Best Ever Oven Braised Lamb Shanks

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Best Ever Oven Braised Lamb Shanks
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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 4 - 6 lamb shanks trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large carrots sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine like Merlot or Pinot Noir
  • 400 g passata
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 beef stock cubes crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to season
Course Main Dish
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil divided
  • 4 - 6 lamb shanks trimmed of excess fat
  • 1 large white onion diced
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 large carrots sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 pinch coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup Flour
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine like Merlot or Pinot Noir
  • 400 g passata
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 beef stock cubes crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley finely chopped divided
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to season
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  1. Preheat oven to 175°C and wash and pat dry lamb shanks with paper towel and h
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a heavy based pot over medium-high heat. Sear two shanks in the hot oil until browned on all sides. Repeat with remaining shanks and oil.
  3. Transfer to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm, set aside.
  4. To the pan juices, sauté the carrots and diced onions until softened, (about 3 minutes), then add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Return the shanks back into the pot; season with 1 teaspoon coarse salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper. Sprinkle with flour, toss well and cook for 4-5 minutes to brown the flour.
  6. Add stock, wine, puree, tomato paste, beef cubes and herbs. Bring to a simmer on the stove.
  7. Cover, transfer to lower part of the oven and cook for 2 1/2 hours, or until the meat is fall apart tender.
  8. Gently transfer the shanks onto a plate; tent to keep warm.
  9. Discard the bay leaves from the sauce and place pot onto stove. Simmer sauce over medium heat until thickened to your desired consistency. You should be left with about 3 cups of sauce thick enough to lightly coat the back of a spoon.
  10. Taste for seasoning and adjust salt and pepper, if desired. Add the shanks back into the pot of sauce.
  11. Garnish with parsley and serve with mashed potato.
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Orange-Glazed Pork with Sweet Potatoes

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Orange-Glazed Pork with Sweet Potatoes
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  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 pork tenderloins or 6 pork chops
Course Main Dish
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 medium apples
  • 1 medium orange
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons corn flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 pork tenderloins or 6 pork chops
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  1. Preheat oven to 180c. Peel sweet potatoes; core apples. Cut potatoes, apples and orange crosswise into 2cm thick slices. Arrange in a foil-lined baking pan coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, in a microwave-safe bowl, mix orange juice, brown sugar, corn flour, cinnamon and ginger. Microwave, covered, on high, stirring every 30 seconds until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Stir until smooth.
  3. Place pork over sweet potato mixture; drizzle with orange juice mixture. Roast until cooked to your liking and sweet potatoes and apples are tender, around 45-55 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
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Charred Cauliflower with Garlic Tahini Sauce

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Charred Cauliflower with Garlic Tahini Sauce
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  • 1 leaves medium cauliflower outertrimmed and discarded
  • 1/2 cup tahini stirred before using
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey plus more as desired
  • Seasalt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
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  • 1 leaves medium cauliflower outertrimmed and discarded
  • 1/2 cup tahini stirred before using
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey plus more as desired
  • Seasalt flakes and freshly ground black pepper
  • extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling
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  1. Place a few inches of water in a large pot, then insert a steamer basket. Bring to a boil and then add the whole cauliflower head. Reduce heat to medium and steam until the base of the cauliflower can be really easily pierced with a sharp knife, 15 to 17 minutes. Arrange oven rack at least 10 - 15cm from the grill and preheat the grill.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the tahini, 1/2 cup warm water, lemon juice, garlic and honey in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add a pinch of salt and blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust flavouring as desired.
  3. Place the whole head of cauliflower on an aluminium foil-lined tray. Drizzle all over with olive oil (you want to pour it on slowly so the cauliflower soaks it up but don't add so much that it pools on the baking pan). Season all over with a large pinch of salt, then place under the grill. Cook, watching the whole time and rotating the baking tray as needed, until the cauliflower is mostly charred.
  4. Serve with tahini sauce, parsley and a pinch of salt.
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Our Best Ever Pumpkin Soup

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Our Best Ever Pumpkin Soup
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  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus extra to serve
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlicroughly chopped
  • 600 g pumpkin peeled chopped
  • 1 potato chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 leek chopped white part only
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups chicken stock 750ml
  • 1/2 cup pure cream 125ml thin
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds toasted pepitas
  • dried cranberries to serve
  • leaves Finely chopped flat-leaf parsleyto serve
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Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil plus extra to serve
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlicroughly chopped
  • 600 g pumpkin peeled chopped
  • 1 potato chopped
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 1 leek chopped white part only
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 cups chicken stock 750ml
  • 1/2 cup pure cream 125ml thin
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin seeds toasted pepitas
  • dried cranberries to serve
  • leaves Finely chopped flat-leaf parsleyto serve
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  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes until soft. Add garlic, vegetables and nutmeg, then toss to coat. Add stock and 2 cups (500ml) water, then bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Cool slightly.
  2. In batches, transfer to a blender and whiz until smooth. Return soup to the saucepan and place over low heat. Stir in cream, then season. To serve, ladle into bowls and top with seeds, cranberries and parsley, then drizzle with extra oil.
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Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic

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Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic
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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large heads of broccoli stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
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  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large heads of broccoli stems peeled and heads halved lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 garlic cloves thinly sliced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
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  1. In a large, deep thick based pan, heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil.
  2. Add the broccoli, cut side down, cover and cook over moderate heat until browned on the bottom, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the water, cover and cook until the broccoli is just tender and the water has evaporated, about 7 minutes.
  4. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil along with the garlic and the crushed red pepper and cook uncovered until the garlic is golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  5. Season the broccoli with salt and black pepper, drizzle with the lemon juice and serve.
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Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower

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Spicy Whole Roasted Cauliflower
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  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
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Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1.5 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
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  1. Preheat the oven to 180° and lightly grease a small baking sheet with vegetable oil. Set aside.
  2. Trim the base of the cauliflower to remove any green leaves and the woody stem.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the yogurt with the lime zest and juice, chile powder, cumin, garlic powder, curry powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Dunk the cauliflower into the bowl and use a brush or your hands to smear the marinade evenly over its surface. (Excess marinade can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three days and used with meat, fish or other veggies.)
  5. Place the cauliflower on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the surface is dry and lightly browned, 30 to 40 minutes. The marinade will make a crust on the surface of the cauliflower.
  6. Let the cauliflower cool for 10 minutes before cutting it into wedges and serving alongside a big green salad.
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Roast Salmon and Broccoli with Chile-Caper Vinaigrette

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Roast Salmon and Broccoli with Chile-Caper Vinaigrette
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  • 1 bunch broccoli cut into florets, about 750g.
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • Sea salt flakes freshly ground pepper
  • 4 200 g skinless salmon fillets approx
  • 1 red chilli thinly sliced into rings, seeds removed if desired
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 bunch broccoli cut into florets, about 750g.
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • Sea salt flakes freshly ground pepper
  • 4 200 g skinless salmon fillets approx
  • 1 red chilli thinly sliced into rings, seeds removed if desired
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
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  1. Preheat oven to 180c. Toss broccoli and 2 Tbsp. oil on a large rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Roast, tossing occasionally, until browned and crisp-tender, around 12–15 minutes.
  2. Remove baking sheet from oven and rub salmon with 1 Tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper. Push broccoli to edges of baking sheet and place salmon in the centre. Roast until salmon is opaque throughout, 10–15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, combine chilli, vinegar, and a pinch of salt in small bowl and let sit until chiles are slightly softened, about 10 minutes. Mix in capers and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve salmon and broccoli drizzled with chilli vinaigrette.
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STUFFED ROASTED BUTTERNUT PUMPKIN

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STUFFED ROASTED BUTTERNUT PUMPKIN
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For the butternut pumpkin:
  • 1 butternut pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the stuffing:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 brown onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup white rice we used basmati
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
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Ingredients
For the butternut pumpkin:
  • 1 butternut pumpkin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
For the stuffing:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks of celery chopped
  • 1 brown onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 cup wild rice
  • 2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup white rice we used basmati
  • 1/2 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
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  1. Preheat your oven to 180C.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half lengthwise. Scoop out and discard the seeds, then put both halves on a baking tray, cut side up. Drizzle the olive oil on top of each half and rub around to coat. Bake for 60 to 75 minutes until the pumpkin is cooked and fork tender.
  3. Let it cool enough so that you can handle it. Scoop out the flesh in the centre of both pumpkin halves, leaving about a 1-inch border all around.
  4. For the stuffing: In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic until softened and begining to brown. Add the wild rice and stock to the pan, give it a stir, then cover and bring to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes. Now add the white rice to the pan, cover, and continue to cook another 8 to 10 minutes until the rice has cooked and fully absorbed the stock.
  5. Add in the walnuts, dried cranberries, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper. When ready, add in the scooped out and chopped pumpkin flesh. Stir well to combine.
  6. To stuff the pumpkin: Pack in as much of the stuffing into both sides of the pumpkin as you can. Pick up one pumpkin half and flip it on top of the other. Use kitchen string to tie up the pumpkin in 3 or 4 places holding it together.
  7. When you are ready to bake, lightly brush the top with more olive oil. Bake for 20 to 35 minutes until hot all the way through. Season the top with cracked pepper, and a sprinkle of chopped sage. Slice carefully and serve hot with you favourite vegan gravy.
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THAI CARROT COCONUT LEMONGRASS SOUP

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THAI CARROT COCONUT LEMONGRASS SOUP
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Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
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  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons red Thai curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 cups low salt vegetable stock
  • 1 400 ml light coconut milk
  • 1 kg trimmed peeled, and chopped carrots (about 6-7 cups)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass tough outer layers remove and pounded with a rolling pin or mallet to release essential oils
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • Juice of 1 lime
Course Entree, Main Dish
Cuisine Asian
Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 2 tablespoons red Thai curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
  • 3 cups low salt vegetable stock
  • 1 400 ml light coconut milk
  • 1 kg trimmed peeled, and chopped carrots (about 6-7 cups)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass tough outer layers remove and pounded with a rolling pin or mallet to release essential oils
  • Dash crushed red pepper flakes
  • Juice of 1 lime
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  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. When the oil is shimmering, add the onion and sauté for about 5-7 minutes, or until the onions are clear and soft, adding a tablespoon or two of water to help prevent sticking if necessary. Add the garlic, ginger, curry paste, and tamari. Sauté for 2 minutes, or until the garlic is very fragrant.
  2. Add the stock, coconut milk, carrots, lemongrass, and red pepper to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove the lemongrass stalks from the pot. Transfer the soup to a blender in batches and blend till smooth, or use an immersion blender to blend the soup completely. Return the soup the pot, stir in the lime juice, and adjust seasonings to taste. You can also stir in some extra stock if the soup is too thick for your liking.
  4. Serve with chopped basil, finely chopped peppers, sprouts or microgreens, sliced avocado, or a swirl of coconut milk or cashew cream.
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Mushroom & Green Bean Tart

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Mushroom & Green Bean Tart
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Ingredients
  • 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry
  • 1 large egg
  • 350 g thin green beans trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons Butter divided
  • 250 g button or cup mushrooms sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 shallots peeled and sliced thin
  • 60 g crumbled blue cheese
  • salt and pepper
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tarts
Ingredients
  • 1 sheet of thawed puff pastry
  • 1 large egg
  • 350 g thin green beans trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons Butter divided
  • 250 g button or cup mushrooms sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 shallots peeled and sliced thin
  • 60 g crumbled blue cheese
  • salt and pepper
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  1. Preheat the oven to 200c. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper and set aside.
  2. Blanch the green beans in boiling water for 1-2 minutes. Drain and place in cold water to cool. Then set on a paper towel to dry.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a pan over medium heat. Add the mushrooms and the thyme and saute for 3-5 minutes. Then add the garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Saute another 2-3 minutes and remove from pan and pull out the thyme sprigs.
  4. Add the remaining butter to the pan with the sliced shallots. Saute until golden-brown and crispy, 5-8 minutes. Meanwhile, cut the puff pastry down the middle and place both pieces 3-4 inches apart on the baking tray. Whisk the egg with a tablespoon of water, and brush the pastry sheets with egg. Neatly layer green beans down the length of each puff pastry rectangle.
  5. On both puff pastry sheets, top the green beans with mushrooms, crumbled blue cheese, and crispy onions. Salt and Pepper lightly.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the edges are golden. Serve warm or room temperature.
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