Ottolenghi Challenge

Ottolenghi Challenge

Yotam Ottolenghi is coming to Hobart on the 2nd of February, so I have decided to make as many of his recipes as I can until his Q & A session, where I can finally meet him. I was lucky enough to spend my birthday brunch at one of the Ottolenghi cafes last year when I visited London & was given a signed Sweet cookbook for my birthday, then for my last dinner in London I dined at Nopi, It was a very delicious & memorable experience so I bought the signed cookbook to bring home too.

Saffron, Orange & Honey Madeleines from the Sweet cookbook
Custard Yo-Yos with Roasted Rhubarb Icing from the Sweet cookbook
Take Home Chocolate Cake – Also known as The World’s Best Chocolate Cake from the Sweet cookbook.
Pizza Bianca with Potato, Anchovy & Sage from the Simple cookbook.
Seeded Chicken Schnitzel from the Simple cookbook.
Tomato Carpaccio with Spring Onion & Ginger Salsa from the Simple cookbook.
Cauliflower, Pomegranate and Pistachio Salad from the Simple cookbook.
Oven Chips with Oregano and Feta from the Simple cookbook.
Roasted Asparagus with Almonds, Capers and Dill from the Simple cookbook.
Tomato and Bread Salad with Anchovies and Capers from the Simple cookbook.
Lamb Bake with Tahini Sauce and Tomatoes – Recipe from the Simple cookbook.
Spiced Apple Cake from the Simple cookbook.
Courgette & Ciabatta Frittata from the Simple cookbook
Chargrilled Asparagus with Romesco Sauce & Apple Balsamic from the Nopi cookbook.
Burnt Spring Onion Dip with Kale (from my garden) from the Nopi cookbook.
Harissa from the Plenty cookbook
Bridget Jones’s Pan-fried Salmon with Pine Nut Salsa from the Simple cookbook
Banana Date and Walnut Loaf from the Sweet cookbook.
Pork with Ginger, Spring Onion & Aubergine from the Simple cookbook
Coriander & Ginger Martini from the Nopi cookbook was the perfect way to start our Ottolenghi lunch I hosted for 6 of my friends on the 31st Jan.
Baked Blue Cheesecakes with pickled beetroot & honey from the Nopi cookbook – it was the favourite dish for the lunch and just as yummy as I remember it from eating it at Nopi.
Chilled Cucumber, Cauliflower & Ginger Soup (made by Sue & styled by Natalie) from the Simple cookbook.
Butterbean Mash with Muhammara (made by Rosey) from the Simple cookbook.
Roasted aubergine with black garlic pine nuts & basil from the Nopi cookbook
Lamb & Feta Meatballs from the Simple cookbook
Rice Noodle Salad with Cucumber & Poppy Seeds (made by Rita) 
Chicken with Miso Ginger & Lime from the Simple cookbook
Roasted Whole Cauliflower with Green Tahini Sauce from the Simple cookbook.
Cornbread with Cheddar, Feta & Jalapeรฑo from the Simple cookbook.
Honey & Yoghurt Set Cheesecake (made by Rosey) from the Simple cookbook.
Amaretti (made by Christine) 
Seared Scallops with Pickled Daikon and Chilli Jam from the Nopi cookbook.
Roasted Aubergine with Curried Yoghurt from the Simple cookbook.
Iranian Herb Fritters from the Simple cookbook.
Rhubarb and Strawberry Crumble Cake from the Sweet cookbook.
Stress Less Xmas 2018

Stress Less Xmas 2018

This year seems to have been my busiest December ever!! It’s still going too, I have customer’s Thermomix to wrap & deliver. I have not even started my own Christmas shopping or food prep – so my very sensible motto this year is KEEP IT SIMPLE & DON”T STRESS!! Ok so I might just make it my mantra?!!! Here is my things I’m excited about at this stage & I will add to the list. After all the most important thing at Christmas is spending time with loved ones, truly enjoying the feasting, fun & the subsequent food coma, don’t you agree??

Whipped cream can bring anything to the next level & it only takes just under 20 secs to whip up in the Thermomix – I like to keep it just cream with nothing else, use a good quality cream – my favourite local cream is Ashgrove & to serve it with home grown raspberries is the ultimate treat anytime of the day!!

 

60 Second Fruit Cake recipe from the Devil of a Cookbook makes a quick & easy gift for friends or you can make smaller ones too ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Vanilla & Chocolate Star Biscuits – recipe from Donna Hay Christmas magazine. Meet a friend for an Xmas baking session & both cook a few dishes madly for a few hours then divide & share the results YUM!!

 

Never under estimate the deliciousness of in season fruits – like one of my summer favourites cherries – they also make an awesome gift (these were given to me – well there was the other half that I have already eaten too)

 

Eggnog recipe from Sophia’s Tis the Season Cookbook has a lot of kick to it, once you have had a drink of this you will definitely be free of stress ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Speculaas

 

Macaroons

 

Saffron Shortbread

 

Layered Dip recipe by Fiona Hoskin

Eloise Emmett December Competition

Eloise Emmett December Competition

Every photo posted of an Eloise Emmett recipe in December gives you a chance to win an indulgence weekend at Little Norfolk Bay Events and Chalets – See the full competition details here.

Wallaby Fillet with Thyme Roasted Beetroot, Feta & Cherry Chutney – recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry Cookbook

 

Potato Salad, my recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry cookbook

 

Smoked Quail Caesar Salad

 

Quail with a walnut, apple and blue cheese salad and honey mustard dressing

 

Pork belly slow cooked in apple, fennel and white wine

 

Oysters topped with tomato,tabasco and vodka salsa

 

Beer Battered Fish

 

Homemade Fresh Pasta

 

Scallops in a white wine, caper, prosciutto, cream sauce with homemade fettuccini.

 

Chilli Lemon & Garlic Scallops Fettuccini

 

Lemon, Carrot & Polenta Cake with Lemon Syrup

 

Apple Crumble

 

Preserved Lemons

Eloise Emmett 30 Day Challenge

Eloise Emmett 30 Day Challenge

Eloise Emmett 30 Day Challenge – Another delicious challenge – how could I refuse this awesome opportunity!! My good friend Eloise Emmett has put out the challenge for people to see how easy & delicious her recipes are. Anyone who completes the challenge for 30 days will get to attend her workshop in Dec for free!! YAY!! Count me in!! You can cook recipes form any of her 3 award winning cook booksย  – The Real Food for Kids Cookbook, Seafood Everyday cook book or the Tasmanian Pantry Cookbook or any recipes from her website too!! I’m excited to get cooking & eating who wants to join in the fun too? It starts Oct 15th 2018!!!

Fresh Pasta

 

Tongola Pea Pasta (recipe used broad beans I had to use asparagus)

 

Apple Pie – (recipe was with blackberries but I had to use blueberries)

 

Creamy Potato Salad (my recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry cook book)

 

Moroccan Inspired Goats Kebabs (I used lamb instead) recipe also includes Ras al Hanout & served with Tzatziki (I made Ellie’s recipe for that too)

 

 

Scallops Wrapped in Bacon with Spicy Tomato Sauce

 

Banana Bread

 

Garlic Buttered Scallops on Fillet Steak with Hollandaise

 

Fermented Seeded Mustard

 

Dill & Feta Omelette (steamed in the varoma)

 

Smoked Salmon Pizza with Capers Red Onion & Sour Cream (I used Weston Farm’s peony capers)

 

Tuna Carpaccio

 

Fermented Honey Garlic

 

Peppered Tuna Steak

 

Pickled Octopus with Greek Salad

 

Slow Braised Lamb Shanks in Bruny Island Pinot Noir

 

Italian Pantry Meatballs

 

 

Slow Cooked Duck ( I did mine in the oven instead of the slow cooker)

 

Salmon Rashers with French Toast & Maple Syrup

 

Normandy Pork in Spreyton Fresh Cider with Apples, Celery & Walnuts

 

My Rhubarb Clafoutis recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry Cookbook

 

Kiss Biscuits

 

Red Miso Huon Salmon (using ingredients I had already)

 

One Pot Salmon (single serve)

 

Pink Eye Potato & Salmon Salad

 

Honey & Garlic Braised Bangor Farm Lamb Shanks

 

Lemon Tart

 

Caper Tart with Smoked Salmon & Red Onion Jam

 

Grilled Wallaby with a Roasted Beetroot, Roast Garlic & Goat’s Cheese Tart

 

Rhubarb & Custard Tart

 

Roast Tomato & Roast Garlic Soup

 

 

Crispy Baked Chicken Drumsticks

 

Panko Crumbed Abalone

 

Seared Doo Town Wallaby With Beetroot Puree, Goats Cheese, & Spiced Balsamic Reduction

 

Beef, Mushroom & Red Wine (Pie) I served the filling with sweet potato mash YUM!!

 

Summer Berry Pudding

 

Salt & Szechuan peppered Squid with Lemon Aioli

 

Lavender, Salmon Gravlax

 

Venison Carpaccio

 

Crispy Pepper Berry Tassal Salmon with Ashbolt Sparkling Elderflower

 

Buttermilk Blinis with Lavender Salmon Gravlax

 

Thai Venison Salad

 

Barbecued Octopus with Pea, Cabbage & Feta Salad

 

Black Forrest Trifle – My own recipe from the Tasmanian Pantry Cookbook

My Addiction To Dani Valent Video Website

My Addiction To Dani Valent Video Website

It’s no surprise to me or anyone else that I love this video site that Dani Valent has put together. Sign up here. It is a subscription site for amazing Thermomix recipe videos, you get 1 free video a month for the free subscription or for $89 a year you get 1 Thermomix video (with printable) recipe a week & you start with all the recipes when you join. Itโ€™s great value & features home cooking recipes by Dani & also amazing Chefโ€™s recipes too. What’s not to love? Being inspired to try & taste new recipes, learning new skills & ideas for your Thermomix cooking plus I love seeing how chefs use the Thermomix for their dishes. I have made a lot of the recipes already & some of them I have made a few times because they are so delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

Here is one of the free videos with Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking making Coconut Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup.

Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Black Rice Pudding

Breakfast Curd with Toasted Grains recipe by Chef Jesse Gerner – It was really yummy!

Chai Porridge

Miso Hollandaise (served with slow 60 degree eggs)

Buckwheat Kedgeree

Mango Lassi recipe by Jessi Singh

Khachapuri (a cheese pie from Georgia) recipe by Anthony Femia – so GOOD!!!

Wattleseed & Macadamia Dukkah

Bread With Tomato recipe by Emma Warren

Lettuce Soup

Steamed Oysters with Ginger & Spring Onion Oils, recipe by Victor Liong

Pierogies

Pretzels

Steamed Corn with Spicy Allioli another drool worthy recipe by Chef Jesse Gerner. Watch the free video here.

Shane Delia’s Warm Roasted Cauliflower Dip with Spiced Beef – You have to try this!! It could be the best dip ever!! I loved watching the video for this recipe too, it was a lot of fun!

Blue Cheese Dip โ€“ recipe by Anthony Femia

Sophia’s Grissini (Thermomix Baking Blogger)

Dani’s Dill Spiked Feta Dip

Cervelle de Canut Cheese Dip

Everything Salsa & then the same salsa used to make a cashew dip & a cream cheese dip- just 2 of the ideas for the salsa – so tasty & versatile!

Chicken Tart – This recipe by Dani has the most amazing lemon & mustard flavoured pastry – plus shredded chicken & buttery leeks in the filling!

Spicy Peach and Mango Jam Glazed Ham

Dani Valent’s Pithivier

Cheesy Quinoa Bites, recipe by Alice Zaslavsky

Sopa Freda de Melรณ โ€“ Melon Soup โ€“ Emma Warren

Strawberry Gazpacho with Tomato, Basil & Goatโ€™s Cheese Salad

Gazpacho โ€“ recipe by Eyal Shani


Recommended way to serve this dish is to drink straight from the Thermomix bowl!! If it’s good enough for Dani, then I’m in ๐Ÿ˜‰

Scallop Mousseline with Lemon Caper Sauce

Leek, Potato and Truffle Soup

Tasty “Emergency Lentil Soup” watch the video here.

Creamy Chicken and Brown Rice Soup – recipe by Jo Whitton from Quirky Cooking

Matzo Ball Soup (Dani asked me to make this recipe & photograph it for her website, I also had to make my own matzo because I couldn’t find any in Hobart to buy :-))

Pumpkin Soup with Virtual Bacon Dust – recipe from George Calombaris – this recipe is from the In the Mix cookbook – I have made it so many times & it’s my all time favourite pumpkin soup!

Mushroom & Millet Minestrone

Soulful Chicken Soup

Victor Liong’s Corn Custard with Chicken Congee – it’s seriously good!!

Goma Dofu (Japanese sesame tofu)

Jing Shui Daan recipe by Tony Tan – its a delicious steamed custard with shitake mushrooms & pork with black beans on top ๐Ÿ™‚

Gnocchi

Cauliflower Rice – it’s a delicious vegan recipe ๐Ÿ™‚

Shane Delia’s BBQ Prawn Kofte Salad is seriously good!!

Pear Coleslaw with Pear Vinaigrette

Beetroot, Pear & Pomegranate Salad

Prawn & Potato Salad

Lamb Shank Barley Casserole – Yes the shanks are steamed in the Varoma for some of the recipe!

duck bao

Delicious Duck Bao – inspired by the Momofuku recipe by David Chang

Char Siu Bao – Steamed Pork Buns

Hummus- recipe by EyalShani, such a great video to watch, and a delicious recipe to guide you but it is ultimately up to your taste buds to adjust the balance of flavours ๐Ÿ™‚

The Beauty of the Beets recipe by Sam Gowing

Zhoug

Tandoori Cauliflower

Tandoori Chicken

Preserved Lemons

Butter

Sushi Shapes from the Lunchbox Lessons post ๐Ÿ™‚

Chicken Lettuce Cups from the Lunchbox Lessons post ๐Ÿ™‚

Ultimate Mac and Cheese Toastie โ€“ recipe by Anthony Femia

Pineapple-spiked Vietnamese Lamb Salad

Hainanese Chicken & Egg, seriously amazing recipe by Trissalicious This is also from In the Mix & includes my favourite way to cook eggs – at 60 degrees!!

Jerk Chicken

Quirky Cooking Gluten Free & Dairy Free Chicken Pot Pie is so Yummy – we even took some for lunches too!.

Chicken Tinga So easy & delicious (pictured with my gluten free wrap – Dani’s recipes serves it with her flour tortilla recipe)

Turkey Buffe and Herby Quinoa Stuffing

Steamed Fish with Eggplant Miso – so healthy & fresh – a great recipe using the Varoma.

Aligot – French cheesy mash – so wicked & so good!!

Chilli & Lime Crumb – I’ve made this recipe from In the Mix Cookbook before – I love how tasty & versatile it is. watch the free video here.

Palak Paneer

Marmitako (Basque Seafood Stew) recipe by Chef Ruben Trincado – A delicious video filmed in Spain.

White Garlic Soup with Seafood – recipe by Chef Jaun Carlos Caro, in the video (filmed in Spain) you see him using the TM 21 to make this dish.

Vadouvan Mussels which includes the recipe for the Vadouvan spice mix ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuna version of the Poke with Furikake & Wasabi-spiked Avocado Sorbet

Wasabi-spiked Avocado Sorbet

Kha Nhom Jeen Nam Prik โ€“ Thai recipe by Pla Liamthong, that not too spicy peanut sauce is so good!!

Gang Prik with Steamed Chicken -another great Thai recipe from Pla Liamthong

Lamb Ribs

Thai Ribs with Coconut Rice & Coleslaw – this is the version I made with lamb instead of the beef – I made the beef version too & that was amazing, I will be making it again soon – for sure!!

Thai Ribs with Coconut Rice & Coleslaw

Fork-Apart Slow-Roasted Lamb Shoulder

Vitello Tonnato – An Italian dish of poached beef & tuna egg sauce, sounds weird but it is really delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

Gang Prik with Stir Fried Kangaroo โ€“ recipe by Pla Liamthong (I served mine with broccoli “rice”)

Beef stew with Polenta

Barolo Braised Beef with Polenta Cremoso, recipe by Chef Joseph Vargetto – The best polenta I’ve ever tasted!!

Cauliflower Crumbed Schnitzel

Low & Slow Asparagus Risotto – I got to watch Dani make this video at Prahran Market ๐Ÿ™‚

Creamy Tomato and Vodka Pasta Sauce

Egg Fu Yong

Egg Fu Yong, recipe by Ben Shewry – yes there is creamy scrambled eggs under that shredded chicken ๐Ÿ™‚

Native Pepper Berry Salt recipe by Jesse McTavish

Lamb Cutlets, Salsa Verde & Lovage Oil recipe by Jesse McTavish

Pork Cutlets with Chestnut & Apple Hash

Beef Rotolo

Boeuf a la Ficelle (Beef on a String)

Dani’s Hungarian Grandmotherโ€™s Goulash

Un-sandwiches – Dani’s Lunchbox Lessons made alphabet shaped rolls, I made the round ones!!

Best Ever Bread Buns – (these ones were made by Dani herself I got to be on her set for a couple of days shooting!! Yes it was awesome!!)

Dani cooking her BeetRoot Burgers for us to eat for lunch ๐Ÿ™‚

BeetRoot Burgers – This is the one from the shoot made by Dani herself too & I got to eat it ๐Ÿ™‚ Well we all had one, they were very tasty!!

My version of the BeetRoot Burger

Spaghetti Bolognese

Millet and Beetroot Pilaf

Double Trouble Dumplings with Tomato Passata

Kimchi

Amazake

Vegan Kimchi Mayo

Rice Crackers & Furikake

Fortune Cookies

Chestnut Butter

Pan de Muerto โ€“ Mexican Bread of the Dead

Pan de Muerto โ€“ Mexican Bread of the Dead

Banana-Choc Hemp Bliss Balls- Recipe by Julie McKie

Granola Bars

Sophia – Thermomix Baking Blogger‘s Orange Polenta Cake ๐Ÿ™‚ ( pic taken on set in Dani’s kitchen)

Cherry Pasta recipe by Chef Lorenzo Cogo (a gorgeous fusion of Italian & Japanese)

Chocolate Volcanos

Tarte Tatin

Peach & Mulberry Cobbler (Dani’s Recipe is for apricot cobbler)

Chilli Peanut Butter Truffles

Chocolate Mousse Brownies – Dani calls them little squares of joy & they are so WOW!!

Basque Cheesecake is so easy & delicious!! Watch the free video here.

Orange, Cardamom & Pistachio Truffles

Castagnaccio

Elaine’s Chocolate Cake – this is a super duper keeper recipe for sure – here are my other photos.

Karen Martini’s Banana Bread recipe

Plum Syrup Cake

Chocolate Ravioli with Orange & Apricot Sauce, recipe by Joseph Vargetto.

Steamed Pecan Pie Puddings

Steamed Orange Pudding with Almond Milk Ice Cream

Cherry Semifreddo, recipe by Christy Tania ( I loved licking the butterfly & the bowl for this one ;-))

Choc Top recipe by Christy Tania using the Cherry Semifreddo recipe (I didn’t have the correct silicone moulds but it was still deliciously wicked!!)

Egg Tarts – Tony Tan Recipe

Instant Chocolate Mousse

White Chocolate & Bailey’s Parfait with Coffee Crumble recipe by Julie from the Wholefood Alchemist.

Mexican Green Juice

Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Smoothie by Jo Whitton

Jar Smoothies (Mango) from the Lunchbox Lessons post ๐Ÿ™‚

Wet Chai

Tiramisu Martini โ€“ recipe by Anna Polyviou

Carrot & Sage Cocktail

Blueberry Spritz


Peach Margarita

Casa Daiquiri

Nefrozi

Watermelon Blush

Negroni


Sangranita

Watermelon Smash & Watermelon Rind Pickles

Watermelon Smash & Watermelon Rind & Ginger Pickles

Lemon Bomb Smoothie – recipe by Jock Zonfrillo

Mint & Choc-Chip Hemp Smoothie recipe by Julie McKie

Rhubarb Saffrontini

Cucumber, Lime & Mint Dry Ice Sorbet – recipe by Chef Pierre Roelofs

Passionfruit Dry Ice Sorbet – recipe by Donato Toce from Gelato Messina (This is possibly the best sorbet I’ve ever eaten!!)

Okonomi-Kimchi Savoury Pancakes
Tortilla (mine doesn’t look so good but it tasted good – I did the frypan option)
Middle Eastern Salmon with Tahini Sauce and Walnut Relish
French Toast Casserole
Flourless Almond, Coconut And Vanilla Cake recipe by Belinda Jeffery
Chestnut Pancakes with Instant Pear Bircher Muesli
Carrot Layer Cake recipe by Christina Tosi ( also in the In the Mix 2 cookbook)
Korma Curry Sauce by Jesse Singh
Pekmez – Turkish grape syrup
Pozole Negro – Mexican Chicken Soup
Brown Basmati Rice Salad
Potato Mochi – recipe by Michael Ryan
Pistachio-Crusted Lamb Cutlets with Green Tahini Sauce
Mint & Coriander Chutney, recipe by Jessi Singh
Apricot and Almond Cake
Prawn Cocktail Skewers recipe by Emma Warren
Buttered Cabbage with Orange Syrup – recipe by Gerard Phelan
Spice Rubs
Egg in a Jar
Coconut Chicken Salad
Otak Otak

I’ll keep updating this page as I go with photos of the recipes I have made from the site – as you can see there is a good range of family meals & exciting fun things to give a try too.