Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Stir-Fried Bok Choy and Lettuce with Mushrooms

Stir-Fried Bok Choy and Lettuce with Mushrooms

1 cup boiling water
8 dried shiitake mushrooms (about 2 ounces)
2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
½ teaspoon sugar
4 teaspoons canola oil, divided
1 teaspoon minced peeled ginger
½ cup vegetable broth
½ teaspoon cornstarch
2 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced
8 head baby bok choy, halved lengthwise
1 medium head romaine lettuce, cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces (about 8 cups)

Combine 1 cup boiling water and shiitake mushrooms in a bowl; cover and let stand 20 minutes. Drain mushrooms in a colander over a bowl, reserving liquid. Rinse mushrooms. Remove and discard stems; cut each cap into quarters. Set aside.

Combine soy sauce, wine, and sugar in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.

Heat a small saucepan over medium high-heat. Add 1 teaspoon oil and ginger to pan; sauté 30 seconds. Add reserved mushrooms; sauté 1 minute. Add reserved mushroom liquid and broth, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes.

Combine 2 tablespoons water and corn starch in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk, and stir into mushroom mixture. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from heat, keep warm.

Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat. Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pan. Add garlic and stir-fry 10 seconds. Add bok choy and stir-fry 2 minutes or until bok choy begins to soften. Add lettuce and stir-fry 2 minutes or until lettuce wilts. Stir in mushroom mixture and soy sauce mixture and cook 3 minutes or until bok choy is tender.
Serves 8

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Lemony Artichoke Dip

Lemony Artichoke Dip

1 garlic clove, peeled
1 shallot peeled
2 tables,poons lemon juice
½ cup vegan mayonnaise
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
¾ cup great northern beans
¼ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt
½ teaspoon powdered mustard
¼ teaspoon ground white pepper
1 4 ounce can chopped green chiles
2 ½ cups canned artichoke hearts, drained

Using your food processor, put in garlic and process until minced. Turn off processor, scrape down sides of bowl, add remaining ingredients except artichokes and process until well combined. Add artichokes and process briefly so that small chunks remain. Season to taste with additional salt and serve.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Roasted Tofu with Green Beans

Roasted Tofu with Green Beans

I made this the other night and loved it! Experiment with any vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, asparagus, or fennel. Serve with brown rice for a heartier meal.


2 pounds fresh firm tofu, cut into cubes
10 garlic cloves, pealed
2 pounds green beans, trimmed
½ pound cremini mushrooms, stems removed
2 leeks
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
¼ cup Bragg Liquid Aminos
All purpose seasoning blend or salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 375 °F

Place tofu, garlic, green beans and mushrooms in 9 x 12-inch baking pan. Cut leeks in half lengthwise, rinse, cut into ¼ inch slices and add to pan. Drizzle olive oil and liquid aminos over tofu mixture, sprinkle generously with seasoning blend and toss to combine. Roast uncovered 1 hour. Stirring every 20 minutes, until tofu is firm and vegetables are caramelized. Remove from oven and serve.

Vegetable Fried Rice

Vegetable Fried Rice

You can use any vegetables you have on hand. For best results, the rice needs to be made ahead of time or use left over rice from the day before.


3 eggs, beaten (or egg substitute)
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon minced ginger
½ red onion, diced
½ red pepper, diced
½ celery stalk, sliced thin
Handful of chopped asparagus or small broccoli florets
4 cups cooked and cold rice (use brown basmati, it's healthier than white)
1 cup snow peas, cut in half
2 green onions, slice thin
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro (optional)
Pinch of dried chili flakes (optional)
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice or rice wine vinegar
1 cup bean sprouts


Heat a sauté pan over medium heat. Melt the butter and add the beaten eggs. Scramble the eggs and set aside.
Heat vegetable oil and sesame oil in wok or large sauté pan over med-high or high heat. Add the minced garlic, minced ginger, red onion, red pepper, celery, and asparagus or broccoli and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the cooked rice and stir. Once incorporated and rice has been heated through, add the snow peas, scallions, coriander, dried chilies, and sesame seeds. Combine the soy sauce and lime juice in a small bowl. Add this mixture to the pan and toss until the liquid has been absorbed into the rice. Add the scrambled eggs and mix to reheat. Garnish wit the bean sprouts and serve immediately.

Mushrooms are also nice to put in. If you want to leave out the eggs you can add some tofu instead for the protein. Just cut into cubes and sauté until crispy, or use baked tofu cut into cubes, then add it at the same time you add the rice.

Gado Gado: Vegetables and hardboiled egg with Satay sauce

Gado Gado: Vegetables and hardboiled egg with Satay sauce
By: Lorena Uriarte

Satay Sauce
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
1 Eschallot, finely diced
2 Garlic cloves, crushed
1 tablespoons Grated ginger
¼ teaspoon Sambal Oelek
1 cup Crunchy peanut butter
1 tablespoon Kecap Manis
1 Lime, juiced
¼ cup Coconut milk
¼ cup Water

1. Gently fry onion, garlic, ginger and chilli in oil.
2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and heat till thick and bubbling.
3. Adjust flavourings to suit ie. Sugar, chilli, lime juice, salt.

1 cup Green beans, halved and blanched
1 cup Chinese cabbage, thinly sliced
4 Small potatoes, cooked skin on and sliced
1 cup Bean sprouts, rinsed
4 Eggs, hard boiled, peeled and quartered

Cucumber, sliced
Crackers, prawn or taro
Fried eschallots

Tempeh Goreng and Sambal Terong (Eggplant with mild chili sauce)

Tempeh Goreng (Fried Fermented Soybeans)
By: Lorena Uriarte

3 Garlic cloves
½ teaspoon Coriander, ground
1/2 teaspoon tumeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin seed, ground
1 tablespoon Water
250 grams Tempeh, cut into 1cm slices, scored with a fork
Oil for deep frying
Salt to taste

1. Pound spices, salt and garlic together, mix with the water.
2. Rub this marinade over the tempeh slices and leave them to dry min. 20 mins.
3. Deep fry slices till brown, drain and reserve.

Sambal Terong (Eggplant with mild chili sauce)

2 Japanese eggplant (long thin ones) cut lengthways and into thirds
1 tablespoon Oil
¼ cup Sambal Balado or Sambal Oelek
Kecap Manis

1. Place eggplants on a baking tray and brush lightly with oil.
2. Bake at 180C till slightly softened
3. Top with sambal paste and return to oven till warmed through.

Spinach & Pumpkin Sayur (Spinach “soup”)

Spinach & Pumpkin Sayur (Spinach “soup”)
By: Lorena Uriarte

3 cups Vegetable stock (1 teaspoon powder per cup)
5 cm Galangal, sliced and bruised
1 cup Corn kernels
1 bunch English Spinach, washed and trimmed leaves
200 grams Pumpkin, diced and blanched

1 small red chilli, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
4 green shallots
Salt and pepper
Palm sugar to taste

1. Make spice paste first by blending the chili, garlic and shallots, add ½ cup stock and blend again.
2. Bring the rest of the stock to the boil, add galangal and spice mix, simmer for a few minutes.
3. Add the corn and then the spinach leaves, cook briefly, taste and adjust seasoning before serving.


By: Lorena Uriarte

A lovely South East Asian dessert.

Serves: 6
Preparation: Soak rice overnight
Cooking Time: 20/30 minutes, depends on the rice.

knife, chopping board, wok, measuring cup, 2 large spoons or spatulas for tossing noodles, small bowl for rubbish, vegetable peeler.


300gms black glutinous rice, washed and soaked overnight
7 cups water
150 grams Dark palm sugar, broken up
2 Drops pandan essence (or pandan leaf if available)
Pinch of salt
2 cups Thick coconut milk
Toasted shredded coconut for garnish

Optional: Serve with sliced mango cheeks or bananas and palm sugar syrup

1. Drain rice and bring to the boil in a pot with 6 cups of water.
2. Simmer gently, stirring occasionally until the rice is soft.
3. Add the sugar, pandan essence and extra cup water, stir until sugar dissolves.
4. Take off the stove and chill in a bowl or individual ramekins. (May also be eaten warm or hot)
1. In another pot simmer the coconut milk and pinch of salt till thickened. Cool.
6. Serve a few of spoonfuls of rice pudding topped with the coconut milk and garnish.


By: Lorena Uriarte

The quintessential Indonesian snack food.

Serves: 6
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

knife, chopping board, saucepan, wok, measuring cup, metal spoon, small bowl for rubbish,


2 tablespoons Sweet soy sauce (Kecap Manis)
2 tablespoons Light Soy sauce
1 tablespoons Sesame oil
2 teaspoons Sambal belado or mild chili sauce (or fresh chilli slices)
Salt and pepper

Stir Fry
¼ cup Canola Oil
175 grams Firm tofu, cut into 1 cm cubes

4 cups Steamed rice, warm or cold
1 Onion, thinly sliced
2 Garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 Red capsicum, thinly sliced
1 cup Chinese cabbage, thinly sliced
1 cup Green beans, cut into half and blanched (boiled till al dente in hot water)
1 cup Carrot, peeled and cut thinly into long matchsticks, blanched
1 cup Snowpeas, julienned into long strips

4 Eggs, fried or thin omelet slices
1 Tomato, thinly sliced
½ Cucumber, thinly sliced
¼ cup Bawang goreng – crispy fried onion

1. Combine all sauce ingredients and set aside.
2. Deep fry tofu till lightly golden, drain and reserve.
3. Keep 2 tablespoons of oil in the wok and gently fry onion and garlic.
4. Add remaining vegetables and stir fry till capsicum and cabbage have softened.
5. Add rice and tofu and mix through, add sauce and mix till evenly coloured.
6. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Serve in a mound with a fried egg on top of each serve, alternatively slice thin omelet pieces and scatter on top with a few slices of tomato, cucumber and crispy fried onion

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Mushroom and tofu pot sticker dumplings

Mushroom and tofu pot sticker dumplings
By: Lorena Uriarte

1 x 2 inch piece ginger, peeled
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
200 g Chinese cabbage, finely shredded
250 g silken tofu
50 g water chestnuts, chopped
50g dried shitake mushrooms, soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
100g mushrooms, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
2 green onions, finely chopped
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon mushroom oyster sauce
2 teaspoons sesame oil
1 tablespoon Shao Hsing wine (or dry sherry)

2 packets gow gee pastry wrappers
2 cups water
2 tablespoons plain flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Dipping sauce:
¼ cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
1 x 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
1 chilli, thinly sliced (optional)

1. Combine the first list of ingredients in a food processor and pulse gently.
2. Lay out gow gee wrappers and brush edges with water.
3. Place a tablespoon of mix on each wrapper.
4. Fold into little parcels and place on a tray and set aside.
5. To make dipping sauce combine all ingredients and set aside.
6. Combine water and flour in a jug and set aside.
7. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large sauce pan with a well fitting lid.
8. Place as many dumplings in the pan as will fit snugly, cook 1 -2 minutes.
9. Add 1 cup water and flour mixture and cover immediately.
10. After 2-3 minutes remove lid and let the rest of the water evaporate and brown the bases.

Serve immediately with dipping sauce.


By: Lorena Uriarte

These are a coiled Greek version of the popular baklava.
Serves: makes 20-24 coils
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes

Equipment: chopping board, knife or food processor, pastry brush, greased baking tray, tea towel
Oven 200C

1 box Fillo pastry
½ cup melted butter or olive oil
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
½ cup pistachio nuts, unsalted finely chopped

2 cups water
2 cups sugar
1 orange, peel only
A little extra melted butter or oil to grease the baking tin

1. Prepare all ingredients and grease baking tray well before taking fillo out of the box
2. Lay fillo in a stack on your clean work surface and cover with a clean tea towel
3. Working on the top sheet first, brush lightly with melted butter or oil
4. Sprinkle surface with nuts. Remember these nuts have to go on all the sheets, a tablespoon is fine
5. Starting at one of the short edges, gather up the fillo like a loose fan fold
6. Don’t worry if fillo tears
7. Scroll the strip of gathered fillo and place in the baking tin
8. Continue until you have used up all the fillo and nuts and scrolls are packed in tightly into the baking tin
9. Bake at 200C for up to 40 minutes till golden and crunchy. Let cool for 10 minutes in tin
10. Whilst they are baking make the sugar syrup by boiling all ingredients and stirring till sugar is dissolved
11. Pour syrup over the pastries and let sit 4 hours or overnight to absorb the syrup.
12. Serve pastries at room temperature.

For a more fragrant syrup you can add a little rosewater, cinnamon, cardamom or cloves to the syrup whilst it boils and strain before pouring over the pastries.


By: Lorena Uriarte

Serves: 8
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Equipment: chopping board, knife, grater, large mixing bowl, pastry brush, 20cm x 30cm baking tray
Oven 180C

2 bunches English spinach or silverbeet (or a combination)
2 sprigs fresh dill, chopped
4 green shallots, chopped
400g Greek feta cheese
150g ricotta cheese
½ cup finely grated kefalograviera, parmesan or pecorino cheese
6 eggs
2 tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon black pepper
50 ml olive oil

16 sheets packet filo pastry
150 g butter, melted

1. Trim spinach/ silverbeet removing the stalks. Wash well and chop finely. Dry and set aside.
2. In a large mixing bowl combine feta, ricotta and hard cheese. Mash well with a fork.
3. Add eggs, breadcrumbs, nutmeg, pepper, oil and mix well.
4. Add spinach mix through and set aside.
5. Grease a 20cm x 30 cm baking tray.
6. Take filo pastry from box and cover with a clean tea towel.
7. Take one sheet of filo pastry and place on the bottom of the tray making sure all sides are covered.
8. Using a pastry brush lightly spread some melted butter on the pastry.
9. Place the next sheet on the tray and brush with melted butter.
10. Continue till roughly half the sheets are used.
11. Pour in spinach and cheese mix, spreading the filling till it is level.
12. Place a sheet of filo pastry on the top, brush with butter.
13. Continue with the remaining filo pastry and butter.
14. Make sure final layer is well buttered.
15. Trim and tuck in the top into the sides.
16. Using a sharp knife cut through the top layer of pastry into diamond shapes.
17. Bake in 180C oven for 45- 50 minutes till golden brown and cooked through.

To serve: Cool slightly before serving cut into diamond slices.


By: Lorena Uriarte

This salad is best made just before serving using fresh ingredients.
Serves: 6 (as part of a meal)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Equipment: chopping board, knife, large bowl

6 ripe yet firm tomatoes, chopped into 1” pieces
3 Lebanese cucumbers, chopped into 1” pieces
1 red onion, halved and then sliced into rings
1 red capsicum, halved seeded and chopped into 1” pieces
200g kalamata olives
220g Greek fetta, cubed
1 tsp dried Greek oregano
½ cup olive oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

60 ml red or white wine vinegar (optional)
Iceberg lettuce (optional)

1. Place tomatoes, cucumber, capsicum, onion and fetta in a bowl.
2. Sprinkle over fetta, oregano, olives and olive oil and mix till combined.
3. Place into serving bowl and sprinkle with oregano and pepper.
4. Taste and if desired add the vinegar and salt.

In Australia this salad is often served with crisp iceberg lettuce and crunchy bread.


By: Lorena Uriarte

This rich lentil soup is traditionally served with a drizzle of red wine vinegar and olive oil.
Serves: 8
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45- 60 mins

Equipment: chopping board, knife, vegetable peeler, garlic press, large pot and ladle.

375gm lentils, washed and picked over
½ cup olive oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 celery, stalks and leaves –chopped
½ red or green capsicums
1 tin whole peeled tomatoes
2 tablespoon tomato paste
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoon oregano
3 litres vegetable stock
Salt and pepper

2 tablespoon parsley, chopped to garnish
¼ cup virgin olive oil, extra for drizzling
Red wine vinegar for drizzling (optional)

1. Place lentils in a pot, just cover with water and boil for 10 minutes whilst preparing the other ingredients.
2. In a large pot heat oil and gently fry the onion, carrot, celery, capsicum and garlic for 5 minutes .
3. Add the bay leaves, oregano and pepper.
4. Drain lentils and add them to the vegetables along with the stock, tinned tomatoes and tomato paste.
5. Simmer, stirring occasionally for 30- 40 minutes or until lentils are tender.
6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

To serve:
Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with chopped parsley and drizzle with a splash of olive oil and a dash of good red wine vinegar.

Accompanied with bread, fetta and olives it forms a satisfying and complete meal.



By: Lorena Uriarte

A great family dish for all to share, they will be surprised when you tell them they are meat free!

Serves: 16 meatballs
Preparation: 15 minutes + 30 minutes refrigeration
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Set oven to 190C

½ c cheddar cheese, grated
¼ c parmesan cheese, grated
4 eggs, lightly beaten
½ c walnuts, finely chopped in a food processor
1 c breadcrumbs, large crumb
2 cups cooked lentils (or a tin if you are rushed), well drained
200 gm mushrooms, finely chopped
1 tablespoon mixed herbs
1 garlic clove, crushed (optional)
Salt & Pepper to taste


1. Using your (clean) hands, mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.
2. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
3. Form into 16 balls and place on a paper lined baking tray.
4. Spray with canola oil.
5. Bake at 190C for 20 minutes, turning occasionally for an even colour.

At this stage you can add the “meatballs” to your tomato sauce or use it in other recipes.

Add tomato paste, chilli or chopped fresh herbs to the mix for a different flavour.
The same mix can be formed into patties for burgers. oil the grill plate well so they don't stick.


By: Lorena Uriarte

An Arabic chick pea (hummus) dish perfect for vegetarians.

Serves: 6 (as part of a meal)
Preparation: 20 minutes
Refrigeration: 30 minutes (minimum)


1 ½ cup chickpeas, canned or soaked and cooked chickpeas
1 clove garlic, crushed
50ml olive Oil
1tablespoon tahini (sesame paste)
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 lemon, juiced
¼ cup water
Salt and pepper to taste

Virgin olive oil
Sweet paprika

1. Blend the chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, tahini, cumin and lemon juice in the food processor till just combined
2. Whilst the motor is running slowly add the water till the desired consistency is reached. Thicker for a dip, runny for dressing a salad or serving with falafel etc
3. Cover and chill till required

To serve:
Scoop into a dish, make a small well in the center and pour in a little olive oil.
Sprinkle with the sweet paprika.

A smoky eggplant dip

Serves: 6 (as part of a meal)
Preparation: 20 minutes
Refrigeration: 30 minutes (minimum)

Oven: set oven to 180C to roast eggplants.
A gas flame is required or alternatively, use a char grill or BBQ for best results.


1 eggplants (large) washed and dried
1 clove garlic, crushed
¼ cup tahini (sesame paste)
½ lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Dukkah ( a mixture of crushed hazelnuts, seeds and spices)
or chopped pistachios, chopped parsley, diced tomato etc

1. With a sharp knife cut skin of each eggplant about 4 times and place directly over a flame with tongs or skewered on a fork
2. Turn till charred on all sides. This gives the eggplant smoky flavor
3. Place eggplants on a baking tray and bake for 20 to 30 minutes till soft
4. Set aside to cool
5. Once cool peel away the skin
6. Place flesh in a large bowl with the garlic, tahini and the lemon juice and oil
7. Using a whisk beat until the eggplant is mashed and ingredients are combined
8. Taste and season with salt and pepper

To serve:
Scoop into a bowl and sprinkle with dukkah or your choice of garnish.

This earthy beetroot dip makes a colourful addition to your dip selection!
Serves: 6 (as part of a dip selection)
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes
Refrigeration: 30 minutes


3 beetroot, washed, trimmed and wrapped in foil squares
1 small onion, peeled and wrapped in foil
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoon plain/ Greek yoghurt
Salt and pepper to taste

Sumac powder (optional)
Olive oil (drizzle)

1. Roast beetroot and onion for 40 -50 minutes till tender
2. Cool and peel beetroot. Chill in freezer till cold
3. Chop beetroot and onion roughly
4. Place beetroot, onion, garlic and in a food processor and blend quickly till just mixed through.
5. Add yoghurt and blend till roughly combined
6. Taste and adjust salt and pepper, cover and chill before serving.

To Serve:
Sprinkle with a pinch of sumac powder or cayenne pepper and then a light drizzle of olive oil.

This Tunisian dip is tangy, spicy and slightly sweet.

Serves: 6 (as part of a mezze spread)
Preparation: 20 minutes


500 grams carrots, peeled and cut into quarters
2 tablespoons lemon, juiced
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon harissa, chilli paste or paprika (optional)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
Salt to taste

Pinch toasted cumin seeds

1. Gently boil the carrots in salted water until tender, about 15 minutes
2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil and gently fry the garlic, harissa and cumin, set aside
3. Drain carrots well and place pot back over a low heat to dry the carrots well
4. Place all the ingredients in a blender and pulse till mix is smooth.
5. Taste and adjust salt, lemon juice and chilli to your taste

To serve:
Scoop into a bowl and sprinkle with roasted cumin seeds.
This dip is best served warm or at room temperature.

A refreshing and garlicky yoghurt dip
Serves: 6 (as part of a meal)
Preparation time: 20 minutes.
Cooking time: 0

2 cups plain yoghurt (preferably Greek)
1 cucumber peeled and grated.
¼ cup mint leaves, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
½ lemon, juiced
¼ cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

Toasted cumin seeds

1. Place cucumber in a colander and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon of salt, drain over a bowl for 10 minutes.
2. Squeeze as much water out of the cucumber as possible.
3. Combine all ingredients in a bowl
4. Taste and adjust seasoning (remember cucumber will be salty!)
5. Cover and chill till ready to serve

To serve:
Scoop into a bowl and top with toasted cumin seeds


By: Lorena Uriarte

These sweet, cigar shaped pastries are perfect with coffee or as a dessert.

Serves: 8 (as a dessert)
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Equipment: chopping board, knife, food processor, pastry brush, paper lined baking tray.
Oven 180C to toast walnuts and bake pastries

1 cup Medjool (fresh) dates, pitted
1 cup walnuts, toasted in the oven
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon orange peel, finely grated
½ teaspoon ground cardamom seeds

8 sheets filo pastry
50 g unsalted butter, melted

To serve:
2 cups thick Greek yoghurt

1. Combine dates, walnuts, orange peel, cardamom and 1 tablespoon of honey in food processor
2. Blend until a rough paste forms
3. Divide the mixture into 8 and form into even cigar shapes, set aside
4. Cut the stack of filo pastry in 2 lengthwise (making two long rectangle stacks)
5. Cover filo stack with a tea towel to stop it drying out
6. Take one piece of filo, brush with melted butter and top with a second sheet. Brush with butter.
7. Place a cigar shaped log of filling 2 cm away from the edge and roll into a log
8. Place on tray and brush with butter
9. Repeat till you have completed 8 logs
10. Bake until golden (about 20-25 minutes)
11. Cool on baking sheet before serving

To serve:
Serve each log with a dollop of yoghurt drizzled with honey for dipping.

Roll prepared pastry around bananas cut in half with crushed macadamias, sugar and cardamom


By: Lorena Uriarte

A hearty Moroccan stew to be served with sweet couscous

Serves: 6 (as part of a meal)
Preparation: 30 minutes (not including chick pea soaking time)
Cooking time 30 - 40 minutes

Equipment: knife, measuring cup, large pot with lid, small bowl for rubbish, wooden spoon, vegetable peeler


2 brown onion, large cut into 1/8 ths
2 cloves garlic, sliced
1 tsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 star anise
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
¼ bch parsley, washed and left whole
¼ bch coriander, washed and left whole, smash the roots with heavy knife
¼ c olive oil
salt and pepper

1 red capsicum, seeded and cut into large chunks
1 green capsicum, seeded and cut into large chunks
3 carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 sweet potatoes or kumera, peeled and cut into large chunks
2 zucchini, cut into 4 pieces
2 celery sticks, cut into large chunks (or fennel if in season)
1 tin tinned tomatoes, whole
1 tin chick peas, drained

1 pinch saffron threads, soaked in half cup warm water
1 litre vegetable stock

1. Heat olive oil in a large pot, fry onion gently until translucent, 5 minutes
2. Add the rest of the first list of ingredients and gently fry for a further 2 minutes
3. Add capsicum, carrot, potato and sweet potato and celery, gently colour them whilst stirring for 5- 8 minutes
4. Add tomatoes and chickpeas, place lid on and cook for a further 5- 8 minutes till carrots are slightly coloured and soft to pierce with a knife
5. Add zucchini, saffron and stock.
6. Place lid on and cook gently for 20 minutes till all vegetables are soft and the flavours have developed. Add more water if it is too dry.

To Serve: Serve hot with cous cous or crusty bread

Cous cous is a great compliment to a tagine as it helps mop up the juices

Serves: 6 (as part of a meal)
Preparation: 30 minutes (not including soaking time)
Cooking time 10 minutes

Equipment: knife, measuring cup, large pot with lid, wooden spoon, large fry pan or wok.


2 cups Cous Cous
2 cups Water
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
Salt and pepper

1 tablespoon Butter
½ cup currants/ raisins soaked in ½ cup warm water
¼ cup dried apricots, finely chopped
¼ cup almonds, slivered
¼ cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
1 lemon, zest only
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
2 bay leaves
¼ c fried onion
1 Tbsp dried dill

¼ c parsley and/or coriander, chopped

1. Heat water, olive oil, salt and pepper in a large pot
2. Add the cous cous and stir quickly, cover with the lid and remove from the heat
3. After 5 minutes remove lid and fluff gently with a fork. Set aside
4. Melt butter in a large frypan and gently fry all fruit, nuts, seeds and spices for 5 minutes to release their aroma
5. Add cous cous to the frypan and fry gently till warm and mixed through.
6. Stir through chopped fresh herbs

To serve:
Remove cinnamon and bay leaf.
Serve cold as a salad or hot with a tagine or vegetable stew.


By: Lorena Uriarte

A beautiful tart with crunchy almonds and caramelised onions.
Serves: 6
Preparation time: 15 minutes (not including pastry)
Cooking time: 1 hour

Equipment: chopping board, knife, mandolin, measuring cup, wooden spoon, large pot, bowl and whisk.

Oven 180C

200g green zucchini
200g yellow zucchini or button squash
¼ cup olive oil
500g onions (about 3) halved and thinly sliced
2 teaspoons thyme, finely chopped
2 teaspoons rosemary, finely chopped
30g slivered almonds
1/3 cup crème frâiche or sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten

1 prepared and baked pastry shell (see Pâte Brisée recipe)

1. Cut zucchini and squash into 2mm thin slices.
2. In a colander, salt layers of zucchini and squash over a bowl and set aside.
3. Heat olive oil in a large pot and gently cook onions, herbs, ½ teaspoon salt for 5 minutes.
4. Cover and gently cook for 30 minutes stirring occasionally till very soft.
5. Remove onions from heat and season with salt and pepper, cool.
6. Rinse and pat dry the zucchini and squash.
7. Spread onion mixture into prepared pastry shell, scatter with almonds
8. Layer alternate overlapping rows of green zucchini and yellow squash on top of the onions.
9. Combine sour cream and egg, season and pour over the zucchini.
10. Bake at 180C for 25 minutes or until pastry is golden brown.

To serve:
Serve hot or at room temperature cut into slices.
Pair with a fresh garden salad.


By: Lorena Uriarte

This simple shortcrust pastry is essential for making quiches and tarts.

Serves: makes 1
Preparation time: 5 minutes + 2 hrs chilling time
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Equipment: Food processor, measuring cup, scales, tablespoon, rolling pin, cling film, tart tin, baking paper, pastry weights or rice/ beans

Heat oven to 180C

300gm plain flour (2 cups)
150gm cold unsalted butter, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 tablespoons soda water, cold

1. Place flour, salt and butter into food processor and process till mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
2. Add soda water and pulse till mixture just comes together.
3. Turn onto a lightly floured bench and press into a ball. Do not knead it as it will toughen the pastry.
4. Press or roll into a flattened disc (for a round tin) or rectangle (for a rectangular tin) and wrap with cling film. Chill for at least 2 hours.
5. Roll pastry into a rectangle or circle large enough to line tart tin (around 4mm thin).
6. Place pastry into tin and press into the sides, trim by rolling over the top with the rolling pin. Chill 30 mins.
7. Bake blind for 20 minutes till pastry is pale golden. (line with baking paper and pastry weights or rice)
8. Remove paper and weights and bake another 10 minutes till pastry is crisp.
9. Pastry case is now ready for filling.


By: Lorena Uriarte

Use large eggplants for a main course or smaller ones for entrees

Serves: 8
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Chopping board, sharp knife, garlic press, large bowl, baking tray
Oven at 200C

4 eggplants
2 cups breadcrumbs
1 lemon, zest and juice
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/3 cup capers, drained and finely chopped
20 green olives, pitted and finely chopped
¼ cup parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh oregano or thyme
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and Pepper to taste

1. Trim green tops off eggplants and cut in half lengthways
2. Using a small sharp knife cut deep slashes across the flesh. Don’t cut the skin!
3. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside on a baking tray.
4. In a large bowl combine the remaining ingredients well with your hands
5. Pull open the slashed eggplants and fill with stuffing.
6. Fill all eggplant halves and press any extra stuffing on top
7. Bake in a medium hot oven till tender (30 min for small 45 minutes for large)
8. Eggplant should be tender and tops golden brown

Serve hot or warm with a tomato salad or as part of an Antipasto spread.


By: Lorena Uriarte

Bruschetta or crostini are a perfect finger food or entree.

Serves: 6
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes

Chopping board, knife, brush
Grill or oven

6 slices Italian style bread (eg. Pane di Casa )
4 ripe tomatoes, washed and sliced
10 bocconcini, sliced
¼ cup pesto
A little extra olive oil

1. Grill or toast slices of bread in the oven
2. Brush or spread each slice with a little pesto whilst still warm
3. Top with alternating slices of tomato and bocconcini
4. Drizzle with a little pesto mixed with olive oil.

Serve warm or cold.
To serve cold assemble just prior to serving so bread doesn’t go soggy.

Goat’s Cheese & Arugula
Red onion, tomato and basil with balsamic vinegar
Roast red peppers with capers and shaved parmesan


By: Lorena Uriarte

This dish elevates humble broccoli to a delicious zesty dish.

Serves: 6
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Chopping board, sharp knife, large bowl, large shallow baking tray, lemon zester
Oven 180C

2 large heads of broccoli (c. 700gms)
1/3 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic
Salt and Pepper
¼ cup pine nuts
1 lemon
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, finely grated

1. Cut the broccoli into medium size florets
2. In a large bowl toss broccoli, olive oil, garlic and pine nuts
3. Spread evenly on baking tray and season with salt and freshly cracked pepper
4. Roast for 20 minutes till stems are tender
5. Just before serving, sprinkle with cheese, lemon zest and lemon juice.

The cooked broccoli is great tossed through penne pasta.

Broccolini or cauliflower can also be cooked this way.


By: Lorena Uriarte

Frittata is a convenient dish for entertaining, a quick meal or even picnics.

Serves: 6
Preparation: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 20 minutes

Chopping board, sharp knife, saucepan, non stick frypan, large plate

1/3 cup olive oil
1 large onion, finely sliced
2 cups pumpkin, peeled and sliced
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1” lengths
¼ cup fresh herbs, chopped
6 eggs, lightly beaten
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Boil or steam the pumpkin and asparagus individually till just tender
2. Drain pumpkin and asparagus well. Patting off excess water if you need to.
3. Heat half the olive oil in the frypan and gently sweat the sliced onion
4. Take the onions out and heat the remaining oil.
5. Add pumpkin, asparagus, onion and herbs to the pan.
6. Season with salt and pepper.
7. Gradually pour in the beaten eggs making sure it falls through to the bottom
8. Cook on a medium to low heat till almost cooked through.
9. Place the frypan in the griller to cook the top.
10. Place a large plate over the frypan.
11. Flip the frittata on to the plate and then slide it back in the pan
12. Cook a little longer so there isn’t any raw egg in the middle.
13. Remove and turn onto a cutting board or serving platter.

Serve hot or warm with a salad and bread for a meal or serve thin slices as antipasto.


A fresh, spicy tofu salad from North Eastern Thailand.
By: Lorena Uriarte

Serves: 8 as part of a meal
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes

knife, chopping board, large saucepan, measuring cup, wooden spoon, small bowl for rubbish, mortar and pestle (optional).

1 Tbsp jasmine rice, toasted in the wok till yellow
4 dried large chillies, toasted in a wok (warning: open window!)
500gms firm tofu
3 limes, juiced
1 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp mushroom Soy sauce
1 small red (bird’s eye) chilli, finely sliced (optional)
2 red eschallot (or a small Spanish onion) finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 handful snake (or green beans) washed and chopped into 3cm lengths
1 handful cashews, roasted
½ cup cherry tomatoes, washed and quartered
1 cup mint leaves
½ cup coriander leaves
2 spring onions, sliced

To serve: Lettuce or cabbage cups (optional)

1. Boil tofu in water for 2 minutes to remove raw taste. Drain well and cool.
2. In a mortar and pestle (or in a plastic bag with a rolling pin) pound the rice till coarse, like sand.
3. Add the toasted dried chillies and garlic and pound again.
4. Add green beans, tomatoes, cashews and crush them lightly.
5. In a large bowl, crumble the tofu into cottage cheese like bits with your clean fingers.
5. Stir through all other ingredients, reserving some mint and coriander leaves for garnish.

Serve in little lettuce cups with jasmine rice or steamed sticky rice.



By: Lorena Uriarte
A traditional Northern Thai dessert, with a modern cooking method!

Serves: 6
Preparation: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Microwave, Oven at 180C to toast shredded coconut, glass bowl, cling film, chopping board, knife, small saucepan, baking tray

1c white sticky/ glutinous rice
1c coconut milk
2 Tbs sugar
2 pinches salt
Warm water

2 mangoes, peeled and sliced (or lychees, pineapple, papaya, bananas etc)

Garnish: Toasted coconut and palm sugar syrup

½ c shredded coconut, toasted in the oven on a baking tray
½ c palm sugar
½ c water


1. Soak the sticky rice in warm water for 10 minutes.
2. Drain and place in a glass bowl with 1 cup water, cover with cling film.
3. Cook in microwave for 3 minutes.
4. Carefully peel back cling film and stir rice thoroughly.
5. Replace cling film and cook a further 3 minutes.
6. Whilst rice is cooking heat coconut milk, sugar and salt in saucepan.
7. Check if rice is cooked, stir through ¾ of the hot coconut milk.

Palm sugar syrup:

1. Chop ½ cup of palm sugar and combine with ½ cup water in a saucepan.
2. Bring to the boil and stir till dissolved.
3. Set aside to cool.

To serve: may be served hot or cold.
Spoon 2 tablespoons of sticky rice into a bowl and serve topped with mango slices, remaining warm coconut milk, palm sugar syrup and shredded coconut.