Tag Archives: Pasta

The buzz word is Quinoa

The buzz word is Quinoa

Last week I was part of an exciting food show in Brisbane. Not only was it fabulous to be up in that glorious warm temperature but part of the first Irresistible Gluten Free Food Show 2010. The line up included an incredible line up of Chefs, Nutrionists, Dieticians and of course a fabulous Home Economist – me!

As you might know I follow a gluten free diet, I am gluten intolerant. The official name if you are formally diagnosed is Coeliac disease. Many people now follow a gluten free diet for various health reasons not necessarily because they are formally diagnosed medically. Read the rest of this entry

What makes a great Bolognaise?

What makes a great Bolognaise?

Every great cook, celebrity chef, family cook and ordinary cook I know has their own version.  This full flavoured simmered minced beef sauce originally from Bologna Italy and is famous through out the world.   There are versions everywhere – from Bologna itself to China and yes definitely a favourite meal in every home  I would think here in Australia too.

Versions include beef only, a combination of beef & veal, beef & pork, beef & chicken liver, Chinese slant recipes with Asian mushrooms &  ketchup manis  and vegetarian styles ( made with eggplant and mushrooms). I also have a recipe I make usually in the cold of winter  made in one pot which includes cooking the pasta in the pot with the sauce!  A true  ‘one pot’ recipe.

Marcella Hazan is known as the mother of good Italian food.  Her beautiful Italian Cookbooks, explain the basics and essentials of producing a great Bolognese. I have for years read every detail and eaten many versions in many countries, restaurants and homes.  From this I have produced many delicious huge simmering pots and have my own authentic set of rules……

So what does make a great Bolognese?  Here is my 12 step guide to my fabulous slow simmer Bolognese –   Read the rest of this entry

I only have 25 minutes!!

I only have 25 minutes!!

 

Why is this last two weeks leading up to that special day on the 25th December so ridiculously busy! Has everyone I know gone mad? It doesn’t seem to matter how organised you are there just seems to be tooooo much to do.

Everywhere I go from the photography studios, chatting with clients or friends – waiting in a queue at the supermarket, dropping my kids at school ……everyone seems to need a selection of delicious, quick recipes that are made in a wink! So here are a little selection of my favourites that will allow you to eat well with the family or a little last minute entertaining and maybe take a little pressure out of your day? Read the rest of this entry

Showing off KitchenAid on TVSN

Showing off KitchenAid on TVSN

I must confess, I’m a big fan of new kitchen products. So you can imagine how much fun I had introducing a new limited edition KitchenAid standmixer on a recent regular cooking segment I do.  KitchenAid has just released candy apple standmixerthe most a beautiful “candy apple red” standmixer you have ever seen to celebrate the company’s 90th birthday.

What a milestone! The mixer is of course known and loved all over the world by celebrated professional chefs, caterers, cookbook writers and millions of home foodies. So last week I showed off the new standmixer on the KitchenAid segment of Foxtel’s paid television channel ‘TVSN’.

Each show we use various KitchenAid appliances and attachments. My co-host Peter Mason and I cooked up a storm, making fresh pasta sheets and cutting them into fettuccine using the pasta roller set.

 

We also whipped up a moist golden almond orange cake and a fabulous apple radish salad. And what about the standmixer?

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In my opinion, it’s robust, super stylish and incredibly efficient. That’s important because you need a strong machine to handle just about any type of food preparation task. And you want it to last for years. In fact, I’ve come to think of the standmixer is a ‘generational’ mixer – you will be able to hand it down to your children! I have had mine for many years and it has made more cakes, loaves of bread, pavlovas, tarts and mixed and minced many meatloaves, rissoles and hundreds of quick easy recipes. My daughter Lucy is waiting for it to be hers!

Then you have the fact that the mixer really is more than a mixer because you can add wonderful attachments that allow you to mince, grind, puree, chop, shred, slice, juice, strain, mill, churn and much more.

Next month on TVSN I plan to make bread and ricotta and spinach ravioli, so stay tuned! If you are interested, the limited edition KitchenAid standmixer and plenty of recipes are available from the Peter McInnes website here.