Kushari

This recipe is an extract from Rowan Bishops sixth book “Vital” A tantalising combination of textures and flavours, this baked rice and lentil dish is an ideal dish for guests as everything can be prepared ahead of time. Serves 6–8 | The rice/lentil component freezes well 1/3 cup raisins or currants ¼ cup fresh or…

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Asparagus, Leek and Goat’s Cheese Tart

1 cup flour 100g cold butter, chopped 125g sour cream ½ leek, finely chopped ½ onion, finely chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 1 Tblspn extra virgin olive oil 1 bunch of asparagus, trimmed 2 eggs ¼ cup milk 100g goat’s cheese or feta ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese Salt & Pepper To make the pastry…

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Fried Polenta with Sautéed Mushrooms and Blue Cheese

Polenta 3 cups vegetable stock 1 cup milk 1 & ½ cups instant polenta ½ cup grated Parmesan Heat the stock and milk in a pot until just boiling. Slowly add the polenta and stir to stop any lumps forming. Continue to stir and cook until the polenta is thick and just before it starts…

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Bonnie’s Sensational Mushroom Burger Patties

These mushroom patties are just sensational; stuff them into hot split ciabatta or sourdough buns along with, for example, rocket or mesclun, extra mustard, aïoli, sliced beetroot, tomato and/or gherkin. Makes 6–8 patties | May be frozen 40g dried, sliced shiitake mushrooms* 3 tbsp oil 1 large onion, peeled and cut into small dice 6…

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Cauliflower Pizza

(Vegetarian and gluten free) I’m not too sure if this alternative pizza base will fool a diehard pizza lover. My husband sheepishly said, once halfway through a slice he’d grabbed out of the fridge, that “the base was a little soggy”. But when I asked him what he thought it was made from, he couldn’t…

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Ricotta and Spinach Cannelloni with a Capsicum and Tomato Ragu

½ onion 2 cloves garlic 120-200g spinach 500g ricotta 1 egg 100g feta ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese basil ½ cup bread crumbs salt & pepper 1 cup water 1 packet of dried cannelloni ¾ cup grated cheese (I used mozzarella) To make the cannelloni filling; Finely chop the onion and garlic. Heat a little…

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Crispy Mushroom Crepes

Crepes 1 egg 1 cup flour Pinch salt 300 mls milk Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk until it is a smooth batter. Set aside to rest for 10 -15 minutes before heating a little oil or butter in a heavy based pan. Swirl approximately ¼ cup of the batter onto the hot…

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Crispy Mushroom Crêpes

Crepes 1 egg 1 cup flour Pinch salt 300 mls milk Mix all the ingredients together with a whisk until it is a smooth batter. Set aside to rest for 10 -15 minutes before heating a little oil or butter in a heavy based pan. Swirl approximately ¼ cup of the batter onto the hot…

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Vegetarian Sausage Roll

Ingredients 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped ½ brown onion, diced ½ leek, diced 1 carrot, grated 1 small zucchini, grated 1 cup pumpkin, grated 6 button mushrooms diced ¾ tsp dried thyme (or fresh chopped thyme leaves) 2/3 cup raw cashews, roughly chopped 1 cup breadcrumbs 2 eggs, lightly whisked Salt and pepper to…

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Sweet and Sour Vegetables

This dish is inspired after seeing Sachie Nomura demonstrate her sweet and sour chicken.  Her original dish didn’t have many vegetables so when I recreated I added a lot more.  And the consensus was it would have been just as good without the chicken.  So a little tweaking and here you go, a quick easy…

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