Showing posts from January, 2017

Pumpkin yoghurt pasta salad

I’m always looking for some filling, fresh and yummy accompaniments to a meaty summer BBQ. A side that can stand alone and isn’t just the obligatory greenery on the plate that justifies the three sausages next to it.
Pumpkin is my new favourite vegetable – so versatile, colourful and flavoursome. So I wanted to come up with a BBQ side that would utilise pumpkin in all its glory. A pasta salad was an obvious choice!
This light and summary pasta salad is the perfect addition to a summer BBQ.

Ingredients: 500g pasta1/2 pumpkin – half diced and half boiled½ cup vegetable stock2 cloves garlic diced1 tablespoon oreganoSalt and pepper3 tablespoon yoghurt1 zucchini6 mushrooms diced4 rashes of baconPunnet of cherry tomatoes¼ cup parsley¼ cup basil¼ cup of olive oil100g ricottaTablespoon of lemon juice Method:
Put half the pumpkin in the oven at 250 degrees and roast for 30minutes or until cookedBoil half the pumpkin and once soft, mash until smoothCook garlic until it softensAdd the pumpkin p…

Caramelised onion and cheddar tart

It’s no secret, the Australian summer has not been overly thrilling. However as I rang in 2017 with two jumpers on, standing near a hot BBQ to stay warm, I had hope that summer was still to come. Now after consecutive days over 25 without rain, I had to pull out a lovely summary recipe – caramelised onion and cheddar tart.
Using yoghurt instead of cream adds a lightness to this dish and helps me overcome my 2016 Christmas binge.

Pastry 1 .5 cups plain flour100 g butter, chopped2 1/2 tbsp iced water1 tablespoon Greek Yoghurt

Filling: 1 tablepoon olive oil3 onions sliced2 tablespoons butter1 tablespoon sugar1 sprig of thyme100g cheddar cheese5 eggs¼ cup milk¼ cup Greek YoghurtSalt and pepper.

Method Rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbsAdd 2.5 tablespoons water and 1 tablespoon Greek Yoghurt and mix in until dough starts to form (add more water if too crumbly)Put dough onto a floured surface and bring together into a ballRoll out the dough and place onto a …