NUDE & NAUGHTY PORK CRACKLINGBy adminCaitlin Robertson has created one of the best snacks we’ve ever tasted….and the best thing is, it’s the perfect snack while camping and hiking because it lasts for a few days out of the fridge. She says “I love watching Masterchef for inspiration but I am a big fan of my local paper. On Wednesday it has an "ask a chef" section and I usually challenge myself to bake that.” Her fondest food memory is “All of my family and a few friends sitting around the cramped dining table having a thousand conversations all at once. The younger ones that require at least one person's full attention and at least two other conversations being talked over one another across the table. Stories you have heard for the 10th time that week, kids chatting about school along with the weird and wonderful tales from the work week.”
Spicy Chickpea and Vegetable Fritters (Vegan) by Michelle Gaskell Serves 4By adminIn a world chock-full of celebrity chefs and a seemingly endless array of recipe videos provided by social media (yes, we know we contribute to these!), culinary inspiration can strike at any moment. However, as our first Finalist in Mrs Rogers Recipe Competition, Michelle Gaskell told us, she was inspired at an early age. Her favourite food memory is coming home from school and drifting into the kitchen guided by the delicious decadent smells of her mum’s baking. She distinctly remembers sneaking extra biscuits and rearranging them so it didn’t look like any were missing. We are pretty sure that 8/10 husbands are guilty of the same “crime”. Michelle created her recipe to be quick and easy to make, plus flexible enough to be able to change the vegetables and herbs and spices used to suit any season or situation. This is the first recipe that Michelle has ever written down, and we are really hoping it isn’t her last.
MRS ROGERS NUTMEG LOVE CAKEBy adminWendy’s love of cooking started when she used to cook as a little girl, standing on a chair, in her late Nana’s kitchen. Her Nana taught her how to look and see what you have in your pantry and fridge, and then cook a most magnificent meal. And she has continued this love with her own adult children who love to cook. She has over 500 cookbooks that she uses for inspiration and her greatest love is to cook for family and friends and to see the enjoyment on their faces. She says “My favourite meal is one I created. I had visited a farmers market and brought a savoury crepe. I thought ‘I’m going give this a try at home’ and the result ended up to be my favourite meal. A buckwheat crepe with roasted pumpkin, caramelised onions with thyme, baby spinach out of my veggie garden, walnuts, blue cheese....the result is divine.“ Wendy created this recipe as it’s a one-bowl-miracle that all her friends and family keep asking her to make. Wendy has been told several times that she should open a cafe or at least try out for Masterchef.
Carly’s Herbalicious Salmon Pastry PieBy adminOur 3rd finalist is Carly Rurehe who describes herself as “a way too busy mum who is always making mistakes, always learning but always appreciative of the love of my two boys and a military husband. I am lucky, happy, and well fed!” Her Herbalicious Salmon Pastry Pie is a great recipe for the family that can be added to, changed and adapted depending on what you have in your pantry and what needs to be used. This is a recipe that all her family love, especially her husband. It’s an easy recipe to make, but one that will be eaten by all. She has fond memories of dinners with her mum and nanna, Jessie. She says “I look towards other mums on the internet, to be honest! I find so many mums out there sharing cost saving and healthy meals and I love trying new things every week depending on the budget. But initially, it was my mum Jenny who taught me the beginnings of baking and cooking, fundamental stuff, with love!” And that is why you have to try this recipe!
Chinese Pork Spring RollsBy admin2019 is the Chinese Year of the Pig and what a great excuse to make these yummy and easy Chinese Pork Spring Rolls. The kids might even give you a hand! And just in case you didn't know, in China, pigs say 'hu-lu hu-lu' not 'oink oink.'
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