Seafood Corn Chowder

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In the interests of full disclosure:

  • this is not my recipe
  • nor have I made it before…

I have enjoyed it at my friend Victoria’s home however, where she has made it to begin the Good Friday lunch that her family host each year (they also own and run a beautiful Barossa Valley winery and restaurant, Lou Miranda Estate).

I shared a photo of it on my Instagram account and the recipe was requested, so here it is…

Seafood Corn Chowder Recipe

Cooking time 1-1.5 hours
Serves 10 average size bowls

Ingredients:

  • 5 litres fish stock
  • 100g butter
  • 50ml olive oil
  • 2 onions
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 4 celery sticks
  • 4 carrots
  • 3 leeks
  • 600g canned corn
  • 6 large potatoes
  • Bay leaf
  • Thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 600ml cream (Optional – Victoria said she removed my server – sans cream – from the pot before adding cream, tasted it, and decided it tasted better without so everyone went dairy free!)
  • Scallops
  • Prawns
  • Fish (The quantity of seafood is up to you. Victoria uses about 3 prawns and scallops, and 2 chunks of fish per person)
  • Vegetable stock cube  (Optional)
  • Parsley to serve

Method:

  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large pot on a medium to high heat. The pot will need to be big enough to make up to 7 litres.
  2. Dice onion, garlic, celery, carrot and leeks, place them into the heated butter and oil, cook until onions are translucent.
  3. Chop potatoes into small chunks (the bigger the potato pieces means you need to cook the soup for longer). Tie the bay leaf and thyme with some cooking string, you need to be able to remove this from the pot before blending the soup.
  4. Add the potatoes, corn, bay leaf and thyme to the pot and cover with the fish stock, once the stock has come to the boil reduce to a simmer. If you do not have enough fish stock you can top the pot up with water.
  5. Season with salt and pepper to taste. If you find you need more flavour add the vegetable stock cube.
  6. When the potatoes are cooked through use a stick blender to make the soup smooth. Add the cream – if you choose to – and continue to cook on a simmer
  7. 10-15 minutes before you are ready to serve add the scallops, prawns and fish.
  8. Once the fish looks like it is cooked through, serve the soup in a bowl with finally chopped parsley.

Buon appetito!

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Gluten and dairy free carrot and zucchini muffins

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gluten and dairy free carrot and zucchini muffins recipe

As mentioned in my previous post, I seem to only cook new recipes and have time to blog on long weekends, now, so thank you very much to the Queen for having a birthday!

I’m really lucky to have a lot of friends who also like cooking (and eating) and sharing their healthy recipes, such as this one, thanks Jacqui!

I’ve been looking for a good vegetable-based snack recipe for a while that’s not uber expensive to make, and this one fits the bill!

Despite our oven being rubbish, they turned out really well. I think with a better oven they would have risen a bit more, but maybe let me know how you go…

Gluten and Dairy-free Carrot and Zucchini Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2 whisked eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • ½ cup  carrots, peeled and grated (this was about 1 smallish carrot for me)
  • ¾ cup zucchini, grated (this was about 3/4 of a regular size zucchini for me)
  • ¼ cup raw honey, melted
  • ¼ cup organic coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 cup sultanas (optional, I actually had these out on the bench but forgot to put them in! Will have to try again with them)

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
  2. Prepare muffin pan by placing liners in each hole (I found that my muffins stuck a bit, so maybe spray them with some olive oil spray first).
  3. Combine dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl (almond meal, coconut flour, cinnamon, baking soda and sea salt).
  4. Melt honey and coconut oil together, then allow to cool slightly (so you don’t cook the eggs) and combine them with the remaining wet ingredients in another bowl (eggs, raw honey, organic coconut oil and vanilla extract).
  5. Add wet ingredients to  dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  6. Add grated carrots, grated zucchini and sultanas, and stir all ingredients together.
  7. Using a tablespoon, add the mixture to each muffin liner. Each liner should be ½ to ¾ full.
  8. Place muffin pan in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes.

Roast vegetable frittata

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Gluten Free Roast Vegetable Frittata

Oh my. I can’t believe how long it has been since my last post.

But in my defence, in the last couple of months I started working for myself and got married. So there.

Thankfully after all this busy-ness, we recently had a public holiday, which is my favourite excuse to have a BBQ lunch and catch up with friends.

The friends in question have recently had a baby (and one is vegetarian), so we were after a quick and easy lunch. It was also about 40˙C  so weren’t keen for hot food… this frittata is just the ticket! It can be made the day before and is delicious cold, making it great for picnics and similar occasions.

It’s chocked full of vegetables and protein, making it wonderfully filling and satisfying, without being too stodgy.

The vegetable ingredients below are a suggestion only, and you can replace, use anything you have to hand.

You can also leave out the cheese and make it dairy free as well.

Gluten-free Roast Vegetable Frittata

Ingredients:

The below vegetable and herb ingredients are a guide only. You can easily substitute your preferred vegetables, or use those at hand.

  • 1 x sweet potato
  • 1-2 x capsicums, roasted (or you can use bought roast capsicums from the deli section or jarred)
  • Handful baby spinach or rocket
  • Few sprigs of fresh basil or parsley
  • 6-8 eggs
  • 150grams (ish) fetta (optional, leave it out to make this dish dairy free. FYI, I use goat’s fetta)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180˙C (for pre-roasting the vegetables, then cooking the frittata).
  2. Grease and line a square or round baking tin for the frittata. I recommend a round one with releasable sides.
  3. Peel and slice the sweet potato into approximately 5mm thick slices. Place in a baking tray drizzled with olive oil and bake for 10-15 minutes, until soft. Remove from oven and cool.
  4. Slice and de-seed capsicums (if using fresh). You can either roast them with the sweet potato, or place under a grill, skin side towards the heat/flame. Cook for a few minutes, and keep an eye on them as the skin starts to pucker and blacken. Don’t worry about the skin burning, this is ideal. Try to get as much of the skin blackened as possible.
  5. Roasted capsicums in plastic bag. Looks weird, but it works.

    Roasted capsicums in plastic bag. Looks weird, but it works.

    Remove the capsicum from either the baking dish or grill, place in a plastic bag and seal. Stay with me here… this is a trick my Dad taught me on how to easily make your own roasted capsicum.

  6. Leave the capsicum in the plastic bag for about 5-10 minutes so that it steams up. This is a great time to be preparing other vegetables etc. Remove capsicum from bag, and peel away the skin. If using the grill method, this burning and then steaming makes it really easy to remove, while also giving it a lovely roasted flavour. Don’t worry if you can’t remove all the skin, just remove as much as possible.
  7. Rinse any fresh leaves that you’ll be using, and slice the fetta into 5mm thick slices (if using).
  8. Begin your frittata assembly by lining the baking tin with a layer of sweet potato, then capsicum, then spinach/rocket/herbs, then some crumbled fetta, and repeat until your baking tin is nearly filled to the top.
  9. Now crack 6 eggs into a bowl or jug, season with salt and pepper (though I don’t recommend using salt if also including fetta, as it can become too salty), and mix to combine. I also recommend starting off with 6 eggs so that your tin doesn’t overflow…
  10. Pour seasoned egg mixture into tin over vegetables. Pour through the gaps, and turn the tin to make sure the egg fills up all the spaces. If you can’t see the egg mixture through the top layer, crack, beat and add 1-2 more eggs until you can see the egg.
  11. Place frittata in oven and cook for 30-45 minutes until firm to the touch, and you are sure all the egg is cooked. This time will vary depending on your oven. It actually took 1 hour in mine. It’s much better to be safe and overcook (providing you don’t burn it) than undercook though.
  12. Once cooked, remove from oven, and allow to cool in baking tin for 5-10 minutes, just to make sure it stays firm. Then remove from tin, and serve warm or cool completely to serve cold.

Enjoy! Let me know any other vegetables you would, or do add to yours in the comments!

8 (well, 7) hour pulled pork with cherry and peach salsa

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Skip the jibber jabber, take me straight to the recipe!

Some people hate photos of food shared on social media channels.

I love them.

I love getting inspiration for new places to go, dishes to order and recipes to make.

So when my Interwebz friend @flooziemagoo posted:

I thought “hellz yeah! I want me some of that edible air!” and promptly copied her and made the same dish. Well, it wasn’t really prompt as it was the next day, and I also started later than I planned to, hence the 7 hours rather than the recommended 8…

The recipe is from this awesome site Iowa Girl Eats. It’s namesake – Kristin – loves cooking and eating and running as well (the latter to counteract the former) so I think we’ld get along famously.

While the pork does take time to make, it has relatively few, and fairly simple ingredients, and one surprising one. The main liquid used by Kristin in the original recipe is Dr Pepper. Yes, the soft drink (or soda). I substituted sarsparilla. It’s quite similar, and it’s what @flooziemagoo used, so clearly I’m going to copy her.

The recipe also calls for chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. I couldn’t find these at my local Foodland, so used chillies and made some adobo sauce. I’ve included the recipe below. You can probably find them at a gourmet grocer or specialty shop though.

The other neat trick I learnt is with the meat itself (shout out to my local butcher!). The pork cut is pork shoulder. Most pork roats are actually pork shoulder, but they have the thick layer of fat that is used for crackling. This recipe doesn’t require the fat, so you can cut this off and if not using immediately, roll it up, seal in cling wrap and freeze it. You can then either cook crackling on its own another time, or wrap it around another roast – even a lamb or beef roast – to give it extra moisture. Pretty cool, huh?

8 Hour Pulled Pork with Cherry and Peach Salsa

Ingredients:

For the pork

  • 1 large brown onion
  • 2kg pork shoulder, excess fat removed
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons adobo sauce (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 cup gluten free BBQ sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 600ml sarsparilla

For the salsa

  • 1 cup chopped cherries (stones removed)
  • 1 cup chopped peaches (yellow or white, stones removed)
  • 1/4 cup chopped coriander
  • 1 minced jalapeño
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • dash of salt

For serving

  • Gluten free tortillas or brown rice (cooked to directions) or as one of many dishes in your Mexican feast!

Method:

  1. Slice the onion into quarters, separate the layers and place over the bottom of your slow cooker (oh, did I mention it’s a slow cooker recipe? If you don’t have one, you can also use a large, heavy pot and cook it on low on the stove top, or in the oven).
  2. Trim all excess fat from the pork shoulder, and cut it into 5 or 6 large pieces.
  3. Season each piece of pork generously with salt and pepper.
  4. Add the chipotle peppers, adobo sauce, BBQ sauce, brown sugar and sarsaparilla.
  5. Cook on low for 8 hours (or if you’re running late like me, cook on high for a few hours, then drop it down to low for the last few hours.
  6. And try not to salivate too much.
  7. You can make the salsa ahead of time, and let it marinade in its own sweet spicy goodness… Combine the chopped cherries, peaches, coriander, minced jalapeños, lime juice and salt, mixing everything together. I’ll admit I was a little wary of this combination when first making, and even right before trying, but especially with the pork, it just works!
  8. When the pork is cooked through, oh so tender and falling apart… shred it up, place in a bowl and strain the juices off through a sieve. Then return enough of the juices to cover the meat and keep it moist.
  9. Serve the pulled pork and salsa with gluten free tortillas or brown rice, and enjoy!


Adobo Sauce

If you can’t find adobo sauce, here’s how to make it…

Ingredients:

  • 12 chipotle chillies (or just long red ones if you’re like me and can’t find the others), wiped clean, stemmed, slit open, seeded, and deveined
  • 3/4 cup water for blending, or more if necessary
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 rounded teaspoon ground cumin

Method:

  1. Heat a skillet over medium-low heat and toast the chillies, turning them frequently over and pressing them down with the tongs until they’re fragrant and their insides have changed colour slightly. Approximately 1 minute each.
  2. Soak the chillies in enough water to cover them until they are soft (approximately half and hour). Drain and discard the soaking water.
  3. Put the chilies in a blending container with 3/4 cup fresh water and the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth (approximately 3 minutes) adding a little more water if necessary to puree.
  4. To get a smoother texture, strain the adobo sauce through a medium mesh sieve.

The adobo sauce keeps in the fridge for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

Images courtesy of @flooziemagoo. I was too busy trying to eat the air to take any…

Gorgeous green juice

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I got pretty excited when I finally found kale at the local sustainable market, and bought two massive bunches of it… So then I had to find other things to do with it.

My housemate’s got a juicer, so I decided to try juicing it. I searches for a few recipes and eventually came across this one which I like.

If you prefer sweet juices, this probably isn’t for you. It’s very veggie, and a bit tart, but sooo good for you. I also find it a great immune system boost, particularly in this wintery weather.

Gorgeous green juice

Ingredients:

Adjust the quantity as you prefer, or to make more. This is about how much I use for one large glass.

  • 1/3 continental cucumber, cut into pieces
  • 2 smallish apples (I used red delicious), cut into quarters, with the pips removed
  • 1 lemon, peel removed and cut into quarters
  • 1 handful-ish of continental parsley, chopped
  • Approximately 8-10 kale leaves, chopped

Method:

  1. Rinse all of the chopped/prepared ingredients and juice through a juicing machine.
  2. And drink!

If you need an extra immune boost, try stirring through a heaped teaspoon of spirulina.

If you can’t be bothered making your own juice, or want to take it to the next level and treat your body to a full juice detox, check out Juice Revolution.

They’ve got a range of delicious and uber-organic juice products and detox programs. You can order them online and make your body sing!

And while the lovely Juice Revolution ladies are friends of mine, this is not a sponsored post. Just sharing a great product and service.

Vanilla sweet potato and kale curry

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It seems that “kale” is the new black. Pretty much every second recipe I am attracted to these days uses kale, and for a while it was a “mythical” ingredient.

I eventually tracked some down at the fortnightly sustainable markets at my local primary school. I swiftly bought two bunches, and then figured I should dig up one of the aforementioned recipes to use it in.

I finally decided to make another recipe from the My New Roots Holiday Reader Recipe Challenge PDF download on the My New Roots food blog; Vanilla Sweet Potato and Kale curry, submitted by Janet (check out the photo of it on her blog, it’s much better than mine).

I was unsure what to expect of it, especially not having tried kale before. But it was divine… my goodness. So good. Here it is:

Vanilla Sweet Potato and Kale Curry

Ingredients:

  • Approximately 500g sweet potato and 500g pumpkin (I used butternut), cut into 2-3cm cubes
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 415mL coconut milk (or 1 can)
  • 1 cup unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes (or to your preferred heat)
  • 4 packed cups of kale (washed and chopped or torn into pieces)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sultanas
  • 1/8 cup salted peanuts (for garnish)
  • shredded coconut (for garnish), I lightly toasted mine in a hot pan before garnishing, nom.

Method:

  1. Cook sweet potato and pumpkin in microwave on high for 6.5 minutes (or steam if you don’t like using evil microwaves).
  2. Heat a large pot on medium to high heat.
  3. Spray with cooking spray and add sweet potato and pumpkin, cooking until they begin to brown, then stir in the chopped garlic.
  4. Add the coconut milk, milk, spices, salt and chilli flakes.
  5. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  6. Mash the mixture with a potato masher or puree with a hand held blender.
  7. Add the sultanas, kale and vanilla, and cover again.
  8. Cook for 8-10 more minutes, until the kale is bright in colour.
  9. Serve with brown rice, and garnish with the salted peanuts and toasted shredded coconut.

I hope you like it as much as I did. I found it also went really well with When Harry Met Sally.

Leek, broccoli and herb soup

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Yay! It’s soup weather!

I love soup. So much so that I started a “Soup Club” at our workplace last Winter, and we blogged the recipes on the Opensource Soup blog.

There is nothing more nourishing than eating – and preparing – a beautiful soup. And they don’t have to have a vast number of complex ingredients, or take a long time to make either.

This gorgeous soup recipe is from Miranda Kerr’s Kora Organics blog. It has lovely fresh green vegies and herbs in it, so it’s good, good, good for you!

Leek, broccoli and herb soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, chopped (you might want to remove the stringy bits on the outside of the celery before chopping)
  • 2 broccoli heads (stems included), roughly chopped
  • 1 leek halved lengthways and thinly sliced
  • 2 cups homemade vegetable stock (or good quality gluten and dairy free bought vegetable stock)
  • handful mint, coarsely chopped
  • handful parsley, coarsely chopped
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons coconut milk (this is optional, but I added it and recommend it)
  • handful slithered almonds and additional parsley to garnish (you can lightly toast the almonds if you like) and ground black pepper if desired.

These roasted tamari pepitas and sunflower seeds also made a delicious vegan garnish. Another good option is grated brasil nut.

Method:

  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large, heavy-based saucepan and add the chopped leek, onion and garlic.
  2. Fry over medium to low heat for 5-6 minutes until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add the chopped celery and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the chopped broccoli, then pour the vegetable stock in.
  5. Bring to the boil, then add the chopped mind and parsley, and sea salt to taste.
  6. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. Transfer to a blender and add the coconut milk (or add the coconut milk and use a hand held blitzer thingy in the saucepan) and blend the soup to your desired consistency. I like to leave a bit of texture in my soups, but you can blend it smooth if you prefer.
  8. Reheat if required, then ladle into bowls, garnish with the slithered almonds, parsley and pepper.

I hope it warms the cockles of your heart as much as it did mine!

The gorgeous green veggies frying away, they smell divine… yum!

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