Sausage with Fava Beans

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I’d bought some gourmet lamb sausages a few weeks ago and have been meaning to use them ever since. I love the combination of sausages with grains and pulses so knew this dish would be delicious. It’s a really simple dish to make. You don’t have to hunt out lamb sausages, it would work equally as well with pork sausages, as long as they’re good quality. Instead of rosemary you could use any herb you like such as sage, thyme, oregano or marjoram whatever you think will compliment your variety of sausage the best.

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Orecchiette with Broccoli and Mushrooms

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I never thought I’d be raving a vegetarian dish but the marvel of this meal cannot be explained in one paragraph – it was delicious. It’s simplicity is the key and the harmonious balance of broccoli, mushrooms and anchovies is amazing. Not one element takes centre stage. It’s a very special dish indeed – you must try it immediately!

Orecchiette (little ears in Italian) pasta is the kind shaped like little ears or bowls. It’s perfect for this dish, but you could also use fussili (spirals) or farfalle (bows) if you wanted.

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Braciola Cooked in Ragu

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In my haste to get this one down my throat, I failed to get a photograph. Apologies. The camera was right there, but I was exceptionally hungry and had no intention of waiting a minute longer. Half way through the meal I began to regret my greed as it would have been great for you to see how lovely it looked on the plate. It’s a very simple dish to put together and even if the thought of rolling and tying meat up seems a little complicated it’s really not. It’s pretty damn tasty too! You’ll have to make do with a picture I found on the Internet until I make this again.

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Kangaroo Steaks, Roast Potatoes & Broccoli with Anchovy Dressing

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For those who haven’t eaten the beloved kangaroo before, let me tell you, it’s delicious. Lean and tasty – like a good quality steak. It’s very cheap here in Australia and found in every supermarket. However, if a) you can’t find it in your country or b) the thought of eating a skippy fills you with nothing but horror then you can easily substitute with a beef or veal steak. You could also use Ostrich meat which is actually pretty similar to Kangaroo. Up to you.

Anyway, the accompaniment for this dish is particularly noteworthy. For some reason, anchovies and broccoli marry perfectly. The earthiness of the vegetable together with the sharp, slightly salty flavour of the dressing create an incredible taste sensation in the mouth. I was surprised just how well it worked with the kangaroo. A round of applause for my favourite animal and vegetable everyone…

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Saffron Roast Potatoes

The distinctive, yet subtle flavour of saffron makes this delicious side dish really stand out in both taste and colour. The vibrant yellow of saffron does it’s magic on the potatoes and will guarantee a ripple of applause from either yourself or your guests when it comes out the oven. Just make sure nobody’s looking when you applaud your own dish – it’s a tad camp.

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Mushroom & Chorizo Risotto

We went on a very long drive today. Little did we know we’d be stuck in a car for the best part of a day! We were absolutely exhausted, but the journey had given me the opportunity to obsess about what I was going to cook when I arrived back at home. I had this recipe all worked out in my head. As soon as the key went in the front door, I was chopping and frying furiously. 30 minutes later we were tucking into this delicious risotto. 30 minutes after that we were both asleep in front of the TV.

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Baked Portabello Mushrooms with Garlic

Some foods are meant to be together. Pie with mash, tomato with basil and most deliciously – mushrooms with garlic. I can’t think of anything simpler and more satisfying than a huge portabello mushroom soaked in the sweet aroma of garlic. This is a brilliant side dish for anything! Meat, fish, chicken or dare I say it, as a little vegetarian starter snack. Wonderfuel.

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