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    This recipe is a combination of Barbara Heller's Recipe #414 and one from Delia Smith, plus a few of my own touches. I've specified minced lamb, but I rarely have it in my freezer and, although it's not authentic, minced beef will do just fine. Put aside a whole morning to make this and consider making double the recipe and freezing half. It's a lot of work, so worth making a lot.

    Recipe #375779

    This recipe comes from a Thai Cooking course I did. It's fabulous! The dressing is hot, but not 'blow the top off your head' hot. Don't be afraid of the green pawpaw - it doesn't actually taste of much, but adds a great texture and takes up the flavour of the dressing. Use a perfectly green pawpaw - as ripe pawpaw flesh will tend to disintegrate in the dressing. The sauce can also be used to serve with spring rolls or coconut prawns.

    Recipe #370692

    I learned to make this at a Thai cooking school attached to a well-known Australian Thai Restaurant. As a guide, 1/2 a cup of the paste, 1 1/2 cups of coconut cream, 2 tablespoons of palm sugar and 3 tablespoons of fish sauce will make a sauce for for 500g or 1lb of meat. The paste will keep in a jar in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. I spoon 1/4 cup measures into a muffin tin, freeze it, then remove the little 'muffins' of paste into zip-lock bags - 2 per bag - and return to the freezer. DO NOT SUBSTITUTE INGREDIENTS in this recipe, or you won't get that authentic Thai taste.

    Recipe #370631

    My best friend, Deb, bought me a class at a Thai cooking school for my birthday. This was my favourite recipe. The most important thing I learned was, when it comes to Thai cooking, don't use substitutes - you only get the real flavour if you take the trouble to buy the right ingredients. This should be cooked in a wok, but a frypan will do if you don't have one. Don't be worried by the chillies, this dish is mild - as long as you remove the seeds from the chillies.

    Recipe #370248

    This is a dish bursting with different flavours, textures and brilliant autumn colours. It looks so pretty plated up - or serve it on a platter for extra visual impact. I adapted this from a recipe by Michelle Reedy in Australia's "Who" magazine.

    Recipe #369568

    Adapted from Australia's "Better Homes and Gardens" magazine, this is one of the best recipes we've ever tried! It's a perfect combination of textures and amazing flavours and yet it's simple to make and very light. It would make a great main course for a 'girls' lunch, or a special occasion like a Melbourne Cup Party. Try it, you'll love it!

    Recipe #333501

    I've named this ice cream in honour of my cousin, Doug, who celebrates "Talk Like a Pirate Day" every 19 September. Simple to make and groggier and creamier than any commercial ice cream you'll ever buy. It's a true pirate pleasure! This ice cream does not require an ice cream maker and apart from stirring in the raisins, no churning is needed. We try to make this with free range eggs and the best quality cream we can buy. Start this recipe at least a day before you want to serve it and begin it early in the day, so you don't have to get up in the middle of the night to stir in the raisins. Adapted from a recipe by Australian celebrity, Tonia Todman.

    Recipe #333391

    We tried this dish at Sizzler yesterday and I raced home to recreate it! So simple but unusual and absolutely delicious. Amaze your friends and family with just how good simple spinach can be.

    Recipe #333141

    I was going to order in a gourmet pizza but thought twice when I saw the price! So, instead, I took a note of the ingredients from the take-away menu and made it myself. It turned out to be the best pizza we've ever eaten - and I could probably make three for the cost of one from the shop. Please note that quantities below are approximate and can be adjusted to suit your own taste.

    Recipe #322454

    I've adapted this from a Jamie Oliver recipe. Jamie makes it with his 'flavour shaker' but as most people probably don't have one - you can use a mortar and pestle. Use this marinade for steak, chicken or fish. It imparts a wonderful flavour. We had it with steak and it made it beautifully moist and tender and lemony - quite a different taste for steak but absolutely delicious! Quantities given should make enough to marinade 2-3 steaks or 2 large chicken breasts or 4 fillets of fish.

    Recipe #282592

    This recipe is slightly adapted from Jamie Oliver's "Jamie at Home" cookbook and television series. It's a bit involved, but well worth it for a delicious and different main meal salad with a fabulous mixture of interesting tastes and textures. This would be perfect to serve to visiting vegetarians - as not even the meat eaters will feel deprived. Jamie uses a mix of differently coloured carrots, but I could only get orange ones and that was fine. I did try adding in some parsnips, but I wasn't happy with that addition, and will just stick to carrots in future. For a main meal, I'd recommend 3 medium sized carrots each. Don't worry too much about the quantities - use whatever quantities you prefer - adjusting to your own taste.

    Recipe #279099

    This is an amazing recipe, very slightly adapted from Jamie Oliver's "Jamie at Home" recipe book and television series. Don't be fooled by the simple ingredients - the flavour in this is amazing! What's more, the shoulder is one of the cheaper cuts of lamb and this recipe will serve 6 generously. I love that you can plonk it in the oven early in the morning, and forget about it for four hours. It emerges moist and so tender it just falls off the bone. No need to slice it, just pull it apart with two forks. I served it with Paris Mash (finely mashed potatoes with lashings of butter, cream and milk), and finely sliced white and red cabbage, English spinach and rocket (arugula) lightly boiled in salted water (I used the potato water) then drained and tossed with a knob of butter. Unbelievably good! You could serve this to anyone!

    Recipe #277732

    I saw this dish made on television. The hosts were raving about it, and apparently it is served at Bilson's Restaurant, one of Sydney's top restaurants. Basically, it's ultra smooth, very rich, and quite moist mashed potato. I found this recipe on the Gourmet Traveller magazine website, but as it requires specialised equipment I've adjusted the method a little to suit the average home cook.

    Recipe #277726

    The addition of artichoke hearts to this goulash gives it an unexpected zing and lifts this ordinary, but delicious, dish to another level. I've adapted it from a recipe that appeared in the Australian "Woman's Day" magazine. (You can substitute chicken, pork or beef if you don't like veal).

    Recipe #251308

    I can't believe anything this healthy can taste so good! Truly, this is one of the best things I've ever eaten. This recipe is very liberally adapted from one shown on Australia's version of Good Chef Bad Chef. The original poached a whole chicken, but I just bought a cooked chicken from the shop and 'cheated' with the poaching. It was still deeee-licious!

    Recipe #251296

    These are a fabulous cross between bread rolls, croissants and pizza. Don't let my super detailed instructions put you off, they're really easy to make, even if you're a beginner at working with yeast and kneading dough. Basically, the idea is you make a dough, roll it out into a 'pizza', top the pizza, slice it, roll each slice into 'croissant' shape, then bake. I made mine with two different kinds of fillings but you could make them all the same if you like (just double the filling ingredients). And don't necessarily use the fillings I suggest - use your imagination! Try any combination of: chopped salami, chopped semi-dried tomatoes, sauteed mushrooms, chopped herbs, camembert, goats cheese, chopped capscium (peppers), sliced olives, pesto, tapenade, etc, etc. Times given below don't include 1 hour for the dough to rise.

    Recipe #245273

    My old high school friend, Helen, turned 50 this year (2007) and had her party at The Gap Tavern in Brisbane. They served this cake and Mother Kooka said, "That's all I want for my birthday! I want you to make me that cake!" Well! I had no idea what it was, but I googled and found some possibilities and then cobbled together this recipe. We had it yesterday for Mother Kooka's 83rd birthday party and it was an absolute hit! In fact, one guest said, "I am not going home until you give me the recipe!" I promised I'd post it on Zaar so that everyone could enjoy it - so here it is! Important: make it the afternoon before you want it, as it needs to sit in the oven overnight. (Oh, by the way, I've said it will serve 10, but we had nearly 20 at the party and I served everybody by cutting very thin slices. It's quite rich, so nobody felt deprived).

    Recipe #238042

    I saw this recipe made on an IGA Supermarkets advertorial recently. I've made quite a few changes to the original recipe to make it quicker and easier and to suit my own tastes. Boy, does it pack a flavour punch! We're not huge chilli fans, but we didn't find the medium hot Taco Sauce too hot, but feel free to use mild if you want, or hot if you dare.

    Recipe #236661

    In 2006 we had a Zaar lunch at Efes One Turkish Restaurant at Albion in Brisbane. Their Turkish banquet was fabulous and this is one of the entrees we had. I wrote down the name of it on a table napkin, then googled recipes when I got home and experimented until I was able to replicate it. There are quite a few steps, but it's really quite simple and well worth the effort. Essentially these are fried potato and eggplant stacks, interspersed with a thick tomato sauce and then drizzled with garlic flavoured yoghurt and garnished with chopped parsley. The taste just 'zings' in your mouth! Don't overdo the chilli - it's only supposed to have a little background heat. Just a final note, the skin of larger eggplants may go tough when you fry them, so opt for small to medium if you can.

    Recipe #230182

    These little heaps of spicy ginger biscuit (cookie) topped with caramel icing (frosting) are easy to make and look so professional. The recipe is from the Australian magazine "Woman's Day".

    Recipe #229207

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