Chef Skills – Poultry

I may have mentioned to you earlier this year that I was undertaking a Commercial Cookery course.  Recently I have had to change my culinary school and now find myself in a new school and doing the course full time which includes a practical class on Sundays. This class starts at 8 am and finishes… Continue reading Chef Skills – Poultry

Winter Greens

A dish of winter greens can only be described as splendid.  A healthy selection of fresh crispy leaves, blanched and lightly tossed in olive oil, garlic and seasoning will evoke lovely flavours, textures, colours from these home grown beauties picked from my garden. In late Autumn I planted Swiss Chard (Silver beet), Kale and Tatsoi.… Continue reading Winter Greens

Cottage Pie (Shepherd’s Pie)

During the cold winter months a good Cottage Pie or Shepherd’s Pie is a dish of pure comfort, heartiness and simplicity.  With it’s meaty base, added diced vegetables, thick tomato sauce or a thick rich gravy and a topping of mashed potato, sweet potato, makes a delicious meal.  Traditionally mashed potato was lovingly used in… Continue reading Cottage Pie (Shepherd’s Pie)

Stuffed Peppers

For many of you that are enjoying the summer sun and the wonderful fresh produce that this season brings, especially now. One can harvest fresh tomatoes, peppers and other vegetables from the garden and preserve them for the colder months or just enjoy them at present.  I am re-posting this recipe for those who may… Continue reading Stuffed Peppers

Russian Salad

I would like to re-share this wonderful salad recipe for all who are enjoying the height of summer.  If you are planning a BBQ, a family gathering or having some friends over this coming weekend for a meal, you will not regret trying this recipe and impress your guests.  The salad is loved amongst our… Continue reading Russian Salad

Smoky Bacon, Pepper, Courgette & Spring Onion Clafoutis

Originally a classical French sweet pudding made with black cherries, prunes or other suitable fruits in season. This pudding, originally a sweet treat, has conveniently been converted into a savoury dish.  Why not, it works.  It can easily be made into a complete vegetarian course by adding cheese instead of the smoky bacon.  No matter… Continue reading Smoky Bacon, Pepper, Courgette & Spring Onion Clafoutis

Grilled Steak with Mashed Potato, Asparagus & Peppers in Mustard Sauce

A cold Saturday night with no plans, just keeping warm, a dinner for two of a lovely grilled eye fillet and a few vegetable dishes and a fabulous glass of red.  After dinner a relax on the couch and a movie.  After a busy week, I wouldn’t want to do anything else.  Cheers to those… Continue reading Grilled Steak with Mashed Potato, Asparagus & Peppers in Mustard Sauce

Lemon Curd

Freshly picked lemons from my Meyer Lemon tree.  This small tree is always abundant and provides us with fruit during the cold winter months. On this occasion I will be making home made Lemon Curd. There are many wonderful ways to make use of this freshly made spread.  Cakes, pastries, tarts, pancakes are just a… Continue reading Lemon Curd

Pork with Plum Sauce & Choy Sum

A few weeks ago, my assignment for the course was to put together a recipe, create a sequence/plan, complete the dish within 40 minutes and serve.  The chef then tasted the dish and gave advice on how to improve it if we were to serve it as a dish in a cafe or restaurant.  This… Continue reading Pork with Plum Sauce & Choy Sum