Pumpkin Gnocchi

by Flick Ruby

500 g baked pumpkin pulp
1.25 cups plain flour
½ cup of grated parmesan cheese
ground black pepper to taste

Bake a halved butternut pumpkin, or peeled pieces of pumpkin, for 1.5 hours. Let cool and scrape pulp into a bowl, adding the sifted flour, grated cheese and ground pepper (I use a lot!). Knead the ball of dough for two minutes or until smooth. On a … Read more »

Mussels cooked in wine

Deb Worgan

I love to have local mussels cooked in wine with charred bread. They are easy. Just clean them up, fry shallots in butter in a large pan then add the mussels and about a cup of white wine. Steam for five minutes until the shells open. Discard any that don’t open and serve with parsley, pepper and the bread. Yum!

Chicken and ham jambalaya

by Alfred Solti


1 kg chicken wings (bone in and cut into ‘buffalo’ wings)
3 cups chicken stock
500 g smoked ham, cubed (or chorizo will do nicely)
2 cups chopped cajun vegetables
2 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
425g can chopped tomatoes
2½ cups long grain rice
2 teaspoons cajun spice mix


Fry chicken with ham in the oil in batches until browned. Add cajun vegetables and garlic, and cook until golden.
Add tomatoes, rice, chicken … Read more »

Maque choux

by Alfred Solti
8 ears of corn (or 2 x 420 gm tins of corn kernels)
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
½ brown onion finely chopped
½ green capsicum finely chopped
½ teaspoon white pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
250gm chopped tomatoes
Salt to taste
1½ tablespoons whipping cream
Cut kernels from the corn cobs (if using). In a frying pan, heat oil and butter and cook onions and capsicum until … Read more »

Cajun vegetables

by Alfred Solti


1 large brown onion
1 green capsicum
2 celery stalks


Finely chop vegetables.

Risotto Primavera


200g double podded broad beans
4 medium shallots, finely minced
3 spring onions, trimmed and finely minced
1 small clove garlic, finely minced
250g trimmed asparagus spears, sliced into 4 diagonal pieces
3l good quality chicken or vegetable stock
1 tbsp olive oil
85g butter
350g risotto rice
100ml dry white wine, at room temperature
140g shelled peas
100g finely grated parmesan
Minced parsley

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