Author Archives: crazed cook

chicken thai-style

Chicken and thai flavours are a marriage made in heaven and these will not disappoint. Use any part of the bird that suits you, add a marinade of those familiar ingredients – garlic, ginger, fish sauce, honey, soy and citrus – and be sure to make enough for a dipping sauce.

dukkah

It’s time to liberate your snacking, seasoning and smack factor of everything that’s coming out of your kitchen – and here’s one way to do it. With its origin in Egypt, and the folks Down Under bringing it to our attention, dukkah is one compelling little concoction. So first a little history lesson – it’s “do-ka” and it means…

corn on the cob with garlic & lime

corn roasted in a pan with citrus

Corn and the cob can be enjoyed like it came hot off the grill, but didn’t! Thanks to a hot pan, you can roast it to caramelized perfection, as if it did. It sears up beautifully right on your stove-top, ready for whatever you’d like to throw at it.

wild rice salad with toasted nuts & grapes

wild rice salad

Wild rice in a salad is a great way to enjoy this pricey seed – cook up a cup or two , and have it on hand to toss into all sorts of dishes – soups, omelettes, frittatas, muffins, cookies, pancakes, crêpes – enjoy it in combination to extend your stash!

pasta frittata with veggies & ham

For every cup of leftover pasta, whisk in an egg or 2, and I mean any pasta (and any eggs) – whether it’s loaded with vegetables, spicy sausage, succulent seafood, smoked chicken, meatballs – and whether it’s sauced with tomatoes, cream, pesto, olive oil – it’s all fair game to morph into a frittata.

seared surimi crab

The crab should be honoured – imitation really is the highest form of flattery and with this imitation crab, especially after a hot sear in a skillet can stand-in for the real thing with it’s claws firmly in tact!

eggs in pepper rings

eggs in pepper rings

Did you know that we all own a never-ending set of ring molds that take up absolutely no space in our gadgets-we-rarely-use drawer? I know, I know – I didn’t either – but we do! Meet Mr. Red Pepper, sliced into thick rounds, makes the perfect ring mold minus the fuss of oiling & washing…

red lentil carrot coconut soup

red lentil carrot coconut soup

Red lentil, carrot coconut soup is perfect to have on hand and your slow cooker does all the work. Simply load it up, set it and forget it. Be greeted by a rich flavourful soup every single time.

hummus with spice & parsley

hummous

Hummus is a favourite goto dip we can all enjoy without the guilt! Armed with a can of chick peas and a jar of tahini you too can be snacking on something healthy where the variations are endless.

chickpea peanut sauce

chickpea peanut sauce/feature

Peanut sauce made with chick peas, not vats of peanut butter is not only a healthy way to get garbanzos in your diet, but when pulverized in the food processor, mimics the texture of high fat peanut butter. This is a delicious sauce to accompany anything on your plate – chicken, pork, burgers, fish, salads, wraps … limited only by your imagination!