Poor Man’s Parmesan

Parmesan cheese contains rennet which comes from the stomach of a baby calf. Parmigiano Reggiano, Grana Padano and Gorgonzola all use animal rennet. You can buy a vegetarian version of hard cheese that is like parmesan but technically it’s not parmesan. Thankfully poor man’s parmesan contains no animal rennet and isn’t at all a bad…

Cinnamon Pastries

Who can resist the aroma of freshly baked pastry? Don’t be intimidated by pastry. Just think of it as an advanced form of making bread. This recipe is not hard and a few tips will ensure success. Ingredients For the dough: 1/4 cup of tepid water 2 tsp of yeast 1/2 cup of milk at…

Atlantic Salmon with Brie in Filo

Serves 2 Ingredients 2 Atlantic salmon fillets, skin off 125 grams of brie 1/2 cup shallot (spring onion) finely sliced on an angle 1 tsp finely chopped fresh basil 1 tsp finely chopped fresh marjoram 1 tsp finely chopped fresh oregano (alternatively use 1 tbs mixed Italian                                     herbs) 1 bunch…

Balsamic Glaze

This gives depth to salads, vegetables and fish. 1/2 cup of balsamic vinegar 1 1/4 tsp of brown sugar Over a medium heat, stir balsamic and sugar until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and reduce heat until the mixture has reduced down to a thick sauce. Leave to cool and place in the…

Baked Eggplant and Ricotta

There are so many reasons to love eggplants. They’re versatile – they can be pureed, stuffed, grilled, crumbed and baked. One of my favourite ways to cook eggplants is to grill them; they have a beautiful smokey flavour that’s easily coaxed over a hot grill. Serves 2-4 Ingredients 2 -3 eggplants 400ml of passata 2…

Pistachio Ice Cream with Berry Coulis

I love this quick way of putting flavour into ice cream. My favourite combination is pistachio with berry coulis. Use whatever you have on hand. Almonds, peanuts or walnuts work well too. Ingredients 500 ml of a good quality vanilla ice cream 90g of unsalted pistachios For the coulis: 300g of whatever berries you like…

Crispy Avocado

Ingredients 2 (just ripe) avocados 1 cup lemon juice Egg wash 1/2 cup cornflour 1/2 cup plain flour 1 tbs turmeric powder 1/2 tsp smoked paprika A pinch of cayenne pepper For the crumb, combine: 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs 1/2 cup tri-coloured quinoa 1/4 cup sesame seeds Method Remove avocado carefully from shell and slice…

Summer Produce

As a Pescatarian it’s important to know what’s in season. We’re dependent on fruit and veg for much our nutrients. Seasonal produce means it’s in abundance, it’s probably cheaper and the flavour enhances your meal by 10. Summer Produce available in New South Wales, Australia Fruit Avocados Berries – Blueberries, Raspberries and Strawberries Figs Grapes…