Veal Scallops With Mushrooms

4 Veal Steaks
1 Small Onion
125g (4oz) Mushrooms
30g (1oz) Oil
¼ cup Dry Sherry
2 tsp Flour
1 cup Water
½ Beef or Chicken Stock Cube
Salt & Pepper to Taste

1. Pound the steaks until thin.
2. Finely chop the onion and slice the mushrooms
3. Heat a skillet and add the oil.
4. Fry the steaks on a high heat, turning once. Remove from pan.
5. Add the chopped onion and cook 2 minutes. Pour in the sherry and bring to the boil.
6. Stir in the flour and mix well. Let cook for a minute and remove from the heat.
7. Stir in the water and crumbled stock cube.
8. Return to heat and stirring all the time until the sauce thickens.
9. Return steaks to pan, add mushrooms and mix well.
10. Season with salt & pepper.
11. Cover pan and simmer very gently for 15 minutes.
12. Serve with noodles, rice or mashed potatoes.


Miso Black Cod

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¼ Cup Sake
¼ Cup Mirin
4 Tablespoons Saikyo Miso (or White Miso)
2 Tablespoons Sugar
4 Pieces Black Cod Fillets about 1/2 Pound/250 Grams Each (Also known as Sablefish – You can also substitute Salmon, Seabass or similar)
Oil for cooking

METHOD (Marinade)

  1. Make marinade (per below) and marinate fish 1-2 days in advance. If you are short on time, let it marinate for at least a few hours.
  2. Combine the mirin and sake in a small saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Boil for 20 seconds to allow the alcohol to evaporate.
  4. Turn the heat to low and whisk in the miso paste and sugar.
  5. Whisk over medium heat without letting the mixture boil until the sugar has dissolved.
  6. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  7. Pat the fish fillets dry with paper towel. Slather the fish with the marinade and place in a glass/porcelain dish. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and leave to marinate for 1-2 days.

To Cook the Fish

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F/200 °C
  2. Heat an oven-proof skillet over high heat on the stove.
  3. Lightly wipe off any excess miso clinging to the fillets, but don’t rinse it off. Discard excess marinade from fish.
  4. Place a small amount of oil in the pan, once hot add the fish skin-side-up to the pan and cook until the bottom of the fish browns and caramelizes in spots, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until the other side is browned, 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Transfer to the oven (Skin-side down) and bake for 5 to 10 minutes, until fish is opaque and flakes easily.
  6. Serve with vegetables and rice.

Puttanesca Pasta

2 Tbls Olive Oil
1 Onion
2 Cloves Garlic
2 400G ((14.1oz) Tins Peeled Italian Tomatoes
1 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Salt
½ tsp Black Pepper
2 tsp Italian Herbs
4 Anchovy Fillets
2 Tbls Capers
¼ Cup Pitted Black Olives

1 In a deep saucepan heat olive oil over medium heat.
2 Add sliced onions and garlic and sauté until soft.
3 Add tomatoes, sugar, salt, pepper and Italian herbs and sauté for 30 minutes.
4 Blend sauce using a stick blender.
5 Heat a little olive oil in a saucepan and add the anchovies.
6 Saute until they soften.
7 Add the capers and Olives and cook for 2 minutes. Add to tomato sauce and cook through.
8 Serve over pasta of your choice. I like Puttansca sauce with Spaghetti or Linguini pasta.

Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl

Asian Shrimp Rice Bowl –

Serves 4

20 Large Shrimp (Shell and Tail removed)
3-4 cups Cooked Rice
2 Shredded Carrots
1/4 Sliced English Cucumber
4 Tbsp Pickled Ginger
1 Sliced Avocado
Handful Beansprouts
1/2 Cup Thinly Sliced Green Onion
Fresh Cilantro (Coriander)
Sesame Seeds

3 Tbsp Soy Sauce or Gluten Free Tamari
3 Tbsp Mirin
3 Tbsp Rice Wine Vinegar
1.5 Tbsp Sesame Oil

Combine all sauce ingredients in a bowl to serve.

1. Place a serving of rice in the bottom of a bowl, add shrimp, carrots, cucumber, ginger, avocado and beansprouts.
2. Sprinkle with green onion, cilantro and sesame seeds.
3. Drizzle sauce over rice bowl.

Oven Baked Chicken Strips


2 Chicken Breasts
1 Egg
1.5-2 Cups Panko Breadcrumbs (For Gluten Free version I use Ian’s Gluten Free Panko)
Seasoning – In SA I use Robertons Chicken Seasoning, in USA I use Mrs Dash.


  1. Preheat oven to 375 ºF/190ºC
  2. Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick spray.
  3. Slice chicken breast across width way into strips.
  4. Lightly beat the egg in a shallow bowl.
  5. Season panko and place in separate shallow bowl.
  6. Dip the chicken into the egg and then into the panko.img_8574
  7. Place chicken strips onto baking sheet and bake for 18 minutes – turning halfway.img_8580

Sweet & Sour Chicken

4 Chicken Breasts
½ cup Cake or All Purpose Flour
¼ cup Corn flour
½ tsp Baking Powder
Ice Water
1 tbls Soy Sauce
1 tbls Sherry
Oil For Frying

Sweet & Sour Sauce
1 tin Pineapple Chunks in Syrup
¼ cup Vinegar
3 Tbls Sugar
¼ tsp Salt
2 Tbls Tomato Sauce (Ketchup)
1 Tbls Corn Flour

1. Cube chicken and make a marinade with the Sherry & Soy Sauce.
2. Mix the chicken & marinade. Set aside.
3. Mix the flour, Corn flour, salt and baking powder. Add enough ice water to make a batter the consistency of thick pouring cream.
4. Remove chicken from the marinade and place in the batter.
5. Heat a frying pan and add 1 cm of oil.
6. Fry chicken in batches until light golden and remove.
7. Once all chicken has been fried make the sauce.
8. Mix all sauce ingredients together in a small pot. Heat and stir until thickened.
9. Re-fry chicken until golden and serve with rice and the sauce.

Authentic Phad Thai

(Serves 4)

14oz (350grams) Flat Rice Noodles
3 Tbsp Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
1/2 Block of Firm Tofu (cut into small pieces)
16 Raw Shrimp Tail on
1/2 Can Bean Sprouts (1 Cup Fresh Bean Sprouts)
4 Sprigs Green Onion (Cut into 1 inch pieces)
1 Lime
4 Tsp Fish Sauce
4 Tbsp Chopped Peanuts
4 Tsp Palm Sugar (Can Substitute Brown Sugar)
2 Tbsp Tamarind Paste
2 Eggs
Optional: Thai Chili Peppers


1. Place noodles in a bowl and cover with room temperature water. Soak for 10 mins (should be tender but not soft enough to eat)
2. Add oil to wok and add chopped garlic, tofu, shrimp, sprouts and green onion. Stir until shrimp is pink and cooked.
3. Add lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, tamarind paste and noodles. If desired, you can add chopped thai chili peppers for added heat.
4. Stir continuously to combine, cook for 3-4 mins (until noodles are soft).
5. Push noodles to the side and add eggs, gently scramble until cooked.
6. Combine with noodles and serve.
7. Garnish with fresh lime, peanuts and sprouts.


Shortrib Casserole With Red Wine


2 kgs (4 lbs) Beef Shortib – Cut Into Sections
Canola Oil For Sautéing
3 Yellow Onions – Chopped
4 Cloves Garlic – Chopped
6 Carrots – Cubed
3 Ribs Celery – sliced
2 Cups Red Wine – I Used A Merlot
Salt & Pepper
1 Tbls Italian Mixed Herbs
Pinch Chili Flakes
¼ Cup All Purpose (Cake) Flour
50 g Tomato Paste
3-4 Cups Beef Or Chicken Stock

Oven 140C
1 Heat a large frying pan and brown the short rib on both sides. Do not overfill the pan. You want the meat to brown. Remove from the pan and place into a casserole with a lid
2 Add the onions to the pan and stir until glazed, add the garlic and continue stirring for a few minutes
3 Add the carrot & celery and saute for a few minutes.
4 Turn the heat up and add the red wine and deglaze the pan. Simmer for 5 minutes.
5 Mix the flour and tomato paste and add to the pan. Stir
6 Add the stock, Italian herbs, chili flakes, salt & pepper to taste. Bring to the boil and then pour over the meat. Cover the casserole and place in the oven.
7 Stir every hour and let simmer in oven for 4 hours.
8 Serve with mashed potatoes or rice.

Italian Tomato Sauce, Marinara Sauce

I can never have enough of this sauce. I make a large batch and freeze in small zip seal bags pushing all the air out. So useful for Bolognese, vegetable or meat lasagne, puttanesca sauce or even served with fried eggs.


4 Tbls Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic – Crushed
800g Italian Tinned Tomatoes
½ Cup White Wine – Optional
1 Large Yellow Onion – Peeled And Chopped
½ Tsp Ground Black Pepper
1 Tsp Salt
1 tsp Sugar
1 tbls Italian Herbs – Rubbed Between Your Hands To Release The Flavours

1. In a large pot heat the oil and add the onion & garlic. Do not brown the garlic as it goes bitter when browned.
2. When the onion is translucent add the tomatoes, sugar, salt & pepper, wine and mixed herbs.
3. Simmer for 45 minutes with the lid off. Stirring occasionally.
4. When cool freeze portions in zip lock bags.
5. This is a basic Neapolitana sauce. Use it as a base for pasta with vegetables either sautéed or grilled.
6. Can add a touch of cream for a Rose sauce.
7. Can also be used when making Chicken or Beef or Vegetable lasagna.

Potato Gnocchi


5 Large Potatoes
2 Eggs
1½ Cups Flour (Plus Extra If Needed)
½ Tsp Salt
Neapolitan Sauce
Fresh Cream
Parmesan Cheese, Grated


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C/ 375°F
  2. Boil potatoes, unpeeled, in water till soft.
  3. Drain and peel potatoes.
  4. Mash potatoes using a ricer if you have one. Potato needs to be very smooth.
  5. Add egg, salt, flour and mix. If mixture is still sticky add up to an extra ½ cup
    flour till the mixture is not sticky and forms a ball.
  6. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Add 1/2 tsp of salt.
  7. Divide potato into 4 portions and roll into a long sausage.
  8. Cut on the diagonal like the photo above and roll with a fork to make indentations.
  9. Place a few pieces at a time into the boiling water. They will rise to the surface when they are cooked.
  10. Place some Neapolitan sauce in a large ovenproof dish. Cover the entire bottom of the dish.
  11. Remove the gnocchi with a slotted spoon and place on the Neapolitan sauce.
  12. Repeat with the rest of the potato.
  13. Drizzle over cream. I use about 200 mls.
  14. Grate Parmesan cheese over the top of the cooked gnocchi.
  15. Bake uncovered for about 30 minutes at 190°C/ till bubbling and the tops are golden.