Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Tempeh and Egg Sandwich

2 Eggs
Some tempeh
2 Tomatoes
Green herbs (parsley, lemon thyme, chives etc)
or lettuce leaves
Some mayonnaise (Soya)
Cheese, a few thin slices
Olive oil
Some Dorrigo Pepper (Tasmania stipitata)
or any black pepper
all organic

Maybe the tempeh is a left over from last nights dinner.

If not wash and cut tempeh into thin slices. Remove any dark spots. Mix a bit of tamari with olive oil and a pinch of pepper, rub sparingly into the tempeh slices. Leave for 10 min. Fry gently in olive oil.

Clean the vegetables and herbs. Slice ripe tomatoes into thick slices. Make sure the lettuce leaves/herbs are not wet. Fry the 2 eggs in olive oil. Put a slice of fresh bread or toast on each plate. Add some of the mayonnaise, the cheese slices, the tomato slices, the tempeh slices and the greens on both. When the eggs are done, top the 'big one' with it and serve immediately.

Serves two people. It can be a hearty breakfast or lunch. You might want to vary the recipe to your needs.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Banana cake

Another version of the sugar banana cake posted previously.
This time there are large chunks of sugar bananas in the cake. The orchid in the picture is the Lesser Swamp-orchid (Phaius australis) which would have inhabited the Coffs Harbour swampy paperbark forest near sea level. All is now airport, highway and malls with view of the denuded hills growing bananas.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ginger fruit and herb tea


Ginger, thumb size piece
5 strawberries
4 slices of citrus
A sprig of sage/ mint/ or lemon balm
2-3 fruit of roselle (Hibiscus sabdariffa) or rose hip
Honey (optional)


Take the young ginger rhizome, wash, peel it thinly and slice.
Wash the strawberries and slice.
Slice 4 slices of an orange, remove the pith and pips
Wash hibiscus/ rose hip fruit
Wash herbs, remove stalks
Add all into jug
Pour 1 liter of boiled water over ingredients and let them steep for 6 minutes.

The drink can be composed freely depending on the availability of ingredients. It can be served hot or cold. You might want to strain the tea and add a few slices of strawberry only. Serve with or without honey.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Mushroom macadamia baked mince


6 champignon mushrooms, medium to large
150g grated macadamia nuts
4 tbsp tahini
10 stems of shallot greens or 2 whole shallots, chopped
100g cheese for baking, e.g. mild cheddar


Clean then chop mushrooms into small cubes
Place in a mixing bowl
Add macadamias, shallots and tahini
Mix well
Place in a baking tray and smooth the surface
Slice cheese on top
Bake on the second shelf at 160°c for 40 minutes

The proportions are variable for this dish, but there should be more mushrooms than nuts, about 2:1 brings out the mushroomy taste.