Cauliflower and Broccoli Cannelloni

Cauliflower and Broccoli Cannelloni


  • 2 cups of Cauliflower
  • 2 cups of Broccoli
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 5 sprigs of lemon thyme
  • 3 dried chillies’
  • 5-6 anchovies
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1 bottle passata (tomato concentrate)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese,
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup plain flour
  • 60 grams butter
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Pinch of nutmeg


Steam the broccoli and cauliflower until just cooked. Put aside.

In a fry pan in a little olive oil, add the garlic, anchovies, lemon thyme, chillies’, salt and pepper and gently fry for 5 minutes. Add a little more olive oil and put the cooked broccoli and cauliflower into the pan. Cook on a medium heat for 20-30 minutes. Put mixture aside and allow to cool down.

In a separate bowl, add the passata, red wine vinegar with a little salt and pepper and mix. Pour half of the mixture into a casserole dish.

Using a piping bag (or just a plastic bag with the corner cut off) pipe the mixture into cannelloni tubes. Place each tube in the casserole dish in one even layer. Then pour the rest of the passata mix over the top of the cannelloni’s.

In a small saucepan, add the flour and butter and stir on low heat for 5 minutes. Slowly add the milk while stirring until the mixture becomes thick and creamy. Add the nutmeg and half of the parmesan cheese. Pour this over the top of the casserole dish. Sprinkle the rest of the parmesan cheese and the mozzarella cheese over the top of the dish.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 150 degrees C for 25 minutes. Serve with a light salad.

Wine Recommendation

Kirrihill White Range Wine

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Why Cooking with Cast Iron is Important

Cooking with Cast Iron

Iron is important for proper bodily functioning and ensuring that oxygen is well transported throughout the body. Though many people don’t think about it, the easiest way to get iron is by simply using a cast iron pan when cooking. However, health benefits aren’t the only reason why cast iron should be used, as there are in fact many different benefits of using this versatile piece of cookware. The following are just a few reasons why everyone should use cast iron pans for their cooking.

They are Non-stick

With a bit of seasoning with oil, cast iron pans quickly become non-stick surfaces that give peace of mind when cooking, so say good bye to Teflon. What’s great about cast iron when compared to Teflon is that iron pans improve with more usage and are safe for years of use.

Has No Chemicals

Many standard Teflon pans, after constant use over time, begin to leach dangerous chemicals such as PFCs. These chemicals have been linked to numerous health related risks such as brain damage, hormone dysfunction, and liver damage. Cast iron pans, on the other hand, are naturally non-stick while being chemical free, giving you a peace of mind that the food you are serving to yourself and your family is 100% safe and healthy.

Multitude of Culinary Uses

Unlike other cooking equipment, a cast iron pan can be used for various tasks, anything from grilling and broiling to boiling and poaching. These pans can also be placed directly in the oven for baking. Not many other pieces of equipment are as flexible or as durable; cast iron therefore saves a lot of money that would otherwise be used in buying many different types of cooking equipment.

Handles Heat Well

Related to its durability and flexibility of use, cast iron pans can handle very high temperatures. Other types of pans may not be able to handle heats properly and may degrade quickly or even begin to leach off chemicals into the food. Cast iron pans are also able to evenly distribute heat over an extended period of time because of their heftiness. This is perfect for anyone who is just starting to cook and is afraid of possibly burning his or her culinary creations.

Easy to Clean

Partly due to its non-stick nature, iron cast pans are extremely easy to clean and don’t even require soap. Simply using hot water will pick up any leftover food right off and ensures a sparkling, shiny surface every time.

Fortifies Food with Iron

One of the major reasons people use iron cast pans is because of the amount of iron it lends to the food you are cooking. In some studies, it has been shown that acidic foods like pasta sauce cooking in cast iron pans have a 30 fold iron increase when compared to foods cooked in non-iron pans. Even non-acidic foods have shown to have at least a 3-fold increase in iron.

Needless to say, if you’re someone suffering from iron deficiency, an iron cast pan is perfect for you.

Durable for Constant Use

Other than just handling heats well, cast iron pans are resistant to wear and tear and do not become scratched easily. Also, the use of metal spatulas is completely safe. Other cookware such as those coated with Teflon, can easily be damaged by accidentally using a metal utensil, making them useless after a single accident.

Final Thoughts

Even though cast iron pans are durable and completely safe to use, they are also surprisingly cheaper than their non-iron counterparts. Therefore, there is no reason for anyone to not be using these ingenious kitchen products for all cooking needs.

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Italian Chicken Under A Brick

Italian Chicken Under A BrickA few weeks ago you may remember seeing an interesting chicken recipe that utilized bricks on top of the chicken while BBQing. In that post I used chicken breasts, not my favorite but it worked at the time.

Over the 4th of June weekend I had the opportunity to use my sister-in-law’s (Carrie) kitchen and BBQ. What a relief

from that cramped kitchen I work in. Anyways, this time I boned three chickens and attemped the “Italian Chicken Under a Brick” recipe again.

To start with, I cut the backbones out of the chickens (saved them for stock), and flipped over the chicken to remove the ribs and breast bone. I removed the wish bone and part of the wing. Emeril has a quick video that will help you get started on deboning a chicken – Emeril.

Cooking with whole chickens is wonderful and makes you never want to by that package of skinless, boneless chicken breasts ever again. As you shouldn’t, those whole fryers are cheaper and taste better.

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Crème brûlée– Baked Custard With Burned Sugar

Crème brûléeThis recipe originated in Cambridge, England and has become associated with France and is widely made and eaten there. This dessert is becoming one of my favorites, because I love custard, love caramelized sugar, and I add a little orange liqueur to give it a little more flavor.

There are couple secrets to this recipe. The first being you need to use an actual vanilla bean. Trust me its not hard, scrape out the bean, boil and strain. Sure beats using extract. The second secret is in using boiling water in your roasting pan (or cookie sheet) half why up the ramekins during the baking process.

You may ask what is a ramekin? It’s a small 4.5 oz bowl. You can pick them up almost anywhere.


1 vanilla bean
4 cups heavy cream
6 egg yolks
½ cup superfine sugar (baker’s sugar)
2 tablespoons almond or orange liqueur
1/3 cup light brown sugar


Preheat the over to 300 degrees. Place six half cup ramekins in a roasting pan or ovenproof dish and set aside (I did eight ramekins).

Split the vanilla bean lengthwise with a small knife. Scrap out the black seeds and put into a medium sauce pan along with the outer casing of the bean. Add the cream and bring just to a boil over medium-high heat, stir frequently. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 15-20 minutes.

In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks, superfine sugar, and liqueur until well blended. Whisk in the hot cream and strain into a large pitcher. Be sure to strain we don’t want beans in the pitcher. Divide equally among the ramekins.

Pour boiling water into the roasting pan (the ramekins are already in the pan) to come up to halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the pan with foil and bake for 30 minutes until the custards are just set. Remove from the pan and let cool on a rake. Empty the water from the roasting pan. Return the ramekins to the dry roasting pan and chill.

Preheat the broiler. Sprinkle the sugar evenly over the surface of each custard and broil for 30-60 seconds until the sugar melts and caramelizes. Do not let the sugar burn or the custard will curdle.

Place in the refrigerator to set the curst and chill completely before serving.

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Halibut and Salmon

Halibut and SalmonHow lucky can one person be to get fresh caught Salmon from Alaska and Halibut from the Oregon coast in the same day? I know. My daughter just got back from Alaska where she spend a week or so fishing and she we kind enough to bring back some Coho Salmon.

That same days, my neighbor (Nick) came back from Halibut fishing off the coast of Oregon. And would you believe it, he laid a big fillet in my hands.

What was I to do? The answer was to put some simple seasonings on the fish and BBQ both of them at the same time. Some garlic salt, onion salt, and dried basil. Then topped with some real butter.

The reason this is on the 5 star site today is because it was fresh caught . What a difference fresh makes!

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Louisiana Rolled Omelet with Shrimp Sauce

Louisiana Rolled Omelet with Shrimp Sauce2 tablespoons butter or margarine
6 eggs
6 tablespoons water
1/2 teaspoon salt
Few grains black pepper

Melt butter or margarine in a 10-inch skillet.
Beat eggs slightly; add water, salt and pepper. Pour into skillet. Cook over low heat until eggs set on bottom of pan. Lift edge and tilt pan so that some of the uncooked egg mixture flows under cooked eggs. Repeat until omelet is cooked through and brown on bottom. Top with Shrimp Sauce; loosen with spatula; roll. Turn out onto a hot platter.

Shrimp Sauce

4 tablespoons butter or margarine
3 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk or light cream
Salt and pepper
1 (5 1/2 ounce) can small shrimp, well drained
Make cream sauce, then add shrimp.

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Main Differences Between the KitchenAid Stand Mixers

KitchenAid Stand Mixer
KitchenAid Stand Mixer

KitchenAid has long been one of the most famous go-to brands for home chefs, with company world famous stand mixers adorning millions of kitchens around the world. That’s thank largely to their durability and opportunity to easily customize them for any kind of job with a long list of easy to use attachments. While its easy to choose KitchenAid Stand Mixer, its not that simple to decide on which one is right for your needs.

Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer CranberryThe earliest mixers by the company were mainly built for industrial use, though these machines have come a long way sine then. With well-known curvy design and vibrant colors, today’s KitchenAid Stand Mixer is definitely as beautiful as it is useful! For any serious home chef, having any KitchenAid Stand Mixer is surely considered as a symbol of dedication to crafting fine baked goods and dishes. This is the reason why these machines find prominent place on the counter, and not in their cabinets!
On the top of all this, these mixers come with full one year hassle free warranty. That means, if your mixers fails during the first year of ownership, you will quickly get a replacement free of cost.

If you’re on the market for one of these countertop mixers, whether for yourself or as a special gift for someone you love, read on to find more on which model is best for your needs.

KitchenAid Stand mixer – Classic Series Tilt Head

This particular model has 4.5-quart capacity and offer you a esy-to-usetilt-up top to ensure easy access. It has easy-to-use design, and durability that makes them long-lasting, and a more competitive price than other models.

This KitchenAid Stand Mixer is a direct descendent of the Model K, and is the model that introduced to the world the patented design. Its heavy base anchors the unit to counter, while motor sites above the head. Its top parts tilts up, allowing for easier access to the beater for easy loading, cleaning or removal of bowl, and there is lot of room for adding ingredients. You can lock back head into place when you’re ready to crank the motor up.

The motor has 10 speed controls, and a 4.5 quart stainless steel bowl. All bowls lock into place to ensure consistent mixing. Classic tilt-head mixer beaters, bowls, and dough hooks are all dishwasher safe, while you must hand wash included whips.

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

These mixers have 5 quart stainless steel bowls with handles, powerful motors and rainbow of colors that make them an attractive option. The innovative planetary action of these mixers ensures even mixing.

These KitchenAid Stand Mixer models are beautiful and rugged, with all metal construction that can easily stand years of usage and has a palette of color options. They include a highly polished stainless-steel bowl that comes with any easy-to-grip handle, making moving your mixture a snap.

With its huge 5 quarts capacity, and a powerful motor these mixers can handle as much as 9 cups of flour. Included with every model is a dough hook and beater. Both of them are covered with white enamel coating that makes them dishwasher safe.

KitchenAid Artisan Design Stand Mixer

These mixers have a 5 quart glass mixing bowl with an elegant design, and is dishwasher safe. The innovative glass design allows you to measure due to markings on its side and you can see ingredients even while mixing.

The high speed motor has 10 speed options , bowl locks and sturdy metal construction. You’ll get planetary mixing action that uniformly spins the beaters clockwise as shaft moves counterclockwise, hitting around 59 touch points in the bowl.

You can get these mixers in several colors, including raspberry, sugar pearl, apple red, and azure blue.

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer

These mixers have super-sized 6-quart bowl, a lift that allows you to easily handle heavy mixtures, and a sturdy motor that can easily power through those. These are workhorses of the legendary KitchenAid stand mixer collection. The main difference between them and other models is the size of stainless steel mixing bowl-a hefty 6 quarts. That helps you handle big recipes, while its super charged motor can handle up to 14 cups of flour. This helps in producing 8 loves of bread or 13 dozen cookies at once.

These mixers have the same mechanism that raises the bowl to the level of beater with a lifting of a easy-to-use lever. These mixers can reach 67 points within the bowl, and its planetary action ensures that its different arts work in unison in different directions to ensue even mixing.

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