Entertaining with Dani Valent

Words can not express how excited I was to get my advanced signed copy of this awesome cookbook!! I have been lucky enough to do a bit of recipe testing for this cookbook & was invited for a week of the photoshoot – along with a couple of other cooks I got to cook some of the dishes that were photographed for the shoot. We all had a Thermomix each to use. It was so amazing to watch the pros work their magic with the styling & photography, I learnt so much & had so much fun too. I am so grateful for the experience.

There are so many amazing chapters & delicious recipes to share with you, here are a few pictures of the recipes I have made already & I will continue to update them. By the way don’t forget to check out the official Entertaining with Dani Valent site & register your progressive dinner in Feb to win great prizes.

The day after I got the book in the post – so exciting!!


Bloody Maria


Kale, Chia, Pear & Orange Smoothie


Wholemeal Crumpets


Green Fig & Lime Marmalade


Rhubarb & Blackberry Breakfast Tart


Spiced Carrot Porridge


Bacon and Cinnamon Scrolls with Salted Maple Glaze


Smoked Salmon Muffins with Steamed Eggs & Herbed Relish




Sunny Gazpacho


Tuna Empanadas made by my Mum


Tuna Empanadas


Chorizo & Prawn al la Sidra


Herb-Salted Chicken and Chickpea Casserole


Peas & Jamón


Steamed Orange Pudding with Almond Milk Ice Cream


Masterstock Chicken


Daikon Salad (recipe with Masterstock Chicken)


Prawn Wontons


Steamed Fish Black Beans & Rice (I had to use trevally instead of snapper)


Char Siu Bao – Steamed Pork Buns


Sichuan Pepper and Chilli Salt Squid


Chinese greens with XO Sauce


Fortune Cookies


Fortune Cookies



Cherry Margarita


Rhubarb & Vanilla Rhumba


Pear Mulled Wine


Romesco Dip


Rice Crackers


Spiced Nut Clusters


Mushroom Cappuccino (Mushroom Soup)


Sweet Potato Blini with Cumin & Sesame Crème Fraîche


Lamb Kibbeh


Black & White Chocolate Tatufo



Mimosa Float


Pea & Lettuce Soup


Steamed Asparagus with Caper Crumb


Champagne poached Chicken Terrine (Rustic Serving)


Champagne poached Chicken Terrine (Posh Serving)


Ruby Kingfish with Citrus Yoghurt Dressing


Spinach Salad with Crunchy Quinoa & Green Goddess Dressing


Apple, Pear & Bay Leaf Cake & yes it’s gluten free!



Shichimi Togarashi Oysters


Pumpkin & Blue Cheese Arancini


Almond Thins


Inside Out Chicken Parmigiana (I used sweet potato instead of potato)


Sweet Potato & Grain Salad


Peanut Butter Parfait, Chocolate Bark & Raspberries


Mandarin Crème Brûlée (I couldn’t find my blow torch lol!)


Pappadums with Mint & Coriander Chutney


Apple & Cucumber Relish


Tandoori Chicken


A variation is the Tandoori Cauliflower


Goan Fish & Tamarind Curry with Coconut Rice


Palak Paneer


Kashmiri Garlic Naan


Pilaf with Fragrant Tarka


Shirkhand (flavoured hung yoghurt)



Pineapple Rum Cocktail


Vegetable Pots


Cheese Puffs with Honeyed Goats Cheese


Confit Salmon, Parmesan Gnocchi with Creamed Cauliflower.


Mango Truffles, Strawberry Spheres & White Chocolate


Chocolate Volcanos


Gin & Cucumber Cooler


Gin & Cucumber Cooler (So refreshing)


Guacamole with Mango (Yes I love it!)


Smoky Chicken Thighs


Chilorio Shredded Pork with Lime-Pickled Onions


Chilorio Shredded Pork with Lime-Pickled Onions ( & I also had it with pork crackling too YUM!)


Flour Tortillas


Red Rice


Steamed Corn with Chipotle Mayo & Coriander Salsa


Family Beans





Spiced Apple Liqueur


Prawns, Wasabi Panna Cotta with Lime Sauce (I didn’t have any yuzu for the sauce)

Hearts Entwined Loaf


Parmesan-Crusted Lamb Cutlets, Creamed Spinach & Smashed Spuds


Chocolate Love Cake with Turkish Delight Jelly (I made my jelly into hearts & I only had pink food colour instead of red)


Chocolate Love Cake made for a team members birthday 🙂


Zesty Avocado with Crab


Asparagus Tart with Sour Cream Pastry


Prawn Salad with Horseradish Cream (a couple of changes to ingredients to what I had available)


Turkey Buffe & Herby Quinoa Stuffing


Spicy Peach & Mango Chutney


Celebration Saffron & Sage Bread with Ginger Butter


Pavlova Towers



Blackberry Vinegar Chocolate Truffles


Baba Ghanoush


Roasted Carrot Hummus




Yoghurt Soup Cups




Grain Salad Lettuce Cups


Vadouvan Spiced Mini Rolls



Tomato Soup with Ham & Cheese Wands


Sticky Chicken Drumettes


Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder & Fennel with Agrodolce


Cobb Salad


Chocolate Ripple Cheesecake Towers


Lychee & Mango Icy Poles

NYE 2015

So glad to finally have a few days off after our 3 days of fun at the Taste Theatre, I hadn’t organised anything for NYE just a quiet evening at home. About 3pm my sister rings up & says that apparently my hubby had invited them over & did we still want them to come? (It was a throw away comment at Christmas.) We thought why not it was another warm day so we thought we would throw together a BBQ. Lucky I had bought that lamb off the farmer at the market in Dec, we got some lamb chops out of the freezer. We had our tub of Quirky Cooking’s BBQ sauce I had already made the delicious cheese biscuits log & had it in the freezer, so sliced it up & baked it. We had corn chips, with homemade pesto, some leftover scrolls from the Taste Theatre session, olives, prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, plus we threw together a Greek style salad with lettuce from the garden! Some times last minute get togethers can be the best ones 🙂