thecookingchook

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Why did the chicken cross the road? To get in my belly!

OK, so those who are vegan or vegetarian might not think that was a funny joke (I wouldn’t really be surprised if my friends thought my attempt at telling a joke was a little lack lustre too), but in all seriousness, I’ve been wanting to cook some sort of casserole using chicken for a while. I’ve cooked many casseroles with beef or lamb, but not so much with chicken. I love chicken and it’s less expensive to buy than beef or lamb, so it’s perfect for me being on a strict Uni-bum budget. The other thing I love is how casseroles can be one pot wonders. Read more…

Sometimes I like to take it SLOOOOOOW

So, Australia is now in the throes of autumn (not that it feels like it in Adelaide; daily temps are still in the mid to high 20’s) and I love this time of year because it means I can start cooking some comfort food! To me, comfort food is all about food that has been cooked slowly, over a few hours and makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside. I’m talking about hearty soups, casseroles, roasts, bakes, just to name a few of the things I love to cook. I’ve been itching for WEEKS to be able to make something that was season appropriate. As soon as the Bureau of Meteorology forecasted cooler weather (I’d been cyber stalking the site for a few weeks) I immediately thought of osso bucco. Read more…

Spaghetti Cheapballs

Whilst exploring the blogosphere, I’ve noticed a bit of a trend when reading other people’s posts about food. The three things that come up quite regularly are that food should be: 1) cheap; 2) quick, and; 3) easy to prepare. A couple of years ago, I came across a recipe for Spaghetti Meatballs in a Women’s Weekly cookbook. What’s so special about this recipe, I hear you ask? Well, instead of making the meatballs from scratch, the meatballs are made from the meat in sausages. How clever is that? And if you use bottled pasta sauce or passata, then you are saving a whole heap of time and money; the two things that are very important to me now that I’m a Uni-bum. This recipe can easily serve four people in about 25 minutes.

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Never turn your back on a Hungry Man – How my salmon got stolen

So, this post was going to be about a really easy and delicious salmon recipe but I thought I needed to do a community service and warn the Ladies of a potential threat in your homes: The Hungry Man. It is well known in my household that I’m a blogger, which means that most of the time, ANY food I make is a potential blog post. With that, comes some ground rules that are to be followed if you want to eat the food I make:

  1. Make sure that said blogger has enough space to do her mise en place as it will undoubtedly involve pictures taken in weird bodily positions. In other words, no hovering.
  2. Once said blogger has prepared the food and is ready to plate, be prepared to wait a moment before taking any food as, once again, more pictures will be taken of the finished product. In other words, be patient and wait until it is clear which serve you can take because I want to ensure there is some continuity with the pictures taken. Read more…

The KitchenAid Christening – Basil Pesto with Green Eggs and Ham

December 2012 was a pretty memorable month for me. Thanks to my partner, his family and Santa, I was given a KitchenAid food processor and stand mixer for my birthday/Christmas present. Two rather incredible kitchen appliances; I couldn’t ask for better gifts! So, after the initial excitement subsided, I started thinking about what I was going to make using my new toys. It just so happened that a recipe came fluttering into my inbox from the amazing Cath Chen of the Confessions of a Glutton blog fame – Basil Pesto! I have never made pesto before but I absolutely love eating it, and the only reason why I had not made it before was because I didn’t have a food processor…until now. Read more…

Nacho Nacho Chook

Every time I make this dish, I always have that scene of Homer, from The Simpsons, singing “Nacho Man” when Flanders gets him a nacho hat running through my head. If you get a chance, check out this Youtube clip of the scene I’m referring to – really quite funny. Anyway, back to the food…. I must admit, I haven’t eaten a lot of authentic Mexican food but I do like the flavours associated with this cuisine. A few years ago, I bought myself a Nigella Lawson cookbook called Nigella Express, and it’s now one of my favourite cookbooks. In this cookbook is a Tex-Mex inspired recipe called Quick Chilli which takes next to no time to make. Read more…

How the Cooking Chook ended up in a food coma

Finally, Christmas Day arrived which meant the usual Christmas lunch with my partner’s family. I’ve mentioned before that the Christmas fare usually consists of seafood and some BBQ dishes, but this year, my partner’s Mum decided to do a seafood entree with a hot main. I volunteered to do lunch dessert, and decided to make White Chocoberry tartlets because they turned out so well when I was testing the recipe. Before sitting down to lunch, we handed out everybody’s presents. I noticed that there were a lot more presents under the tree this year. Despite my partner’s family buying me my KitchenAid appliances for my birthday/Christmas present a couple of weeks earlier, I was incredibly surprised to have received a couple more presents from them. Talk about being made to feel special! Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Snappy Baked Snapper

Christmas in Australia is in the middle of summer, so Christmas lunch with my partner’s family (my family doesn’t celebrate Christmas) consists of a BBQ meal and seafood. I’m a huge fan of seafood, in particular fish, so cooking a whole fish to share for Christmas really appeals to me. One of my favourite fish to eat is Snapper, which can be caught in the local waters off the South Australian coast, so I’m fortunate enough to be able to buy this fish pretty much ‘off the boat’. The best thing about cooking fish is that it requires minimal preparation, but can be so flavoursome and cooking a whole fish means you can cater for a number of people quite easily. Read more…

The Cooking Chook does Christmas – Chicken Roulade with Sage Stuffing

If you are the one designated to putting on the Christmas spread, the one thing that brings down the Christmas spirit is the stress of having to whip up a wonderful meal for a large group of people. Australians kind of have this under control, generally putting on a BBQ or something similar which is quick, easy and relaxed (it also helps that Christmas is in the middle of summer here). At my house, my partner’s family is the only side of the family that celebrates Christmas so it’s not really too stressful and we generally have seafood, such as lobster and prawns, which is easy enough to cook up and serve. However, I do have friends that have the more traditional spread of turkey and ham – huge chucks of meat that take FOREVER to cook. Read more…

Pingy Prawn Saganaki

You could be forgiven for thinking that it is the middle of summer in Adelaide right now, with the city having a good run of hot days (it was 38ºC/100ºF a couple of days ago). In my opinion, the best type of food to eat when it’s hot is seafood and I had been pondering for the last couple of weeks over what seafood-y dishes I could cook this summer. One of the foodie blogs I am really enjoying at the moment is Cook. Eat. Blog. This blog has a plethora of sensational recipes from all over the World with the dishes cooked by the blog owner, Lee. I highly recommend checking out Lee’s blog! I also follow Lee on Twitter, and he regularly tweets a random recipe from his collection. On this particular day, Lee just happened to tweet about his Prawn Saganki recipe. PING! Light-bulb moment! Read more…

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