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Mexican Corn On The Cob

The picture really doesn’t do this corn justice but quite honestly, it doesn’t last long enough for photos to be taken!

With a household of boys if you serve food on a stick or with a bone they will eat their fill of it without complaining, I’m sure it harks back to caveman days!

These are moreish, you can use the whole cob but these half cobs are cute and if you are feeding smaller mouths, a little more manageable.

I have given instructions for cooking indoors but these work well on the bbq. Peel the husk  off, remove the fronds and put the husk back over the corn and bbq. Once cooked, unwrap, dip in the sauce, sprinkle with cheese and serve.

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

6 corn cobs,husk and fronds removed, cut in half

150g sour cream

110g mayonnaise

1/2 lime, juiced

15g fresh coriander levels, roughly chopped

1 garlic clove, crushed

Salt and pepper

60g Parmesan, grated

Method

Boil the corn for 5-6 minutes in salted water until cooked.

In a bowl, combine the sour cream, mayo, lime juice, coriander, garlic, salt and pepper.

Heat a large dry frying pan over high heat.

Tip the corn into a colander to drain.

Now add the corn to the dry pan and turn regularly until it has coloured.

Stick a small skewer into the end of each cob half.

Using the skewer, pick up the cob and dip it in the sour cream dip, swirling it around to cover it.

Place on a serving plate and repeat with the remaining corn, sprinkle over the cheese and serve. 

Peanut And Macadania Nut Balls


Now, I know that these aren’t healthy but they are very tasty and easy to make when you suddely have to make morning tea for your child’s cricket team, I speak from personal experience here!

I like mixing the sugars up a bit, dark muscovado sugar is a great addition in these, just omit 50g of the brown sugar and add the muscovado instead.

Makes 36 balls.

Ingredients

50g butter

175g smooth peanut butter

150g macadamia nuts

200g brown sugar

100g caster sugar

100g desiccated coconut plus extra

Method

Melt the butter and peanut butter gently in a pan.

In a food processor, blitz the macadamia nuts until fairly finely chopped.

Add the sugars and coconut to the nuts and blitz again.

Finally pour in the butters and pulse until combined.

Pour some extra coconut onto a plate.

Take small amounts of the nut ball mix and squeeze into a ball, roll in the coconut and set aside. Continue with the remaining mixture.

Once you have finished, pop the balls into the fridge to set.

Chicken And Corn Burgers

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During the school holidays we have been trying out new burger recipes and this one has been very popular with my boys so I am now making these burgers in the canteen of our local primary school.

These burgers freeze brilliantly so double the recipe, bake them, cool them and freeze them for another night.

This recipe has a gluten free option in the ingredients list too. Makes 6-8 burgers.

Ingredients

500g chicken thighs, minced

100g sweet corn kernals

60g grated cheese

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

a pinch of chilli powder

20g fresh breadcrumbs or 2 tablespoons potato starch

salt and pepper

Method

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl.

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees centigrade and line two baking sheets with baking parchment.

Fill a bowl with water, wet your hands and form the meat into six balls and the six patties, wetting your hands between each one.

Lay the patty onto the prepared baking sheet and using the palm of your hand flatten gently until 1cm thick. Repeat with the remaining patties and pop into the oven.

Bake for 15-20 miutes until cooked through and golden.

Peach Salsa

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Summer is well and truly with us here in Western Australia.

With summer comes delicious stone fruits so I like to use peaches or nectarines in a salsa just to mix it up a little.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

3 yellow flesh peaches, stoned and diced

1/2 a jalapeno, deseeded and  finely diced

1 small shallot, peeled and  finely sliced

1/2 lime, juiced

a handful of fresh coriander

salt and pepper to taste

Method

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl.

Let the salsa sit at room temperature for 15 minutes before serving.

Baked Teriyaki Chicken

 

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Teriyaki chicken can be a bit of a minefield when you have to be gluten free so this is my easy homemade version that the boys love!

Gluten free, dairy free and egg free doesnt mean flavour free!

Serves 8.

Ingredients

1.2kgs skinless chicken thighs, 1-2 cm diced

6 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce

2 tablespoons sesame oil

1 tablespoon sake

thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled and finely grated

2 teaspoons brown sugar

2-3 teaspoons sesame seeds

Method

In a large bowl combine all of the ingredients except the sesame seeds.

Allow to marinade for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 210 degrees Centigrade.

Line the base of a roasting tin with baking parchment.

Tip the chicken and marinade in and bake for 30 minutes, stir and return to the oven, bake for a further 15-20 minutes, stirring regularly until the marinade has completely evaporated and the chicken is sticky.

Sprinkle over the sesame seeds and serve.

Gluten Free Pizza Bases

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Over the years I have tried out a few gluten free pizza base recipes but nothing ever seemed to work particularly well so I just avoided pizza after a while.

Now that my youngest has coeliacs too I really needed to get pizza back on the menu and this is the best base according to him! More of a deep pan pizza than thin crust,  it freezes well and we find it best to let it cool a bit before eating to avoid it snapping in the middle of the slice of you are using your hands or you could just use cutlery!

Please excuse the overload of toppings, the boys get to make their own pizzas and and meat features heavily!

Makes two 25cm pizza bases.

Ingredients

150g ground almonds or almond meal

100g chickpea flour

40g LSA, ground linseed, sunflower and almond

2&1/2 teaspoons gluten free baking powder

280g plain Greek yogurt

4 eggs

1/2 teaspoon salt

Method

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees centigrade and place a roasting tin on the bottom shelf. Boil a full kettle of water.

Line two pizza trays with baking parchment.

Take two bowls and place the egg yolks in one and the whites in another.

To the yolks add the almonds, LSA, chickpea flour, baking powder and yogurt, beat until you have a creamy consistency.

Whisk the egg whites and salt until forming stiff peaks, gently fold one third of the egg whites into the yolk mixture. Add the remaining egg white, folding in gently.

Pour the batter onto the prepared tins, spreading with the back of a spoon to form the pizza discs.

Take the kettle and fill the roasting tin half way with boiling water.

Place the pizzas in the oven and bake for 10-12 minutes until risen and coloured.

Top the pizzas and return to the oven for 10-15 minutes until the toppings are cooked.

Minced Beef With Spices And Fresh Herbs

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Ok, now this recipe needs to be on your radar if, like me, some days are a little on the mad side and time is short! Think of this as a middle eastern inspired stir fry, odd I know but it works and as the boys eat it with their hands, a huge hit in our house!

The fresh herbs really make this zing but feel free to mix them up and just use what you have to hand, fresh coriander and fresh oregano work well too.

The photo shows our gluten free option but the rest of the family use  Lebanese bread or pitta bread. If you want to do this dairy free, omit the yogurt and maybe add a wee dollop of hummus?

Serves 6-8.

Ingredients

30mls oil

1 onion, diced

2 garlic cloves, roughly chopped

1 tablespoon ground cumin

4 teaspoons sumac

4 teaspoons zatar

1 tablespoon sesame seeds

700g minced/ground beef

600g cooked and cut to 2cm dice potatoes, skin still on

200mls stock or water

500g frozen peas

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped

Method

Heat the oil in a very large frying pan, mine is a 32cm diameter and this just fits!

Once the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened, add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Pour the spices into the pan and stir until fragrant, only 30 seconds or so.

Add the beef to the pan and over a high heat brown the meat.

Add the potatoes and stock or water, turn the heat down to medium and simmer until the liquid has evaporated, it doesn’t take long in such a big pan.

Now add the peas and keep stirring to cook them through and lightly fry the meat and potatoes. Season well.

Stir through the fresh herbs at the end and serve with flat bread and yogurt.

Smoked Paprika And Cayenne Tortillas

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Shop bought corn tortillas here is Oz have a nasty habit of splitting and being rather similar to cardboard in texture so I now make my own.

I invested in a tortilla press a while ago and the boys happily work in the production line to make bigger batches of these. If you don’t have a press, don’t panic, a couple of heavy books will work a treat too!

This recipe makes 12 tortillas but I usually triple the recipe as the tortillas will last for a week in a sealed bag or a few months wrapped well in the freezer.

Ingredients

220g masa lista, Mexican corn flour

325mls warm water

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

a pinch of cayenne powder

a pinch of salt

Method

Weigh the flour, smoked paprika and cayenne into a large bowl.

Pour the water in and using your hands, mix to form a dough.

Knead gently and then divide into twelve portions and roll into balls.

Heat a frying pan over a high heat. Do not add oil.

Take a piece of baking parchment that will fit over the press, top with one of the dough balls and then top with another piece of parchment.

Pull down on the press to flatten the dough.

Once the pan is very hot, peel the parchment from the dough and place it in the pan.

Cook for 30 seconds and then flip, cook again for 60 seconds and then flip one last time and cook for 30 seconds.

Set aside, covered in a clean tea towel and continue cooking the remaining tortillas.

Serve warm.

Mexican Green Chorizo

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This is so tasty I always make double!

Can’t get the kids to eat greens? Give this a try, I serve it with mini tortillas and the boys make their own, we can get through an entire lettuce, 2 capsicums, 4 avocados and 10 tomatoes, never mind the sneaky spinach and capsicum in the chorizo!

Although I crumbled this for tonight’s dinner it also works well as a burger and sausages.

Leftovers are brilliant with eggs, over an omelette or scrambled eggs is a favourite in our house of I have thrown a little chorizo crumble into the boys school wraps for added zing!

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

small green capsicum

80g fresh coriander, leaves and stalks

30g green jalapeño chilli, deseeded

4 garlic cloves, peeled

50g baby spinach leaves

1 lime, zest and juice

2 teaspoons dried oregano

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/4-1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

salt and pepper

500g minced pork

a little oil to fry

Method

Over a BBQ or gas ring, singe the skin of the capsicum, all over until it is completely black. Pop the capsicum in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Wait for 15-20 minutes and then remove from the bowl and rub off the skin, remove the seeds and stalk too.

In a food processor, whizz the capsicum, coriander, jalapeño, garlic, spinach, lime zest, lime juice, oregano, cumin, cayenne, salt and pepper to form a bright green paste.

Weigh the meat into a bowl and add the paste, mix really well with your hands.

Form into any shape that you want, patties, sausages or crumble as I use.

Heat a large frying pan, I use a 32cm non stick pan, add a splash of oil and once hot tip in the green meat.

Using the side of a wooden spoon break up the meat, turning and squishing all the time.

To begin with lots of fluid will release but just keep cooking, on high heat until the water evaporates and the meat is beginning to colour up.

Serve immediately.

 

Cheesy Corn Chip Chicken Wings

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To be honest these wings have never been near a corn chip but the masa lista and Parmesan give them a fabulous texture without frying and the coating does taste like corn chips!

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

1.5kgs chicken wings, tips removed and cut in two

1 cup masa lista, Mexican corn flour

1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons dried oregano

2 tablespoons smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

salta and pepper

2 eggs, beaten

Method

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees Centigrade. Line two baking trays with baking parchment.

In a bowl, combine the masa, Parmesan, oregano, paprika, cayenne, salt and pepper.

Take a piece of chicken, dip in the egg and then in the flour mix.

Lay on the baking sheet skin meaty side up and repeat with the remaining chicken.

Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, turn once and then bake for a further 10-15 minutes until fully cooked.

Allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving with some sour cream dip.