New Winter Fingerfood Menu…

With a change of season comes our new Winter menu. Rest assured the favourites remain on the menu, many that first appeared when we started 15 years ago, we’ve simply added some delicious winter warmers.

I love experimenting with new recipes or tweaking old favourites. But they all must meet our selection criteria of being easy to eat (we don’t want any spills on pretty dresses), foolproof for our chefs to serve & delicious – of course!

One of our new items is a Lamb Shank Empanada. Filled with slow cooked  Lamb Shank spiced with Harissa & wrapped in a light, flaky pastry. It’s 2 -3 mouthfuls, lovely & filling & perfect for serving up a bit later in the night as the party kicks on. We’ll be serving these with a Chimichurri sauce, an Argentinian native, fresh & a little bit fiery. It’s a delicious combination of chilli, garlic, coriander, flat leaf parsley & oregano.

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I first came across empanadas when travelling in South America many years ago. I instantly fell in love with these snacks. Crumbly pastry, spicy meat, & a surprise olive or two. It was the perfect backpacker food, filling & affordable! I’m instantly transported back to the streets of Chile whenever I eat an empanada. During that 9 month adventure around the world, trying new delicacies constantly, I had the crazy dream of taking the best foods from each of the countries visited & serving them in my own restaurant. What a mish mash of tastes that would have been!!! Not one of my finer marketing ideas.

Back to Sydney & the winter menu… We also have a beautiful spiced Moroccan Pumpkin Soup that we serve in shot glasses with Parmesan crisps; cute as anything Mini Beef Wellingtons & a few more surprises. You can download the winter menu here.

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If you’re thinking of a party please don’t hesitate to let us know the date as we can get booked up & I don’t want you to miss out 🙂

Feel free to call me anytime. I’d be more than happy to chat with you & advise you on all things entertaining.

Wendy

0403 861 117

 

 

Thank you for attending our energy ball workshop…

It was so lovely to meet you all at the Women Wine & Wellness event last week. I hope you enjoyed our energy ball workshop. I certainly enjoyed running it. I just love seeing how everyone approaches the same task in so many different ways. The variety of shapes, sizes & flavours of the balls was wonderful.

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I hope I’ve inspired you to experiment with your own flavours. I think my favourite is the Lemon Balls, lovely & refreshing. Any feedback you have from last week is very welcome – Did you like the recipe? Have you found it easy to make? Other recipes you’d like? I’d love to hear your comments, which you can leave below.

I’d like to share with you our Mexican Salad recipe. I’ve received lots of positive feedback on this one. It’s a great family salad that you can dress up when you’re entertaining too. You can find the recipe here.

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One of the ingredients is black beans. Did you know black beans are an excellent source of protein, fibre, iron & magnesium?  In times of stress magnesium levels become quickly depleted. It’s very important to keep our intake of magnesium containing foods high as it is needed for over 600 functions in the body. Black beans are also a wonderful source of iron. Iron carries oxygen throughout the body & is so important for optimal mental & physical performance.

I’d love you to join me in the ‘Cut Above’ kitchen for a nutrition consultation. If you have a health goal you’d like to reach or a health concern you’d like to address I’d love to help.

Share our healthy love of food & follow us on instagram or Facebook for more recipes & nutrition tips.
Wendy

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Wendy Middleton
0403 861 117
Nutritionist
Adv Dip Nut Med, ATMS 50532

Finger food for you to serve…

We offer a selection of finger foods that are easy to serve without the need for a chef on-site. Perfect for that impromptu get together or when you have a small number of guests to feed. Our finger food from the ‘Cut Above” kitchen takes the stress out of entertaining & will make you look good too 🙂

The range came about as I often had girlfriends ring in a flurry “Wend have you got any Risotto Balls I’ve got 20 family for lunch. Help!” The range is perfect when you don’t need a fully catered event. The menu includes some of our most popular items, such as the Prosciutto & Pine Nut Risotto Balls. These appeared on our first menu 15 years ago & still remain a top seller. They are a delicious mix of prosciutto, parmesan, & toasted pine nuts with a hit of lemon zest. You can also purchase the Lemon Aoili we serve with them, which really makes it all super easy.

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Delivered to your door & packed with easy to follow heating instructions it will make your casual entertaining a breeze. You don’t even need to be home, we’ll leave everything safely packed in a styrofoam box.

You’ll also find our morish Dark & White Chocolate Rocky Road on the menu. Serve this as a dessert with a cheese plate & liquor, what more could you want.

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You can find our self catering menu here. Then just call or email to place an order.

Entertaining at home has never looked so easy.

Wendy

 

A Cut Above Nutrition is here…

After 3 long years of study I’m now a qualified nutritionist. Yay! I actually loved the study (think I’m a bit of a nerd!) . It was very rewarding after all the years since I last studied to get that part of my brain functioning again. There were certainly initial doubts of will I be able to do this & late nights cramming plus moments where I didn’t think my brain could hold one more muscle name or vitamin function. Then there were the biochemistry lectures where I had the embarrassing knack of being able to fall asleep, even when I put myself in the front row. Not a great look.

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I’m so excited to be using all this knowledge & combining it with my love of food. My mission is to share this love & hopefully encourage others into the kitchen. I hope to help make cooking easier & more enjoyable as I strongly believe the path to good health requires you to cook. Food from the supermarket laden with chemicals & minimal nutrients is just not the way.

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We recently held a lovely delicious & nutritious dinner to celebrate. I love setting a table & thanks to Zjoosh for the beautiful tableware & glassware & Cumquatmay by MJ for the superb flowers. It all came together pretty as a picture. The menu was all nourishing food with old favourites given a healthy twist, like my mother-in-law’s pate with turmeric, & some experiments too. The raw veggie salad (recipe below) looked so pretty & was so flavoursome, definitely nutrient dense! The guilt-free Avocado Chocolate Mousse went down pretty well too.

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I’d love you to follow A Cut Above Nutrition on facebook & instagram. Here you’ll find regular delicious & nutritious recipes & health tips. Also, let me know if you’d like a nutrition consultation in the ‘Cut Above’ kitchen. I’m really enjoying developing personalised eating plans for clients & they seem to be enjoying the taste testing 🙂

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Have a wonderful week.

Share our healthy love of food.

Wendy

Wendy Middleton
0403 861 117
Nutritionist
Adv Dip Nut Med, ATMS 50532

 

 

Raw Veggie Salad with Pomegranate

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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A delicious & nutrient dense salad.

Ingredients

1/4 iceberg lettuce, finely sliced
1/4 small red cabbage, finely sliced
1 large beetroot, grated
1 zucchini, grated
1/4 red onion, finely sliced
3 radishes, finely sliced
Handful of snow peas, finely sliced
Handful of flat leaf parsley leaves, roughly chopped
Seeds from 1/2 pomegranate
4 tbsp mixed seeds (sunflower, pepitas, chia, sesame, flaxseed)
2 tbsp roasted cashews

Lemon dressing:

3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp raw honey
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 lemon, zest & juice
Sea salt & pepper

Directions

Combine all dressing ingredients in a jar & shake well.

Add all salad ingredients to a bowl except pomegranate seeds. Toss through dressing.

Remove seeds from pomegranate by cutting pomegranate in half & hitting back of fruit over the salad bowl. The seeds & juice will release easily.