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Chef Michael's Kitchen

Shrimp Cocktail

Yield:  4 Servings Ingredients For the Poached Shrimp:     3 cups of water 1 cup of your favourite white wine the juice and zest of one lemon 1 onion, thinly sliced 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced 2 bay leaf 2 tsp of salt 1-1lb bag of frozen shrimp, 16-20 count, chilled but thawed For the Cocktail […]

Chuck's Day Off

Summer Berry Pudding

Easy, Moderate, Complex Yield: 6 servings Ingredients 1 loaf homemade-style, sliced white bread, crusts removed 6 cups assorted summer fruit (1.5 litres) blueberries strawberries raspberries blackberries, All rinsed well and drained fresh or frozen cranberries, thawed 1 cup sugar (use the higher amount if using cranberries or red or black currents) (250 ml) GARNISH 1 […]


Lemon Tart

This recipe was given to me by a friend, Kathleen Forrest, and I adore it because it’s really light and creamy, and not quite as heavy and intense as many other lemon tarts, yet it is still wonderfully fresh and zesty. Serves 4-6 Ingredients Pastry 175g (7ozs) flour 100g (4ozs) butter (from the fridge) 25g […]


Braised Pork Belly with stuffed Quail

Side dish: Carrot Puree and Baby Marrow ribbons. Ingredients: Quail stuffing: 2 cups Italian parsley 1 tbsp tarragon 1 cup button mushrooms, chopped 1 cup chopped streaky bacon 1 clove garlic, chopped ½ cup fresh bread crumbs ½ cup pine nuts 1 onion, chopped Lemon zest Olive oil Unsalted butter Quail: 3 deboned quails ¼ […]


Prawn cocktail martini

Ingredients 400g shelled prawns 6 whole prawns (heat and tail on, deveined) 2 ripe avocados, diced Salt and pepper Cayenne pepper Chopped parsley Baby lettuce leaves, to serve 3 tablespoons mayonnaise 1 tablespoon tomato ketchup A splash of Worcestershire sauce Juice of 1 lemon 1 head of white endive, leaves separated Preparation Step 1Blanche the […]


Design Wars

When three top interior designers come together in a family’s home to battle it out through a series of demanding style challenges, there are tears, drama, and plenty of emotion. Ultimately only one can win the right to restyle a problem space in the family’s home. The pressure is on as the family eliminates one […]


Home by Novogratz

Home By Novogratz sees husband–and–wife design team, Bob and Cortney Novogratz take on a design or renovation project that will challenge them to come up with a wildly creative and totally original idea that neither they, nor the audience, have seen before. Each project that they undertake is based on the Novogratz’ key principles: good […]

Donna Hay Fast Fresh Simple

Pumpkin Ricotta Ravioli

Ingredients 550g pumpkin, peeled and chopped 1 tablespoon olive oil 250g ricotta ½ cup (40g) finely grated parmesan 1 tablespoon oregano leaves, roughly chopped 1 tablespoon flat-leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped sea salt and cracked black pepper 20 wonton wrappers finely grated parmesan, extra, to serve brown butter sauce 50g butter 4 sprigs oregano Method […]