Category: main meals

aussie burger

aussie burger

A traditional Aussie burger with bacon, cheese, egg, lettuce, tomato, onion, beetroot, BBQ sauce and a beef patty seasoned with a Vegemite dust.

coconut strawberry chia pudding smoothie

coconut strawberry chia pudding smoothie

I love breakfast chia puddings and breakfast smoothies so the thought of combining the two sounds like a great breakfast to me. Chia seeds are packed full of fibre, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids.

barbecued pork loin

barbecued pork loin

Barbecued pork loin with crispy, crunchy crackling. Score the skin, rub with salt and allow to dry out overnight in the fridge for the best crackling.

barbecued tandoori chicken

barbecued tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken grilled on the barbecue and served with a yogurt, coriander and mint dressing and some crunchy poppadoms.

spaghetti squash bolognese

spaghetti squash bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese minus the pasta! This rich and tasty slow cooked beef and pork bolognese is served on spaghetti squash noodles for a gluten-free, paleo friendly and low calorie alternative.

pork belly burger

pork belly burger

I really enjoyed designing this burger and enjoyed eating it even more! The flavours from the spicy pork belly, maple lime aioli and the slaw compliment each other really well.

oven roasted pork belly

oven roasted pork belly

With a crunchy crackling and a deliciously soft and tender… well… under belly, pork belly is awesome! Serve it with a side of slaw or in a burger with our maple lime aioli.

homemade almond milk

homemade almond milk

Homemade almond milk made at a fraction of the cost of the store bought variety. We use a lot of almond milk at home particularly in breakfast smoothies. While I normally purchase almond milk from the supermarket I decided to give it a go myself at home. It works and tastes great!

slow cooked chuck roast with Hasselback potatoes and vegie bowl

slow cooked chuck roast with Hasselback potatoes and vegie bowl

Spice rubbed and slow cooked beef chuck with a side of crispy Hasselback potatoes and oven roasted vegies. Great for a warm winter meal!

carrot cake chia pudding

carrot cake chia pudding

This breakfast chia pudding, inspired by Tasty Yummies’ Carrot Cake Smoothie, is packed with wholesome goodness by way of fruit, vegetables, dates, almond milk, spices and of course chia seeds. It also works as a tasty dessert.

kale, brussels sprout and bacon salad

kale, brussels sprout and bacon salad

We think Brussels sprouts cop a bit of an unfair reputation. On their own yes, we agree they’re not the tastiest food out there but serve them with some tasty sides and they come to life. Topped with a hazelnut, cider vinegar and maple syrup dressing this bacon salad is great for a quick and healthy meal.

kangaroo salad with a sweet and spicy dressing

kangaroo salad with a sweet and spicy dressing

Kangaroo meat is extremely lean and as a result needs to be cooked quickly and is best served medium rare. Grill or pan fry the fillets, make the dressing in a food processor or Thermomix and feel free to mix things up with the salad ingredients.

dusted chicken wings with a BBQ honey glaze

dusted chicken wings with a BBQ honey glaze

Lightly spiced chicken wings, oven baked with a BBQ honey glaze. Great for entertaining or as an appetizer. This recipe calls for the wings to be oven baked but they will taste equally as good (of not a little better) grilled on the barbecue or smoker.

lamb burgers with tzatziki and feta

lamb burgers with tzatziki and feta

My fascination for burgers continues here with a freshly minced lamb patty, grilled and topped with tzatziki sauce and crumbled feta cheese. I serve mine on a brioche bun while Mrs Messy Benches has two grilled mushrooms for a gluten free option.

South African chicken curry

South African chicken curry

A mild chicken curry made in the Thermomix that replaces potato with cauliflower. Aromatic, full of flavour and lighter on the spices than some traditional curries, this recipe is great for the whole family.

smoked pork collar

smoked pork collar

Pulled pork makes a regular appearance at our dinner table and as a result there are plenty of opportunities to change things up and experiment. Pork shoulder is the most popular cut for pulled pork and rightly so. However this time I decided to give pork collar a try.

potato salad

potato salad

With a barbecue loving husband who likes to fire up his Weber Smokey Mountain most weekends its my job to come up with salads to compliment the low and slow cooked meats. While I do enjoy my not so traditional cauliflower ‘potato’ salad sometimes you just want the real thing which calls for roasting some potatoes and including some bacon.

pork fillet with a spicy marmalade glaze

pork fillet with a spicy marmalade glaze

Pork fillet with a sweet and spicy glaze has been a favourite in my family since I was a kid growing up in South Africa. A simple dish that is delicious for a weeknight meal and flavoursome enough to impress for a dinner party.

tri-tip

tri-tip

Tri-tip is labelled by some as ‘poor man’s eye fillet’ or ‘poor man’s tenderloin’. Whilst it is certainly cheaper in price (about half the price or less) it certainly has more than half the taste and flavour of the more expensive cuts.

beef shortrib

beef shortrib

Beef short rib has become a favourite of mine in the world of barbecue. Dry brined, seasoned with a simple rub and cooked low and slow for about 7 hours it runs a close second to brisket for me.