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Braised red cabbage with apple & red onion

Braised red cabbage with apple & red onion

I used to rarely eat any kind of cabbage or let alone try to create recipes with it, but a couple of months ago I used red cabbage in one of my recipes and I had so much leftovers that my sister ended up turning it into braised red cabbage with apple. I absolutely loved the flavours of it, sweet with a hint of sourness from the vinegar. A couple of months later I found myself with loads of cabbage leftovers again, so I decided to make my own braised red cabbage with apple & red onion recipe.

Although red cabbage can be bought all year round, they are at their best in Autumn & Winter times. In the warmer months I usually turn them into coleslaw or filling for rice rolls, but in the colder months I love eating it with mash & sausages. Apart from the time it takes to braise it, this a very quick & easy recipe. The only thing you need to do really is be able to chop vegetables.

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Fresh homemade smoked salmon rice paper rolls

Fresh homemade smoked salmon rice rolls

The one meal I struggle the most with to be creative in, is my lunch. I’ve always got way too many ideas for my dinner and when it comes to breakfast I keep it fairly basic & simple, but lunch.. DAMN! I used to think it was the most boring meal of all, especially when you work as you’re quite limited there in what you can eat then.. I love having fresh baguettes with toppings but they tend to get soggy if you bring them to work. I love salads but I just can’t eat them every damn day!

As you probably noticed before, now that I’m travelling through Australia I’ve been introduced to different meals, mostly the Asian cuisine and apart from sushi which I’m probably getting slightly addicted too, there is another fantastic Asian lunch that I’ve now become obsessed with: rice paper rolls! Continue Reading…

Thyme flatbreads with figs, goat cheese, walnuts, rocket and caramelised red onion

I recently showed you how to make thyme flatbreads, which is going to be the base for my recipe today: Thyme flatbreads with figs, goat cheese, walnuts, rocket and caramelised red onion. We’re going to be using the flatbread recipe, partially bake it in the oven and then add on all these lovely ingredients like figs, caramelised red onions, goat cheese and rocket.

All these flavours go SO well together and make for a top notch lunch. It does take a while before the onions are ready but you can of course make a big batch in the weekend and use it in various recipes during the week. You can also easily turn this into bite-sized appetisers, by making the flatbreads smaller.

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Homemade thyme flatbreads

I wanted to make a new recipe for flatbread with figs & goat cheese, and instead of buying the breads I decided to try and make them myself. I never in a million years expected it to be THIS easy but it really was! I based my recipe on one from Jamie Oliver – my food hero – and turned them into thyme flatbreads as they went better with my other recipe. I’ll be trying to make my own naan bread next (tried to make it before but it wasn’t great) and I’ll be making other versions of this flatbread too, starting with a garlic flatbread!

This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients and can be made in the oven or in a pan. The day I made this recipe the cooker of the house we are staying it wasn’t working so improvised and went with the oven instead and they turned out great! You can use this recipe as a base for some topped flatbreads or just to have as a side with some hummus or other dips.

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Nutella & Walnut Filo Cigars

Today’s recipe is without a doubt going to be a big hit at any party: Nutella & walnut filo cigars! Crunchy pastry, delicious chocolate core and that little bit of an extra bite thanks to the walnuts. It’s somewhat easy to make too and doesn’t take a whole lot of time either, but you do have to keep in mind that filo pastry is very thin and very fragile. Continue Reading…

Boiled & pan fried chicken dumplings with enoki mushrooms & a roasted peanut salad with bok choy & Chinese spinach

Boiled & pan fried chicken dumplings with enoki mushrooms & a roasted peanut salad with bok choy & Chinese spinach

Back in Europe I would always say that Italian food was my favourite, it’s also something you can find quite a lot – but out here in Australia it’s Asian food that has stolen my heart. Sushi, dumplings, dim sims, you name it, Australia’s got it! My friend from Sydney used to always say to me that the sushi back in Ireland did not even remotely compare to the one she had back at home, and boy was she right, I actually had to stop myself from buying it for my lunch every day. Sushi is quite easy to make as well so I might share a recipe for that later on, but for today I’m sticking to chicken dumplings. Continue Reading…

Breaded blue grenadier (fish) tacos with papaya, avocado, dragon fruit & cherry tomato

Breaded blue grenadier (fish) tacos with papaya, avocado, dragon fruit & cherry tomato

Happy New Year everyone! 2020 has gotten off to a really good start for me already and I really hope your year will be fantastic too. To kick off the year I’ve created a delicious taco recipe using a type of fish I had never had before back in Europe: Australian Blue Grenadier. I was inspired by my first visit to the South Melbourne market, where I had some amazing fish tacos at the APTUS seafood bar. I’ve always loved adding fruit and sweet ingredients to my taco’s so I added papaya, dragon fruit, avocado and cherry tomatoes.

Making these tacos is very easy, we first dust the fish in flour, then dip it in egg and then coat it with panko breadcrumbs. All that’s left then is to fry them in some oil and to chop up the fruit.

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