Monthly Archives: January 2014



Get ready for your weekly cooking session! A couple of recipes this week…

The first one is from “The Free Range Cookbook” from Annabel Langbein. She is a New-Zealander cook and her recipes are easy and taste good.


400G lamb mince
250g sausage meat ( I used pork and apple sausages, squeezing the meat out of the skins)
1 apple, peeled and grated (helps to keep the mixture moist)
1 egg + 1 egg white
1 small onion, peeled and coarsely grated
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1/2 tsp chopped rosemary
3 finely chopped sage leaves
1 tsp fruit chutney or tomato sauce
1 tsp salt
ground black pepper
pinch chilli flakes
2 sheets of puff pastry
1 egg yolk


  1. Preheat oven to 200C and line an oven tray with baking paper.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix with a big spoon until evenly incorporated. (I use my hands to mix it all).
  3. Place the 2 pastry sheets on a work surface. Place half the meat mixture on each pastry sheet, forming a mound the length of the pastry about 6cm in from the edge.
  4. Roll up the pastry to fully enclose the filling. Cut each roll into 3 slices (or up to 6 slices if you want small sausage rolls or like I did, 2 giant sausage rolls). Place on the lined baking tray seam side down.
  5. Use a sharp knife to slash a few lines across the top of each sausage rolls to allow the steam to escape. Make a glaze by mixing the egg yolk and 1 tbsp of water. Brush over the pastry.
  6. Bake for 30-35 minutes until golden brown. (It took longer in my oven, about 50 minutes).
  7. Eat!

The meat mix is quite sloppy, so  squeeze out as much liquid as you can out of the grated apple and onion. You could probably add some breadcrumbs as well.
When the sausage rolls are cooking, there is quite a lot of liquid coming out of them. Annabel recommends soaking the juices with a paper towel so the pastry remains crisp. You could also put the rolls on a cooling rack above the oven tray and bake them like this (juice dripping into the tray).
Best eaten on the same day. But nice the next day reheated or cold. Freezable.
Serve with a nice green salad and some tomato sauce or chutney.
This recipe serves 6.

The other recipe comes from “The Meat free Monday Cookbook”.


1 tspn coriander seeds
1 tspn cumin seeds
pinch of saffron threads
2 tbpn olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbpn grated fresh ginger
1 cinnamon stick
2 carrots, peeled and sliced thickly
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
1 red capsicum, deseeded and diced
1 stick celery, sliced
1 zucchini, chopped coarsely
1 tin tomatoes 400g
1 tin chickpea 400g, drained
700ml vegetable stock


  1. Put the cumin and coriander seeds in a small frying pan and toast over medium heat until fragrant. Lightly grind using a mortar and pestle. Soak the saffron in 1 tbpn of boiling water.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a big sauté pan or casserole dish over medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened but not coloured.
  3. Add the ground spices, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, saffron and as much harissa as you like. Cook for 1 minute, stirring.
  4. Add the vegetables, the tomatoes and chickpeas, stir to coat. Add the vegetable stock. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for a further 20-25 minutes until all the vegetables are tender.
  5. Eat!

Serves 4 hungry people.

You can freeze it. Eat hot with couscous, preserved lemons and a dash of honey (if you like honey).
Or eat it cold like I did, with some rice, preserved lime and labne.

Happy cooking!




My new year resolution 2014 is to cook one recipe (at least) from one of the numerous cookbooks I have every week.

So, here is the start!

This is actually a recipe from Sophie Zalokar  heard on ABC radio Perth.


1onion, finely chopped
1 tspn ground allspice
2 tbspn olive oil
500g zucchini, grated
3 baby zucchini, thickly sliced
100g basmati rice
2 large eggs
100g feta, crumbled
1 tblspn fresh dill. roughly chopped
1/2 cup pinenuts
salt and pepper
1/2 cup mozzarella or cheddar, grated


  1.  Preheat oven to 180C. Grease a deep  round dish pie (I used a glass one)
  2. Gently fry the onion and allspice in the olive oil until softened
  3. Mix the grated and sliced zucchini, onion mixture, rice, eggs, feta, dill and 1/4cup of the pinenuts in a big bowl until combined (it is quite a moist mixture but the rice will absorbe it all while it’s cooking).
  4. Add salt and pepper and spoon into the prepared pie dish. Smooth the top over. Sprinkle over the mozzarella and the remaining pinenuts.
  5. Bake in the oven for 40-50 minutes until golden and firm to touch (my oven took a bit more than 50 minutes but it’s not such a good oven)
  6. Cool
  7. Eat! Serve with a salad and some nice tomato chutney

I find that it needs more seasoning, so next time I will add more feta and maybe a bit of chilli in it.

I did freeze some of it for another day.

Photo will be posted later, I’m new at this blog thingy…