Smoothies for Better Health

Smoothies are a perfect quick breakfast for anyone on the go, there are two different types of smoothies, a high protein smoothie and a fruit and or blended fruit and vegetable smoothie.

Soups

Soups are a perfect meal for a snack, lunch or dinner and make use of all the vegetables that you may have lying around in the fridge.  To these basic recipes, you can add any of your own cooked proteins or have the soup as a starter then have your protein with a salad. Soups are perfectly accompanied with a small bread roll, pita bread or flour tortilla and can be easily transported in a thermos flask keeping them hot or take them to work in a container to be reheated later.

Salads

If you have the time a salad is a perfect lunch or dinner option and is another excellent portable food that can be deliciously healthy and really quite filling. Salads are perfect as you can include many grains, legumes and some great tasty proteins teamed with fresh seasonal leafy greens and vegetables.  The most important aspect to a good salad is the dressing.

Its A Wrap!

Wraps are the best way to enjoy a healthy lunch or dinner and they can include anything, Take advantage of wholemeal tortillas, lavash bread, and pita bread and use fillings such as boiled eggs, roast chicken, lean ham, curried eggs, poached or grilled fish, tinned tuna, salmon or sardines. You can flavour these with salsas, smashed avocado, mustards, a small amount of mayonnaise, pesto, hummus or yoghurt dips, even a squeeze of lemon.

Christmas Turkey Recipe with Dominique Rizzo

This is a delicious Christmas Turkey Recipe I created with my friends at IGA and filmed by Wild Bunch Media!

Christmas Baked Ham - Chef Dominique Rizzo

Christmas Glazed Ham with Apricots – how to bake it

 

It is surprising how easy it is to bake Christmas Glazed Ham with apricots, follow this very easy recipe to create your Christmas table tasty centrepiece.

Get creative and design your own personal festive look, use ingredients that you have on hand for the glaze, add a bright Christmas ribbon to finish off the look of your Christmas glazed ham.

You will need these ingredients:
Leg of ham, brown sugar, apricots, marmalade, ginger beer, orange juice, orange zest.
Christmas Glazed Ham - Chef Dominique Rizzo

This is what you do:
Blend until smooth the apricots, marmalade, orange juice and zest;
In a saucepan combine the apricot mix combined with brown sugar, salt and cinnamon and simmer for 4 minutes.
Take a sharp knife and cut around the bone at the base of the ham and then gently slice under the skin to gently lift it off.
Score the fat in a diamond design and garnish with whole cloves.

Christmas Glazed Ham - Chef Dominique Rizzo

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Place the ham in a baking tray and pour in the ginger beer. Bake in 190-degree oven, continuing to baste every 15 minutes.
Serve with the apricot sauce.

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Enjoy this perfect Christmas lunch dish with your family and friends.

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Christmas Roast Tips - Dominique Rizzo

5 Top Budget-Friendly Christmas Roast Tips – Christmas on a Budget

5 Top Budget-Friendly Christmas Roast Tips – Christmas on a Budget

Roasts can be the star or centerpiece of the Christmas table. Aside from fresh seafood, it can also be one of the more expensive elements to a Christmas Feast. This is a follow-up post to  Christmas on a Budget, where I shared 3 top tips to get more from your meals this Christmas.

Here are my 5 Top Budget-Friendly Christmas Roast Tips:

Best buys for beef roasts are rolled rib, rib eye or round and if you are a BBQ fan then a brisket is great for that slow tender pull apart BBQ beef smothered in a smokey homemade marinade. Many less tender cuts of beef are tenderised further when cooking if you use the BBQ  rotisserie.

Dress up the humble and old favourite roast chicken with some wonderful Christmas stuffings using, combinations such as apples, cranberries, sage, apricot, and pistachios or parmesan prosciutto and parsley. If you are buying your chicken from the butcher you could ask them to bone out the chicken, pick up some netting from the butcher and stuff the chicken yourself again the yield will be greater as you can then easily slice the chicken, minimal wastage and also is great cold the next day on sandwiches or with salads.

Instead of the Christmas turkey, purchase turkey breasts with the skin on, they can weigh in at 1-2kg per breast. A couple of these which is enough to feed a family of up to 12 as part of a banquet.

Pork roasts are a winner especially if you get the crackling right and the best cuts for a great pork roast is the pork loin you can also use the leg, shoulder or the belly, make sure that your butcher leaves the skin on and get them to score it for you as well. A 1kg portion will take about 60 minutes.

I love duck but it can be expensive and if you don’t know how to cook it properly it can sometimes come out a little tough, so the cheats and cheap way of a little duck with dinner is to either create a wonderful salad with duck legs or breast which you can now buy cooked and packaged in the supermarket, couscous, a couple of fresh figs, peaches, pears or fresh dates sliced, shallots, wild rocket and a wonderful orange dressing, or duck goes great with noodles, with some sliced bok choy, shredded green pawpaw and a simple Asian dressing. Heat the duck in the oven and serve it sliced with your favourite roast vegetables and a wonderful cherry sauce. You can also pick up the wonderful Peking duck in Chinatown, also a great place to shop for cheap Asian greens, herbs, and sauces.

Best BBQ Tips for Christmas

8 Barbecue Tips For Easy Christmas Cooking

You can cook your roast in a hooded BBQ, no need to make the kitchen any hotter at Christmas.
Using the BBQ is also another option if you are running out of room in the oven if you are cooking for the masses

Santa Maria Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands, Top Travel Tips

There is so much to do and see when you travel to Sicily, and one of the most breathtaking places to visit in this area, is the Aeolian Islands.
From the beautiful north Sicilian town of Milazzo, take the ferry to the stunning Aeolian Island of Salina.

A Collection of Recipes For Summer Flavours

Recipes for summer flavours

                                             Recipes for Summer Flavours

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” Its All About The Flavour”   a collection of delicious recipes. Above all, recipes for easy summer cooking and fresh new flavours.

Simple recipes and ideas.  Firstly to help you in the kitchen, secondly to give you more time to enjoy your time with family and friends.