Picnic Inspired

Zucchini Chorizo & Feta Slice

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 in Breakfast / Brunch, Picnic Inspired, Snacks

Zucchini Chorizo & Feta Slice

Sautéing my paprika infused chorizo filled my kitchen with a smoky goodness that merely affirmed just how tasty this zucchini slice was going to be.

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Mexican Feast

Posted on Feb 20, 2013 in Mains, Picnic Inspired, Salads, Starters

Mexican Feast

Hilton’s Executive Chef Dennis Leslie was the creator behind a Mexican feast I enjoyed back in Adelaide last year for EDB2012. When Dennis was asked why he chose a Mexican fiesta menu he simply replied ‘I just love Mexican food’. And don’t Dennis and the Mexicans have it so scrumptiously right! Mexican food is such a beautiful thing. The flavours are so fresh, the colours so vibrant, the culture so zestful! Mexican feasts are my favourite! The banquet style of a Mexican feast is not only entertaining but super fun too. If you’re having a large get-together, a Mexican feast is a...

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Chorizo, Bacon and Egg Pie

Posted on Jan 31, 2013 in Baking, Breakfast / Brunch, Picnic Inspired

Chorizo, Bacon and Egg Pie

I, like many Queenslanders, experienced a very different Australia Day long weekend than I had anticipated. Mother Nature certainly dished out some harsh weather at the weekend that’s for sure! I hope you and your families came out relatively unscathed. I myself couldn’t believe the intensity of the wind! I felt like Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, I swear my house was going to fly up up and away. The severe storms that rolled across Queensland unfortunately forced me to cancel my prearranged Sunday trip to Caloundra. I was so excited to spend some quality time with my Dad, Step-Mum and younger...

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Summer Salads

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 in Picnic Inspired, Salads, Starters

Summer Salads

Summer Salads Summer has without a doubt reminded us of what she’s capable of! 35-39 degree temps in the first few days of summer – wowza! There’s not much else I feel like eating at the moment other than refreshing summer salads. I’ve been creating a few summer salads in the kitchen lately and I thought I would put a few personal favourites of mine together for you to try. So what do you love in a summer salad? For me it has to be seasonal, colourful, fresh and light. Summer salads most definitely have to be quick and easy and their dressings either full of zesty zing or...

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Bratwurst Burger

Posted on Oct 17, 2012 in Mains, Picnic Inspired

Bratwurst Burger

In its fifth year, and the 202nd anniversary of the original Oktoberfest in Munich, the Brisbane Oktoberfest is currently running and there are plenty of German festivities taking place around my city. Sadly unable to attend this year’s fun Oktoberfest festivities of beer, sausage eating, singing and dancing, I thought I would bring a bit of Oktoberfest into my kitchen!

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Mexican Chorizo Salad Wraps

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 in Mains, Picnic Inspired

Mexican Chorizo Salad Wraps

A little tired from the weekend’s festivities and realising I hadn’t cooked a meal all weekend, come Monday I was keen for some home cooked goodness and fun in the kitchen. With chorizo, avocado and lemons in my view I knew Mexican was indeed on! From one of my old Delicious magazines I recalled a favourite Mexican recipe I hadn’t prepared in months – Mexican chorizo salad wraps.

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