Felix wanted to make a cheese pastry, so we found this recipe from Delicious, but we didn’t have any lard (and besides, it’s a bit unpleasant to cook with). So we swapped the dough out for a great recipe from Garden to Table. Felix was really into and the resulting dish was an absolute triumph.



This was the first course of the vegan meal Jay prepared for us. We had it with chili corn chips. It was served warm, which elevated it from a snack to a starter.

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp tahini (or 1/8 cup pine nuts)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup + 1-3 tbsp plain unsweetened almond milk (see note)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp prepared yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp (little scant) paprika
  • 1/8 – 1/4 tsp turmeric (for color)
  • optional: 1 ½ -2 tbsp nutritional yeast

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree until very, very smooth (start with 1 cup + 1 tbsp milk). Transfer mixture to a small/medium saucepan, and heat over low/low-medium heat for 5-8 minutes, until mixture is starting to slowly bubble and thicken (stir frequently through heating). To thin sauce slightly, stir in another 1-2 tbsp of milk. Avoid thickening sauce over high heat (or increasing heat too quickly), since this sauce can scorch easily. Once sauce has thickened, transfer to a serving dish… and get dipping!

From http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/vegveeta-dip/

Mince and cheese pie

15 May 2017

This is the second course a 3-course meal Jay prepared as part of a school project.


2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 Onion
2 Garlic cloves
1 kg Beef mince
2 cups Button mushrooms
1 tsp Dried oregano
4 Tbsp Tomato paste
2 cups Beef stock
2 Tbsp Flour
1 pinch Salt & freshly ground pepper
1 cup Mozzarella cheese
100 g Tasty cheese
2 sheets Shortcrust pastry
300 g Butter puff pastry
1 Egg


1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and gently cook the finely chopped onion, crushed garlic and chopped carrots until onion is tender. Increase the heat and add the beef mince to the pan, tossing at times until it is golden brown.

2. Add the finely chopped mushrooms, dried oregano, tomato paste, beef stock, 2 cups of water and salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

3. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1¼ hours. Thicken with flour mixed to a paste with ¼ cup cold water. Allow mince to cool and then refrigerate until required.

4. Preheat oven to 200C. Line a 26cm round pie dish with shortcrust pastry. Stir 2cm cubes of tasty cheese through the cooled mince and then spoon into the pastry base.

5. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and then top with puff pastry, sealing edges. Brush with egg yolk or milk if desired and then bake for 30 minutes until puffed and golden.

From http://www.bite.co.nz/recipe/2684/Mince-and-cheese-pie/

Jay made this tonight. Great textures with the soup, chips and onions, and we had it with sourdough bread too. Universally popular.


Sunflower oil, to deep-fry
3 flour tortillas, cut into triangles
Juice of 2 limes
2 red onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 leek (white part only) chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon smoked paprika (pimenton)
3 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon each dried chilli flakes and dried oregano
2 x 440g cans black beans (see notes), rinsed, drained
1L (4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
Chopped avocado, coriander leaves and sour cream, to serve


  1. To make tortilla chips, heat sunflower oil in a saucepan over medium heat until 190°C (a cube of bread will turn golden in 30 seconds when oil is hot enough). In batches, fry tortillas for 1-2 minutes until golden and crisp. Drain on paper towel.
  2. Combine half the lime juice, one-quarter of the onion and 1 teaspoon salt in a bowl, then stand for 30 minutes to pickle. Drain.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook leek, garlic and remaining onion, stirring, for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add spices, oregano, beans and stock. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 15 minutes. Cool slightly, then whiz in a blender until smooth. Return to pan and gently reheat, adding a little water if soup is too thick. Season, then serve with tortilla chips, pickled onion, avocado, coriander and sour cream.

From http://www.delicious.com.au/recipes/black-bean-soup-tortilla-chips-pickled-red-onions/c2539865-2826-4a9a-aaaf-27281c2ef5d7

Chorizo and bean stew

6 September 2016

700g potatoes (such as chats or Nicola), quartered
60ml (1/4 cup) olive oil
1 red onion, peeled, chopped
500g chorizo sausage, sliced*
4 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon dried chilli flakes
400g can butter beans
410g can diced tomatoes
2 fresh bay leaves
150ml Campbell’s Real Stock Beef or Campbell’s Real Stock Chicken
4 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley

Place the potatoes in a large saucepan of cold, salted water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes or until just tender. Remove from heat. Drain.

Heat the oil in the same pan. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until just softened. Add the chorizo and cook until it starts to turn golden. Transfer chorizo mixture to a plate and set aside. Add garlic and chilli to the pan. Cook for a few seconds, then add potatoes, butter beans, tomatoes, bay leaves, chorizo mixture. Pour in stock, bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in parsley and serve with crusty bread.

From http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/6152/chorizo+and+bean+stew


Pizza fingers

17 August 2016