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Tuna Mornay

The weather is beginning to turn autumnal here in Western Australia and with that comes the return of comfort food.

There is something very soothing about tuna mornay, memories back in the seventies and eighties of this being a bit of a go to dish in my childhood home, minus the capsicum/bell pepper and certainly not gluten free. 

Now that I make it for my boys it has become gluten free, has the corn  and capsicum in it and a few good dollops of whole grain mustard to give it some kick.

This makes 12 serves, now that may seem excessive but it freezes really well so I use the make one freeze one mantra for an easy meal possibly through the coming school hols?

Ingredients

150g butter

1 large onion, peeled and diced

250g capsicum/bell pepper, diced

3 large ears of corn, kernels removed

120g gluten free plain flour

1 litre milk

3 level or heaped tablespoons whole grain mustard

200g cheddar, grated

Salt and pepper

2 x 425g tins of tuna, drained and loosened to form chunks.

340g gluten free penne pasta, cooked as per the label

TOPPING

50g cheddar, grated

65g gluten free bread made into breadcrumbs

Method

Cook the pasta as per the label. Drain and cover.

Preheat the oven to 190 degrees centigrade.

In a large pan, melt the butter over a medium heat, add the onion, capsicum and corn kernels and cook until the onion is translucent.

Add the flour to the pan and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

Pour the milk into the pan, still stirring. Bring the sauce up to the boil gently, stirring all of the time.

Take it off the heat as soon as it has come to the boil and thickened.

Now stir the mustard and cheese through and season with salt and pepper.

Add the drained pasta to the pan and the tuna, stir briefly.

Spoon into your oven proof serving dish or dishes if you are making a spare one for the freezer.

Combine the cheese and breadcrumbs and sprinkle over the top.

Pop the pasta dish into the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and bubbling.

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Twice Cooked Pork With Star Anise

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This is a traditional Chinese way of dealing with fattier cuts of meat and it really works.

To ensure your dish is gluten free, if you need to, check your hoisin sauce, rice wine and chilli bean sauce as these are the places that gluten will be hiding. You can use sherry as an alternative to the rice wine if necessary.

This is a BIG quantity, it will feed 12 at least! I like to freeze leftovers in individual boxes with some cooked rice for easy dinners another day.

Ingredients

2.2 kg meaty spare ribs

80g fresh ginger, scrubbed and sliced, I don’t bother peeling it

4 spring onions, topped and tailed and cut into 3-5cm lengths

6 star anise

8 peppercorns

salt

50mls oil

4 garlic cloves, finely sliced

700g red capsicum, deseeded, sliced into 5cm pieces

400g red onion, peeled and cut into wedges

2 leeks, white part only, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2cm semi circles and washed

3 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce

100g gluten free chilli bean sauce

200mls chicken stock

100mls Chinese rice wine

10g sugar

2 spring onions, topped and tailed and finely sliced

Method

Fill a large, I use a six litre pan, with cold water, salt it well and add the spare ribs.

Bring the pan up to the boil and simmer for five minutes, skim off any impurities.

Add the ginger, spring onions, star anise and pepper.

Bring back up to the boil and simmer for 1 hour.

Drain the meat in a colander and discard the ginger, spring onions, star anise and peppercorns.

Once the meat is cool enough to handle, gently remove the bones and gristle and cut into 1-2 cm cubes.

Bring a large frying pan or wok up to a high heat, add the oil.

Once the oil is hot, stir fry the pork until the fat is rendering and it’s becoming crispy. This can take 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your meat and strength of your heat source.

Use a slotted spoon to remove the pork, set the meat aside and drain off most of the fat in the pan.

Return the pan to the heat and add the garlic, capsicum, onion and leeks. Stir fry for 5 minutes.

Return the meat to the pan, stir well.

Combine the soy sauce, chilli bean sauce, chicken stock, rice wine and sugar in a jug, stir well and then pour into the meat mix.

Stir to combine and then cover, bring up to a simmer, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Serve topped with the last two spring onions.

 

The Ultimate Veggie Burger Stack

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Not one for the feint hearted, possibly a time to use cutlery but the boys manage to eat these with their hands and they don’t even ask for tomato ketchup/sauce!

Feel free to vary the stack, omit and add as you like! For the gluten free option I just make myself a salad with the various components add the burger and then a little fresh lime juice to finish it off.

Serves 6.

Ingredieints

2x420g tins four bean mix

50g diced shallot or red onion

30g fresh coriander

1 red chilli, deseeded and roughly chopped

zest of 1 lime

salt and pepper

20g rice flour

oil to fry in

2 tomatoes, thinly sliced

1 avocado, mashed

A handful of snow pea shoots

1 or 2 capsicums/peppers cut into rings

6 eggs

Method

In a food processor, process the beans, onion, coriander, chilli, salt and pepper to make a lumpy paste.

Heat a large pan over medium to high heat, add a little oil.

Pour the rice flour on to a plate.

Divide the bean mix into 6 balls, flatten into patties and move them around in the rice flour to cover.

Once the pan is hot, slide the patties in, cook on both sides until golden.

In the same pan if its big enough or another if necessary, add the capsicum rings, allow to warm through for 30secs and then crack an egg egg into each one. Allow to cook until the white is cooked but the yolk is still runny.

Stack your burger, mashed avocado, tomato slices, snow pea shoots, bean burger and finally the capsicum egg.

Roast Tomato and Paprika Pasta Sauce with Garlic and Basil

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The tomatoes don’t need to be pretty, I often use seconds, their flavour is fab and I just cut off any nasty bits!

If you have lots of tomatoes, consider roasting them all, making the sauce and then freezing it in zip lock bags, labelled of course, until you need a fast dinner. Alternatively, sterilise jars and lids, bring the sauce up to the boil in a pan and then pour, carefully, into the jars and seal.

If you don’t have fresh  paprika, don’t worry, capsicum works too or just do tomato sauce.

Makes 1-1.2 litres of sauce. 200mls will cover 400g dried pasta.

Ingredients

2kg ripe tomatoes, halved and cores removed

2 red paprika, halved, cored and cut into 5cm pieces

3 cloves garlic, sliced

a few basil leaves

1 tablespoon caster sugar

salt and pepper

olive oil to drizzle

1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Method

Preheat the oven to 140 degrees Centigrade.

Line two baking sheets with baking parchment, coming up the sides to catch any juice.

Place the tomatoes on the sheets, cut side up.

Top the tomatoes with a slice of garlic and a piece of basil leaf.

Add the paprika to the tray, sprinkle with a pinch of sugar.

Add the parsley to the tray.

Drizzle with a little olive oil, just a drop or two on each tomato half.

Season with salt and pepper.

Pop in the oven and roast for one and a half hours.

Allow to cool completely.

Scrape everything on the trays into the food processor and process until smooth.

Add balsamic vinegar and sugar, process again.

Have a taste, you may need more sugar and more salt or pepper.

Keep some sauce aside for dinner tonight and bag or jar the rest.

Serve mixed through cooked pasta and top with a little grated Parmesan cheese.

 

Baked Brie With Thyme and Garlic

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This isn’t really a recipe, it’s too simple for that but boy, it’s tasty!

Served with a few crunchy vegetables, fresh bread and gluten free crackers this is a treat and makes a lovely light lunch to share!

I don’t always use garlic as it can overpower a really good cheese but it’s up to your personal choice, the boys love it either way and it’s a great way to get them eating raw vegetables.

Ingredients

a small wheel of Brie, 200-250g

a few sprigs of thyme

1 clove of garlic, very finely sliced

Method

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Centigrade.

Make small incisions into the top of the Brie.

Gently push a few thyme leaves through and a slice of garlic.

Wrap in baking parchment with the pierced top uppermost.

Wrap in foil, again with the top uppermost.

Place directly on the oven shelf.

Bake for 15mins.

Very carefully, remove the foil. Open the baking parchment, trim any excess paper and place on your serving dish.

Serve with carrot sticks, capsicum strips, apple slices, cucumber sticks, figs, really anything you like eating with cheese.