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  • Savoury Feta Muffins

    Add-ins (pick one): Preheat oven to 180°C. Butter and flour a 12-hole muffin tin In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, yogurt and oil. Add the dry ingredients and mix gently until *just* combined. Add the remaining ingredients and mix gently until dispersed (don’t…

  • Chimichurri

    from Use it All Blend: 80g soft herbs (one or mix of coriander, parsley, dill) 1/2 tsp cumin seeds 1 garlic clove 2 tbs red wine vinegar or sherry vinegar 1/4 to 1/2 tsp salt couple of tablespoons olive oil (to get it started blending) When you have a paste, gradually add approx 100ml olive…

  • Bolognese sauce (+ Lasagne)

    Makes enough for 1 x 6 serve lasagne (using 1 x 250g packet of instant lasagne sheets) 2 tbsp Olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, finely sliced 1/2 tsp ground cloves a little freshly grated nutmeg ~700g minced beef ~300g minced pork (or use all beef) 1 sprig rosemary, leaves picked and chopped…

  • Tomato rice

    1 onion, chopped 1 tsp turmeric 1 cup basmati rice 1 tin tomatoes optional: chopped green beans, forzen edamame etc Saute onion in olive oil, add salt & pepperAdd turmeric, stir to coatAdd rice, stir to coatAdd tomatoesAdd 2 cups waterBring to an active simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes – check occasionally, stir…

  • Yoghurt cake

    1/2 cup yoghurt 1 cup self-raising flour (1 cup plain flour & 2 tsp baking powder) 1/2 cup caster sugar 1/4 cup olive oil 3 eggs 1 tsp vanilla pinch salt Optional extras: zest of a lemon or other citrus, fresh raspberries, anything you like… Preheat oven to 175C, grease a tin. Mix all ingredients…

  • Muffins – banana choc (GF, DF)

    2 large eggs, beaten 140g rice flour (1 cup + 1 tbsp) 2 tbsp cocoa powder 2 tbsp honey 120 ml light extra virgin olive oil (1/2 cup) 2 very ripe bananas mashed (or 3 if they’re on the small side) 1 tsp baking powder coconut oil, for greasing tin Pre-heat oven to 180C/160C fan/ 375F. Grease muffin tin with coconut oil (or anything). Beat eggs until light, then…

  • Spring onion and ginger oil

    100g ginger, peeled and finely chopped 100g (about 1 bunch) spring onions, thinly sliced, green and white parts separated 2 tsp sea salt 1 cup rice bran oil 1 tbsp rice wine vinegar 1 tbsp soy sauce Combine the ginger, white part of the spring onions, salt, vinegar and soy in a heat proof bowl.…

  • Pickled shiitake mushrooms

    2 cups dried shiitake mushrooms (stems removed) 1/2 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup sherry vinegar 1/3 cup sugar 7.5cm piece ginger, sliced Put the mushrooms in a bowl or a pot, and cover with boiling water. Let stand 15 or so minutes (longer isn’t harmful, but it’s not necessary either). Reserving one cup of the soaking…

  • Cold Szechuan Noodles

    Sauce 1 clove garlic, minced 1 slice ginger, crushed 2 tbsp soy sauce 1 tbsp chilli oil or to taste 1 tbsp black vinegar 1 tsp sesame oil 1 tbsp sugar 1 tsp ground Szechuan peppercorns Some cold water if the sauce is too strong Noodles 2 or 3 serves Udon or egg noodles (homemade…

  • Choc cake (CERES)

    From CERES 1 ½ C plain flour* (if using GF flour, use extra olive oil – up to 1/2 cup) 1 1/4 C caster sugar ½ C dark, good-quality cocoa powder 1 1/4 tsp bi-carb soda (baking soda) 1/2 tsp salt 1/3 C extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar 3 tsp pure vanilla…

  • Portuguese tarts

    Based on this recipe, with some modifications Pastry 375g block of puff pastry 2 tsp caster sugar 1tsp ground cinnamon Custard 165g caster sugar 125ml water 1 1/2 cups milk 50g plain flour 1 vanilla bean, split + scraped 10cm piece lemon rind 4 egg yolks Preheat oven to 220°C.  Roll out pastry to a…

  • Char Siu Bao (BBQ Pork Buns)

    Dough 300g plain flour 40g sugar 2tsp dry yeast 185ml warm milk 1tbsp neutral oil pinch salt In a stand mixer, place all of the dough ingredients in and then knead for 9 minutes at low speed. Cover and rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Knead the dough on low speed for another 2 minutes until the…

  • Tortillas

    Makes 16 3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil, vegetable oil or other fairly neutral flavored oil 1 cup warm water Combine flour, salt and baking powder in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the dough hook, mix dry ingredients until well combined. Add…

  • Granola

    Puffed stuff – 3 cups buckwheat brown rice quinoa millet Nuts (roughly chopped) – 1 cup almonds pistachios anything Seeds – 1 cup pepitas sunflower seeds sesame linseeds (not too much) Other – up to 1 cup coconut (desiccated or flaked) anything?!? Spices / flavourings (any combo) orange zest 2-3 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp cardamon 1/4 tsp ground cloves…

  • Gingerbread (Pieta’s)

    3 cups plain flour (can be wholemeal, or a mix of wholemeal and plain, I like half/half) 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground cloves 3 tsp to 1 tbsp ground ginger, depending on taste 2 tsp bicarbonate of soda 130 g butter chopped 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup golden syrup 1 tsp vanilla 1 egg…

  • Kombucha

    6-7 cups water 1/2 cup sugar (mix of raw, caster, rapadura – all organic when possible) 4 black tea bags 1 to 1.5 cups previous batch SCOBY Boil the water in a saucepan, and add the sugar. Return to the boil for 30 secs or so then remove from heat. Add the tea bags, leave…

  • Quiche

    Crust: 1 cup plain flour 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 cup very cold water 1/4 olive oil butter, for greasing Filling: 4 eggs 2-3 tablespoons yoghurt (or cream or milk) grated cheese whatever else you want Preheat oven to 180C and grease a 22cm quiche dish. Mix flour and salt with a fork. Separately, mix oil…

  • Muesli bars (banana)

    1 and 1/2 cups mashed ripe banana (about 4 large) 1 tsp vanilla extract 2 cups rolled oats 3/4 to 1 cup dried fruit, to taste 1 cup nuts, chopped 1/2 cup sunflower seeds around 1/2 cup other additions e.g. cocoa nibs, hemp seeds, choc chips 1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp fine salt Preheat oven…

  • Cocoa energy bars

    3 ⁄ 4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut 1 ⁄ 2 cup rolled oats 1 ⁄ 2 cup shelled raw sunflower seeds or hemp seeds 1 ⁄ 3 cup cocoa powder 1 ⁄ 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 & 1 ⁄ 2 cups coarsely chopped dates 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt, depending on how salty you like…

  • Marmalade (stevia)

    Recipe based on one from Ruth (Katrina’s mum), which was adapted from a Prue Sobers recipe Orange prep (or can be a mix eg orange/cumquat/lemon): Peel rind with veg peeler, slice into thin slivers, put into big saucepan Roughly remove pith from oranges with knife, reserve in a separate bowl (discard top & bottom of…

  • Seedy slice

    1/3 cup sunflower seeds 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds Pinch of salt 1/3 cup sesame seeds 1 cup desiccated coconut 4 rounded tablespoons honey or maple syrup 4 rounded tablespoons hulled tahini Preheat your oven to 175°C. Line a square 20cm tin with paper overhanging the sides for easy removal. Put sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds…

  • Anzac biscuits (Joan’s)

    Ingredients: 1 cup desiccated coconut 1 cup raw sugar 1 cup oats 1 cup plain flour 120g butter 1 tbs (generous) golden syrup (about 40g) 1 tsp bi-carb, stirred into 1/4 cup water Preheat oven to 180 or 190 and line two large baking trays. In a large mixing bowl, mix the coconut, raw sugar,…

  • Jammy chocolate cake

    aka Store Cupboard Cake aka Arwen’s Cake 125g unsalted butter 100g dark chocolate, chopped 300g good, thin-cut marmalade or raspberry jam or apricot jam 120g caster sugar (original recipe 150g) pinch of salt 2 large eggs, beaten 150g self-raising flour (1 cup – scant) Equipment: 20cm springform tin Preheat oven to 180C. Prepare tin – line with…

  • Date cake (Jane’s)

    Jane’s Date Cake 2 eggs 1 cup sugar (Kate edit: I used less, and used a mix – 1/3 cup white caster sugar, 1/3 cup demerara) 3/4 cup oil 220gm date spread (1/2 box) 1 and 3/4 cups flour 2 tsp baking powder (1 packet) 1 tsp baking soda 0.5 tsp salt 1/2 tsp cinnamon…

  • Chicken, Barley and Vegetable Soup

    Prep time 15 mins Cook time 70 mins Total time 1 hour 25 mins From: Healthy Home Cafe (very slightly edited) Serves: 10 Ingredients 2 large brown onions (330 g), peeled and diced (or 1 onion and 1 leek) 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 3 large stalks celery (2 ½ cups), diced 4 medium carrots (3 ¾ cups), diced 2…

  • Panforte

    From The Saturday Paper, recipe by Annie Smithers 400g blanched almonds 400g shelled pistachios 200g seeded raisins 200g currants 120g dried or glace figs 120g dried or glace apricots 300g mixed peel 200g plain flour 2 tbsp Dutch cocoa 2 tsp ground cinnamon 1 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp white pepper 1 tsp ground coriander 300g…

  • Chicken tebeet

    From The Monday Morning Cooking Club: The Feast Goes On , slightly modified for simplicity Serves 6-8 1/4 cup olive oil 1 whole chicken (1.6-2kg) 2 large onions, peeled & chopped 1 tin diced tomatoes (original recipe has 3 peeled & chopped tomatoes + 2 tsp tomato paste) 875ml (3.5 cups) water 2 teaspoons sea salt Pepper 660g…

  • Honey & tahini biccies

    From Lunch Lady 08 Makes 16-18 biccies 1/3 cup sesame seeds 1 1/2 cups almond meal 1/2 tsp bi-carb 1/4 tsp sea salt 1/3 cup honey 1/3 cup tahini 1 tsp vanilla extract Preheat oven to 180C and line two baking trays with baking paper. Pour sesame seeds into a shallow dish (for rolling dough…

  • Sauerkraut

    From Grown & Gathered by Matt & Pickle Makes 2 x 1L jars 20 minutes + 5-7 days fermenting 2kg white cabbage, finely sliced (on a mandolin if you have one) 2 large outer leaves reserved, unsliced 2 tablespoons unrefined salt Day 1: Combine cabbage and slat in a big mixing bowl and massage thoroughly and firmly with…

  • Crackers (life-changing)

    From My New Roots Makes 4 baking trays  of crispbread 1 cup / 135g sunflower seeds ½ cup / 90g flax seeds 1/3 cup / 50g pumpkin seeds ¼ cup /40g sesame seeds 1 ½ cups / 150g rolled oats OR 1 ½ cups almond meal 2 Tbsp. chia seeds 4 Tbsp. psyllium seed husks (3…

  • Almond and coconut cake

    From Italy on my mind Ingredients: 200g almond meal 75g  coconut 180-200g caster sugar 1/4 tsp salt 200g unsalted butter, melted then cooled 4 eggs 1 tsp pure vanilla essence 1 tsp Amaretto di Saronno liqueur (or 1/4 tsp almond essence or 1 tsp port etc) optional: zest of 1 lemon 2 tsp slivered almonds…

  • Polenta

    1 cup polenta 1 cup water + some extra on standby 1 cup veg stock (not too salty) 1/2 cup grated parmesan knob of butter Bring the stock and 1 cup water to the boil. Add the polenta in a thin stream, stirring constantly. Cook the polenta for about 10 mins, stirring the whole time.…

  • Crepes

    150g plain flour pinch of salt 2 eggs, lightly beaten 320ml milk 30g butter, + more for greasing 2 teaspoons of sugar (for sweet crepes only) Mix the flour and salt (and sugar if using) in a bowl and make a well in the centre. In a separate bowl, combine the egg, milk and melted…

  • Oat crackers

    Matt & Pickle 600 g rolled oats 850 ml un-chlorinated* spring water (*this is essential for the souring to work) 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 3 teaspoons unrefined salt 1 tablespoon ground cumin 3 tablespoons sesame seeds 2 teaspoons ground black pepper Day 1: Souring/soaking Combine all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Massage…

  • Ginger biscuits

    from Matt and Pickle 2 egg whites a pinch of unrefined salt 70g sultanas 25g (1/3 cup) walnuts 200g (2 cups) almond meal, plus extra for rollling 115g white rice flour 80g (1/2 cup) unrefined sugar (e.g. rapadura) 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon bicarb 150ml extra virgin olive oil Place…

  • Muesli bars (tahini, honey, butter)

    from Matt & Pickle Line a 30 x 15 cm tray with baking paper (if using 20 x 20 tin, you’ll need another small tin too). Blend/pulse until chopped but still a bit chunky: 80g (1/2 cup) sunflower seeds 20g (1/8 cup) flax seeds 1/2 cup nuts (I like almonds & cashews) 80g (1/2 cup) pumpkin…

  • Roast pork belly (asian style)

    Large piece of skinless, boneless pork belly 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons salt per kilo of pork 2 tablespoons + 2 teaspoons sugar per kilo of pork black pepper Rub the belly all over with the salt and sugar. Hit it with a couple turns of freshly ground black pepper. Let it sit at least 6 hours…

  • Muffins (generic recipe with oats)

    Ingredients 1 cup milk (almond, soy or rice milk works too) 1 cup oats (can be quick oars or regular rolled) 1 egg (or 1/4 cup of mashed banana or 1 tablespoon flax seed mixed with 2-3 tablespoons of water) 1/4 cup vegetable oil (canola/coconut) or melted butter 1 cup all-purpose flour (can be half wholemeal) 1/2 cup…

  • Paleo porridge

    1 cup raw nuts (original recipes says walnuts) 4 tbs chia seeds 4 tbs pepitas 8 tbs unsweetened shredded or desiccated coconut 2 tbs flax seeds or flaxmeal 1 tbs ground cinnamon pinch salt optional: 1 tsp gelatin In a food processor, pulse nuts, chia and pepitas until roughly ground (how rough/fine is up to…

  • Miso “Claypot” Chicken

    2 tablespoons soy sauce 1/2 tablespoon fish sauce 1/2 tablespoon mushroom soy 1 tablespoon Shaoxing wine 1 tablespoon white or red miso 1/2 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil several shakes white pepper 4 boneless, skin-on chicken thighs, cut into 2cm pieces 4 dried shiitakes, soaked, stemmed, and thinly sliced 1 cup jasmine rice, rinsed and drained 1…

  • Zucchini Slice

    5 eggs 1 cup self-raising flour 2 medium-large zucchini, grated 1 large onion, finely chopped 2 to 3 rashers bacon, finely chopped 1 cup cheese, grated 1/4 cup oil pepper Preheat oven to 170 degrees. Grease and line a 20x30cm tin. Beat eggs in a large bowl until combined. Sift in the flour and mix…

  • Teriyaki Chicken

    500g Chicken thighs Cornstarch Vegetable oil Sauce 250ml soy sauce 200ml sake 200ml mirin 60g sugar Make the sauce by combining ingredients and heating until sugar dissolves. Cut thigh pieces into bite size peices, and dust with cornstarch. Pan fry chicken until golden. When almost cooked, add about 200ml of sauce and toss to glaze.…

  • Tzatziki

    4 Lebanese cucumbers, peeled 2 cups Greek yoghurt 1/2 clove garlic, finely grated 1 small shallot, finely grated 1/2 bunch dill, fronds finely chopped 1 lemon, zest finely grated 1 pinch Cayenne pepper 1 tsp Greek honey 4-5 tbs olive oil Drain yoghurt in cheesecloth overnight. Grate the cucumbers, salt, and leave to drain for…

  • Tamari Almonds

    Bathe almonds in a generous dose of tamari (so it’s just beginning to pool in the bottom of the bowl). Leave to soak for a few hours, stirring occasionally. Pre-heat oven to ~160-170˚C. Drain almonds (save the extra sauce) & spread them on a sheet of baking paper on a tray. Bake for about 18mins,…

  • Smoked whole chicken

    1 whole chicken 1 lemon 1 onion 1 apple 2 garlic cloves Salt & Pepper Paprika Olive Oil Brine the chicken (3.5 litres water, 1 cup sugar, 1 cup salt) – overnight if possible. Chop the lemon, onion, apple and garlic cloves. Throw them in a bowl and mix together with salt, pepper and olive…

  • Sesame Biscuits

    1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup olive oil 1 egg 1 and 1/4 cups rolled oats 1 and 1/4 cups almond meal OR plain flour OR a mix (my favourite is 1 cup almond meal and 1/4 cup plain flour) 3/4 cup sesame seeds 1/2 cup sultanas (or other dried fruit) Preheat oven to 180 degrees.…

  • Quick-pickled cucumbers

    1 cup rice wine vinegar 1 cup water 3/4 cup sugar 1 tablespoon sea salt flakes 3 lebanese cucumbers 1 brown onion Thinly slice cucumbers and onion Combine vinegar, water, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove from heat. Add cucumber and onion and stir. Cover…

  • Pear and Polenta Cake

    Note: This makes a very large cake. For a 20cm cake tin, make approx 3/4 of this mix (quantities below) 3 pears 4 eggs 380g dark brown sugar 2tsp vanilla essence 250mL white wine 250mL sunflower oil 310g plain flour 2 and 1/2 tsp baking powder 120g fine polenta apricot jam (for glaze) Syrup: 3/4…

  • Orange and Almond Cake

    2 oranges, washed 250 g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting 6 eggs 250 g almond meal 1 tsp baking powder icing sugar, to serve Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Wash the oranges and cook in the boiling water for 2 hours. Drain, allow to cool to room temperature, then puree.…

  • Pizza Dough (no knead)

    This dough makes excellent pizzas (roll or stretch out, and cook as hot as possible). It also makes great flatbread — cut the balls into two or three portions, roll slightly and fry in a little olive oil until golden. Makes enough for 4 pizzas: 500 grams (about 3 ¾ cups) white flour, plus more for…

  • Lavosh

    1 cup plain flour ⅓ cup wholemeal flour 2 tbsp each black and white sesame seeds or 4 tbsp just one kind 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano 1 tsp salt ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp sesame oil ½ cup water To finish extra virgin olive oil…

  • Honey Joys

    1 tbsp honey 2 tbsp sugar 3 tbsp butter 4-5 cups cornflakes Melt butter, honey and sugar in a saucepan, bring to boil, simmer 1 min. Stir into cornflakes, spoon into patty pans. Bake in moderate oven 8-10 mins.

  • Ginger Pudding

    100g unsalted butter 1 – 2 tablespoons finely grated fresh ginger 170g brown sugar (in two lots of 85g) 2 eggs 100g self raising flour (or 1/3 plus 1/4 cup plain flour + a generous tsp baking powder) Preheat oven to 180C (350F). Melt butter in a medium saucepan. Remove from the heat and add…

  • Cornish Pastry

    450g plain flour 2tsp baking powder 1tsp salt 125g unsalted butter 2 egg yolks 125ml cold water Place the flour, baking powder, salt, butter and egg yolks into a food processor and blitz until the mixture forms crumbs. Slowly add the water until a ball of pastry miraculously appears – you may not need all…

  • Chocolate Pudding

    1 cup self-raising flour 2 tablespoons cocoa powder 1/2 cup brown sugar 80g butter, melted, cooled 1/2 cup milk 1 egg, lightly beaten thick cream and berries, to serve Sauce 3/4 cup brown sugar 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, sifted 1 1/4 cups boiling water Preheat oven to 180°C or 160C fan-forced. Grease an 8-cup capacity…

  • Chicken Katsu

    3 chicken breasts (1.6 lb) 2 Tbsp. sake Splash of mirin Sea salt Freshly ground black pepper All purpose flour 2 eggs Panko Oil for deep frying Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towel. Slice the chicken diagonally. (This cutting technique is called “Sogigiri” in Japanese). Each piece will have more surface area…

  • Chicken Congee

    1 ½ – 2 litres chicken stock infused with 1cm ginger bashed and 2 spring onions screwed up and tied into a loose knot 1 cup jasmine rice, washed and drained 1 organic chicken maryland 1 organic chicken breast 1cm ginger bashed 3 spring onions, chopped finely, green part only Few sprigs of coriander including…

  • Balls

    Raspberry balls (nut free) Blend: 1 cup raspberries (frozen, just thawed)1 1/2 cups oats2 tbsp maple syrup1 tbsp coconut oil, melted1 tbsp chia1/2 desiccated coconut Roll in coconut. Granny’s nut-free balls 1 cup chopped dates1 cup chopped dried apricots1 cup rolled oats4 tablespoons desiccated coconut1 tablespoon water 2 teaspoons cocoa¼ cup extra desiccated coconut (for rolling)…

  • Almond Bread

    3 egg whites 1/2 cup castor sugar 1 cup plain flour 115g whole unblanched almonds Lightly grease a 8x4in. loaf tin, and line the bottom and long sides with greaseproof paper. Preheat the oven to 180˚C. Beat egg whites until stiff, gradually beat in caster sugar until mixture is of good meringue consistency. Fold in…

  • Bacon

    2.5kg pork belly 1/4 cup sea salt 2 teaspoons pink curing salt (Sodium Nitrite) 1/4 cup coarsely ground black pepper 1/4 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg 4 bay leaves, crumbled 5 cloves of garlic, crushed 5 to 10 sprigs fresh thyme Place your pork belly on a sheet pan or large baking…

  • Almond Biscuits

    110g ground almonds 85g caster sugar 2 egg whites 1 tsp almond essence flaked almonds and/or glace cherries to decorate Preheat oven to 160 degrees C, line a tray with baking paper. Mix almonds and sugar together. Whisk egg whites stiffly, fold in almonds, sugar and almond essence. Take a generous half-dessert spoon of mix…