Baked barramundi with cream

Use barramundi and filo pastry instead of potatoes. Made by Helen.
Use barramundi and filo pastry instead of potatoes. Made by Helen.

400 g Barramundi frozen and package , cut into rough pieces
½ cup olive oil
4-5 cloves garlic
1 large red onion
Leek, finely chopped
2 cups kale, chopped
1 cup pouring cream
4 eggs
4 to 6 pieces filo pastry, bought
butter for greasing baking dish
¼ cup spring onions, chopped
¼ cup thyme, chopped


Pre-heated 200C. Thaw the barramundi.

Add olive oil to hot pan.Saute onions, garlic and leek.Season with a little salt. Add kale, spring onion and thyme to the pan and season with pepper. Cook kale until tender soft about 10 mins. Then add barramundi cook for a few minutes.

Lightly beat the eggs in a bowl, add the cream and whisk together.Add the mixture from the pan into the bowl and mix together. Transfer cooked ingredients into the grease baking dish and lined with filo pastry.

Place in oven 25-35 minutes until filo is lightly brown.

Sausage and rice souffle

Made by Helen
Sausage and rice souffle

I love to experiment the combination of various food. I have recreated this dish from epicurious wild rice souffle; link is attached at the bottom. My first time making the souffle.

I trust cooking is not just because we have to eat so we cook. For me, cooking is an interest of heart, hobby, craving for various food and art of loving food by creating, experimenting, exploring and developing culinary skill to the next level.

Out there chefs, professional cooks and some people would argue it is. To me a souffle would be like the famous Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy. Souffle is one of a kind dish that is delicate to make and yet it require a strong foundation mentioned above from the cook. A foundation that all chefs trust is necessary to keep it from collapsing: creating the airy architecture.  Souffle can be served as a sweet dessert with chocolate or berries, or a savory meal with sausage and rice.

Souffle are basically separating egg whites and yolks. The egg whites are beaten until stiff peaks form to get the airy tops souffle, while the egg yolks are beaten and combined with other ingredients to create a sweet or savory souffle.

My souffle has yellowy puffiness though its not like the Leaning Tower. It has chicken flavoured rice and sausage. I am please that it did not collapse, is delicious, extra ordinary recreation and has sausage mushrooms salad as side with sweet chili sauce to satisfied my stomach.

Let’s get organised and with love to bake this souffle. Enjoy!!!!!!

Chicken Flavoured Ingredients

2 cups cooked rice (I use my left over chicken flavoured rice:long grain)

Ingredients to add to make chicken flavoured rice

1 medium size whole chicken, bought in prepacked; cleaned
Enough water to sit the chicken inside to make chicken stock
2 inches whole ginger
a handful of black peppercorn
1/2 bulb of garlic
4 stalks of spring onions, tied into knot
salt to taste
5 Tbs sesame oil
2 cooked sausages, slice thinly diagonally
8 dried mushrooms, soak overnight, then sliced thinly

Souffle Ingredients

5 Tablespoons butter, plus a sml cube to grease ramekins or oval baking dish
2 – 5 Tbs bread crumbs to coat ramekins or oval baking dish
3 Tbs flour
pinch of salt
pinch black pepper
1 and 1/2 cup milk heated (use skim milk)
a handful of herbs: basil, thyme, sage, spring onion, rosemary, parsley, chopped finely
3 egg yolks
4 egg whites, stiffly beaten + 1/8 tsp cream of tartar


2 – 4 Sausage, cut diagonally and cooked
4 – 8 mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 packet mixed salad
Sweet chilli sauce to dress the salad


Prepare rice over night:

Wash, drain well and pat dry rice. In a fry pan heat 3 Tbs oil plus a good knob of butter, add 1 Tsp minced garlic, 1 Tsp minced ginger stir fry till fragrant. Then add rice with 2 Tsp of chicken powdered stock with 1/4 cup of water, pepper and 1/8 Tsp oyster sauce (OPT) for light brown color. Mix well and then transfer to rice cooker to cook, instead of water only; use water and chicken stock about 2 and 1/2 to 3 cups (a bit moist is good).[See Note below].

The next day: Preheat oven to 190° C. Greased with butter and coat with bread crumb on the ramekin. I use oval baking dish.

In medium sauce pan, melt butter. Blend in flour, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes over low heat, stirring frequently. Increase heat to medium. Add milk and herbs, stirring frequently, until sauce comes to a boil. Cook until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Add a ladle of chicken flavoured rice and mix well. Remove from heat.

In medium bowl, beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Add a bit at a time to sauce, stirring constantly so egg yolks will not curdle. Then mix in the remainder warm up chicken flavoured rice (crush a bit so not lumpy). Cool for 20 minutes.

Gently fold 1/3 beaten egg whites then mix gently fold to coat but not really cover into rice mixture reserve a bit for topping. Place in ramekins or oval baking buttered dish.Top some egg whites on top.Bake for 20 -25 minutes or until set and golden brown. It will sink a bit if you open the oven door while it is cooking. Serve immediately with cooked sausage, mushrooms and salads; drizzle some sweet chilli sauce or on its own.

Note: To make the chicken stock see the ingredients to make chicken flavoured rice above. Reserved the meat from the chicken; discard the bones, together with sausages, and mushrooms to add into the cooked rice; I shredded the chicken meat; you can cut if you want.

Cooked the sausages and mushrooms in a bit of oil until mushrooms soft and sausages are cooked for 5-7 minutes. Separately cooked the other sausages.

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Traditional trifle

recreated by Helen
recreated by Helen

This is what it looks like inside after cut up to serve.
This is what it looks like inside after cut up to serve.

170 grams Packet Port Wine Jelly Crystals
600 ml Rum Custard
650 grams Jam Swiss Roll
500 gram frozen mixed fruits
1/4 cups orange Juice + 4 tbs Rum (opt for Rum; replace with orange liqueur)
1 can already whipped cream


Pour the jelly crystals into a stainless steel bowl big enough to pour in 800ml boiling water and stir until crystals have dissolved. Cool, then transfer to jelly dishes to refrigerate for 4 – 6 hours, or until set. Once set, remove the jelly from the dish and cut into pieces.

Pour 300 ml of custard into trifle glass dish. Arrange the slices of Swiss roll in the dish then sprinkle with 2 tablespoon of rum and pour half orange juice. Put half the jelly and mixed fruits on top of Swiss roll. Then the remaining half the custard.Followed by the remaining Swiss roll, remaining jelly, mixed fruits and top each with cream (I put just one layer for deco, you can top more cream if you like mountain high w cut haves strawberries). Chill over night so that the juices soak into the Swiss roll to make it moist.

Salmon in pastry

Cut up salmon in pastry
Made by Helen

2 salmon fillets (boneless and with skin)
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
package puff pastry, thawed
2 tablespoons wine Burgundy
package fresh spinach
1 egg lightly beaten

Preheat oven to 190deg.
Season salmon fillet with salt, and cinnamon. Divide 1/2 the spinach between 2 sheets of puff pastry and mound in the center. Place salmon on top of spinach. Spoon burgundy over salmon and top with remaining spinach. Moisten edges of puff pastry with an egg lightly beaten, fold to center and seal the seams.
Bake for 30-35 minutes until the pastry is puffed and golden.

Bourbon and cranberries ham glaze and sauce

I use Bertocchi Ham. Thaw in fridge (place it in the coldest shelf) two days. Follow the instruction to removed the plastic wrap, string and another plastic wrap. Pat dry with clean towel. Then marinade it with Bourbon and Cranberries. Accompanied with Bourbon and Cranberries Sauce.

Bertocchi Ham. Glazed by  Helen
Bertocchi Ham. Glazed by Helen
cut up bourbon and cranberries ham
Made by Helen
Made by Helen

375 g Whole Cranberry Sauce in a jar
½ lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 long red chilli, chopped
125ml (½ cup) bourbon whiskey
60ml (¼ cup) maple syrup
60ml (¼ cup) soy sauce
60ml (¼ cup) white vinegar
60ml (¼ cup) cola
2 tsp finely chopped rosemary
2 tsp hungarian hot paprika
2 tsp sweet paprika
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Bourbon Sauce

1 tbs olive oil
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1 long red chili, chopped
125ml (½ cup) bourbon whiskey
2 tbs sweet paprika
275 g jellied cranberry sauce
2 tbs maple syrup
2 tbs soy sauce
2 tbs white vinegar
2 sprigs rosemary
2 tsp hungarian hot paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon

Herbs sauce

Herb sauce made by Helen
Herb sauce made by Helen

1 fresh red and green chili – de-seeded or not, your choice
3 cloves garlic-peeled
1/2 lemon juice
1 tsp capers
1 small gherkins pickled in sweet vinegar (opt)
6 anchovy fillets
1 handful flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked
1 handful fresh basil, leaves picked
1 handful fresh thyme, leaves picked
1 handful sage, leaves picked
1 handful fresh mint, leaves picked
A few sprigs fresh oregano, remove stems
A few sprigs coriander, leaves picked
5 Tbs red wine vinegar
2 Tbs white wine vinegar
8 tablespoons really good extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tsp sugar (opt)
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

Blend in food processor / blender finely garlic, capers, gherkins, anchovies, all the herbs and vinegar, then slowly pour in the olive oil until you achieve the right consistency. Balance the flavours with freshly ground black pepper, a bit of salt, sugar and maybe a little more vinegar. Sauce should have sweet / sour herby flavour.

This sauce goes well with roasted ham, chicken, beef, lamb, turkey, french stick bread, salads and even as pasta sauce.

Apricot, craisins and olive oil cake

Recreated from  Made by Helen
Recreated from Made by Helen

Made by Helen
Made by Helen


170 g caster sugar
230 ml skim milk
finely grated zest of 1 orange
1tsp vanilla essence
100 ml extra virgin olive oil
3 tsp frangelico (optional; see Note)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1⅓ cups (200 g) self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
8 small apricots, cut in quarters
125g craisins dried
chocolate powder, for sprinkling

Preheat your oven to 160°C fan-forced. Grease and flour a 23 cm round cake tin line it with baking paper.

Place the sugar, milk and orange zest in a medium saucepan over low heat and cook for 3–4 minutes, stirring regularly, until the sugar has dissolved. Do not let the milk come to the boil. Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla, olive oil and frangelico (if using), then let the mixture cool for 5–10 minutes.

Add the beaten egg, cream of tartar, flour and bicarbonate of soda and whisk to form a smooth batter. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and arrange the apricot quartered and craisins on to batter the any way you like. Sprinkle with the chocolate powder and bake for 55minutes to 1 hour and 10 mins or until browned/dark brown and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the tin for a 10-20 mins, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool at room temperature for 1 hour before cutting.

Tip: Serve just as it is.
• For an alcohol-free version, replace the liqueur with milk.You can use full cream milk if you desire to.

• If using very small apricots like I did, layer quarters on top of each other so that they won’t completely sink into the batter as it cooks.

Craisins and olive oil cake

Instead of apricot I use Craisins . Made by Helen
Instead of apricots and almond flakes I use Craisins and poppy seed . Made by Helen

Recreated from SBS cooking program. Dontt have apricot and almond flakes, so I use Craisins (Dried/preserved) and poppy seeds.

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Blueberry pork chop

Omitted couscos. Use brocollini and cabbage
Omitted couscos. Use brocollini and cabbage
Made by Helen

Blueberry Pork Chops


3 tbs. extra virgin olive oil, divided
½ red onion, roughly chopped
1 pint blueberries
3 tbs. sugar
1 lemon, zested and juiced
3 fresh thyme sprigs
1 tsp. cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste
4 bone-in pork chops (1/2 inch thick)
2 -3 bunches brocollini, boiled
1/2 cabbage, stir fry with a bit oil and garlic

Brush grill grates with 1 1/2 tbs. olive oil and preheat.
On the stovetop, heat 1 tbs. olive oil in a saucepan on medium-high heat.
Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes until it’s fragrant and softened.
Add the blueberries, sugar, lemon juice, thyme and cinnamon.
Simmer for 7 minutes until the blueberries begin to release their juice and the sauce starts to thicken.
Meanwhile, boiled the brocollini and stir fry cabbage.

Turn the heat to low and remove the thyme sprigs. Keep the sauce warm while you grill the pork chops.
Rub the pork chops with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Grill, turning once for 8-10 minutes and then remove to a platter to let stand for 5 minutes.
Spoon vegetables onto plates then top with pork chop and blueberry compote.

Strawberry cheesecake baked

Made by Helen
Made by Helen


1½ cups Arnott’s biscuit crumbs
100g butter, melted

Cookie Dough:

60g butter, softened
¼ cup brown sugar
¼ cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons water
½ cup plain flour
220g of strawberry and blueberries


750g PHILADELPHIA Block Cream Cheese, softened
400g can sweetened condensed milk
3 egg


COMBINE the biscuit crumbs and butter. Press into the base of a greased and paper lined 24cm springform pan (ensure the paper extends 5cm above the top of the pan). Chill.
CREAM the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Stir in the water and flour, then add the strawberry & blueberries, mixing until well combined. Set aside.
BEAT the PHILLY until smooth. Add the condensed milk and eggs, mixing until just combined. Pour the filling over the prepared base then place teaspoonsful of cookie dough onto the PHILLY mixture. Bake in a moderately slow oven 160°C for 40–45 minutes or until just set. Cool in the oven with door ajar. Chill.

Easy no-bake strawberry cheesecake

Made by Helen
Made by Helen

Made by Helen
Made by Helen

what you need
180-200 g graham crackers, finely crushed (about 2 cups crumbs)
80-90 g. margarine, melted
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided
4 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup blueberries
2 cups fresh strawberries, chopped
250 ml thicken cream, whipped a bit

MIX graham crumbs, margarine and 1/4 cup sugar; press onto bottom of 13×9-inch pan. Refrigerate while preparing filling.

BEAT cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar in large bowl with mixer until well blended. Add blueberries; mix well. Place strawberries and remaining 2 Tbsp. sugar in small bowl; mash with fork. Stir strawberry mixture and thicken cream. Spoon over crust; cover.

REFRIGERATE 4 hours or until firm. Store in refrigerator.

Chicken roulade with kale, spinach, ricotta served with potatoes and fig tomatoes chutney chili sauce

Omited beetroot and pumpkin in my recreated chicken roulade.
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Bourbon Scotch fillets & salad with kick-ass chilli sauce

Using the marinade and sauce from Master Chef recipe made by Helen
Using the marinade and sauce from Master Chef recipe made by Helen

6 scotch fillets (medium size and health smart)
salads mix fresh or packet your choice
cherries tomatoes mix fresh or pre-pack

Marinade – Bourbon
½ lemon, juiced
1 garlic clove, crushed
2 long red chillies, chopped or 1 red and 1 green
125ml (½ cup) bourbon whiskey
60ml (¼ cup) honey
60ml (¼ cup) soy sauce
60ml (¼ cup) white vinegar
60ml (¼ cup) cola
2 tsp finely chopped rosemary
2 tsp Hungarian hot paprika
2 tsp sweet paprika
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp ground cinnamon

Kick-Ass Chilli Sauce

4 bird’s-eyes chillies
4 long red chillies
2 garlic cloves
1 eschalot
125ml (½ cup) truffle infused olive oil or just olive
125ml (½ cup) apple cider vinegar
2 tbs white sugar
½ lemon, juiced
2 tsp chili flakes and powder

Note: This recipe is for those who can take extra hot. If you cant please use the original from Master Chef. I have recreated this recipe to my palette and liking. My fillet is med rare to rare. Cook it extra 1 or 2 mins for cook through; well done add extra 2 to 5 mins. If meat feel springy a bit that’s med rare, springy firm cook through and blacker color well done and a bit hard when feeling it.


To make marinade, combine all ingredients in a medium bowl. Add fillets and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight to marinate.

To make chilli sauce, process chillies, garlic and eschalot in a food processor until finely chopped. Heat half the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add chillies mixture and cook for 4 minutes or until softened. Stir in vinegar, then stir in sugar and lemon juice. Simmer for 10 minutes or until reduced slightly. Stir in chilli flakes and powder and remaining oil and cook for 1 minute.

Preheat a barbecue grill pan to high. Shake excess marinade off fillets, then add to grill and cook, brushing continuously with kicking ass chilli sauce, for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked to your liking.

Corned beef and cabbage

Use pressure cooker instead of 6 quart saucepan. Its take 30 -45 mins have more sauce in it too.
Use pressure cooker instead of 6 quart saucepan. Its take 30 -45 mins have more sauce in it too.
Added asparagus and whipped cream with a dollop of  sweet chillie sauce and dry version like Mccormick style.
Added asparagus and whipped cream with a dollop of sweet chillie sauce and dry version like Mccormick style.
Added red lentil and asparagus to make it new meal with a twist.
Added red lentil and asparagus to make it new meal with a twist.
Use red cabbage and  have with Indian chickpeas mashed dip
Use red cabbage and have with Indian chickpeas mashed dip

Marvelous marble cake

Marvelous Marble Cake

Made by Helen
Made by Helen

4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons plus 1-1/4 cups butter, softened, divided
2 cups sugar
5 eggs
3 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips, optional
3/4 cup butter, softened
6-3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 to 2/3 cup 2% milk
2 tablespoons miniature semisweet chocolate chips

In top of a double boiler or a metal bowl over barely simmering water, melt chocolate and 3 tablespoons butter; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature.
Preheat oven to 375°. Line bottoms of three greased 8-in. round baking pans with parchment paper; grease paper.
In a large bowl, cream remaining butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. In another bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition.
Remove 2 cups batter to a small bowl; stir in cooled chocolate mixture and, if desired, chocolate chips until blended. Drop plain and chocolate batters by tablespoonfuls into prepared pans, dividing batters evenly among pans. To make batter level in pans, bang cake pans several times on counter.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes before removing to wire racks; remove paper. Cool completely.
For frosting, in a large bowl, cream butter until smooth. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and enough milk to reach desired consistency.
If cake layers have rounded tops, trim with a serrated knife to make level. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Cool slightly.
Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with 1/2 cup frosting. Repeat layers. Top with remaining cake layer. Frost top and sides of cake.
Drop cooled chocolate by 1/2 teaspoonfuls over frosting. Using a large offset spatula, smear chocolate to create a marble design in frosting. Yield: 16 servings.

Coconut and citrus christmas cake…/242-coconut-citrus-christmas-cake

Made by Helen
Made by Helen

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour 45 minutes

What you need

150g unsalted butter
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
5 eggs
1 lemon, zest and juice
1 orange, zest and juice
3/4 cup Sunbeam Coconut Meal
500g Sunbeam MIxed Fruit
80g Sunbeam Pistachios


Preheat oven to 150°C.

Double line a 20cm round tin with baking paper.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla extract and eggs one at a time beating well after each addition.
Stir in zests, juices, coconut meal, mixed fruit and pistachios.
Bake for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.