Avocado on toast

A good breakfast doesn’t need to be complicated. With the right herbs and spices, a simple avocado smash with some fried mushrooms can be a cheap alternative to going out for breakfast. Here I’ve fried the mushrooms in olive oil, garlic, Italian spices, oregano and a good sprinkle of salt/pepper. Add a little water if the mushrooms are burning. For the avocado, add a little olive oil and salt/pepper for extra flavour.

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Vegetable frittata

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Frittatas are a healthy option for all meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. This one has beetroot, mushrooms, zucchini, spinach and feta however you can mix up your ingredients. Simmer the eggs slowly and remember to place under a hot grill to give that golden finish.

Kohlrabi

Cooking for me is about learning and experimenting with new ingredients, flavours and combinations. Sometimes this means getting inspiration from others, following recipes or sometimes going with my own ideas. When I saw this vegetable I didn’t even know what it but was curious as to what was underneath it’s purple and funny looking skin. It is actually a German turnip or cabbage and can be eaten raw or cooked. I baked it with truffle oil like any other hard vegetable. Without giving away the taste, I can say I will be buying this again.

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Take a chance in the kitchen and buy something you’ve never had before. You’ll be surprised at what you can find in your local fresh food shops. Happy 2015 everyone!

Bruschetta

This is a classic Italian dish and the best thing about it is the variations you can do. Tonight I used fresh tomatoes and fried mushrooms. Mix it up by warming the tomatoes or frying sliced eggplants for eggplant bruschetta. Traditionally prepare bruschetta on ciabatta bread however this time I used a soy & linseed sourdough, another variation.

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For a tip, rub garlic straight onto the toast rather than including it with the toppings. Drizzle with olive oil and scatter with parsley when ready to serve. Delicious.

Frittata

There is something therapeutic about cooking a frittata. Once I have fried my base ingredients, on this occasion chorizo and mushrooms, I add the whisked eggs and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. The slower the simmer, the better. IMG_2861

This frittata also has silverbeet and dollops of fresh ricotta. When the frittata is almost cooked, place it under a hot grill to give it a nice golden finish.
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Mix up frittatas with a variety of ingredients. This one has roasted potatoes, pumpkin, italian sausage and feta.

Beetroot & pumpkin salad

Great dishes don’t have to difficult. Pick a few ingredients you love or have tasted recently and try recreating your own delicious meal. For me, beetroot and feta go well together and they are always in my kitchen. Tonight I added roasted pumpkin (in coconut oil) for something different. Kale is something I’ve been cooking with more and more lately. I prefer it to normal salad leaves because you control the texture when steaming (crunchy or softer).

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Finish this salad with olive oil and sprinkle with pine nuts. Simple and easy for those not too confident in the kitchen.

Mussels from Brussels

Change of scenery when Belgian flavours took over my kitchen and palate thanks to a special guest appearance from a wonderful Belgian chef. The beauty of this dish is that you have two meals in one. The mussels were delicious as always, however, they were cooked in a vegetable broth that compliments them very well. We simmered the broth for 45 minutes with a mixture of shallots, onions, celery, leeks and carrots. Use your imagination to create your own flavours.

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Belgium’s best kept secret is best served with “frites”. Homemade of course. Use different types of potatoes to mix things up.

Bon appetit!