Category: main meals

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.

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 rib

beef rib

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.

buttermilk fried chicken burger

buttermilk fried chicken burger

The first time I tried buttermilk fried chicken I was really impressed with the taste and texture. It was served in a burger and it was only a matter of time until I tried it at home. It may seem like there are a lot of steps involved but it’s not as complicated as you may think. You will, however, have some very messy benches by the end of it!

bacon wrapped chicken stuffed with jalapeno poppers

bacon wrapped chicken stuffed with jalapeno poppers

Chicken, bacon, cheese and jalapenos. These really do tick a lot of boxes. The jalapenos are stuffed with cheese, cumin, garlic and a hint of lime then wrapped up in a chicken breast that is wrapped with bacon. They can be grilled in the barbecue, baked in the oven or smoked over coals.

beef cheeks

beef cheeks

Beef cheeks have a deep, rich flavour that deserves more recognition than it currently has. Although they are relatively small in comparison to most cuts associated with barbecue they still require a long low and slow cook. When fully rendered the gelatinous streak that runs through the cheek breaks down making the meat tender and juicy.

grilled honey chipotle chicken wings

grilled honey chipotle chicken wings

For me wings are the tastiest part of a chicken. In particular, the middle part of the wing. These chipotle and honey chicken wings from Serious Eats are spicy, sweet and taste delicious.

caramel bliss balls

caramel bliss balls

Craving a sweet treat but want something on the healthier side? These little balls will hit the spot. They are also great for a breakfast on the run. The protein powder is optional.

pulled pork and slaw burgers

pulled pork and slaw burgers

We’ve used pulled pork in a variety of ways – burgers, pies, pizzas, stir fry, toasted sandwiches, the list goes on. One of our favourites are pulled pork burgers.

choc mint protein balls

choc mint protein balls

No need to buy store bought protein balls or bars when you can make them at home. There are a variety of different textures and flavours available at local supermarkets, health food stores and at shopping centre juice bars but nothing beats homemade.

pork spare ribs

pork spare ribs

Pork ribs are one of the most popular menu items at any barbecue restaurant. They’re sticky, sweet, full of flavour and best of all they need to be eaten with your hands!