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We love lamb shanks in our house and I am always looking for new ways to prepare them. We loved this recipe it had a great flavour combination with just the right amount of spiciness coming through without taking away from the yummy natural flavour of the lamb. I just simmered our shanks on the stove top on a low heat rather than doing them in the oven. I served ours over couscous and it was a truly delicious meal. If you would like to read more reviews on this recipe or see more photos please click here.

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Ingredients

3 Tablespoons olive oil
1kg Lamb shanks
1/4 Cup plain flour (seasoned)
2 Onions, sliced
1 Large green capsicum, cored & sliced
1 Fennel bulb, sliced
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger, grated
3 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 Teaspoon ground coriander
1 Teaspoon ground cumin
500ml Chicken stock
1 Pinch saffron thread
2 Teaspoons sambal oelek
1 1/2 Teaspoons honey
Freshly ground salt & pepper, to taste
1 Cup dried apricot, chopped
parsley, to serve

Method

1. Preheat oven to 150°C.

2. In a casserole dish flour lamb and brown in hot oil. Then remove and set aside.

3. Add a little more oil to dish and gently sauté onion, capsicum and fennel until softish, stirring regularly and scraping the bottom of the pot.

4. Add ginger, garlic, coriander and cumin, and mix well.

5. Add stock, saffron, sambal, honey, seasonings and apricots.

6. Return lamb to pot, stir, cover.

7. Place in oven for about 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until cooked to your liking.

Serve with couscous, rice or mashed potato and sprinkled with fresh parsley.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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This is fabo pork tenderloin recipe, the end result is truly delicious. I used sun-dried tomatoes in place of fresh as we are not the biggest tomato fans in my family and they worked really well. I served ours with a side of vegetables, drizzled a little of the sauce over the pork and served the rest on the side. If you would like to read more reviews on this recipe please click here.

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Ingredients

3lbs Pork tenderloins
8 Ounces fresh button mushrooms, sliced
1 Cup tomato, peeled and roughly chopped
1 Medium yellow onion, diced
2 Tablespoons flour
2 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
2 Teaspoons lemon pepper
6 Minced garlic cloves
2 Cups chicken stock
2-4 Tablespoons cream

Note: I added the cream at the end and then thickened with cornflour as we prefer our sauce a little thicker so take your pick.

Method

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Melt the butter and oil in a large, oven safe pan with a lid.

3. Season the pork by rubbing it with the lemon pepper and half of the garlic and then rolling it in flour.

4. Brown the pork on all sides over medium heat; this should take roughly 10 minutes. Remove the pork to a plate.

5. Add the onions and mushrooms to the pan and brown for 5 minutes, then add tomatoes and stir to coat everything. Add the remaining garlic and the chicken stock. Stir well and then place the pork on top.

6. Cover the pan and return to the oven for 45 – 60 minutes until the pork is done.

7. Remove the pork from the pan, and add the cream to lightly thicken the sauce.

8. Let the pork rest for approx 7 minutes, then slice and serve atop rice or noodles and pour some sauce over the top of the pork.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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This is a very quick and easy recipe to use up any vegetables that is tasty too. If you would like to read more reviews on this one or see more photos please click here. You will see from my photo that I used broccoli and cauliflower in this as well as a leek instead of onion. I served this to go with a pork loin I was cooking, I also added extra mustard just our preference.

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Ingredients

1 Tablespoon oil
1 Onion, thinly sliced
1 Carrot, cut into thin coins
1/4 Small cabbage, shredded finely
2 Stalks celery, sliced thinly
1/2 Red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
1/2 Cup cream
1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
Fresh ground black pepper
Salt
1/4 Cup parmesan cheese

Method

1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat, Add the vegetables and toss well, then cover until cooked and tender but not mushy (about 8 minutes). Stir every couple of minutes.

2. Add the cream and mustard and bring back to a simmer. Cook for a couple of minutes more, then remove from the heat, sprinkle over the parmesan, season to taste, stir then serve.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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This is a very novel way to prepare food especially if your entertaining. Everyone can relax and talk while having fun cooking the food at the table. I have listed the original recipe below but you will see from my photos that I did beef, chicken, salmon, perch and prawns for the meat. One of the things I love about this is you can do whatever you like and do what ever dips you want and as many or as few as you like. I did loads which made it even more fun trying which ones went the best with each different meat of fish. I also just added the spinach and cabbage into the broth as the pan was quite a large capacity. I cooked the noodles on the stove top and then put them in a bowl on the table, which we just kept adding to the pot to warm them through for about a minute. If you would like to view the original recipe please click here.

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Ingredients

5-6 Ounces chicken breasts
1 lb Red snapper fillet
1/2 lb Large raw shrimp
1/2 lb Napa cabbage (Chinese Cabbage)
1 Bunch spinach
1/4 lb Bean thread noodles (dried vermicelli)
4 Cups chicken stock or vegetable stock
2 Cups water
1 Tablespoon chinese rice wine or dry sherry
2 Slices ginger
1 Green onion

Suggested Dips

Dark soy sauce
Light soy sauce
Ketjap Manis
Sesame paste
Fermented bean curd (mashed)
Chili oil
Rice vinegar
Hoisin sauce
Bearnaise
Cocktail
Garlic Aoli

Method

1. Cut the chicken and red snapper filets into thin slices. Rinse the shrimp under warm running water and cut in half lengthwise.

2. Wash and shred the Napa cabbage and spinach. Soak the bean thread noodles in hot water until softened.

3. Place the sliced chicken, shrimp, red snapper and the shredded vegetables on separate platters on the table. Place the dipping sauces on the table in small individual bowls. Make sure each guest has a complete place setting, including a dipping fork (color-coded if possible) and a small bowl for placing the cooked food.

4. On the stove, bring the broth and water with the rice wine to a boil, and add the ginger and green onion. Transfer enough broth to the fondue pot or hot pot so that the pot is approximately 2/3 – 3/4 full. (How much broth you need will depend on the size of the pot). Place the pot on the burner, and keep it simmering throughout the meal. Keep the remaining broth warming on the stovetop.

5. To serve, invite guests to spear the food with a dipping fork and cook briefly in the broth until cooked, then dip the cooked food in the sauces as desired.

6. Use a dipping basket to cook the vegetables in batches in the hot broth and ladle out into the soup bowls.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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This is a great steak recipe it easy to prepare and tastes great, all the flavours go together really well from the spiced rub to the topping. I made it a little different than stated in that I put the relish and goats cheese inside large mushroom caps and then placed them on top of the steaks. I also had a little juice left over from the relish, so added a couple of tablespoons of balsamic vinegar to it and a little beef stock, heated it up and then drizzled that over the steaks as well. If you would like to read more reviews on this recipe or see more photos please click here.

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Ingredients

Steaks

3 Teaspoons brown sugar
1 1/2 Teaspoons ground paprika
1 1/2 Teaspoons ground cumin
1 1/2 Teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 Teaspoons black pepper
Salt, to taste
4 Steaks fillet or sirloin steak or your favourite cut

Relish

2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/2 Teaspoon sugar
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
1 Yellow bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
1/4 Cup green onion, sliced
1/4 Cup goat cheese, crumbled

Method

1. About 30 minutes before grilling, prepare the rub from the steaks and set aside 1/4 teaspoon of the mixture for the pepper relish.

2. Rub the remaining rub into the meat and allow to sit at room temperature.

3. Prepare the relish by whisking together the vinegar, Dijon mustard sugar and reserved rub mixture.

4. Drizzle in the oil, whisking constantly to blend; add the bell peppers and green onions tossing to blend.

5. Preheat the grill to high and grill steaks on both sides until cooked to desired doneness, 8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare.

6. Remove the meat from the grill and allow to rest 5 to 10 minutes before slicing; slice and serve topped with the relish and sprinkled with the goat cheese.

I put the relish inside mushroom caps which I first cooked on the stove top, placed the relish inside, topped with goats cheese and I then placed it back under the grill for a few Min’s to melt the cheese.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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This is a very easy curry recipe to put together and it tastes and smells wonderful.. I used a red curry paste for the curry and I also added vegetables to ours to make it a complete meal, as we are eating lower carb at the moment and I was not serving this with rice. I used chicken breasts which I partially cooked in a fry pan and then sliced thickly and added them to the curry to finish cooking. I think chicken thighs would also be great in this or even a whole chook cut up. If you would like to read more reviews on this recipe please click here.

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Ingredients

1 1/2kg Chicken pieces
4 Teaspoons oil
2 Medium onions, quartered
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 Small red chile, finely chopped
4 Tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
4 Teaspoons chopped fresh lemongrass
2 Tablespoons mild curry paste
2 1/2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 (400 ml) Can coconut cream
1/2 Cup chicken stock

Method

1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onion for about 5 minutes or until soft.

2. Add garlic, chilli, ginger lemongrass and curry paste.

3. Add chicken and braise on all sides, coating well with curry paste.

4. Cover and cook for 15 minutes over a low heat.

5. Remove lid, add sugar and stir well.

6. Pour in coconut cream and stock and bring to the boil.

7. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for another 30 minutes.

Serve over rice.

I like to add zucchini, green beans, and red and green capsicum in the last 15 minutes of cooking if I don’t feel like making a separate vegetable dish.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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This is a fab tuna recipe the chipotle sauce works great with this with just the right amount of sweet meets spicy. I love tuna and this recipe is another one that is a little different than the usual way you see tuna prepared with a great tasting end result. I made some avocado salsa to go with this and topped with a couple of prawns as they were on special. I also served it with sliced mango and red pepper for a refreshing, delicious healthy meal. You could also serve this with rice if you wanted to add more carbs. To view more photos and read more reviews of this recipe please click here.

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Ingredients

3/4 Cup apricot jam
2 Tablespoons chipotle chili sauce
1 Tablespoon cilantro, chopped
2 Tablespoons honey
1 Medium lime, juice of
2 Tablespoons olive oil
6 (8 ounce) Tuna steaks (quality cut and very fresh)
2 Limes, cut into wedges
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 Teaspoon oil

Method

1. Combine first six ingredients and heat on stove top just until warm.

2. Generously Sprinkle tuna steaks with salt and pepper.

3. Sear tuna in non stick skillet with a small amount of oil until rare. This takes a very short time.

4. Slice tuna steaks and serve over salad or rice. Drizzle sauce over tuna. Serve with lime wedges.

All photos taken by me unless otherwise stated.

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