Spicy Lamb Curry

This Spicy Lamb Curry really knocked my socks off … maybe I will cut back on the chilli next time!!! I am not adding any salt to my food so have reverted back to making my own spice mixes for curry’s as the ready made mixes in the store all seem to have salt. I love the process of making my own – so much fun – exploring how different a curry tastes with such minor tweaks to the ingredients. This is a great foundation and you can start exploring making your own! Spice blend ingredients: 2 teaspoons black peppercorns 2 … Continue reading Spicy Lamb Curry

Lamb & Fennel Casserole

  This is one of the tastiest, simplest casseroles I have ever made. The photo was taken on the stove top before the lid went on! 500g lamb cubed (you could use any meat or tofu) 1 large fennel bulb 1 large brown onion 2 bay leaves 1 star anise 1 heaped teaspoon turmeric powder 1 heaped teaspoon ground black pepper 1 pinch all spice powder 1 pinch chilli 2 tablespoon coconut oil In a heavy based saucepan (with a secure lid) melt the coconut oil on a medium heat Fry the onion till translucent and starting to brown then … Continue reading Lamb & Fennel Casserole

Sticky Lamb Ribs

Lamb ribs were on sale last week and I have never cooked with them before. As I am on a lean budget at the moment, I grabbed some and thought I’d have a crack at a new recipe … Pre-heat the oven to 220oC 1 small brown onion 10 or so cherry tomatoes 2 garlic cloves 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper 1 teaspoon chilli flakes 1 teaspoon fennel seeds 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 tablespoon fresh or dried thyme Juice of half a lemon Wizz all the ingredients in a blender till a smooth paste. Add more chilli to the sauce … Continue reading Sticky Lamb Ribs

Fish Dumplings & Tamarind Lemongrass Curry

Sydney is inspiring me to create some amazing combinations and this one is incredible! The First Sydney Curry was made with lamb dumplings, but I know it would work with fish dumplings as well. I have never made fish dumplings before today so it was a complete experiment and one that has exceeded all taste bud magic x 1 billion. The curry paste: 1 large garlic clove or two teaspoons of minced or dried1 stalk of fresh lemongrass or two teaspoons minced or dried 1 tablespoon tamarind paste 10 ish kaffir lime leaves 10 ish curry leaves 1 heaped teaspoon … Continue reading Fish Dumplings & Tamarind Lemongrass Curry

First Sydney Curry Paste

After some grocery shopping today with Maxine, we realised that all the pre-made curry pastes in the supermarket have sugar in them, so I felt to make one up! 4 garlic cloves 1/2 large red onion – roughly chopped 2 teaspoons dried chilli 2 teaspoons turmeric 2 teaspoons cumin seeds or ground 2 teaspoons coriander seeds or ground 15 or so curry leaves 1 star anise 2 teaspoons of fresh chopped lemongrass 2 tablespoons of water Blend all of the above in a small blender till you have a fine paste. The twist on this recipe tale is that I … Continue reading First Sydney Curry Paste

Fennel Celery Mince & Guacamole!

This wholesome amazingness was whipped up in about 20 minutes and totally loved by Maxine and I for dinner tonight … you can use whatever mince you like or mash firm tofu for a hearty vegan option. Here’s the simplicity of the meal and you can create your own with whatever you have in the fridge – be bold and you will get more confident to explore your own yummy recipes. The only thing that always remains the same is the guacamole – I’ve been making it the same  my whole life and it’s scrumptious and as they say – … Continue reading Fennel Celery Mince & Guacamole!

Sarah’s Asian Chicken & Seaweed Soup

Hello everyone! I just found this in some notes … a creation from a while ago that is going on the menu for sure! Pop some skinless chicken thighs (with the bone) into a deep saucepan and barely cover with water. Simmer with sesame oil, star anise, cinnamon bark, shallots, lemongrass, peppercorns. chilli and garlic … when the chicken is almost falling from the bone … strain the liquid and save it. Remove the chicken bones then return the liquid to the pot, discarding the cinnamon, star anise, lemongrass, peppercorns etc. to the pot with the chicken minus the bones … Continue reading Sarah’s Asian Chicken & Seaweed Soup