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Chef Michael's Kitchen

Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb

Yield: 4 servings Ingredients A big splash of olive oil 2 racks of lamb, frenched and capped by your butcher ¼ cup or so of Dijon mustard ½ cup of fresh bread crumbs 2 cloves of garlic, finely minced 1 Tbsp of any fresh herb, minced 1 Tbsp of olive oil Method Preheat your oven […]

Chuck's Day Off

Paella with Wild Rice, Seafood and Cornish Hen

Easy, Moderate, Complex Yield: 2 hefty servings (with leftovers) Ingredients 2 red bell peppers, roasted and skinned 2 tablespoons olive oil (30 ml) 1 large yellow onion, diced 1 Cornish Game Hen, carcass removed, sectioned ½ chorizo sausage (or other spicy sausage), sliced 4 garlic cloves 2 teaspoons turmeric  (10 g) 1 teaspoon smoked paprika […]


Gratin Pizziola

Serves: 2Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 30 minutes Ingredients 2 teaspoons olive oil 3 – 4 cloves garlic 1 x 400g can of chopped tomatoes 1 tablespoon tomato puree ¼ teaspoon red wine vinegar A pinch of sugar A handful chopped fresh basil Salt and pepper For the pizziola 85g mozzarella cheese 85g artichoke […]


Sardines with Caper and Lemon Sauce

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook: 10 minutes Total: 30 minutes Yield:  4 to 6 servings Ingredients 1/2 cup of flour 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus 1/2 teaspoon 1 tablespoon Emeril’s Original Essence or Creole Seasoning, recipe) 8 tablespoons Spanish olive oil 2 pounds fresh whole sardines, cleaned and gutted 1 small shallot, minced 2 cloves […]

Design a Garden

Eclectic Gardening

In this episode we look at bringing the indoors to the outdoors to create an eclectic garden space. Landscape & Garden designer, Ruth Chambers designs such a garden complete with an outdoor shower and a Patio. Plant List Shrubs at back – Podocarpus henkelii – Henkel’s Yellowood Tree in middle – Combretum erythrophyllum – River […]


Pepper Seared Tuna

Ingredients 1 tablespoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon english mustard 4 tablespoons black peppercorns (crushed roughly) 500 grams sashimi-quality tuna fillet (cut in long even thickness) cucumber (cut into slender batons) 4 spring onions (cut into strips) Method In a small bowl mix the oil and mustard, and use a pastry brush to paint it on the tuna. Roll the tuna in the crushed peppercorns so that the long […]


Kids Party Food – Sausage Rolls & Mini Pasties

Ingredients • Good quality sausage mince• Puff pastry sheet• Egg• Sesame seeds• 1 potato• Piece of pumpkin• Sweet potato• 1/2 cup peas• Tsp poppy seeds. Method Cut the puff paste into strips and lay the sausage meet in a line and roll. Egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.Dice the potato, pumpkin, sweet potato, mash lightly […]

Catherine's Roman Holiday

Artichoke and Red Pepper Bruschetta

Ingredients 12 ciabatta slices (toasted) 1 clove garlic (skinned and halved) 2 red peppers (roasted, de-seeded and sliced) 100 g artichoke hearts (sliced) a generous handful of basil leaves olive oil, extra virgin salt and pepper Method Rub the toasted ciabatta with garlic. Then drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and […]