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Spinach, chicken and pecorino risoni

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Working in a bar/restaurant means nights with late hours, dinner at odd times and much less time to cook. Sometimes I’ll be super organized and cook something for lunch and bring extras to have after my shift, other times I’ll grab one of the $5 special meals on my way to work and eat before I start. And other times there may be a sneaky trip to Maccas or Pie Face.

One of the other challenges with working in hospitality is that when I do get a chance to cook, sometimes I go a little bit overboard. Sunday night dinners at Ciarans parent’s house tend to be one of those times. In the past I’ve made chicken schnitzel with mash and creamy jaeger sauce, meaty lasagna, beer braised chicken, a lot of heavy meals. So this time I was gently instructed, no red meat and no cream. Which actually wasn’t too much of a challenge. Delicious dinners definitely don’t need a bunch of cream or butter to taste great. I remembered this dish from a small dinner party my mum held ages ago and spent a while tracking down the recipe. It’s simple, fresh and keeps well for leftovers. The tomatoes may not keep as well, but they’re a fancy little accompaniment for a nice sit down dinner.

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Chicken, spinach and pecorino risoni

Serves 4

200g cooked warm risoni

400g shredded bbq chicken

1/2 cup finely grated percorino (also known as romano)

50g shredded baby spinach

1/2 cup basil leaves

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves of crushed garlic

Cook risoni and set aside in a warm pan. Shred a store bought bbq chicken. Add the chicken, pecorino, spinach and basil to the risoni. In a separate bowl combine the lemon juice, oil and garlic and toss through the pasta. Serve warm.

Recipe from Donna Hay Magazine

Tomatoes roasted with pesto

2 to 2 1/2 pounds large red tomatoes

3 tablespoons good olive oil

2 teaspoons dried oregano

kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup pesto (store bought or home made)

1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 220 degrees Celsius.

Core the tomatoes and then slice them across (not through the stem) arrange on a sheet pan.  Drizzle the tomatoes with the olive oil and sprinkle with the oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and the pepper.

Bake the tomatoes for 10 minutes. Remove them from the oven, spread each slice with the pesto, and sprinkle with the parmesan cheese.  Return the tomatoes to the oven and continue baking for 7 to 10 minutes, until the parmesan cheese is melted and begins to brown. Using a flat metal spatula, put the tomatoes on a serving platter, sprinkle with extra salt, and serve hot, warm, or at room temperature.

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Scrambled egg muffins

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Some people are morning people. I am not one of them.

My morning routine takes about an hour and if it starts before 10am, I’m usually not in a good mood during it. And that long routine doesn’t even include making breakfast.

Another one of my resolutions is to start eating breakfast. I’m one of those people who will just grab the $5 coffee and croissant deal from the cafe downstairs while running to work, one of those people who eats some Cheez-its out of the box for breakfast because pouring cereal and milk is way too much work, one of those people that thinks cold pizza in the morning can most times be better than hot pizza (but not in Australia, sorry guys but pizza here kind of sucks), one of those people who constantly seems to have expired milk in the fridge…you get what I mean.

So breakfast is always a struggle. Though I still think Cheez-its or Goldfish make a great breakfast. Alas, I have tried to stop eating cheese flavoured crackers for brekkie and make sure I eat a suitable breakfast food at a suitable breakfast hour instead. And since I’m constantly running out the door in the morning, I wanted something I could make in advance and eat for a few days. Enter the scrambled egg muffin, a genius of good ingredients, portable size and awesome-ness! I realize making scrambled eggs takes all of fifteen minutes but then you have to wash and sit down and use a fork and it’s all just a massive process in my world. So I decided to take all of that and put it in the shape of a muffin and make lots so I could eat them ALL WEEK. Genius? Why, yes I think so.

Scrambled egg muffins
Makes 10
6 eggs
1/2 onion, diced
2 pieces streaky bacon, diced
1 cup spinach, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
1/2 cup reduced-fat tasty cheese
Salt, pepper and olive oil

Preheat your oven to about 170C. Chop the onion, bacon, spinach and mushrooms to have them ready. Saute the bacon and onion in a frying pan with a teaspoon of oil on medium high heat. After two minutes add the mushrooms. Saute until the bacon is a bit crispy and the onion and mushrooms are soft. Turn off the heat and let it sit for a few minutes so it doesn’t cook the egg right away. In a big bowl scramble the eggs together. Throw in the onion, bacon, spinach, mushrooms and cheese. In a muffin tin coated with cooking spray or with little muffin cups (like the ones in the picture). Spoon the mixture evenly between the muffin cups. Put them in the oven for about 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Enjoy!

These are quite small so I usually had two per morning but I think Ciaran could have had three per morning so it’s up to you. This is adapted from a recipe where the muffins were 133 calories each and this version just has more vegetables so the calorie count shouldn’t be too far off that.

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And that’s how I enjoy my morning.

Enjoy!

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Spinach, mushroom and bacon quiche

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What’s one thing all uni students should have in their fridge?

The incredible, edible egg!

Cheap, easy, tasty…fun? I shouldn’t have to egg you on to start making some egg-tastic recipes. I’m sure there are just about as many awful egg puns as there are different ways to cook them.

Anyways, after having eggs on toast every day for at least a week I decided it might be time to give my eggs a makeover. So I added a multitude of great ingredients.

Warm, flaky pastry. Crisp, salty bacon. Soft, fresh mushrooms. Strong, rich feta cheese. And spinach to round it all out.

And thus, I got a quiche.

If you’re lazy (or time-efficient if you ask me) you can use frozen pastry for the crust and it’ll save you a bunch of time and effort. And other than that you’re sauté-ing for a bit, doing a quick whisk, pushing a few buttons on your microwave and voila! You just have to stick it in the oven and wait for a beautiful pie bursting with some pretty fancy looking eggs.

If you’re cooking for one, you’ll have about five or six servings (aka lunch/dinner for almost three days). Or two days if you can’t help yourself come breakfast.

Spinach, Mushroom and Bacon Quiche

Ingredients:

1 ½ sheets of frozen puff pastry
4 eggs
½ cup of cream
1 cup of milk
1 bag of spinach
¾ cup of mushrooms, chopped
4 pieces of bacon, diced
½ medium onion, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta
¼ cup parmesan

Directions:

Let your pastry sheets thaw enough that you can move them. Grease a pie tin with a bit of butter and then lay the pastry sheet in the pan, using the ½ sheet to make the sides even.  Chop the onions and garlic and sauté them in a pan with a teaspoon of olive oil for a few minutes. Add the bacon and sauté until crispy. Add the mushrooms and sauté until soft.

Put the spinach in a microwaveable container and put it in the microwave for 1 minute, or until wilted. Squeeze out the excess water.

Beat the eggs, milk and cream until light and fluffy, add salt and pepper.

Place the spinach into the prepared crust. Top with the bacon, onion, mushroom mixture and then pour the egg mixture over the top. Sprinkle the feta cheese over the egg mixture and finish with the parmesan on top.

I baked this according to the instructions on the frozen pastry box, so at 200C fan-forced, for 35-45 minutes.

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