Marco's Recipes

I'm not a cook, and I don't pretend to be. I'm a bloke who tends towards quick, tasty, uncomplicated, failsafe, single-pot meals from readily available ingredients. What follows is a bunch of stuff I like to cook. Enjoy!

By Marco Dörfliger.

Kiwi Chip Dip from Scratch

The classic kiwi chip dip for when you don't have access to condensed milk and onion soup.

Requires onions, baking soda, salt, dark brown sugar, olive oil, vinegar, sour cream, mayonnaise, garlic powder and white pepper.

Takes 30 mins.

Makes 3 cups.

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Banana Bread

Something tasty to make with over-ripe bananas.

Requires flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, sugar, eggs, milk, butter and overripe bananas.

Takes 60 mins.

Makes 8 slices.

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Burger Buns

Simple and fast recipe for decent burger buns.

Requires fresh yeast, water, olive oil, sugar, eggs, salt and flour.

Takes 40 mins.

Makes 6 pieces.

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Burger Patties

Burger patties from scratch

Requires beef mince, breadcrumbs, eggs, chives, parsley, salt and pepper.

Takes 10 mins.

Makes 4 pieces.

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Boiled Eggs

Do you know how long it took me to find a website which just told me how long to boil an egg? The internet's fantastic, but sometimes.... well my patience is inversely proportional to the simplicity of the information I'm trying to find. I just want to boil an egg. Why should I have to read through pages of crap to figure that out?

Requires eggs and water.

Takes 10 mins.

Makes 1 pieces.

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Olive Paté

Got a big jar of tasteless old olives in the fridge which you'll never eat? Of course you do. Here's what to do.

Requires garlic, black pitted olives, brie and olive oil.

Makes 500 g.

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Basic Bread

Simple bread recipe.

Requires water, fresh yeast, sugar, flour, salt, water, olive oil, walnuts, eggs and sesame seeds.

Takes 180 mins.

Makes 2 loaves.

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Pea Pancakes

Requires peas, cream, flour, milk, eggs, butter, cottage cheese, smoked salmon and onions.

Makes 3 servings.

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Leek and Potato Soup

Got leeks? Got potatoes? You know what to do. Easy as.

Requires sunflower oil, garlic, leeks, potatoes, stock, milk, salt and pepper.

Takes 30 mins.

Makes 4 servings.

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Carrot Cake

The classic carrot cake I remember from home.

Requires flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, carrots, roasted hazelnuts, muscovado sugar, eggs, orange zest, butter, cream cheese, icing sugar and cream.

Takes 60 mins.

Makes 12 servings.

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Lemon Meringue Pie

Fluffy sweetness out the outside, and tart lemony gooiness on the inside.

Requires flour, butter, salt, water, egg yolks, cornflour, sugar, salt, water, lemon juice, lemon zest, butter, cornflour, water, egg whites, lemon juice, vanilla essence and sugar.

Takes 40 mins.

Makes 8 slices.

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Gorgonzola sauce

My favourite sauce for gnocchi.

Requires butter, onions, cream and gorgonzola cheese.

Takes 20 mins.

Makes 4 servings.

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Shepherds Pie

One of the dishes I missed when I moved to Europe, and learned to make myself.

Requires potatoes, butter, milk, paprika, vegetable oil, onions, carrots, celery, beef mince, flour, liquid beef stock, peas, rosemary, thyme, worcestershire sauce and nutmeg.

Makes 4 servings.

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Alpen Macaroni

Super-tasty winter comfort food.

Requires macaroni, potatoes, butter, large onions, bacon, milk, cream, cheese, salt and pepper.

Makes 6 servings.

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Quiche

The reason I keep a pack of flakey pastry in the freezer. Something super tasty you can make from fairly common ingredients.

Requires flakey pastry, sunflower oil, onions, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, capsicums, cheese, eggs, milk, salt and pepper.

Takes 30 mins.

Makes 6 servings.

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Chocolate and Blueberry Muffins

Easy to make, hard to screw up. One of my favourites.

Requires frozen blueberries, cooking chocolate, flour, baking powder, sugar, eggs, vanilla essence, milk and butter.

Takes 25 mins.

Makes 12 pieces.

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Wähe

A typical Swiss fruit pie. Tasty, and very easy to make. The fruit can be of any sort. Apple, plum, cherry and apricot are typically used. A savoury version (Zwiebelwähe) can be made using two onions, bacon, salt and any other vetetables you like in place of fruit, sugar and hazelnuts, though you may want to fry some ingredients (bacon, onions, mushrooms) in advance.

Requires plums, ground hazelnuts, flour, salt, butter, water, milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla essence.

Makes 8 slices.

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Gnocchi

Home-made gnocchi. Something impressive you can make with a few spuds, some flour, and an egg. Make a batch of it and freeze it for whenever.

Requires potatoes, eggs, salt and flour.

Takes 60 mins.

Makes 4 servings.

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Pizza from scratch

Great for social gatherings. Prepare the dough, buy a bunch of toppings, and let your guests design their own.

Requires flour, yeast, salt, sugar, olive oil, water, tomato purée, oregano, tinned apricots, mozerella, mushrooms, onions, chicken breast, ham and tinned corn.

Takes 60 mins.

Makes 4 pieces.

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Mum's Apple Crumble

My mum's apple crumble recipe. Simple and tasty. Can be made with quince, rubarb, blackberry and/or apple, and is best served with vanilla ice cream. Was apparently invented during the 1st world war when people couldn't get flour. Is gluten-free if you can get gluten-free oats (sometimes it's mixed with barley).

Requires apples, honey, butter and oats.

Takes 60 mins.

Makes 6 servings.

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Roast Lemon & Garlic Chicken

Requires whole chicken, garlic, lemons, thyme, olive oil, rosemary and pepper.

Takes 165 mins.

Makes 4 servings.

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Caesar Salad Dressing

Requires garlic, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, pepper and salt.

Takes 15 mins.

Makes 200 ml.

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Lemonade Scones

Requires self-raising flour, salt, cream and lemonade.

Makes 8 pieces.

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Spaghetti Bolognese

This is the recipe which got me through uni. For a simple variation, add kidney beans and use as a nacho topping.

Requires spaghetti, olive oil, salt, vegetable oil, garlic, onions, mushrooms, bayleaves, beef mince, tomatoes, water, salt, sugar, oregano and parmesan cheese.

Takes 30 mins.

Makes 4 servings.

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Pavlova

The Kiwi classic (definitely invented in NZ). Sweet and light.

Requires egg whites, castor sugar, vanilla essence, cornflour, vinegar, cream, kiwifruit and bananas.

Takes 120 mins.

Makes 6 slices.

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Chocolate Mousse

A bit tricky to get right, but with no added sugar and only 3 ingredients it's a delicious and light dessert.

Requires cooking chocolate, eggs and cream.

Takes 30 mins.

Makes 1 l.

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Marinated Rabbit

Being a typically tough meat, this recipe is a great way to prepare rabbit and other game.

Requires rabbit, dry white wine, white wine vinegar, onions, carrots, celery, peppercorns, butter, vegetable oil, flour, milk, salt and pepper.

Takes 90 mins.

Makes 6 servings.

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Brie Brotchen

Requires Half-baked buns, brie, mushrooms, cream, beef mince, salt, vegetable oil and challots.

Makes 18 servings.

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Apple Sauce

Perfect as a side for many winter dishes.

Requires apples, sugar and water.

Takes 10 mins.

Makes 2 servings.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies

Requires sugar, brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla essence, flour, baking soda, salt, cooking chocolate, walnuts and pecan nuts.

Takes 10 mins.

Makes 30 pieces.

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