Cooking for a Living

Thinking of beginning a career in the catering industry? Great! Cooking for a living can be a rewarding experience, but it isn’t for the faint hearted.  Cooking for a few people around the dinner table is stressful enough, imagine cooking for 250 hungry, critical guests all in a few hours. It’s difficult, it will test…

BBQ Sunday Roast

Okay, bear with me on this one. I know it’s a sin to mess with a Sunday roast, but don’t know this once until you’ve tried it. Ingredients: 1kg Silverside Beef 4 Carrots, peeled 1 White Onion, peeled 1 Red Onion, peeled and sliced 3 Garlic Cloves, 2 crushed, 1 finely diced 500g New Potatoes,…

Beer Can Chicken

Ah, the Ausies. A people that truly know how to take shit to the next level. We have regular Grass Snakes, they have Death Adders. We have Newts, they have 20ft Crocodiles. We have roast chicken, they have a chicken with a can of beer stuffed up it’s arse. Ingredients: 1 Whole Chicken 1 Can…

Tuscan Tomato Salad

A refreshing, hearty Italian salad, perfect accompaniment to a pasta dish. Check out my Roasted Red Pepper Penne Pasta or my Silky Spaghetti Carbonara recipes. Ingredients: 750g Mixed Tomatoes (try to get different colours) A Few Handfuls of Crusty Bread 6 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar Small Hanful of Basil Leaves…

Oozy Mac ‘n’ Cheese

The perfect accompaniment to BBQ’d meat, Mac ‘n’ Cheese has become a classic. This take on the southern classic is quick, easy and delicious! Ingredients: 250g Macaroni 250ml Whole Milk 50g Flour 50g Salted Butter 50g Grated Cheddar 25g Grated mozzarella Salt & Pepper to taste Method: First, bring a pan of salted water to…

BBQ Chicken Tacos

Nothing says ‘party’ like a crunchy taco, stuffed with juicy chicken, sour cream, jalapeños and cheddar cheese!  Ingredients: 4 Chicken Breasts 50ml BBQ sauce 8 Corn Taco Shells 1 Tsp Ground Cumin 1 Tsp Mild Chilli Powder 1 Tsp Smoked Paprika Salt & Pepper to taste Toppings (salsa, sour cream, cheddar cheese.. go wild) Method:…

Roasted Red Pepper Penne

Pasta is one of the easiest things to cook in a rush or after work. It’s ready in 15 minutes, and with a few tricks of the trade, your pasta dishes can be restaurant standard in the comfort of your own home. Ingredients: 200g of jarred Roasted Red Peppers Roughly Sliced 1 Red Onion Finely…

Peanut Butter & Jelly Flapjacks

Ingredients 300g Oats 100g Peanut Butter 100g Unsalted Butter 50g Golden Syrup 50g Brown Sugar 50g Strawberry Jam Method Preheat your oven to 180 Degrees, or Gas Mark 4. Melt the Peanut Butter, Butter, Syrup & Sugar together in a saucepan. Once completely melted, add the oats and to the saucepan and mix thoroughly. Once…

Stuffed Banoffee Muffins

Ingredients: 250g Self Raising Flour 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder 1 Egg 3 Tablespoons Milk 5 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil 120g Golden Caster Sugar 3 Drops English Toffee Essence 3 Ripe Bananas 150g Clotted Cream Fudge Method: Preheat your oven to 170°C, or gas mark 4. Line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases. Cut 50g of…

Luxurious Lindt Lindor Cheesecake

Ingredients For the base: 300g Digestive Biscuits 90g Butter 6 Tablespoons Golden Syrup For the filling: 240ml Whipping Cream 400g Lindt Lindor Milk Chocolate 400g Cream Cheese Method Melt the Chocolate in a microwave or over a pan of boiling water. Set aside to cool. Crush the Digestive Biscuits into the consistency of bread crumbs….