Moroccan Lamb Tagine

I’ve been kicking myself for the past few years. I can count the amount of times I’ve cooked this dish on one hand. Don’t let that change your mind about trying this recipe. I should of cooked it A WHOLE LOT more! And I intend to. I’m not lying when I say, it’s the best lamb I have EVER tasted! It falls apart, it melts in your mouth and the flavours. My oh my! I’ve really made this dish my own. Don’t be scared to play around with it to create your own special version of this stunning recipe.

Okay, Let’s do this!!

Chemoula Paste

4 garlic cloves, chopped

1 small brown onion, chopped

1/3 cup fresh coriander leaves

1/3 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1 tablespoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons mild paprika

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 tablespoon olive oil

Tagine Ingredients

Organic Lamb shoulder (nice and large)

2 Red Onions quartered

2 Fresh quinces quartered

5 Fresh whole figs or 8 dried

Small handful of Apricots

Manuka or Raw Honey

Raw Almonds

Butter for frying

Pomegranate

Method:

Preheat oven to 150c

Blend all Chermoula ingredients in a processor. Cut small incisions all over the lamb. Smother the lamb shoulder in the paste. Allow it to marinate overnight.

Using a large Dutch Oven add a few tablespoons of olive oil.

Brown the onions and quince. Once brown transfer to a plate.

Brown the outside of the lamb all over to seal in the flavours. Place onions, quince, apricots, figs all around the lamb. Fill the oven with filtered water up to 1/3 of the way. Making sure it’s not covering your lamb.

Drizzle with honey all over.

Place in oven and cook for 1 hour.

Take out, baste the lamb in its juices. Add a little more water if it looks dry. (Mine never does, I’m sure you’re on the right track.)

Drizzle a little more honey and cook until your liking.

Take out if the over, keep covered.

Fry a handful of almonds in butter until browned.

Scatter almonds, pomegranate seeds and some parsley and corriander leaves.

Serve with flat bread, Cous Cous and dips.

Enjoy Every Bite!

Jennifer X

Minestrone Soup

In my household I continuously have an internal debate over how to get a full amount of fruit and veggies into my babies bellies. My take on a Minestrone Soup has been a crowd pleaser in our home and ticks off so many vegetables it has me feeling all the warm and comforting feels as I watch everyone slurp it up!

Olive oil

2 brown onions diced

2 cloves of garlic

2 bay leaves

3 celery stalks sliced

2 large carrots diced

1 large sweet potato diced

3 (or 2 large) zucchini’s diced

3 tins of organic crushed tomatoes

A few stalks of kale shredded (or beans, spinach)

2 litres of my vegetable broth

250g peeled button mushrooms

2 400g tins of Cannelloni Beans (washed)

2 sprigs of rosemary roughly chopped

Parmesan cheese to serve

Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

Fry onions and garlic with Rosemary for 3 minutes.

Add carrots and celery for 3 minutes.

Transfer all ingredients (except beans) into a slow cooker and cook on a slow setting until done.

Too with more filtered water if too thick.

Once done add your washed beans for another 20 minutes.

Serve with Parmesan on top and fresh crusty Sourdough.

Enjoy

Jennifer X

Sourdough Pancakes

Anyone with a Sourdough Starter will know that you end up with so much discard. Sure, you can throw it in the bin or compost. But, with panic buying, to find flour can be a struggle so you don’t want to just throw away. So, why not do something with it, and nothing is easier then sourdough pancakes.

You might have been storing your discard in the fridge, or you have some after a fresh feed of your starter. By just combining the following ingredients, you will have perfect fluffy pancakes before you know it.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons rice malt syrup (or sugar/honey, your preference)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of Sourdough Starter
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 1 egg
  • Butter (to grease pan)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking power, baking soda, sugar and salt
  2. Add your sourdough starter, milk and egg. Mix so everything is combined
  3. Butter your frypan, once hot pour in your pancake batter to your preferred size. Once it starts to bubble on top, flip the pancake to cook the other side.
  4. Once golden remove and serve.
  5. Enjoy with organic pure maple syrup, or yogurt and mixed berries, or local raw honey

With the above, we normally add some extra goodness. Don’t be afraid to add to your mix; chia seeds, wheatgerm, acai powder, greens powder or anything else you like to make these just that little much more healthier.

For photos sake, we kept to the original recipe this time 😉

Jennifer X

The Best Lasagna You Will Ever Make!

Boy oh boy I sure do love a good lasagna. the classic beef, chicken, vegetarian and one of the most decadent to date was Jamie Oliver’s Duck Lasagna! It was everything warming, silky smooth and the flavours were off the charts good. BUT it takes 4 hours to make! Something I’ve made only twice as a special celabratory meal. In 2010 I had the brilliant opportunity to travel through Italy with my girlfriend. We ate our way around the country for 3 weeks. And my goodness we came rolling home a little wiser on the culinary delights of Italian cooking. So I started cooking the Romans famously known lasagna, however I was still adding the classic Aussie beef. Fast forward a few years later and I met James, he was working with a lovely Italian lady. She invited us over for a party and naturally served us huge lasagna’s. They tasted just like the ones back in Tuscany. Light and delicate. How is a good lasagna supposed to look on a plate? Actually like a hot mess! Not thick and clumpy, not hard. Oozy and once it hits your mouth it’s almost as if you don’t need to even chew. Different parts of Italy make lasagna slightly differently. But in my humble opinion the way I’ve perfected mine is the best (like most nonnas ha!).
If you want the best lasagna you need to make your own lasagna sheets. Now, please don’t be scared! We’ve shown quite a few people how to make pasta now and they are surprised at how simple it really is!

So folks, this is as authentic as an Italian Lasagna can get (except I’m a mother so I add as many vegetables as possible and broth…. I love watching my children chow down on veggies they normally don’t eat).

Ingredients:

  • 800g grass fed, free range any red mince meat. Pork, Veal.
  • 800g grass fed, free range beef mince.
  • 5 Garlic cloves. (only buy fresh garlic thats Australian grown. Why? (Click here and see why…)
  • 2 onions.
  • 2 carrots.
  • 2 zucchini’s.
  • 2 Celery Stalks
  • (Now add anything else that might be about to turn or you’ve been dying to feed your kids… eggplant, broccoli, mushrooms etc)
  • 4 cans of Italian crushed Tomatoes (buy the ones from Italy)
  • 1/2 bottle of red wine
  • 2 Tbsp of dried Italian herbs
  • 2 cups of my housemade broth
  • A generous handful of fresh herbs;
    • Basil, Thyme, Rosemary
  • ALTERNATIVELY: If you can’t find any of these fresh herbs or they aren’t in season and a little pricey, you can use your oils.
    • 2 drops of Oregano
    • 2 drops of Basil
    • 2-3 drops of Rosemary
  • 150g Pitted Olives
  • 3 bay leaves
  • Salt and Pepper

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 190 degrees.
  2. Blitz the veggies to almost a pulp except the onion.
  3. Dice the onions.
  4. Add a tablespoon of butter and Olive Oil to a large saucepan. Allow to melt.
  5. Add Onions and cook until transparent. 
  6. Add the crushed garlic, cook for 2 minutes. 
  7. Add the blitzed up veggies and cook until darkened in colour.
  8. Place the meat into the saucepan. Allow to brown. 
  9. Now add the tins of Italian Tomatoes, Broth, Red wine, Fresh Herbs, Dried herbs, Olives and the juice if you are using them. 
  10. Bring to the boil.
  11. Season well.
  12. Bring it back, cover and simmer for 3 hour hours.
  13. Once cooled add a little more fresh herbs so keep it vibrant in colours. 
  14. This is now ready to use for Bolognese or Lasagna. It makes a huge quantity for the freezer.
  15. Bechamél Sauce is the easiest thing in the world to make. Really you can find any easy recipe anywhere. James is a wizz at making the stuff. He says the perfect amount of nutmeg makes for a brilliant lasagna!
  16. To layer the lasagna use any size tray, we like to use lots of the disposable foil trays so it’s portioned perfectly and an easy pre made meal for those who are in need! No washing up necessary. 
  17. What you want to do is begin with a layer of meat sauce, pasta sheet, Béchamel and a good grating of cheddar and Parmesan Reggiano. Layer 3 times and top with the cheeses.
  18. Cook until golden and bubbly on the outside.

* note: this will make you multiple lasagnas. They freeze brilliantly for someone in need of for those busy sports evenings 😉

Jennifer X

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