Monday, January 12, 2009

Soups, Entrees and Appetizers

Take your choice from these exciting, top-of-the-menu ideas for successful entertaining or special family meals. Microwaving makes them effortless events from start to finish. Begin with a flavorsome creamy or clear soup from this collection of international winners, served piping hot or chilled. Or choose a light, simple but enticing entree such as Prawn Avocado or Pate with Melba Toast. Vegetable Frittata or Salmon and Cheese Parcels are only a few of the other spectacular entrees and appetizers guaranteed to dazzle your guests.

Entrees and Appetizers

Garlic Mussels
Garlic Prawns
Oysters in Macadamia Champagne Sauce
Pita Crisps
Prawn Creole
Smoky Bacon and Red Pepper Dip
Tagliatelle and Crab Salad


Bacon Tomato Soup
Hearty Vegetable Soup
High-Fiber Soup
Long Soup
Minted Green Pea Soup
Pumpkin, Leek and Prawn Soup
Scallop, Carrot and Celery Soup
Seafood Soup
Thai Chicken Soup
Tomato and Carrot Soup
Vegetable Pasta Soup
Wonton Soup

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Passion Fruit Sorbet

Serves: 4-6


2 cups sugar
3 cups water
Pulp of 6-8 passion fruit
2 egg whites

Microwave Method:

1. Dissolve sugar in water for 10 minutes on HIGH, stirring twice during cooking.
2. Bring to the boil and boil for 5 minutes on HIGH.
3. Cool overnight. Add passion fruit pulp.
4. Place in a large bowl and freeze for 2-4 hours, until partially frozen.
5. Break mixture up either with a fork or in a food processor.
6. Freeze again for 2 hours.
7. Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold into passion fruit sorbet.
8. Freeze until firm.

Mocha Creme Caramels

Serves: 6


3/4 cup sugar
1 cup hot water
2 teaspoons instant coffee
1 cup milk
2 eggs
2 egg yolks
1/4 cup caster sugar
1/4 pint (150 ml) carton cream

Microwave Method:


1. Place sugar and water in Pyrex bowl and stir. Cook for 2 minutes on HIGH. Stir again until sugar is dissolved.
2. Cook syrup for 14-16 minutes on HIGH, until mixture turns golden brown. Do not stir during cooking.
3. Pour caramel into greased base of 6 individual souffle dishes - it will set almost immediately.


1. Dissolve coffee in milk and heat for 40 seconds on HIGH.
2. Place eggs, egg yolks and sugar in a bowl. Beat lightly. Add cream and milk; mix until well combined.
3. Pour into toffee-lined dishes. Place dishes in a circle on turntable.
4. Cook for 10 minutes on MEDIUM LOW. Allow to cool. Refrigerate overnight.
5. Serve chilled. Turn out onto serving plates.

Hot Chocolate Souffle

Serves: 4


2 ounces (60 g) butter
1/2 cup all-purpose (plain) flour
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1/2 pint (300 ml) milk
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
4 eggs, separated
1/3 cup caster sugar

Convection Microwave Method:

1. Melt butter in bowl for 30 seconds on HIGH. Beat in flour and cocoa powder.
2. Add milk to mixture, stirring well.
3. Cook for 4 minutes on HIGH, stirring twice. Add vanilla. Allow mixture to cool slightly.
4. Beat in yolks one at a time.
5. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
6. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Gradually add caster sugar until peaks are stiff.
7. Gently fold beaten egg whites into the chocolate sauce.
8. Pour mixture into greased and sugared 6-cup souffle dish.
9. Bake for 20-22 minutes on CONVECTION. Dust with icing sugar. Serve hot with whipped cream.

Ground Beef

In these hard economic times, we are all looking for ways to stretch the family food budget and using ground beef is one of the best ways to achieve this. Ground beef is such a versatile food and can be used in a wide range of cuisines from Italian to Thai. Using these delicious, economical recipes you could serve ground beef several times a week and your family would never notice.

All-Bran Meatloaf
Aussie Meat Pie
Cabbage Rolls with Tomato Sauce
Easy Lasagna
High-Fiber Meatloaf
Italian Spaghetti Sauce
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Minted Picnic Loaf
Shepherd's Pie
Texas Meatballs and Rice
Wholemeal Macaroni Pie
Wonton Soup

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Fish and Seafood

Cooking fish and shellfish, fresh or canned, in a microwave oven opens up a whole new prospect of seafood cuisine. Apart from the speed with which you can bring any of these deliciously fishy dishes from kitchen to table, you will discover how their fresh, natural flavors and moisture have been retained. Serve Prawn Creole, Tagliatelle and Crab Salad or Oysters in Macadamia Champagne Sauce as elegant first courses, or Whole Baked Snapper, Spinach and Salmon Loaf or Seafood Puff Pie as hearty main meals full of the ocean's goodness. Here's a great catch!

Bacon Wrapped Prawns
Baked Avocado with Crab Meat
Bombay Avocado Scallops
Cheesy Salmon Pie
Cheesy Salmon Rolls
Citrus Prawn Fettuccine
Clam Chowder
Crab Mornay
Creamy Prawn Creole
Creole Jambalaya
Curried Fish with Roasted Peanuts
Fish Florentine
Fish Tomato Medley
Fish with Crunchy Camembert Topping
Fruity Prawn Curry
Garlic Mussels
Garlic Prawns
Gingered Prawn and Snow Pea Noodles
Lemon and Herb Salmon Fillets
Macaroni and Shrimp Au Gratin
Microwave Dim Sims
Octopus Salad
Oriental Seafood Salad
Osso Bucco
Oysters in Macadamia Champagne Sauce
Oysters Kilpatrick
Pasta with Curry Prawn Sauce
Peppered Squid
Prawn Creole
Pumpkin, Leek and Prawn Soup
Salmon Pate
Satay Prawns
Scallop and Vegetable Combination
Scallop, Carrot and Celery Soup
Seafood Combo
Seafood Lasagna
Seafood Medley
Seafood Puff Pie
Seafood Soup
Spaghetti Marinara
Spanish Rice
Spanish Shrimp
Spinach and Salmon Loaf
Squid in Tomato and Wine Sauce
Tagliatelle and Crab Salad
Tuna Loaf
Tuna Steaks with Mustard and Peppercorn Sauce
Whole Baked Snapper
Zucchini and Sea Perch Rissoles

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