Braised Baby Octopus
Easiest recipe ever!
1kg baby octopus
half cup white wine
2 potatoes chopped
handful cherry tomatoes
2 garlic cloves chopped fine
parsley flat leaf
In a heavy saucepan add your oil and garlic and sauté about a minute then on high heat add your octopus and sauté another minute or so. Then add your wine and bring to a slight boil. Turn heat to medium add rest of your ingredients, stir and turn heat right down place lid and simmer for one and half hrs. The octopus will throw its juices so after an hr take lid off so some of juice absorbs and sauce is richer. Octopus should melt in the mouth, enjoy with fresh crusty bread……..
1kg of barbecue sausage meat
half a leek chopped finely
4 rashers of bacon chopped small pieces
fresh thyme leaves
4-6 sheets of puff pastry thawed
2 cups of grated melting cheese
poppy seeds (optional)
Ask your butcher to give you prepared barbecue sausage meat, if he can’t just buy the barbecue sausages and remove from skin. they will already be seasoned but i just add a bit more to my liking.
In a pan sauté your leek and bacon till soften well.
Then mix all your ingredients together with sausage meat, you can omit or add any other ingredient you desire.
To your taste basically…
then cut your puff pastry in half and each half in threes .
Take some prepared mixture and place on piece of pastry like o sausage, brush the edge of pastry with egg and roll then brush top of sausage roll with egg also. Sprinkle poppy seeds at this stage if you desire.
Continue with all then bake at 200degs for 30mins or till they are cooked and golden..
Enjoy with sauce or chutney…. :)
Sang Choy Bao
A quick easy dish i make from Adam Liaw’s cookbook which is wonderful so i thought i would share ;)
4 dried shitake mushrooms
500gm pork mince
1 tbsp Shaoxing wine
1 tsp light soy sauce
2 tsp cornflour
pinch of pepper
2 cloves garlic chopped finely
2 spring onions chopped finely
1 good cup of mixed veges
2 tblsp oyster sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
2 tbspn hoisin sauce
soak the mushrooms in hot water for 20mins, then remove and chop them up, save the water.
To your pork mince add your shoaling wine, soy sauce cornflour pepper and garlic and combine well.
Heat a wok or large pan and add your oil then add your meat and stir fry till browned then add your onions, veges
and mushrooms and continue stir fry for a few minutes then add your oyster sauce and dark soy sauce and continue to stir fry till meat is cooked and veges are tender.
If to dry add some of your saved mushroom liquid.
Serve in a bowl and have your washed lettuce cups ready to fill and drizzle with hoisin sauce.
6 artichokes trimmed to tender part
half a loaf of italian crumbed (bread preferably day old)
1 cup of parmesan cheese grated
1 garlic clove crushed
salt and pepper
half a lemon
half a bottle of tomato puree (passata)
1 small onion finely chopped
1 cup of vege stock
in a pot of boiling water with half a lemon squeezed place you artichokes and let them boil for good 5 mins.
drain gently squeeze excess water and and lay on tea towel.
while they cool in a bowl place your bread, cheese, garlic salt and pepper and add enough oil so it comes together like stuffing, about half a cup or bit more.
in the meantime in a pan add some oil your chopped onions and fry till soft, add your puree and season and turn to simmer.
gently take 1 artichoke and carefully open the centre and fill with your stuffing, try and open the leaves also and fill. u do not need to fill each layer of the artichoke , fill as you please but start with the centre and pat the filling down.
once all artichokes are stuffed place in your sauce and add your stock and let simmer for about 45mins.
you can tell when they are cooked and have become tender………………….
enjoy and happy cooking :)
( in our cookbook Saporito we have this recipe filled and cooked a different way which you also must try )
Pasta Aglio e Olio
simplicity at its best!!
500 gms of spaghetti
good cup of olive oil
2 garlic cloves chopped fine
4 fillets of anchovy
1 or 2 red chillies depending on you tastebuds:)
good handful of chopped fresh basil
handful of dry breadcrumbs
in a pot of salted boiling water add you spaghetti ,
in another deep saucepan place your oil, anchovies and chillies and on a medium heat heat through till anchovies have disintegrated and garlic browned…once you have reach that turn heat right down.at this stage your pasta should be ready, drain and add to your oil raise heat and toss your pasta till well covered , should sizzle very quickly. take off the heat and add fresh basil breadcrumbs and toss .
serve straight away with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
hint…. if pasta a bit dry add a bit of pasta water, pasta should be slippery and delicious ;)
extra virgin olive oil_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Brown rice and Quinoa salad with tuna
2 cups of raw brown rice
1 cup of quinoa
1 can of corn
1 can of mixed beans
1 can of chickpeas
half red capsicum chopped
3 stalks of celery chopped
1 250gm tuna in brine
2 lebanese cucumbers deseeded and chopped
good handful of parsley leaves chopped
good handful of basil leaves chopped
1 lemon juice squeezed in a cup, then chopped
small block of feta cheese (optional)
and basically any thing else you desire :)
extra virgin olive oil
salt and pepper
cook your rice and quinoa, when cooled combine all ingredients and dress according to your taste
and thats it!
quick healthy and easy salad and hardly any cooking!
- 2 1/2 cups of Quinoa boiled and cooled
- 1x Tin corn
- 1x Tin mix beans or chick peas
- 1x Red capsicum chopped
- 2x Carrots chopped
- 3x Celery sticks chopped
- 1x Red onion chopped
- Spring onions chopped
- Goats cheese or soft feta crumbled
- Nuts ( toasted pine nuts or slivered almonds)
- Walnuts or sunflower seeds
- Lots of coriander or parsley chopped
- Olive oil and salt for dressing…..
Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake
absolute decadence x
Ingredients for biscuit base
125gm chocolate biscuits
3 tspns gelatine
1/4 cup of water
500gm of cream cheese
1/2 cup of sugar
2 eggs separated
1 cup of cream
150gm dark cooking chocolate
100 gm white cooking chocolate
line a 22cm springform tin
process your biscuits and add your melted butter, mix well and press mixture over the base of the tin, refrigerate for 30 mins.
sprinkle you gelatine over the water in a heatproof jug then place the heatproof jug in a pan of simmering water and stir till gelatine is melted.
Now beat your cheese, sugar, egg yolk until smooth. Beat in the cream then stir in the dark melted chocolate and gelatine.
Beat you egg whites till soft peaks form then fold into cheese mixture and mix well.
Pour into your tin then pour your melted white chocolate on top and with a skewer do some swirls to mix in the white chocolate to create a pattern.
Refridgerate overnight if you can resist ;)
Chocolate fruit cake
Wonderful old Womens Weekly recipe…. divine!
250gm pitted prunes
250gm pitted dates
200gm glazed cherries
1 cup of rum or (brandy)
1 1/12 cup dark brown sugar
1tbs Vanilla Essence
200gm dark cooking chocolate
1/2 cup apricot Jam
1/2 cup apricot nectar
2 cups plain flour
1/2 cup self raising flour
1. mix the dried fruit in a bowl and add the rum (brandy) – leave for 1-2 hours
2. line a deep round cake tin with a double layer of backing paper on sides and base. wrap outside of tin with double thickness of brown paper and tie with string or secure with a paper clip. Preheat oven to 160degree
3. beat butter, sugar and vanilla until creamy then beat in the eggs one by one, beating well. add mixture to the fruit and mix well.
4.melt the chocolate in a small saucepan over simmering water or in the microwave oven for about 2 minutes and stir in the apricot Jam and nectar and pour over the fruit mixture and stir it all well.
5. Fold in the flour and cinnamon and tip the cake mixture into a prepared tin. smooth the top and tap the pan on the work top to settle the contents and remove air holes.
6. Bake for 2/3 hours (2-2 1/2 hours for smaller cakes) until the skewers test comes out clean. remove from the oven, leave in the tin, wrap in kitchen tea towels and leave overnight
7. day after remove from tin dust with icing sugar
preparation time: 30 minutes (plus soaking time)
cooking time:2/3 hours
TIP: cake can be wrapped in glad wrap or glad foil and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for it to last months.
Ferri di cavallo biscuits ( horse shoe biscuits)
400 g plain flour
100 g corn flour
100 g caster sugar
250 g butter at room temperature
6 egg yolks
200 g plain chocolate ( I used even orange lindt chocolate)
Method: turn oven on at 190C.
Mix all ingredients ( except for the chocolate) in a bowl with an electric mixer, until all combined.
Use a piping bag with a star nozzle and pipe out the biscuits on a tray with non stick paper on it. Cook for about 15-20 minutes, until firm to hold. Cool on a wire rack.
In the mean time melt the chocolate ( I did it in the microwave), and dip the ends of the biscuits in the chocolate and let it set on the grease proof paper. When set p,ace in an airtight container. This mixture makes 40-50 biscuits, depending on how big you make them.
Zeppole di San Giuseppe
These Zeppole can be filled with your favorite custard…….
makes about 10 depending how big you make them.
500ml of water
300gm flour 00
pinch of salt
vegetable oil for frying
in a pot add your water and butter and salt and simmer till butter has melted. Then add your flour and stir with a wooden spoon tip it all comes together to form a soft ball ( very similar to choux pastry), take off the heat and add sugar and mix in well. At this stage place the dough in a mixing bowl and let cool a bit.
Next add your eggs 1 at a time and beat into mixture till well combined and you have a soft sticky dough.
cut baking paper into 10 squares about 4inch square each.
In a piping bag with a patterned nozzle add your dough and on your baking paper pipe a swirl to create a circle and then one swirl on top. So as if you a creating a small dome.
In a deep fryer or deep pan heat enough oil to 170 degrees, fry your zeppole, place the zeppole in the hot oil with the baking paper. (it will just slide off and take the paper out with tongs).
Continue to fry till golden then drain on paper towel.
Once they have cooled fill with your favourite vanilla custard, add fresh fresh cherries or glazed on top and dust with icing sugar. Place in fridge for a bit before serving.
Alternatively and for a lighter version, with this recipe the zeppole can be baked. Preheat oven at 200′ and pipe your mixture on a lined baking tray and cook for 15mins then turn oven down to 160′ and cook for a further 20min.
Once cooked let them cool completely and fill. If they cant be filled slice in half and fill them that way and just finish off with icing sugar.
:) happy baking x
250ml warm milk
100gms of melted butter
50gms caster sugar plus extra to roll your bomboloni in
2 satchets of dry yeast
zest of 1 lemon
vegetable oil for frying
warm your milk and in 2 separate small bowls halve you milk.
in one bowl add your 50gms sugar and yeast and stir and let froth, in the other place your salt.
now in your yeast mixture add 100 gms of sifted flour and the other milk mixture, mix well and let stand till double in size about 1hr.
now in a mixing bowl sift remainder of your flour, melted butter, lemon zest and yeast mixture beat on medium speed for 10mins. till the dough has become smooth and spongey. cover with cling wrap and let rise for 2hrs in a warm place.
once risen , on your Daniela and Stefania pastry board ;) sprinkle some flour and roll out the dough to 2cm thickness.
with a cookie cutter or glass cut out circles as you would scones, let rise another 30mins
excess pastry can be fried and rolled in sugar as is. (do not re roll and cut circles as it will not rise )
heat you vegetable oil to 170 degrees and fry your bomboloni turning as the brown golden.
drain on paper towels, them with a syringe insert your nutella and roll in sugar and mangia mangia mangia!!! :)
ps. you may use custard , jam or simply plain
best eaten warm………….
120gm self raising flour
125gm icing sugar
20gm coco powder
1tspn vanilla paste
for filling you will need
200 gm of whipping cream
1 tbspn honey
125 gm nestle condensed milk
in two bowls place your egg yolks in one and egg whites in another. in whites add a pinch of salt and beat till stiff set aside.
in your yolks add your self raising flour and beat then add icing sugar and coco , vanilla and beat till well mixed.
gently fold your whites into your batter till well combined.
in a lamington pan lay a sheet of baking paper and pour you mixture in and spread evenly .
place in a preheated oven at 180 for 10mins. once cooked let cool.
in the meantime whip your cream , then add your condensed milk and honey and whip more tip well combined.
when your cake slice has cooled trim the sides and ends neatly, cut slab in half length wise, spread you cream over one half then place on top with the other half as if to make a giant sandwich. refrigerate at least 90min. once set sprinkle icing sugar slice and serve!
Cartocci fritti….ingredients 500gm oo flour 50gm caster sugar 50gm lard (melted) 250ml of warm milk 1 egg 50ml of liquer like strega (optional ) half a sachet of dry yeast about 3gm good teaspoon of salt caster sugar to roll the Cartocci in vegetable oil for frying for the custard i used our custard recipe in our cookbook “SAPORITO” METHOD in a mixer place your flour, sugar, egg halve your warm milk and in one half place yeast and the other half place the salt and stir till dissolved. once dissolved add to the the flour also add your melted lard and beat on medium speed for 15mins. the dough will become beautiful soft and smooth. if too sticky just add a touch more flour once 15 mins have passed place in a glass bowl and let rise in a warm place for 2hrs. once risen cut dough into portions about 60gm, roll out into a sausage and wrap around your cane rods or whatever rods you have same ones as you make cannoli. place on a tray and let rise 1hr in a warm place. heat your oil to 160 and fry till golden. keeping the temp at 160 will make them golden and cook through, turn them as they cook drain on paper towels . they will cool quickly. fill with custard, roll in sugar and ENJOY…………….. makes 12-14
Churrossimplest recipe ever everyone, tried many this is the best for us, its a Nigella one …Ingredients:
- 125gm plain flour
- 125gm SRFlour
- pinch of salt
- 500ml boiling water
- 2tbspn oil
- caster sugar to roll your churros
- vegetable oil for frying
make well in the middle ready for your boiled water.
add the oil to your water pour it into your flour whisking so you form no lumps. the consistency should be a soft and sticky one, not hard.
rest for 15mins then deep fry till golden and drain on absorbent paper and roll in sugar and MANGIA MANGIA MANGIA ;) enjoy xx
Brutti ma bouni (ugly but good)
Honey and Nut Slice
200 gms of honey
150 gms of sugar
assorted nuts and dry fruit of your choice
Melt your honey and sugar over low heat in a pot, once sugar has dissolved stir in all your nuts and etc.
line a lamington tin and spread your mixture evenly and cool till set well, you can place it in the fridge to set quicker. then chop into desired portions!