Category Archives: Eggs

Dukkah

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Dukkah, what can I say, one of my favourite ingredients for so many things!

On its own with bread and olive oil, as a crust for chicken and fish, spooned over salads, sprinkled over rice, popped into soups, sprinkled over a mashed avocado, added to an egg for breakfast and even sprinkled over the top of barbecued meat.

This is a totally non traditional recipe, no hazelnuts and no roasting of spices but it works for us and keeps in a jar for a couple of weeks so this is the minimum quantity that I make.

Ingredients

60g macadamia nuts

50g pistachio nuts

4 teaspoons sesame seeds

3 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground coriander

a pinch of ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons nigella seeds

a really good grinding of fresh ly ground pepper

salt to taste

Method

In a frying pan, toast the nuts until just beginning to colour. Tip onto a plate to cool.

In a large mortar and pestle, crush the nuts so that it’s mostly powdery with a few bigger pieces, don’t over do it or it will be oily and stick.

Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

Taste and add a little more salt if needed.

Store in an airtight container.

Australia Day Berry Pavlova

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I know that there is an ongoing argument about whether the pavlova comes from Australia or New Zealand but for the purposes of a gluten free dessert on Australia Day I claim it as ours!

You can make the meringues the day before but they need to be stored in an airtight container.

Serves 8-10.

Ingredients

4 large egg whites

220g caster sugar

400mls cream

500g fresh strawberries, hulled and halved

125g fresh blueberries

Method

Preheat the oven to 130 degrees Centigrade.

Take two pieces of baking parchment and draw around a dinner plate to give you a 26cm circle on each piece of paper.

Turn the paper over so the pencil mark is on the base and place each sheet onto a baking sheet.

Beat the egg whites in a clean bowl until forming stiff peaks.

Gradually add the sugar, around two teaspoons at a time, beating each addition in very well.

Once all of the sugar has been added, use a spatula to spoon half of the meringue onto the first sheet of prepared parchment, carefully spreading up to the line, I don’t do a precise spread and I like to have it a little uneven around the edges!

Bake the meringues in the oven for 90-120minutes, when they are cooked they will lift off the baking parchment easily.

Allow to cool completely on the baking sheets.

To assemble the pavlova, or pav as we call it, whip the cream until forming soft peaks.

Place one meringue on the serving plate, spread over half the cream and top with just under half of the fruit.

Top with the remaining meringue, again spread the cream and sprinkle over your fruit.

Caramelised Onion and Potato Pie

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This is one of those comfort potato bakes that everyone loves and they all come back for seconds in our house.

Serves 6-8. You can also make this ahead of time as it freezes very well.

Ingredients

50g butter

3 large onions, sliced thinly

3 cloves garlic, finely sliced

1 shallot, finely sliced

750 g potatoes, finely sliced, I use an mandolin

fresh thyme

8 eggs, beaten

350g sour cream

400mls cream

salt and pepper

parmesan

Method

Melt the butter in a large pan, add the onions and garlic and over a low heat slowly cook down until caramelised, this can take 45-60 minutes but keep an eye on them towards the end so they don’t stick to the pan and burn.

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

Take a large roasting dish, I use a 30x20cm dish.

Line the base and sides with baking parchment.

Whisk the eggs, sour cream, cream, salt and pepper.

Pour a little egg mix into the base of the dish, top with potato slices, followed by a little of the caramelised onions and a little sprinkle of thyme.

Top with some egg and repeat the previous layers. Keep repeating until you are using your final egg mix.

Finish with a layer egg over the onions, spread over the sliced shallot and  sprinkle over the grated parmesan.

Bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes until the top is golden and the potatoes cooked through.

Allow to cool and set a little before gently removing from the tin and cutting into portions or take this along, just warm for a picnic.

Raspberry Meringues

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In a household full of males, it’s always nice to sneak a little pink in!

Makes 50 mini meringues.

Ingredients

4 egg whites

170g caster sugar

4 teaspoons freeze dried raspberry powder plus a little extra for decoration

Method

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees Centigrade. Line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

In a large bowl, beat the egg whites until forming peaks, slowly add the sugar, no more than 10-15g at a time, beating really well between additions.

Once all of the sugar has been added, spoon over the raspberry powder and beat well.

Spoon the meringue into a piping bag and pipe into small meringues on the prepared sheets. My meringues are 2-3cm diameter.

Bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes until the meringues are lifting off the paper.

Remove the trays from the oven and sprinkle over a little extra raspberry powder for colour.

Allow to cool on the baking sheets and then store in an airtight container

Steamed Salmon And Lemon Mould

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I have made my Grannie’s salmon mould many times over the years but it’s time to update it a little. I should maybe change its name too to something fancy like a terrine!

This is served at room temperature or chilled, fantastic for picnics and leftovers are great in sandwiches!

Serves 8.

Ingredients

450g tin of red salmon, skin and fat discarded

300g smoked salmon, cut into thin strips

75g fresh gluten free breadcrumbs

5 eggs, beaten

zest of 1 lemon

1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

freshly ground pepper

50g butter

Method

In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients except the butter.

In a heat proof pudding bowl, melt the butter in a microwave. Swirl the butter around the bowl to grease it and pour the excess butter into the salmon mix, stir well.

Spoon the salmon mix into the greased bowl.

Cover with foil and tie with a piece of string to seal it.

Take a pan with a lid and fill it a third deep with water, pop the pudding bowl in and bring up to the boil.

Simmer for 50-60minutes. Keep an eye on the water level and top up with freshly boiled water as needed.

Allow to cool and serve at room temperatures or chilled.

Forbidden Black Rice Salad

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I am fairly new to black rice but I’m already a fan, it has so much flavour and makes amazing salads.

Leftovers from dinner go into the boys lunches as a wrap filling with a little leftover chicken or pork.

Serves 10.

Ingredients

200g black rice

500mls water

3 spring onions, sliced finely

250g snow peas, cut into pieces no larger than 1cm

1/2 a head of broccoli, tiny florets broken off, stalks chopped very finely

2 eggs, hard boiled, grated

3 tablespoons sesame oil

3 tablespoons black rice vinegar

1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce

2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Method

Wash the rice and tip into a pan with a well fitting lid.

Add the water, cover and bring up to the boil.

Allow to simmer, covered for 35minutes. Leave the lid on and allow the rice to cool in the pan.

Once the rice has cooled, run it under some cold water and set aside to drain.

In a small bowl, whisk the sesame oil, vinegar and soy sauce. Check the flavour, you may prefer a little more soy.

In a large bowl combine the salad ingredients and pour over the dressing, stir well through and allow it to sit to develop the flavours for two hours before serving.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

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These are cracking, even if I do say so myself!

Crispy baked gluten free nuggets at their best, happily munched on by the boys for years with no one realising that they are gluten free.

Gluten free bread is very expensive here so I tend to buy up big when it is on special! Due to the cost, I don’t bother removing crusts and in fact the nuggets in the photo used GF bread rolls, crusts and all!

Leftovers freeze well or the boys get them in their lunch boxes as a wee treat.

Serves 8.

Ingredients

1.2kg chicken breast, boned and skin off

3 eggs, beaten

240g gluten free breadcrumbs

225g freshly grated Parmesan

freshly ground pepper

a little salt

3 tablespoons mixed herbs

Method

Preheat the oven to 180degrees Centigrade.

Line four baking sheets with baking parchment.

Combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan, pepper, salt and herbs in a large bowl.

Beat the eggs in another bowl.

Slice the chicken into thin, 0.5cm thickness pieces and then depending on the size of the breasts, half the slices, especially if your cooking for younger children, less waste!

Using only one hand, because you know the phone will ring if you get both hands dirty, take a piece of chicken, dip into the egg and then coat with the breadcrumb mix.

Place on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining chicken.

Bake for 15 minutes and then turn and bake for a further 5-8 minutes until the coating is crispy.

The Best Gluten Free Toad In The Hole

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Comfort food at its best!

My butcher makes award winning sausages and I like his French Toulouse sausages for this, made with garlic and pepper, the main thing is to get a pure pork sausage with no fillers and nasties!

If your sausages are smaller you may need to cut the prosciutto in half or have a few more slices.

As rich as this is, I serve it with some steamed veggies, that’s really all that you need.

Serves 6-8.

Ingredients

400g speck or streaky bacon, rind removed, cut into 0.5-1cm chunks

1 onion, chopped into wedges

1kg pure pork sausages, 6 large sausages

6 slices prosciutto

150g gluten free plain flour

2 eggs

250mls milk

100mls water

salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees Centigrade.

Line the base and sides of the tin so that the pudding can’t escape into the pan.

Add the chopped speck or bacon to the pan with the onion and pop into the oven for 20mins.

Wrap a slice of prosciutto around each sausage and add to the pan, bake for 15mins.

Measure the flour into a bowl, make a well in the centre, crack the eggs in to the centre of the well and begin to whisk gently. As it thickens, pour and whisk the milk and flour in. Season well.

Once the sausage has baked for 15 minutes, remove the pan from the oven and very carefully pour the batter into the pan, going around each sausage.

Return the roasting tin to the oven and bake for 40-50 minutes until the pudding has risen and is golden.

The pudding will deflate a little once you take it out of the oven.

 

Baked Cheesy Avocado With Chimmichurri Tomatoes And A Spicy Egg

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I defy anyone not to like avocado cooked this way!

This is one of my favourite brunch or supper dishes. I happily sit down to have this while the boys are having a gluten laden meal!

I usually make up a big batch of chimichurri dressing and have it in the fridge for a couple of days, great over barbecued chicken and steak! I’ve popped my chimichurri recipe below if you want to give it a go.

Serves 2.

 Ingredients

4 medium tomatoes, deseeded and diced

2 tablespoons chimichurri dressing

2 small avocados, sliced

50g Parmesan, finely grated

salt and pepper

a little oil or ghee

a pinch of chilli flakes

3 eggs, 1 beaten

Method

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees centigrade. Line a baking sheet with baking parchment.

Take the avocado slices, dip them in the beaten egg and then into the Parmesan.

Lay on the baking sheet and once they are all coated, pop them into the oven for 10 minutes until the cheese is crispy.

While the avocado bakes, mix the chimichurri dressing and tomatoes, spoon onto your serving plate.

Heat the oil or ghee in a frying pan and once hot, add the chilli and cook for 30 seconds.

Crack the eggs into the pan and fry until the white is set and the yolk is still runny.

Lay the baked avocado over the tomatoes and top with the eggs.

CHIMICHURRI DRESSING

25g parsley leaves

25g coriander, leaves and stalks

140mls olive oil

2-3 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 clove of garlic

salt and pepper

Process all of the ingredients to form a paste.

Baked Salami Eggs

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As popular as bacon and eggs are I think that a really good, home style salami can be a knock out with eggs.

This is a great way of using up the last few slices of salami to make a filling meal, serve with a green salad and maybe some baby potatoes and for breakfast, asparagus spears to dip are a treat!

If we are having these at home, I bake them for 12 minutes for a soft yolk, for the lunch boxes and picnics they get 17minutes to avoid burst yolks in the lunch boxes, there is nothing worse apparently!

The salami slices will shrink considerably so make sure you have a bit of over hang, large muffin trays work well too.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

12 large slices of salami

4 eggs

40g gluten free breadcrumbs

1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley

1 teaspoon olive oil

salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees Centigrade.

Line each hole of the Yorkshire pudding tin with three slices of salami, spread out to come up the edges.

Break an egg into each salami case.

In a bowl, combine the breadcrumbs, parsley, oil, salt and pepper.

Sprinkle the breadcrumb mix over each egg.

Pop in the oven for 12-17minutes depending on how soft you like the yolk.