Let’s talk vinaigrette. Traditionally speaking, a vinaigrette consists of one part acid to three parts oil, I however like to break tradition and zest up my vinaigrette and tone down the oil factor because oily salads are not my jam. This simple orange vinaigrette is […]
Ingredient: salt and pepper
Chilli con carne, is there anything better to eat in Winter? Ladled on top of some brown rice with a few corn chips on the side and you’ve got yourself the perfect meal.
I decided to make up a batch of this chilli a few weeks ago to spice up what has turned out to be a very nippy few weeks. The first time I cooked this chilli I decided to triple the recipe and my pot was literally overflowing! These days I may go as far as doubling the recipe so there is enough to batch up for the freezer, in fact this chilli con carne tastes better after freezing because the flavour intensifies and it’s a great easy meal for the nights where cooking is the last thing I want to do after work.
On occasion I’ll also leave this chilli to simmer on the stove for a couple of hours to let the flavour develop further and so the sauce will thicken, in this case, throw the kidney beans in the pot about 15 minutes before you’re ready to eat.
Top this chilli con carne with some fresh coriander (if you’re a coriander lover), some of my Flavourtown Guacamole and sour cream and WHAM- get in my belly! You can also use this chilli con carne for burritos, nachos or tacos! Versatility is where it’s at.
For almost five years I managed a hospitality store in Sydney’s CBD- we sold knives, chef uniforms and kitchen utensils to chefs and cooking enthusiasts. We also supplied to hospitality schools and colleges and would sometimes be invited to dinners where the students were given […]
My first introduction to Pão de Queijo was few years ago when a big bunch of friends and I went to a Brazilian restaurant for Churrasco which is a term that refers to grilled or barbecued meat. If you’re a meat lover and you haven’t been […]
We ate seafood growing up but for some reason I’ve never really embraced all that is has to offer. For me, seafood conjures up memories of days spent at the beach on holidays, wandering over to the local fish and chip shop in my swimmers with bare feet and water still dripping from my hair to order a deep fried bonanza of calamari, prawn cocktails and potato scallops (which tasted 100 times better dipped in tomato sauce).
I remember these holidays fondly. We would go swimming over to an embankment at low tide to hunt for oysters, my parents and their friends would shuck them and eat them straight out of the ocean and at the time it fascinated me that these slimy sea creatures could be at all appetising. My dad taught me how to find pippies on the beach by standing on the shore line and twisting my feet in to the sand when the waves came rolling over my toes. Seeing their little shells pop up out of the sand when the water washed back in to the ocean made me giggle. My brother is passionate about fishing and his catch of the day is always delightful- being a qualified chef means he can basically make anything taste like it came out of a five star kitchen.
Still, fish and all things from the sea for that matter are not my strong point when it comes to cooking. I mean, I know I can definitely cook seafood well but when it comes to our weekly grocery haul, I almost always go with chicken, beef or pork. That is until this recipe came along and smacked me in the mouth hole and my taste buds back-flipped out of my skull. Yes, this recipe is THAT good and I could eat this meal at least once a week without hesitation.
The list of ingredients for this dish may lean toward the longer side but this recipe is pretty simple and is all cooked in the one pan which, you’ll soon discover, is my all time favourite way of cooking. The less washing up (which is usually Andre’s forte), the better.
There will always be a time and a place for the local fish and chip shop but this recipe is my introduction to seafood and I know that this love affair with ocean feasting is only just beginning!
Breakfast food, who doesn’t love it? I have to admit, breakfast isn’t exactly my strong point on weekdays. If you’ve got time to spend 40 minutes preparing breaky on a weekday- I salute you. Nope, Monday through to Friday I’m a muesli and yoghurt […]