Ratatouille

Inspired by the movie of the same name, this dish is hearty vegetable stew, the kind of thing you would eat on a rainy day. It brings a smile to your face as the steam rises and warms your soul.

 

Ingredients:

  • Mushrooms
  • Shallots
  • Capsicum
  • Zucchini
  • Eggplant
  • Canned Diced/Peeled Tomatoes (Depends on your preference)
  • Black pepper
  • Garlic
  • Thyme

Method:

  1.  Dice all the vegetables into cubes
  2. Poor olive oil into a pan and pan fry the shallots
  3. Once the shallots are browned, add the capsicum, zucchini and eggplant.
  4. Finally once all of these are cooked to your liking (I like them soft, some like them a bit crunchy), add the mushrooms.
  5. Spice up the dish by adding the pepper, garlic and thyme.
  6. Last poor in the can of tomatoes. (Personally I love eating peeled whole tomatoes in my dishes as they explode with flavour when you bite into them, I used diced as that is my partners preference).
  7. Simmer for 10 minutes and serve.
  8. Alternatively you can slice vegetables into thin pieces and layer them in a tray, poor canned tomatoes on top then bake in the oven until cooked.

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30 Rock’s Cheesy Blasters

This months creation is inspired by one of my favourite TV shows, 30 Rock. It’s a fictional fast food called the “Cheesy Blaster” which has it’s own theme song and mascot Meat Cat – ‘You take a hot dog, fill it with some jack cheese, wrap it in a pizza, you’ve got cheesy blasters’.

Ingredients:

  • Hotdogs/Frankfurters
  • Pizza
  • Cheese

Method:

  1. Place Hotdogs/Frankfurters in boiling water until they float to the surface.
  2. Slice Hotdogs/Frankfurters down the middle.
  3. Slice cheese into think strips and then place in the slit made in the Hotdogs/Frankfurters.
  4. Wrap the Hotdogs/Frankfurters in pizza and secure with wooden sckewers
  5. Place in the microwave at 180 degrees Celsius for 15 minutes or until pizza is cooked and cheese is melted.

Bob’s Burger of the day: The “Green Eggs and Ham-burger”

This months creation is inspired by the adult cartoon “Bob’s Burgers”. One of the running gags in the show are the names for the burger of the day, which is always punderful! My burger of the day has yet to feature on the show, yes that’s right folks I came up with this punny name all by myself. Inspired by the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham”.

Ingredients

  • English muffins
  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Ham
  • Veggie Patty (Optional)
  • Cheese
  • Baby Spinach
  • Green Food Dye

Method

  1. In a bowl, crack the eggs. You can separate the yolk form the whites and dye online the whites green or keep them in and dye everything green!
  2. In a fry pan, fry up the veggie patty and the eggs.
  3. Once the veggie patty and the eggs are cooked assemble the burger.
  4. Cut an English muffin in half and spread some mashed up avocado on both pieces.
  5. Place the veggie patty on one half of the muffin, then the fried egg, then the cheese.
  6. Follow with the slice of ham, the baby spinach and some dressing of your choice.
  7. Finally place the other half of the English muffin on top as the lid. Enjoy!

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Bacon Pancakes with Phili Spread

This months creation is inspired by Adventure time. It’s “Bacon Pancakes” and it’s really simple to make. You can go two ways with these, savoury or sweet. I chose the savoury path as we were going to eat these for dinner. However I do think the intention of these pancakes it to be “naughty” make them sweet and use sweet condiments to go with them (ie. Maple syrup and ice cream).  I was going to make them with a shake and bake pancake mix, but I had too many eggs in my fridge so decided to make it from scratch. Watch the video below to see how the whole thing turned out! Ingredients and Method listed below.

Ingredients

  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups of Milk
  • Your favourite herb mix (for savoury pancakes)
  • 2 Cups of Self Raising flour
  • Honey/Caster Sugar
  • Bacon
  • Philadelphia Spread (or your favourite toppings)

Method

  1. In a jug bowl beat eggs, milk and herbs together.
  2. In a mixing bowl, pour two cups of flour. Create a well in the center and add the egg/milk mixture.
  3. Mix together, add honey, continue to mix until combined.
  4. In a fry pan cook strips of bacon.
  5. Once the bacon is cooked, remove from pan.
  6. Use the bacon grease as the oil for your pancakes to cook. Pour a small amount of mixture onto the fry pan.
  7. Place bacon strips onto your pancake.
  8. Once air bubbles are produced flip pancake.
  9. Check the pancake is cooked on both sides and then plate up.
  10. Add your toppings and enjoy!

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Aussie Krusty Burger

Inspired by the famous burger of The Simpsons, this is an Aussie twist on the “Krusty Burger”. I also made a blue “Krusty Shake” and some sweet potato chips to go with the burger, but really you could have anything you like to accompany your main dish. Watch the video below to see how the whole thing turned out! Ingredients and Method listed below.

 

Ingredients:

 

  • Kangaroo Patties
  • Bacon
  • Brioche Buns
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Onions
  • Pickles
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Mustard

 

Method:

  1. Cook the Kangaroo patties, bacon and onions in a fry pan
  2. Lightly toast the brioche buns
  3. Assemble the burger in any order you choose
  4. Serve with your favorite drink and sides!

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