Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Not So Boring Breakfast: Baked Eggs with Chorizo

Cook Meter: Intermediate
Cost Meter:  $$

I own alot of cookbooks.  They have their own cupboard in our kitchen, are hiding under our coffee table, our bed, and secret cupboard in my wardrobe.  Problem is that I buy these books, and then after looking through them I never actually cook anything from within their glossy pages.

Today I decided to cook a recipe that I have been wanting to try for a while. A combination of some of my favourite flavours.  And not only that but something that you can have for breakfast..or lunch....or dinner!  These beautiful baked eggs are cooked with chorizo, asparagus, peas and a lovely tomato sauce.  I server it with yummy fresh toast and cooked the eggs so they were still runny.

400g can diced tomatoes
1 brown onion
3 cloves garlic
1 bunch of asparagus

1/2 cup frozen peas
300g chorizo sausage
4 eggs
Salt and Pepper

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Happy Wedding Day to Us!

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to let everyone know that today I am getting married to the most wonderful man in the world.  Right now I am pretty sure I will be a little stressed, a little anxious and sitting with my friends at family in the beautiful island of  Rarotonga.

After this we will be heading to Cairns to learn to Scuba and Port Douglas afterwards to relax.  I will still be posting thanks to the wonderful posting in advance facility on Blogger (seriously sometimes for an IT person I have no clue when it comes to IT things).  So keep checking the website or the facebook group and I will be back very soon

Mel xoxo
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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Hot and Spicy Seafood Marinara

Cook Meter: Amateur
Cost Meter:  $$

After a seafood incident when I was younger, I didn't eat mussels for 14 years.  This may not be a big deal for many Australians but in New Zealand and in particular my family, there was "something wrong with me".  I would always continually try them again and again as I got older knowing that as I matured so would my palette, but the smell would never fail to conjure terrible memories of a sick little girl.

It wasn't until the last few months that I have not only been able to tolerate but actually enjoy mussels.  Which meant recipes that were previously off the table in our household have come into play (insert Nick's beaming face here).

Although probably not your typical Marinara, this is my version of it. It was spicy in all the right places.

500g seafood marinara mix
800g can of diced tomatoes
1 brown onion
4 cloves of garlic
1 tbsp of crushed chilli
Half bunch of chopped coriander
200mls of cream
Spaghetti to serve 6 people

  1. Brown onion on a medium heat for 2 minutes and add garlic, chilli and cook till onions have softened.
  2. Add tomatoes and half a cup of water and reduce till the sauce thicken.
  3. Add the seafood marinara and cook for 3 mins (be careful you dont want to overcook the seafood)
  4. Add the cream and coriander and stir through till the seafood is fully cooked.
  5. To serve put one portion of pasta and sauce into a bowl and stir together until the pasta is fully coated in sauce, then place on place, garnish with chopped coriander and freshly grated parmesan.
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