Sunday, June 13, 2010

Minestone Soup

I've got some Italian Style Soup Mix that I need to use up so I'm going to try this out:

Prep time: 15 mins
Cooking time: 90 mins

1 cup McKenzie's Italian Style Soup Mix
Salt & Pepper to taste
Freshly grated parmesan for serving
4 tablespoons parsley finely chopped
10-12 cups water
1 cup small pasta
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
500g bacon bones or 1 x small smoked ham hock
800g tinned crushed tomatoes
200g tomato paste
2 cups cabbage finely shredded
2 cloves garlic finely chopped
1 large onion finely diced
2 celery sticks finely diced
2 carrots finely diced

Combine all ingredients except pasta, parsley and parmesan in a large pot. Cover and simmer for 1 to 1 and a half hours or until beans are tender. Add the pasta and simmer for a further 15 mintues. Add more water if necessary.
Discard bones, if ham hock is used remove from soup - remove skin and finely dice the ham and add back to soup. Season to taste with McKenzie's Natural Sea Salt andMcKenzie's Whole Black Peppercorns.
Serve soup in large bowls with grated parmesan and parsley sprinkled over the top and fresh crusty bread.
Vegetarian Option: Do not use bacon bones or ham hock and add 2 vegetable stock cubes.

Serves 6

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Frozen food storage times

Bread: 2 months
Ice cream: 2 months
Pork: 3 months
Fish: 4 months
Fruit & Vegies:  6 months
Poultry: 6 months
Lamb: 6 months
Beef: 6 months

Foods that won't freeze well:
greasy foods
anything with egg whites, custard or cream
soft cheeses
cooked potatoes

Salmon Poached in Thai Coconut Broth

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes 
Total time: 30 minutes 
Serves: 2

Salmon Poached in Thai Coconut Broth
1 tbsp Oil
1 tbsp Thai green curry paste
270ml Light coconut milk
1 cup Chicken stock
1 packet John West Chilled Atlantic Salmon portions
100g Fresh baby corn, chopped
1 Carrot, cut into julienne strips
100g Snow peas, sliced
1 tbsp Fresh coriander, chopped
200g Rice or udon noodles, cooked
Fresh coriander, to serve

Heat oil in a medium frying pan and cook curry paste for 1 minute or until fragrant. Add coconut milk and stock and heat until simmering.
Add John West Atlantic Salmon Portions, baby corn, carrot strips, snow peas and chopped coriander. Cover and cook on low heat for 5-7 minutes or until salmon is cooked through.
Place cooked noodles into serving bowls and top with salmon and broth. Serve garnished with fresh coriander

TIP: John West Chilled Atlantic Salmon can be pan-fried and served with noodles and broth

30 Oct 10 Special K
I made this tonight and it was delicious. Fresh baby corn was super expensive so I substituted pak choy and decided to pan fry the salmon to get a lovely crispy skin. I served it with fresh udon noodles and placed the salmon on top of the noodles and vegetables, pouring the sauce over the top. I paired it with a lovely Sauvingnon Blanc.