Chicken Parmigiana, The Real Deal

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Stuck on something to impress your family or special someone well here is the dish for you. I cooked this up for my lovely flatmates on Sunday night and it sure went down a treat, lets just say it was rather quiet when this was being consumed which is a good sign right?

Crunchy crumbed chicken breast baked with tomato passata sauce, dollops of basil paste, parmesan and layers of fresh mozzarella finished in the oven until golden brown and crispy! Served up with simple spinach and garlic penne pasta. I will admit this may be on the cards again for dinner this week as it was so satisfying and tasty.

Homemade Chicken Parmigiana with Spinach and Garlic Penne

Ingredients:
150gm Breadcrumbs
2x eggs
1/2cup Flour
2 1/2tsp Garlic Salt
2tsp Cracked black pepper
4x Chicken breast, skin removed
250ml Canola oil
500ml Tomato Passata sauce or Tomato pasta sauce
80ml Tube Basil Puree or 4 tbsp fresh basil chopped
1/2cup Parmesan, finely grated
250gm Mozzarella
1tbsp Fresh parsley, roughly chopped
Spinach and Garlic Penne
50gm Baby spinach
500gm Penne Pasta
1tsp Garlic salt
1tsp Cracked black pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degress.
  2. Crack eggs into a bowl and whisk together, set aside.
  3. Place flour in another bowl and add 1tsp garlic salt and 1tsp cracked black pepper, mix until seasoning is evenly mixed through.
  4. repeat same process with the bread crumbs and remaining garlic salt and cracked pepper.
  5. Firstly coat the chicken breast in flour, then into the egg mixture and finally into the seasoned bread crumbs. Set aside and repeat until all breasts are crumbed.
  6.  Heat oil in a heat based wok or fry pan over a low to medium heat until it reaches 170-180 degrees. This will take around 5 minutes or so, Be very careful at this point.
  7. Add 2x Chicken breasts to the hot oil and fry either side for 2-3 minutes until golden brown, place in oven proof dish.
  8. Pour a strip of tomato passata sauce over the crumbed chicken followed by half a tube of the basil puree or 2 tbsp fresh chopped basil. Pour the remaining sauce around the sides of the dish.
  9. Sprinkle 3/4 of the parmesan over and cut mozzarella into 12 pieces, lay 3 pieces over each chicken breast.
  10. Spoon a small dollop of tomato sauce over the top of the chicken and a teaspoon of basil puree and the remainder of the parmesan.
  11. Sprinkle with cracked pepper and bake for 40 minutes until golden brown.
  12. Boil penne in heavily salted water with 2 tbsp oil until cooked.
  13. Drain and add 1 tbsp oil to prevent it from sticking together  add spinach, 1 tsp cracked black pepper and a teaspoon of garlic salt. Mix together.
  14. Remove your chicken from the oven, sprinkle with roughly chopped parsley and serve over your spinach and garlic penne.

ENJOY!

Summer is Here

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As sit here enjoying the last days of my summer holiday before I head back to work. I thought why not do some preserving, I had gifted Rhubarb and Vanilla Bean Compote to family for Christmas and was thinking I better do some savory stuff instead. I absolutely love chutney’s and relishes they can just finish a simple dish of perfectly!

This chunky smokey sweet chutney is great for using up any over ripe tomatoes. Hints of basil and fresh oregano team heavenly with smokey deep flavour from the peppers.

Green Pepper and Tomato Chutney

Ingredients

500g green peppers, core, seeded and sliced thinly
1 brown onion, diced
1 tbsp oil
2 garlic cloves, rough chop
400g diced tomatoes
2 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
6 fresh basil leaves, rough chop
1 tbsp fresh oregano
1 cup malt vinegar
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
pinch chilli flakes (more if you like spice)
1/8 tsp liquid smoke*

Method:

  1. In a heavy based large pot heat oil over medium heat add peppers and onion. Cook out for 15 minutes.
  2. Once sweated add all following ingredients , bring to the boil and reduce to a simmer for 1-1/2 hours until reduced and thick. Stir often to prevent chutney from burning.
  3. Pour into a sterile jar, seal.

Yeild: 500/800g chutney

*Liquid Smoke can be found at gourmet food store or online. This is not essential but adds a beautiful smokey flavour for the chutney.

Homemade Cinnamon Coconut Crunch Muesli

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Here’s a great base recipe for homemade muesli what i mean by base recipe is you could add any chopped dried fruit you wanted I just didn’t have any in my cupboard at the time. Some of my favorites are apricots, cranberries, sultanas and blueberries.

You can use this muesli for much more than just breakfast! It can be the crunch layer in a layered yoghurt dessert added to raw muffin mix for a crumble topping and many more!

This is my new go to muesli recipe! Im sitting here at 2 in the afternoon with a big bowl and it is so tastey and crunchy, with a combination of sunflower and pumpkin seeds, shredded coconut, finished with cinnamon and maple syrup.

Homemade Cinnamon Coconut Crunch Muesli

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 8 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup white sesame seeds
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 brown sugar
  • 250 gm butter, melted

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees.
  2. In large bowl combine all ingredients, mix well, pour into a lined baking tray and bake for 45-50 minutes or until golden brown not to dark as it will taste burnt.
  3. You want to stir it every 5-10 minutes to evenly bake the museli.
  4. Remove from oven , cool and store in an air-tight container.

Makes: 10-15 serves muesli

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Sunday Comfort

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With snow on the forecast and and the fire going I thought nothing better than a roast, however this time I wanted to change it up a little and try a pot roast pork.
One of the local supermarkets was selling pork shoulder for a bargain $6.99 a kg how could I not partake in that bargain!!

The Italian Herb Blend by Equagold was a perfect rub for this pork shoulder! Notes of fennel and oregano went perfectly with pork and lemon brussel sprouts, it added a good sharp tasty note to this comforting dish.

Italian Rubbed Pot Roast Pork Shoulder with braised agria potatoes,red onion and a side of garlic lemon brussel sprouts

Ingredients:

Pot Roast Pork
1-1.5kg pork shoulder
3 tbsp Equagold Italian Blend
3 tbsp oil
1 tsp flaky sea salt
1/2 tsp ground cracked pepper
2 large agria potatoes, washed
1 1/2 red onion, cut into large wedges
2 garlic cloves, rough chop
2 cups vegetable stock

Garlic Lemon Brussel Sprouts
8 brussel sprouts, cut into quarters
1/8 cup water
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp butter
1/2 lemon zest and juice
1 tbsp chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degress.
  2. In small bowl combine oil, salt, pepper and Italian herb seasoning, stir to combine, pour over the pork shoulder and massage in. (you could marinate overnight if you had time for extra flavour)
  3. Heat medium size fry pan, add 1 tsp oil and red onion, season and add to the bottom of casserole dish that has  a lid or you can use tin foil.
  4. Cut Agria Potatoes into Large wedges with skin on, brown slightly and add to casserole dish.
  5. Brown pork roast both sides around 3 minutes, sear in all the flavour and juices, add to the potatoes with chopped garlic and vegetable stock.
  6. Place on the lid or tin foil and bake for 2 hours.
  7. Remove pork from oven, take the fat of and shred the pork, spoon over juices from the casserole dish about 1/2 cup. (keep some juices to spoon over your finished dish.)
  8. Heat medium frypan over medium to high heat, add 1 tsp oil and brussel sprouts , brown slightly and add water. Simmer for 2 minutes, add butter,lemon zest, juice, salt and pepper. Finish with parsley.
  9. Place potatoes on your plate followed by onions, brussel sprouts and topped with the star Italian shredded pot roast pork, spoon over some casserole juices and serve!

Serves:1-4 ( 1 potato per person)

Cut onion into large wedges.

Cut onion into large wedges.

Combine oil, salt, pepper and Equagold's Italian Blend Seasoning.

Combine oil, salt, pepper and Equagold’s Italian Blend Seasoning.

Rub over pork and massage in for a minute.

Rub over pork and massage in for a minute.

Cut potatoes into large wedges. Leaving the skin on holds them together during the braise.

Cut potatoes into large wedges. Leaving the skin on holds them together during the braise.

Brown onion followed by potatoes.

Brown onion followed by potatoes.

Brown pork both sides add to casserole dish. Deglaze frypan with vegetable stock and add to casserole dish, place on lid and cook for 2 hours.

Brown pork both sides add to casserole dish. Deglaze frypan with vegetable stock and add to casserole dish, place on lid and cook for 2 hours.

Shred pork shoulder.

Shred pork shoulder.

Cut brussel sprouts into quarters.

Cut brussel sprouts into quarters.

Heat medium fry pan over medium to high heat, add 1 tso oil lightly brown sprouts, add water and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Heat medium fry pan over medium to high heat, add 1 tso oil lightly brown sprouts, add water and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

Add salt, pepper, garlic, lemon zest, juice and butter.

Add salt, pepper, garlic, lemon zest, juice and butter.

Serve potatoes topped with onions, brussel sprouts then the star shredded pot roast pork, spoon over casserole juices and serve.

Serve potatoes topped with onions, brussel sprouts then the star shredded pot roast pork, spoon over casserole juices and serve.

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Bubble and Squeak Quiche Bites

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My partner has just started studying and I wanted to make some wee snacks for him to take. We had a roast yesterday and there is heaps of roast vegetables and steamed cabbage left over. Cabbage and roast veges ,that’s a perfect combo for bubble and squeak then I thought why not make individual quiche bites. So here is the end result , I hope you enjoy! you can make the filling what ever you like.

Bubble and Squeak Quiche Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup left over roast root vegetables, small dice (I used swede, potato, pumpkin)

1 cup steamed sliced cabbage

6 eggs, beaten

200gm shaved ham, rough chop

1 clove garlic, finely diced

Pinch salt and pepper

1/4c grated cheese

6x muffin cases

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Line 6 hole texas muffin tin with muffin cases.
  3. In large bowl combine all ingredients apart from the cheese, stir well to combine.
  4. Fill each muffin case with about 1/4 cup mixture, any left over divide evenly between the cases.
  5. Top with cheese and bake for 16-17 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Do not over cook as they will go soggy.

Makes : 6 medium individual quiches

3 Ingredient Bacon and Egg Bites

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We had a decent amount of snow hit Dunedin on Sunday/Monday this week. I was stuck and home with the day off. I was playing around in the kitchen on this cold day and created this simple easy recipe for bacon and egg bites. The base recipe is 3 ingredients but you can add whatever topping to them. I made some with cherry tomatoes, some with mushrooms and then just some plain ones.

You could add chopped chives, cheese, onion, vegetables what ever you like, they are a great lunch box filler for the kids or even your own for an afternoon tea snack!

Ingredients:

6 eggs

1/2 cup bacon, chunky chop

2x puff pastry sheets

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Grease a 6 hole muffin tin with cooking spray. (mine was between a normal size and a texas muffin tin)
  3. Cut both pastry sheets into 4 even squares. You will have two spare, or if you have a larger muffin tray just use them up.. (these can be refrigerated or frozen and used at a later date)
  4. Place a pre-cut pastry square in each of the greased muffin holes, gently tuck pastry hole into make a rustic looking tart shell.
  5. Crack one egg in each pastry shell followed by handful of bacon pieces, salt and pepper and bake for 20-25mintues until golden brown.

Makes 6

As i said above you can add flavours to the base filling for a tasty fast snack!!

Summer Stunner

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SUMMER STUNNER

Spice roasted broccoli and lentil salad.

This salad sure does pack a punch, lightly spiced broccoli with creamy avocado and bursts of coriander. Full of all things fresh, healthy and seasonal!

This may be on the table this Christmas it sure was delicious!

 

Ingredients:

¾ head broccoli, florets cut in half

3 tsp rice bran oil

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp cumin

¼ tsp cinnamon

Pinch chilli powder

Pinch cayenne pepper

½ zest of lemon

2 garlic cloves, finely grated

Salt and pepper

 

1 avocado, thick slices

1 can lentils, rinsed and drained

¼ cup coriander, roughly chopped

3 tbsp sultanas

3 tbsp sunflower seeds

½ lemon, juiced

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Combine all spices, lemon zest, garlic and salt and pepper together. Pour over broccoli and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. In large bowl add lentils, sultanas, coriander, sunflower seeds toss together.
  4. Once broccoli is cooked add to bowl followed by avocado, lemon juice and salt and pepper, toss gently.
  5. Serve on its own or goes perfectly with bbq or cooked meats.

 Serves: 4-6

Easy 7 Step Dessert

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Strawberry Bliss 

Great way to enjoy fresh produce is by keeping it simple.

Creamy yoghurt with crunchy ginger nuts and fresh strawberries with bursts of mint and lemon. Perfect light dessert even the kids could make!!

Ingredients:

1/2 packet ginger nuts
2 cups berry yoghurt
1 punet strawberries, roughly diced
1/2 juice lemon
1 tbsp. icing sugar
3 mint leaves, thinly shredded

Method:

Blitz half a packet of ginger nuts in the food processor.

1. Blitz half a packet of ginger nuts in the food processor.

Roughly slice 1 punet of fresh strawberries.

2. Roughly slice 1 punet of fresh strawberries.

Add juice of half a lemon.

3. Add juice of half a lemon.

Followed by 1 tbsp. icing sugar, stir to combine.

4. Followed by 1 tbsp. icing sugar, stir to combine.

Add 3 shredded mint leaves and stir to combine.

5. Add 3 shredded mint leaves and stir to combine.

Layer strawberries, ginger crumb and yoghurt and repeat.

6. Layer stawberries, ginger crumb and yoghurt and repeat.

Finish with ginger crumb and enjoy!

7. Finish with ginger crumb and enjoy!

Meatloaf Madness

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Homemade Meatloaf with Sautéed Garlic Greens

Ingredients:

Meat

500g sausage meat
700g lean beef mince
1 onion, small dice
4 cloves garlic, fine dice
1 carrot, finely grated
1 tbsp. fresh marjoram
1 tbsp. fresh thyme
1 tbsp. fresh parsley
3 tbsp. Worcester sauce
1 egg. lightly beaten
salt
pepper

Topping

80g rolled oats
1/4 c brown sugar
1/2 c tomato sauce

Garlic Greens
1 tbsp. oil
1/2 head broccoli, cut florets into 1/4 pieces
1 handful of green beans, remove ends
4 bok choy leaves, sliced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup water

2 medium golden kumara, boiled and mashed with 50gm butter 50ml milk, salt and pepper. Plus 1 tbsp. fresh chives.

 Method:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Grease loaf or rectangle oven proof dish lightly with butter.
  3. In a large bowl combine sausage meat, mince, diced onion, garlic, grated carrot, finely chopped herbs, salt, pepper and beaten egg. Mix together with your hand until well combined.
  4. Press meat mix into  grease oven dish. Pat down evenly.
  5. In a separate bowl combine oats, brown sugar and tomato sauce. Mix until a paste has formed. Spread over meat mix evenly.
  6. Bake in the oven for 45-50 minutes until golden at the edges and cooked. (it will shrink slightly with cooking.)
  7. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  8. Pre-heat wok or fry pan on high add oil followed by broccoli and garlic. cook for 2 minutes until slightly starting to brown. Add green beans and cook for 1 minute, add water and cook on high for a further 2 minutes, add bok choy toss gently.
  9. Remove from heat and place in serving bowl.
  10. Slice meatloaf and serve with the garlic greens and kumara mash.

Serves: 4-6 people

 

 

 

 

Ingredients  nice and cheap!

Ingredients nice and cheap!

In a large bowl combine sausage meat, mince, onion, garlic, carrot, Worcester sauce, herbs, salt, pepper and 1 beaten egg.

In a large bowl combine sausage meat, mince, onion, garlic, carrot, Worchester sauce, herbs, salt, pepper and 1 beaten egg.

Mix together, best done with your hand for even mixing.

Mix together, best done with your hand for even mixing.

In separate bowl combine oats, brown sugar and tomato sauce.

In separate bowl combine oats, brown sugar and tomato sauce.

Stir together to form a paste type consistency.

Stir together to form a paste type consistency.

Butte a loaf or rectangle baking dish with butter, pat down meat mixture evenly.

Butte a loaf or rectangle baking dish with butter, pat down meat mixture evenly.

Top meat with oat topping evenly, bake for 45-50 minutes until puffed and cooked.

Top meat with oat topping evenly, bake for 45-50 minutes until puffed and cooked.

Prep green vegetable for sautéing.

Prep green vegetable for sautéing.

Heat 1 tbsp. of oil over a high heat in a wok or fry pan.  Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

Heat 1 tbsp. of oil over a high heat in a wok or fry pan. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.

Once starting to brown add in green beans cook for 1 minute.

Once starting to brown add in green beans cook for 1 minute.

/followed by 1/4 cup water. Cook for 2 minutes stirring over high heat.

/followed by 1/4 cup water. Cook for 2 minutes stirring over high heat.

Add sliced bok choy and toss gently.

Add sliced bok choy and toss gently.

Remove from heat after a minute or so and place in serving bowl.

Remove from heat after a minute or so and place in serving bowl.

Remove from oven, allow to stand for 5 minutes. (it will shrink a small amount during cooking.

Remove from oven, allow to stand for 5 minutes. (it will shrink a small amount during cooking.

Serve with creamy chive mashed golden kumara, sautéed greens and that stunner of a meatloaf.

Serve with creamy chive mashed golden kumara, sautéed greens and that stunner of a meatloaf.

Enjoy!

Enjoy!