake. In a bowl, combine coconut threads, sugar and whisked eggs. Mix to combine.Leave mixture aside for 10-15mins. Using a des...

June 9, 2021

Beef and Cumin Sausage Rolls

Makes 12 Ingredients 500g beef mince1/2 onion , finely diced3 cloves garlic, mincedOil1 tbsp cumin seeds1 tbsp coriander seeds1 tsp smoked paprikaSaltPepper2 sheets puff pastry1 egg - whiskedSesame seeds Method Preheat oven to 180C. In a hot pan, toast the cumin and coriander seeds until fragrant.Place toasted seeds and paprika into a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder and grind until coarse. Using the same pan, with a little oil, sweat off onion and garlic until translucent, allow to...

February 27, 2021

Homemade Burger Buns

Be that little bit extra and make your own buns! Nothing tastes better than homemade and you can definitely tell the difference when biting into something you hand made and put blood, sweat and tears into!  Ingredients1 cup warm water 2 1/2 tsp active dried yeast2 Tbsp sugar125ml milk75g butter4 1/2 cups high grade flour 1 1/2 tsp salt To Top:1 egg1Tbsp waterSesame seeds MethodIn a large bowl, combine water, yeast and sugar. Sit aside for 5 minutes until a foam forms on the top.&n...

February 23, 2021

Chinese slow cooked Pork

How easy is it to just throw the slow cooker on in the morning before work, work all day knowing that you are coming home to something delicious. - it gets me excited just thinking about it!   Serves 5-6 Ingredients 1.5 - 2kg pork shoulder - bone in2 tsp Chinese five spice3 cloves garlic, bashed1 thumb of ginger, sliced1/2 brown onion, diced3 Tbsp soy sauce 3 Tbsp honey or brown sugar2 tsp siracha 2 Tbsp Chinese cooking wine1/4 c water MethodCut the pork in half or quart...

February 1, 2021

Spinach and Feta stuffed chicken

Ingredients4 chicken breast1/2 block feta cheeseHandful baby spinach Handful cashew nuts1/2 teaspoon dried chilli flakesSalt and pepDrizzle olive oil500g streaky bacon MethodPut a medium pot of water on heat and bring to a boilIn a food processor or Nutri bullet place feta, baby spinach, cashews, chilli flakes, salt and pep and olive oil.Blits to a chunky paste texture.Using a knife, make a cut in the thicker part of the breast, slicing into the breast to make a pocket.Fill the pocket with ...

January 8, 2021

Chocolate Oaty Biscuits

Ingredients 125g butter, soften1/2 c brown sugar1/2 c white sugar1 tbsp vanilla 1 egg1 c rolled oats1/4 c buckinis (optional - add a yummy crunch to your bickies)1 c plain flour1 tsp baking powder1/2 c dark chocolate Method Set oven to 180 - BakeBeat butter, sugars and vanilla until paleAdd egg, mix to incorporateAdd all of the dry ingredientsMix to combineAllow mixture to chill and harden in fridge (this helps hold the cookies in shape so they don't spread.)Roll dough into balls and place ...

January 3, 2021

Banana chocolate Cake

I love to use almond flour in my cake recipes, I feel it changes the texture and makes them deliciously cakey and keeps the cake moist for longer. - If your thinking, "Jodi, are you kidding, I don't have almond flour in my pantry"... Sweet as! don't use it and just replace with self raising flour and your good to go.  - Happy baking.  Ingredients 4 ripe bananas1/2 C canola oil3 eggs1 C caster sugar1/2 C brown sugar1 C self raising flour1/2 C almond flour (optional, or just self raising...

January 3, 2021

Chocolate mousse cake w fresh berries

Serves 8Ingredients1 packet of your favourite chocolate biscuits1/2 C peanuts1/4 C butter, melted250g dark chocolate2 egg yolks400ml cream2 egg whitesfresh berries to top with MethodLine a standard cake tin with baking paperIn a Nutribullet or food processor, blitz the cookies and nuts until it resembles crumbs. (Not too fine like dust).Add melted butter to biscuit mix and and press into lined cake tin until nicely compressed.Place in fridge to set. Meanwhile, in a Bain Marie (fancy word fo...

January 3, 2021

3 ingredient Flat Bread

This flat bread recipe is so good if your stretched for time. The recipes says it makes 6 but you can adjust that how ever you like. You could make 2 big pizza bases, 4 large flat tortilla, 6 Naan bread or even 12 mini flour tortilla.  Keeping in mind the dough once cooked, is more of a bread texture so it does tare easily and isn't as stretchy as typical tortilla or pizza dough. - still makes a perfect alternative!  By the way.. it freezes well, so you can make a batch and freeze to u...

December 27, 2020

Chilli and Garlic Crusted Mussels

I made these last Mothers day but time went by and I completely forgot to post this winner of a dish.  Who doesn't froth over a mussel topped with garlic, chilli and buttery breadcrumbs? If your entertaining this summer then this is a dish that will be a hit with the crowd. The key is to not throw away the shell! this becomes a raft for all juices to get amongst the breadcrumbs, not to mention.. it saves dishes.  Mussels are harvested all year round but usually are at their best i...

May 10, 2020

Crostini with Herb and Feta creme and Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes

These nibbles are a a favourite in a crowd. Perfect for entertaining and dinner party finger food.  What is a Crostini? It is essentially a small piece of bread, toasted or fried, served with a topping as a canapĂ© or starter.  Ingredients 1 french bread stick1 packet baby heirloom tomatoes1 slab feta cheese3 Tbsp ricotta cheesefresh herbspepper and saltolive oil  Method Thinly slice the bread stick and lay out on a baking tray. Drizzle bread with a little olive oil and salt. Toas...

May 10, 2020

Beef Curry w Coconut Rice

This curry is one of my favourites. It has depth in flavour and the long slow cooking method excretes the delicious flavour of the meat you choose to cook. ...

April 9, 2020

Simple Prawn Fried Rice

I don't know about you but Chinese fried rice is one of my favs. Nothing beats the number 13 - combination fried rice from Golden Dragon but will I give it a run for its money? hell yes! This recipe is so easy to make and uses minimal ingredients.  Use up last nights leftover rice, defrost some prawns, throw in some frozen peas, a whisked egg and sliced spring onion and you are onto a winner! Why use cold / old rice? Using cold rice rather than fresh is "the secret" to a good fried ric...

April 2, 2020

One pot Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Soup

As we are all aware our world is enduring some horrific times at the moment with Covid-19 on the rampage sending everyone into a spiral of panic buying and stock piling toilet rolls for the only reason I can think of is to tipee the neighbours house when boredom in Iso sets in for 4 weeks... Yes, times are tough and definitely a tad scary to think when will this ever end but strangely entering into this lock down period I was calm, cool and collected. . Which considering what is going on is very...

March 30, 2020

Sundried Tomato Kasundi

My taste buds stumbled across this recipe when visiting my dear friend in Ohaupo. - Got a second? here's our story..  Lizzie has been my kitchen buddy since day one in cooking school. Orientation day consisted of a bunch of "soon to be" chefs standing around in silence, drinking watered down coffee and stale biscuits. This bright haired, funky dressed, green tea drinking women strikes up a convo - "Hello, whats your name?, where are you from?, whats your story?" - The rest was history. We b...

January 26, 2020

Salmon Nicoise Salad

From the origin of Nice, France this dish is one for the books. If you love a chunky salad which is a meal in itself this is the salad for you. This salad would be perfect as its own dish, or as a sharing dish at a dinner party or family event. I have seen this salad served in many ways with different alterations, proteins and methods of cooking but I have found that this recipe in particular is fresh, chunky and super tasty. - I find Salmon is a rich, oily fish so I like having neutra...

January 7, 2020

Chicken and Mushroom Fettuccine in Broccoli sauce

Do you ever have light bulb moments where your sitting watching TV, cleaning your car or having a shower and suddenly this meal idea just pops into your head like the flick of a switch? or am I the only one that has these? If so, I feel sorry for you because these "light bulb moments" are where my best work flows. Recipe - Broccoli Pasta sauce. - Yeah... I know exactly what your thinking... delicious right! Okay, it doesn't sound the best yet!!!!! but you make this bad boy pasta sauce and add it...

January 5, 2020

Cheesy Potato Bake

Does your Christmas Ham need a friend? I think yes! This Potato Bake is one for the dinner table this season. I love it especially when the cheese gets crunchy and almost char coaled around the edges and the fluffy Agria potatoes soak up the stock and 3 cheeses resulting in a rich, moreish, carb heaven. - ugh my mouth is salivating writing this.  In "chef speak" This dish is called Boulangere Potatoes. Its like a traditional potato bake but cooked with vegetable stock rather than cream. - D...

December 20, 2019

Asian Chicken and Vegetable Stir fried noodles

Everyone who knows me knows that I love a good Market. My favourite Market lately has been the Sunday Avondale Markets in Auckland. Only $2 parking at an old run down racecourse filled with gazebos of fresh produce bins, knock off clothing, accessories and fresh or dried seafood stalls - (the dried seafood stall is the best, the smell is for a strong stomached person only, but wow. the amount of dried seafood you can get is amazing.) It is a place to get everything for cheap. I usually...

November 22, 2019

Mum's Sticky Chicken Nibbles

Okay, so this is a recipe that I hold dear to my heart. Not only because they are chicken nibbles which I am very partial to but, because my beautiful mother has been making this recipe for centuries. Family BBQs.. these are on the table. School events..... these were my 'bring a plate'. Christmas Day breakfast...... you betcha! we ate em.  From memory preparing and marinating these nibbles was always a fine art. It is an over night process but I promise that it is all worth it. These days ...

October 20, 2019

Chocolate Coconut Slice

Who loves coconut? who loves chocolate? who loves chocolate and coconut together?? I DO!This recipe is a childhood favourite. Adding nuts to the base or icing gives it a yummy nutty crunch. It is a super easy and straight forward recipe that requires minimal effort and dishes so win win. Just like my cookie recipe this is one fished out of nana's freezer. A classic morning tea or lunchtime treat. On that note this recipe freezes well for up to 3 weeks- tried and tested by my lovely nana. ...

October 3, 2019

Spiced Quinoa and Chickpea Salad

This salad is super fresh, colourful and nutritious. With Moroccan flavours you will be in love. You could pair it up with some grilled chicken or seafood or have it on its own. Are you on salad duty for a dinner party but don't want to make a normal green salad? make this bad boy! it will be sure to impress the socks off anyone!...

September 29, 2019

Chocolate Ganache Raspberry Tarts

These delicious morsels are my weakness. - Crispy buttery pastry + gooey chocolate ganache + tart fresh raspberries. How could you not love them! A crowd pleaser when entertaining, you will get people wanting the recipe by the end of the night!  $ Cost wise: Cheap - I used store bought sweet pastry for this recipe. It is still cheap if you make the pastry yourself and can be that little bit yummier handmade. If using bought pastry, this recipe consists of only 4 ingredients! less is best in...

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