Granola

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1 cup slithered almonds

1 cup desicated coconut

2 Tsp ground cinnamon

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup dried cranberries

Method

Preheat oven to 160°. Line a large baking tray with baking paper.

Place all ingredients into a mixing bowl and mix well. Spread mixture over prepared tray and bake in oven for 15 minutes.

Carefully remove tray from oven. Stir Granola and place back into the oven for a further 10 minutes.

Allow to cool then serve with milk, yoghurt and/or fresh fruit.

Roasted Pumpkin & Haloumi Salad

Ingredients

500g butternut pumpkin, peeled, thinly sliced

1/2 x 250g packet haloumi, sliced

150g baby spinach

1/2 cup macadamias

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1/4 cup torn fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon olive oil

Method

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Drizzle oil over pumpkin and place on a baking tray. Bake for 15-20 mins or until pumpkin is tender.

Meanwhile place Haloumi in a frying pan over a medium heat and gently fry until golden.

In a large bowl add haloumi, spinach, macadamias, sesame seeds, parsley and pumpkin. Whisk vinegar and oil together in a jug. Season with pepper. Drizzle over pumpkin mixture. Toss gently to combine. Serve.

Fruit & Nut Bar

Ingredients

1 cup rice puffs
2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup macadamias, crushed
1/2 flaked almonds
1 cup almond meal
8 pitted dates
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup honey
100g butter
1 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp vanilla extract

Method

Pre heat oven to 180°. Line a slice tin with non-stick baking paper leaving an overhang on the long sides.

Spread the rice puffs, oats and flaked almonds in the tray evenly and cook in oven for 15 minutes or until toasted and golden. Allow to cool once cooked. Add almond meal and macadamias.

Place the dates and cranberries in a food processor and process until chopped.

Place the honey, butter, cinnamon and vanilla into a small pan over a low heat. Stir continuously until smooth and glossy. In a large bowl combine oat mixture and honey mixture. Stir well until combined.

Place mixture bake into prepared tin and press down firmly until the mixture is evenly spread in tin. Freeze for 1 hour.

Gnocchi Napoletana

Ingredients
1 cup rock salt
4 large potatoes
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup plain flour
1 tsp salt
1 brown onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tin diced tomatoes
2 tbls tomato paste
1 tbls olive oil
1 tbls Italian herbs
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
Parmesan to serve
Salt & Pepper to taste
Method
Preheat oven to 200°C. Place salt in centre of large baking tray. Place potatoes on top. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until tender. Once cooked set aside for 10 minutes to cool.
In the meantime to prepare the sauce place a large fry pan over med-high heat and add olive oil.
Cook onion and garlic until soft and add remaining ingredients for the sauce. Season to taste.
Turn heat to low and simmer until gnocchi is ready.
Line baking tray with baking paper. Remove and discard skin from potatoes. Using a potato ricer or a fine sieve, process potato flesh into a large bowl. Set aside to cool for 10 minutes.
Add sea salt, yolks and flour to potato. Using a wooden spoon, stir to combine.
Turn dough onto a well-floured surface. Knead gently until smooth. Divide into 4 portions. Roll 1 portion into a 30cmlong log. Using a lightly floured knife, cut into 2cm pieces. Place on prepared tray. Cover with a clean tea towel. Repeat with remaining portions.
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to the boil over high heat. Add one-third of the gnocchi. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until gnocchi rises to surface. Using a slotted spoon, transfer to a large bowl. Cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining gnocchi. Gently stir in sauce. Serve topped with Parmesan.

Smoked Tomato Salsa

Ingredients

6 tomatoes
1 tin corn kernels
1/2 red onion, finely diced
1 garlic clove, crushed
12 basil leaves, chopped
60ml olive oil
Pinch salt & pepper
Pinch sugar
Balsamic vinegar (slightly reduced)
2 Green tea bags for smoking

Method

Bring a medium saucepan of water to the boil. Place tomatoes in and cook for 20 seconds, then place immediately into iced water to stop the cooking process.

In a large wok or frying pan place the contents of the tea bags (you can also add others herbs such as oregano) with a wire rack over the top.

Cut the tomatoes in half and place on wire rack, cut side up. Cover wok with foil and place on a high heat and smoke for approx. 5 mins or until smoke starts to come out of the sides. Once cooked put the tomatoes to the side to cool.

Once cooled remove the seeds and dice tomatoes. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Refrigerate before serving.

Spicy Cauliflower Soup

Ingredients

1 tbs olive oil
1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
2 garlic clove, crushed
80ml (1/3 cup) mild curry paste (Sharwood’s brand)
1.5kg cauliflower, trimmed, coarsely chopped
1L (4 cups) vegetable stock
500ml (2 cups) cold water
250ml (1 cup) coconut cream
2 tbs roughly chopped fresh continental parsley leaves
Salt
Garlic & Herb salt
1 tsp curry powder
6 pieces warm naan bread, to serve

Method

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until onion softens. Add curry paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute or until fragrant.

Add the cauliflower, stock and water and bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes or until the cauliflower is tender. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool.

Transfer half the cauliflower mixture to a clean saucepan. Blend or process the remaining cauliflower mixture, in batches, until smooth. Add to saucepan with un-blended cauliflower mixture.

Add coconut cream and curry powder and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat, stir in parsley and season with salt and garlic and herb salt. Serve with naan bread.