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Neil’s Chicken Liver Parfait

Ingredients 300g softened butter Olive Oil 2 x Eschalots – peeled and finely chopped 2 x cloves of garlic – peeled and finely chopped 500g Chicken livers – trimmed Handful Sage leaves 80ml Brandy 80ml Marsala Couple of pinches of mixed spice Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper   Method Put half the butter in a […]

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Thai Squash Soup

This is a great recipe for after the over-indulgence of the festive season! Squash is a good low-calorie vegetable that is naturally sweet and takes on the flavours of these fragrant Thai spices.   Ingredients 1 tbsp vegetable oil 2 medium onions, chopped 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped 2-3cms ginger, grated 2 lemongrass stalks, finely […]

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Christmas Spiced Brulee

Makes 8-10 ramekins Ingredients 1 litre single cream (pouring) 1 vanilla bean – split and scraped (or 1 tsp Vanilla Bean paste) 8 egg yolks ½ cup/110g caster sugar ¼ cup/55g caster extra for top Spices 2 cinnamon sticks/1 star anise ¼ tsp ground nutmeg 1/8 tsp ground cloves Method Oven 160c Put 2 cinnamon […]

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Poached Peaches in Grand Marnier

Serves 4 Ingredients 4 Peaches or Nectarines – whichever you prefer 250ml orange juice 110g caster sugar 70ml Grand Marnier water to cover 300ml whipping cream 1-2tsp Nutellla (or sweetened Chestnut cream if you can find it) 50g toasted almond flakes     Method Wash fruit, cut and remove stones. Cut into bite size pieces. […]

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Neil’s Best Beef Stroganoff

Ingredients 500g eye filet beef  500g mushrooms – mix of anything you like 400ml sour cream 60ml brandy 2 tsp smoked sweet paprika 50g butter olive oil salt and pepper   Method Slice beef into strips and season with salt and pepper. Slice mushrooms. Heat a splash of olive oil in a frying pan at […]

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Delicious Lamb Shanks

  One of winter’s most loved dishes, the long, slow cooking of lamb shanks fill the house with their delicious aromas. Ingredients 4 Lamb shanks (knuckle removed by Butcher) 4-6 Tbs Olive Oil 5-6 Tbs Pain flour (or you can use Gluten Free flour) 2 celery sticks – cut into 4cm pieces 2 carrots – cut into […]

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Neil Mackenzie’s Paella

PAELLA Serves 4-6 Ingredients 6 boneless chicken thighs – cut into thirds 2 cooking chorizo – cut into 1cm rounds Handful Mussels (3-4/person) Handful of prawns – peeled and de-veined 400g paella rice 2 capsicum – mix of colours 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped 1 litre chicken stock plus 350ml extra 150ml olive oil 300g […]

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Neil MacKenzie’s You Beaut Pumpkin!

Roast Pumpkin with Lime & Yoghurt Ingredients 1 large Kent or Jap pumpkin 2 limes plus juice of 1 lime 5 tbs olive oil sea salt flakes 2 tbs cardamom pods 1 tbs cumin seeds 1 tbs coriander seeds 150g Greek yoghurt 2 tbs tahini 1 red chilli, thinly sliced handful of coriander leaves Method […]

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Hot Weather Cool Dishes: Salted Watermelon, Prawn & Feta Salad

With watermelons at their peak, here’s a refreshing cool salad. Serves 4. From Karen Martini’s “Salads & Vegetables” Published by Plum. RRP. $39.99 This is such a vibrantly refreshing salad – perfect hot weather food to eat as near as possible to the beach. I’ve played with many versions of this dish over the years, and although it […]

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Neil’s Pesto

Neil Mackenzie, Owner and Chef at Mansfield on the Manning, recently did a demo at the inaugural TasteFest show and was asked to share the recipes – which we are happy to do right here! PESTO 3 bunches/handfuls Basil 3 handfuls toasted Pine nuts 1 clove of garlic 2-3 pinches salt 300ml olive oil 150g […]

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Traditional Homemade Bacon

MAKES 1 KG TIME: 2 HOURS AND 15 MINUTES + 21 DAYS TO CURE ½ teaspoon black peppercorns 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 tablespoon unrefined salt 1 heaped tablespoon unrefined sugar (e.g. rapadura) 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 1 kg pork belly 1 cup wood chips (oak, black wattle, chestnut, grape vine or from any […]

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Family favourite!

This is a great cookbook to enthuse young cooks. It’s also filled with healthy easy recipes for the whole family that a busy Mum or Dad can make. The Little Dish Family Cookbook is published by Hachette Australia, RRP $35.00 (Recipe for fish fingers below.)                 FISH FINGERS […]