Bolongese

You will need

(Serves 4)

600g beef mince

1 brown onion

1 carrot

2 stems celery

2 cloves garlic

1 bunch thyme

1 cup red wine

1 bottle passata

1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese

Method

1. Finely dice the brown onion, carrot, celery and garlic. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil. Add in the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and thyme and cook for 5 minutes, or until soft. 

2. Add in the beef mince and cook for 3-4 minutes or until browned. Add in the red wine, passta and season with salt and pepper. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Bring a large pot of water to the boil. Once boiled, add in the pasta and cook for 8 minutes, or until tender. Drain and set aside. 

4. Divide the pasta between bowls and top with bolognese sauce. Garnish with parmesan cheese. 

Fish & Chips

Fish & Chips

You will need

(Serves 4)

3-4 pieces white fish (ling, snapper, flathead)

1 cup panic crumbs (Japanese breadcrumbs)

1/2 cup plain flour

4 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

800g potatoes

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 lemon

1 tbs capers

1 bunch parsley

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Cut the potatoes lengthways into chips. Line an oven tray with baking paper and drizzle a generous amount of olive oil over the top. Season with salt and pepper and toss well to coat. Roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until golden and crispy. 

2. Place the panko crumbs and plain flour into two separate bowls. Beat the eggs in another bowl.   Coat the fish in the flour, followed by the egg and then the breadcrumbs. Set aside on a plate. 

3. Heat a saucepan to a medium high heat and add in the vegetable oil. Add the fish to the pan when the oil is hot, but not smoking. Cook on each side for 4 minutes, or until golden. Set aside on paper towel and season with salt and pepper. 

4. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, capers, finely chopped parsley, a drizzle of lemon juice and season with salt and pepper. 

Rice Paper Rolls

Rice Paper Rolls

You will need

(Serves 4)

1 chicken breast

1 cucumber

1 carrot

1 bunch mint

1 bunch coriander

1 bunch lettuce (iceberg or cos)

1 packet vermicelli noodles

1 packet rice paper rolls

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 tbls sesame oil 

2 tbs warm water

1 tsp caster sugar

Method

1. Slice the carrot and cucumber in thin slices 3cm in length. Thinly slice the lettuce. 

2. Bring a pot of water to the boil. Once boiled, add in the vermicelli noodles and cook for 2 minutes, or until soft. Drain and rinse under cold water. 

3. To make the sauce, mix together the soy sauce, sesame oil, warm water and caster sugar. Set aside and use as a dipping sauce. 

4. To assemble the rice paper rolls, place all the ingredients on a board ready to go. Have a warm bowl of water and dip each rice paper sheet into the water for 20-30 seconds. Place on the bench and assemble a small amount of the toppings on the ricepaper. Fold over the bottom edge and then each of the sides and roll tightly. Set aside on a platter.

Hamburgers

Hamburgers

You will need

(Serves 4)

500g beef mince

4 burger buns

1 tomato

1 cucumber

1 bunch lettuce

4 cheese slices

1 eggs

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

4 large potatoes

Mayonnaise

Tomato sauce

Method

1. Heat an oven to 200C. Cut the potatoes lengthways and then again to make the shape of a chip. Place them on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Drizzle with olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for around 30 minutes, or until crispy and golden. 

2. Add the beef mince to a large bowl. Add in the breadcrumbs, egg and salt and pepper. Mix together until it is well combined. Roll into balls and then flatten the patties to make them a similar size to your burger bun. Cook in a frypan or on the barbecue on a high heat for 6-8 minutes on each side. When the patties are nearly cooked, place a slice of cheese on top of them and cook, until melted. 

3. In a small bowl mix together 1/4 cup of mayonnaise with 1 tbls of tomato sauce. Mix well and set aside. Slice the tomato and set aside. Slice the cucumber and set aside. 

4. Turn your oven onto a grill setting. Cut the burger bun in half and place under the grill until golden. Make sure you keep an eye on these, as they will burn quickly! To assemble your burger, place the lettuce on the bottom of the bun followed by the beef patty, tomato, cucumber and a generous amount of the sauce.

Sushi

Sushi

You will need

(Serves 4)

1 chicken breast

1 tin tuna

1/4 cup kewpie mayo

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup sushi vinegar

2 cups sushi rice

1 packet nori (seaweed sheets)

1 avocado

1 carrot

1 cucumber

Method

1. Place the rice in a small saucepan and cover with 3 cups of water. Bring to the boil and then turn the heat down to low. Cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the water is abosorbed. Once cooked mix the through the sushi vinegar. Set aside. 

2. Preheat the oven to 200C. Place the chicken breast in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until cooked. Once cooked, slice thinly. Slice the carrot into thin strips and set aside. Slice the cucumber into thin strips and set aside. Slice the avocado and set aside. In a small bowl, mix the tuna with the kewpie mayonnaise. TIP: Kewpie mayonnaise is a Japanese mayonnaise that can be found in all supermarkets. 

3. Place a sheet of nori on the bamboo sheet (you can get this from the supermarket). Cover the nori sheet with a generous amount of the sushi rice. Place one piece of either chicken or tuna mix evenly on the bottom end of the rice. Top with carrot, cucumber and avocado. Roll tightly and let it sit for 5-10 minutes beofre slicing into it. 

4. Slice the sushi and arrange on a platter. Serve with soy sauce on the side.