Thursday, November 27, 2003

Time to celebrate!

Peach Sherbet

Makes 1

1/4 cup peach liqueur
1/4 cup lemonade
peach slices & champagne (or sparkling wine), to serve

Pour peach liqueur into tall stemmed glass & pour lemonade on top. Add peach slices & fill glass with champagne. Cheers!

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

Balsamic Chicken

Simple & delicious

Serves 6

6 chicken breasts
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
sea salt & cracked black pepper
3 lemons, halved

Preheat grill pan over high heat.
Brush chicken breasts lightly with oil & place in hot pan. Reduce heat to medium-high & cook for 5 minutes.
Drizzle with vinegar, sprinkle with salt & pepper & cook for a further 1 minute.
Turn chicken over & continue to cook for a further 5 minutes.
When you turn chicken, add lemons to the pan, cut side down.
Squeeze grilled lemons over balsamic chicken & serve with baked potatoes & salad.

Monday, November 17, 2003

Chilli & Lemon Hummus

This is quite lemony, so you might want to add only 1/4 cup juice to start with

Makes 2 1/2 cups

2x 400g cans chickpeas, drained & rinsed
1 long red chilli, chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup tahini
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp lemon rind, finely grated
1/2 tsp ground cumin
sea salt

Place all ingredients except salt in a food processor & process until combined.
Add salt to taste.
Serve with toasted Turkish bread & lemon wedges.

Herb-crusted Veal Loin

Serves 8

1 tbsp olive oil
1kg veal loin, trimmed
sea salt & cracked black pepper
1 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 tbsp finely chopped chives

Preheat oven to 200ºC.
Rub oil over veal & sprinkle with salt & pepper.
Heat a non-stick frying pan over high heat. Sear veal for 4 minutes each side.
Combine mustard & lemon juice & spread over veal.
Place on baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper & bake for 10 minutes (for medium-rare) or until cooked to your liking.
Set aside for 10 minutes, then roll in combined parsley & chives.
Slice & serve warm or at room temperature with salad.

Chocolate & Frangelico Mousse

Serves 4

250g dark chocolate
1 tbsp golden syrup
3 egg whites
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup frangelico
100ml (single or pouring) cream

Put chocolate in a double-boiler (or a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water). Leave until chocolate has melted.
Remove & allow to cool slightly, then add golden syrup.
Stir egg yolks & frangelico into cool chocolate mixture.
Beat egg whites in a clean dry bowl until stiff peaks form.
Beat cream until soft peaks form.
Gently fold cream & egg whites into chocolate mixture with a large metal spoon or spatula.
Pour chocolate mousse into serving bowls or cups & refrigerate until firm.

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Here's some dishes I cooked for dinner tonight.

Herb Spring Vegetables with Fried Haloumi

Serves 2

1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 bunch baby carrots (100g), peeled & trimmed
1 zucchini (150g), sliced
1 bunch asparagus (200g), trimmed
30g butter, chopped
sea salt & cracked black pepper
100g haloumi cheese, sliced

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil.
Line a bamboo steamer with non-stick baking paper.
Add the lemon, carrots, zucchini & asparagus.
Top with the butter, chives, salt & pepper.
Place the steamer over the water, cover with the lid & cook for 4 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender.
While the vegetables are cooking, place a medium non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
Add the haloumi & cook for 1 minute each side or until golden.
Serve the vegetables with the haloumi.

Ginger, Sesame & Green Onion Fish

Serves 2

2 green onions (scallions), shredded
4 slices ginger
2 x 185g firm white fish fillets, skin removed (I used barramundi)
2 gai larn (Chinese broccoli) leaves, trimmed
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon sugar

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil.
Place the green onion & ginger on top of the fish fillets & wrap the gai larn leaves around the middle.
Place a plate in a bamboo steamer & add the fish.
Pour over the lemon juice & oil.
Place steamer over the water, cover with the lid & cook for 5 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.
Place the soy sauce, vinegar & sugar in a small saucepan over low heat & bring to the boil.
Pour the sauce over the fish & serve with steamed rice (& vegetables - but not cheese - as cooked below, if desired).
Potato & Lemon Chicken Salad

Something light & fresh for spring.

Serves 4

4 x 150g chicken breast fillets
3 tablespoons olive oil
4 lemon thyme sprigs
1 tablespoon lemon zest
500g boiling potatoes (new, kipfler, pink-eye, desiree, nicola or bintje)
1/2 cup whole-egg mayonnaise
1/4 cup single (pouring) cream
2 tablespoons lemon juice
sea salt & ground white pepper
1 tablespoon salted capers, rinsed
125g wild rocket (arugula)

Place chicken, oil, thyme & zest in a (non-metallic) bowl. Cover & place in fridge for 15-30 minutes.
Place potatoes in a large saucepan of salted cold water. Bring to the boil & cook for 12 minutes or until just tender when tested with a skewer. Drain. Set aside until cool enough to handle, then peel & cut in half lengthways.
Combine mayonnaise, cream, lemon juice, salt & pepper & toss through the warm potatoes.
Preheat bbq or char-grill.
Drain chicken & grill for 3-4 minutes each side or until just cooked through.
Slice chicken & serve with potatoes, capers & rocket.

Double-Chocolate Cupcakes

Perfect any time.

Makes 24

200g milk cooking chocolate
125g butter, melted
1/2 cup caster sugar
1 cup plain flour
2 eggs

white chocolate layer:
180g white cooking chocolate, melted
190g cream cheese, softened
1 egg

Preheat oven to 150ºC.
Place milk chocolate & butter in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly or until chocolate is melted & the mixture is smooth.
Place sugar & flour in a bowl. Add eggs & cooled chocolate mixture & mix until smooth.
Divide mixture between 24 patty pans lined with paper cases.
To make white chocolate layer, process melted white chocolate, cream cheese & egg in a food processor until smooth.
Spoon mixture over milk chocolate mixture & smooth the tops.
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked when tested with a skewer.
Serve warm, with a cup of hot chocolate for a triple-chocolate experience.

Blood Orange & Cinnamon Infused Vodka

2 3/4 cups (~700ml) vodka
2 blood oranges, sliced
2 cinnamon sticks

Place vodka, orange slices & cinnamon in a bottle.
Seal, then set aside in a dark place for at least 24 hours.
Serve over ice.