Recipe Type: Salads

Roast parsnips, pears, caramelised shallots and macadamia nuts

Roast parsnips, pears, caramelised shallots and macadamia nuts

I have been enjoying a parsnip revival of late.   Parsnip soup is the dinner du jour in our household this week, but who can resist delicious, sweet roast parsnip? This is a vegetable synonymous with winter, roast dinners, warm fires and chilly nights. 

Watermelon salad

Watermelon salad

We are very fortunate to be in the Southern Hemisphere right now, enjoying warm summer days, long evenings and an abundance of fresh produce right when we feel like a bit of light relief after the excesses of Christmas.

Orange and sesame salmon salad

Orange and sesame salmon salad

After a somewhat indulgent Christmas period, the last thing I feel like doing is standing in the kitchen for hours slaving over a hot stove and the mere thought of sitting down to another oversized meal is just too much. So for a quick and light alternative, (and to help ease some of those guilty minds out there after Christmas) I think this salad is ideal. (more…)

Pan-fried gurnard salad

Pan-fried gurnard salad

I am very fortunate to have a green-thumbed partner.  This spring he has been tirelessly toiling away in our glass house; tidying and trimming, composting and mulching, possibly talking to the plants, whispering a few words of encouragement – whatever he is doing it is […]

Red cabbage and fennel slaw with apple dressing

Red cabbage and fennel slaw with apple dressing

Growing up, I can remember Mum’s dinners often comprising of a side of coleslaw, rich and creamy from the condensed milk dressing. I can remember my sister and I offering to make it and sneaking cheese into it…I think we had just discovered that everything tasted better with cheese.

Haloumi, rocket and pomegranate salad

Haloumi, rocket and pomegranate salad

I made this salad on Christmas day to serve alongside a barbequed rack of lamb and – excuse me while I pat myself on the back – it was good! Fresh, sweet, salty, tart, it combines some great seasonal produce with the fabulous, fry-able Haloumi cheese.  It even looks festive – the bright, pinky-red pomegranate seeds are like little jewels sprinkled through the deep green bed of rocket.   (more…)

Sweet and sour rice salad

Sweet and sour rice salad

This salad is from Laura, my fellow product evaluator here at F&P. I can see why it’s such a hit with her family; the flavours are powerful and the colours pop! Here is Laura’s description of her heirloom recipe:

Squid and udon noodle salad

Squid and udon noodle salad

My friend Lou made this salad for my birthday BBQ a couple of months ago. Lou is a naturopath and only too happy to talk to you about the mercury levels in fish, how rosemary improves memory, how her kawakawa cream fixed someone’s eczma.

Warm lamb salad

Warm lamb salad

I love lamb served with lots of fresh greens. I guess that way you are taking full advantage of the iron it provides by serving an appropriate amount of vitamin C with it. So no surprise for the theme this month I chose to make a lamb salad.

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Garlic croutons

Garlic croutons

Croutons are a quick and easy addition to any good soup. Yet they provide such a lift of texture and buttery goodness that they become a mandatory addition to any good soup.

Lentil salad with grapes and chardonnay dressing

Lentil salad with grapes and chardonnay dressing

I remember a few years ago when I was working as a chef, there was a dry spell in the availability of puy lentils – I can’t remember what caused it but it seemed to cause quite a stir amongst our restaurant community.   I admit […]

Greek salad

Greek salad

Although I have never made the trip to the Mediterranean to visit Greece I decided to use this land as the inspiration for this post.  Melbourne has the largest Greek population outside of Greece and it was in Lonsdale St where I began my appreciation for Greek cuisine.  (more…)

Blue cheese soufflé

Blue cheese soufflé

This month we are cooking dishes from places that could be a home away from home.  In many cultures, food is a way of making guests feel welcome; I just know that in a place where food is so intrinsically linked with national identity I […]