crowd pleasers
recipes. tips. photos & random good stuff
sophie gilliatt and katherine westwood are the dinner ladies. we love to cook food that makes people happy - and want to share what we know about stress-free cooking.
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Thursday 02 June 2016
Any soup based on a proper chicken stock, made with free-range bones (feet included!) and vegies, is wonderfully homey and nourishing, whether it's a Jewish chicken noodle soup, Vietnamese pho, Greek avgolemono or this Chinese chicken and sweet corn soup. We have fond memories of this soup from childhood (oh, the Golden Fish restaurant in Rose Bay! How did they carve those carrot phoenixes?), where it would precede a 70s banquet of honey king prawns, beef and black bean and sweet and sour pork
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/26/not-your-average-takeaway-chicken-and-sweet-corn-soup
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Tuesday 24 May 2016
We’re all a bit salad-happy here at the moment. Summer may, at last, be over, but we’re still craving the freshness, health-giving qualities and general zippiness of fresh, raw vegetables and leaves, put together with a few other interesting ingredients and a bit of care. Lunch, in particular, says salad time to us, especially a salad that can be packed in a container – or a jar, for the terminally on-trend – and taken to work or school. The sturdier leaves and vegetables available at this time of year call out for big flavours and robust dressings and can even handle being dressed ahead of time – a bonus when you’re making a salad that needs to travel.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/25/six-steps-to-a-great-winter-salad
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Monday 29 February 2016
Katherine is a brilliant test case for new dishes, especially those that smack of health, fashionability or hippy weirdiness. Her natural resistance is so high, her prejudices so entrenched, that only the strongest contenders can survive. And so it was with bliss balls, which I'd been bleating to her about for some time.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/21/chocolate-coconut-bliss-bombs
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Tuesday 23 February 2016
These deliciously nutty burgers, with pesto flavours of basil and parmesan, are "meaty" enough to satisfy even the most hardened carnivore.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/18/freekeh-burgers-with-cashews-and-basil
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Thursday 28 January 2016
There is a looming tomato crisis in my garden. At the beginning of the summer growing season, through a combination of busyness and laziness, I repeatedly missed the opportunity to plant our annual crop of tomatoes. Weeks then months passed, with the vegie patch receiving little or no attention but then, as I looked out one summer’s morning, I saw that where there had been a patch of soil in a tastefully rustic raised garden bed, there were now three flourishing tomato plants, already top-heavy with fruit.
dinnerladies.com.au/blog/post/17/spaghetti-with-roast-tomatoes-and-eggplant
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