smoked beef fillet, with asian style broth, kelp noodles and fresh veges

well, this is not only an absolutely delicious dish with heaps of flavour and textures, but its also heaps of fun.

i pre-prepared all the ingredients, and served them buffet style… it made the meal super interactive, promoting lots of conversations… and ultimately meant my guests could help themselves to what they wanted, and the quantity of each ingredient they wanted.

there is a bit of prep in the broth, but once its in the pot it just simmers happily for a couple of hours.

the beef is stunning – a quick sear of the whole eye fillet and set aside in the freezer for a couple of hours to slice later…  it does the rest of its cooking in the broth later on.  i smoked it which gave the whole dish an extra depth of flavor but you dont have to, OR use smoke essence and avoid the nuisance of going through the smoking process.

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Raw Raspberry & Lemon Cheesecake

i made this for a dinner party, and my guests raved about it.  (i thought it was bloody good too).

this cheesecake uses fresh fruit – raspberries and lemons… so its not only part of your 5+ a day but brings a really refreshing flavour…. AND satisfying the need for something sweet! (without the guilt!)

the lemon layer is tangy and balances so beautifully with the luxury flavor that only berries provide.  as you can see, i am not at all fussy with getting the layers perfectly aligned – i like the rustic look!

huge bonus is that its a one food processor dish, no need to wash between layers, so its quick and easy to make (as long as you plan to make it the day before so the nuts get time to soak)

enjoy!

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cauliflower, bacon, & basil salad (its a potato salad…. minus the potato)

so this one was a little weird….  i replaced potato with cauliflower in my potato salad.

potato salad aint for everyone eh, cause lets face it, cold potato is a bit weird.  but replacing it with cauliflower added a whole new dimension.

par-boiled cauliflower adds a freshness and a crunchy texture to the dish.  and yea, i would do it again!  would be a good bbq or pot luck dish.

i make my own pickles and mayo which means i can keep it clean by controlling what goes into them. thats how i like it…..  (but use store bought if you want!)

i served this with scotch fillet – but the options are endless.

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raspberry, cacao & coconut balls – refined sugar free!

so this beautiful indulgence is inspired by little birds cacao and raspberry macaroons…. theyre not identical but they are pretty close… AND in their own right, super delicious.

chuck it all in the food processor, shape them into balls and thats it.  easy eh?

this recipe makes approx 13, but once you have made them, just try and make them last more than a couple of days!!!!

they will be a family fave.

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a take on nachos: chipotle mince, with kumara chips, avocado, tomato and coriander salsa

nachos are a fave, aren’t they!?

here’s my take – the guilt-free version.

this dish WILL provide the satisfying “comfort” factor that comes with a plateful of spicy mince and “chips”…. but this baby is packed full of good things.  swapping out those corn chips for kumara, means you can pretty much eat as much as you like without filling that temple of yours with grease ….

(did you know that one serving of corn chips, is approx only 7 chips… AND corn chips are no better than your bought potato crisps! thats scary!)

anyway….. with this dish, i can bet on it that you won’t miss the corn chips.

try it, see for yourself.

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spicy chicken kebabs with watermelon, mint, gouda, tamari almonds, and rocket salad

bloody hell, this was a beautiful dish…

the chilli kick of the chicken fires up savagely in your mouth, but is quickly extinguished by the cool and crisp of the watermelon. the nuttiness and creaminess of the gouda cheese, is matched perfectly by the salty almonds…..  and right there alongside it, the mint brings an explosion of palate cleansing freshness.

this is an absolute favourite, it will be yours too.

option: if you don’t have access to soy (tamari) almonds, use toasted almonds and replace the gouda with feta – youll get the same balance of flavours!

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venison, blue cheese, pear & walnut salad, with garlic and thyme crushed baby potatoes

this well known combination of flavours is popular for a reason… its bloody good.

the pear refreshes the palate from the thick creamy intensity of the cheese … the peppered venison is just simply indulgent, and walnuts not only bring the texture and crunch, but are ALSO good for your heart…. so how can you say no to that?

pairing this salad with the crushed potatoes makes the venison go further (it aint a cheap cut of meat) without compromising on flavour.   the potato dish is a good side to any meal and its bloody delicious.  anything with butter is, right?

a simple dish to make, so no excuses k?

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green chilli and coconut curry sauce, with steamed monkfish & brown coriander rice

some nights are just curry nights.  in my home, there is at least one curry night per week.  we love it.

add curries to the list of things in life that are just plain addictive with this recipe. its the satisfaction that comes from a hot, thick, spicy, flavourful and punchy sauce… and you’ll want it time and time again

this is a thai style curry.  youll get a whole mouth experience – no one misses out

  • sour at the front,
  • heat at the back,
  • slight sweetness all over

then true harmony arrives with the coconut milk.

change the fish stock for chicken stock, and use chicken thighs if you dont want the fish.  its just as good!

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refined sugar-free raspberry and coconut parfait

this is SO refreshing after a hearty meal and a long day.

its a bit like a smoothie, but thicker and more satisfying – it feels like pudding! (without all the nasty ingredients)

the toasted coconut chips add an earthiness and a crunch that gives this dessert (or snack) a lip smacking texture.

the coconut milk needs chilling, but once cold, this will take you 10 minutes to make (even less if you already have the toasted coconut chips waiting for you in a sealed container, from the last time you made it!  wink wink)

replace the raspberry with any fruit you like – boysenberries, blueberries, banana, mango……… whatever takes ya fancy

add chia seeds to the final product for extra texture!

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bangin’ terakihi ceviche, with kumara chips

its just bullshit that only the bad stuff tastes good…

but if you DO believe it, don’t just listen to my words…  allow me to change your mind with this dish

inspired by mexican style ingredients, this dish feels clean to eat, and clean in your gut.  its super filling, good enough for a main (but its also a great starter!), and the intense flavours, perfectly balanced (of course), will sizzle your tongue

and………… best of all, you just can’t feel guilty in ANY way for indulging.   thats always good eh 🙂

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