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Chicken, spinach and coriander dumplings with honey soy


Dumplings are so easy to make once you’ve mastered the art of folding the dumpling skin! They can be frozen after Step 8, just make sure you freeze them separately on trays and once frozen, pop them into an airtight bag. They can be cooked straight from frozen.

Fresh from the garden: baby spinach, coriander, spring onions, ginger, garlic
Recipe source: Melissa from The Bondi Cook
Makes: 40 dumplings


  • Mixing bowls – big, med, small
  • Salad spinner
  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Microplane zester
  • Food processor
  • Scales
  • Measures: jug, cup, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Spatula
  • Large baking tray
  • Small saucepan
  • Potato peeler
  • Small sauce bowls
  • Large non-stick frying pan with lid
  • Serving plates







  • 1 bunch coriander
  • A large handful baby spinach
  • 2 small spring onions
  • 1 small piece of ginger
  • 250g minced chicken
  • 1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon light soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • A few grinds of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil

To wrap

  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 packet 40 gow gee wrappers
  • Cornflour

For the dipping sauce

  • 1 clove of garlic, small piece ginger
  • Small handful coriander
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey

To cook

  • 2 tablespoons Rice Bran oil
  • 75ml water

What to do:
For the filling

  1. Wash the coriander in a big bowl of cold water and spin dry. Finely chop the stalks and leaves.
  2. Wash and spin dry the spinach and finely chop.
  3. Wash the spring onions and finely slice.
  4. Peel the skin from the ginger and finely chop or grate with the microplane zester.
  5. Combine them all into the bowl of the food processor, weigh the mince and add in and then measure in the rest of the ingredients. Blitz for a few seconds to combine thoroughly. Scoop out into a large bowl, using a spatula to scrape down the sides.

Preparing the dumplings

  1. Fill a small bowl with clean water and make sure your hands are clean. Wipe down and dry your work surface. Lightly flour a large baking tray with cornflour. Open the packet of wonton wrappers and peel off one per person and lay it on the surface in front of you.
  2. Place a large teaspoon of filling in the centre of each wrapper and moisten the edges with a finger dipped in water. Fold the dough in half and pinch together with your fingers.
  3. Pleat around the edge, pinching with your fingers to seal well. The dumpling should look like a small Cornish pasty with a flat base and rounded top.
  4. Transfer each finished dumpling to the tray and keep it covered until you have stuffed all the dumplings in this way.

To make the sauce

  1. Peel the garlic and squeeze through the garlic press into the small saucepan.
  2. Peel the ginger using a potato peeler and zest into the saucepan using the microplane grater.
  3. Wash the coriander well and spin dry. Finely chop stalks and leaves and reserve.
  4. Heat the saucepan with garlic and ginger and a tablespoon of oil, on low heat and gently cook the garlic and ginger until soft. Do not let them go brown! Add in the honey and let cook until bubbling, and then add in the soy sauce and cook for another minute.
  5. Add in the chopped coriander and pour into small serving bowls to dip.

To cook

  1. Heat a large non-stick frying pan until it is very hot. Add the oil and place the dumplings flat-side down into the pan.
  2. Reduce the heat and cook for about two minutes until they are lightly browned. Add the water, cover the pan with the lid and simmer gently for about 10 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Check the water half-way through and add more if necessary. Uncover the pan and continue to cook for a further two minutes.

To serve

  1. Divide the dumplings onto serving plates and serve with dipping sauce in a bowl on the side.

Notes: Why is it important not to lick your fingers while preparing this recipe? What others fillings could we put in a dumpling?


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Eurasian slaw!

As ‘Dude’ food reaches its zenith in Sydney restaurants, we feel we must join the wagon trail rather than beat it… and this is a rather great way to climb on board! The beauty of this dish lies in the freshness of the ingredients – but also in the precision of the slicing – as the finer, the better…

Fresh from the garden: red cabbage, cavolo nero, carrots, radishes, celery, coriander
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes


  • Frying pan
  • Jar with lid
  • Measures: jug, ¼ cup, tablespoon, teaspoon, ½ teaspoon
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Colander
  • Graters
  • Salad spinner
  • Bowls – large, med, small
  • Serving bowls



  • 1 small or half a large red cabbage
  • 3 leaves cavolo nero (Tuscan kale)
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 radishes
  • 2 stalks of celery
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • A small handful coriander

Spicy Soy Sesame Dressing:

  • 30ml light soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 30ml sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli flakes
  • Salt and sugar to taste

What to do:

  • Heat the frying pan and gently dry-toast the sesame seeds for a minute or so, making sure they don’t burn. Put a teaspoons-worth into the jar for the dressing and reserve the rest for the garnish.
  • Make the Spicy Soy Sesame Dressing by adding all the dressing ingredients together in a jar. Adjust seasoning as per taste. Shake well with lid on and set aside.
  • Meanwhile separate out all the cabbage leaves and wash well under running water. Shake dry then trimming the stalk into the chook bucket, super-finely slice the leaves into thin shreds.
  • Wash the kale leaves and shake dry. Cut the leaves from the stalks, discarding the stalks into the compost, and slice the leaves into super-fine ribbons.
  • Wash and peel the carrots and grate. Wash and scrub the radishes, cut in half and slice super-thinly. Wash the celery and shake dry. Finely slice into little crescents.
  • Wash and spin the coriander dry. Finely slice the stalks and add to a big bowl. Chop the leaves and reserve for the garnish.
  • Add the rest of the vegetables to the large bowl and mix well. Lightly spoon a generous amount of the dressing over it, stir well, and chill in the fridge until ready to serve.
  • Just before serving add the rest of the dressing to the slaw, and divide into serving bowls, sprinkling on the reserved toasted sesame seeds and the coriander leaves. Eat!

Notes: What does Eurasian mean? What is rice vinegar? What is slaw short for?

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Cabbage, barley and coriander soup

Thick and chunky, perfect for a winter’s day outside in the fields threshing wheat, or even dealing with the Westfield car park… We used Demeter organic pearled barley – super texture, super delish!

Fresh from the garden: cabbage, onion, garlic, carrots, bay, coriander
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 8 or 24 tastes


  • Kettle
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Bowls – large, med
  • Peelers
  • Colander
  • Salad spinner
  • A large stockpot
  • Measures – jug, ½ cup, tablespoon
  • Wooden spoon
  • Serving bowls

  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 large carrots
  • 1/2 large head cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ litres stock (or 1½ litres boiling water & 1½ tablespoons bouillon)
  • 1 tin diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pearled barley
  • A teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Black pepper
  • A small bunch of fresh coriander

What to do:

  • Fill the kettle and set it to boil.
  • Peel and finely chop the onion and garlic.
  • Peel, wash and chop the carrots into small bite-sized chunks.
  • In a large stockpot, heat olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add onion and garlic, and cook until fragrant and translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in carrots and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Measure out the boiling water & add to bouillon, stir and carefully pour in to the stockpot. Bring to the boil then measure out and add the barley, bay leaf, the ground coriander and a few grinds of pepper.
  • Cut the cabbage into quarters, wash them then chop out the core (good for the chooks!) and roughly chop. Then add the cabbage and tomatoes and return to the boil. Simmer for about 25 minutes all up, stirring occasionally, until the barley is cooked.
  • Meanwhile wash and spin the fresh coriander dry, then finely chop (but not into mush!!!)
  • When the soup is done, divide among bowls, sprinkle on the coriander and eat hot!

Notes: What does fragrant and translucent mean? What is barley? What does pearled barley mean? What else is coriander known as?

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Moroccan carrot dip

Jill says, “Serve this warmly coloured and sweetly spiced Moroccan carrot dip as part of a tabletop spread, along with some olives, flat bread, grills and salad.” We say, “whoa there! This is super-delicious! We used purple as well as normal carrots and with the paprika dye the result was a neon and spiced-up bowl of yum!” And of course I used coriander – not that I’m necessarily anti-parsley – but you just would, wouldn’t you?!

Moroccan carrot dip

Fresh from the garden: carrots, garlic, lemon, olives, parsley or coriander
Recipe source: Jill Dupleix
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes


  • Medium saucepan& lid
  • Scales
  • Peelers
  • Chopping board and knife
  • Citrus juicer
  • Measures: tablespoon, ½ teaspoon
  • Bowls – large, small
  • Food processor
  • Spatula
  • Salad spinner
  • Paper towel
  • Serving bowls

  • 500g carrots
  • 1 garlic clove
  • Half teaspoon ground cumin
  • Half teaspoon paprika
  • Half teaspoon ground ginger
  • Half teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Flaked salt
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Half a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons green olives
  • A small handful flat parsley or coriander leaves

What to do:

  • Fill the saucepan with water and set to boil.
  • Meanwhile peel the garlic clove, then peel the carrots, chop into large chunks and cook in simmering, salted water with the garlic for about 20 minutes or until soft.
  • Squeeze the lemon to yield 2 tablespoons juice.
  • Measure out the cumin, paprika, ginger, cinnamon, cayenne, salt, honey and lemon juice into a small bowl.
  • Drain the carrots into the colander, and return to the hot, dry pan for a minute or two over medium heat to dry them out further.
  • Mash or whiz the carrots and garlic in the food processor until smooth. Add the bowl of spices, salt, honey and lemon juice and mix well or whiz again, scraping down with the spatula when needed.
  • Add the olive oil gradually, while still beating. Allow to cool for a minute or two.
  • Wash, spin-dry and chop the parsley or coriander leaves to yield 2 tablespoons.
  • Spoon into serving bowls, scatter with olives and parsley leaves and drizzle with a little extra olive oil to serve.

 Notes: Where is Morocco? What other spices can you think of? What is cayenne?

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Stir-fried eggs with tomato and chilli soy

Jill says, ‘This is a simple dish of Chinese ‘scrambled’ eggs that tastes fresh, clean and light. Serve with rice and Asian greens to max it up into a bigger meal.’

Fresh from the garden: tomatoes, coriander, eggs, chilli, spring onions
Recipe source: adapted from a recipe by Jill Dupleix
Serves: 6 as a snack or 24 tastes


  • Chopping boards and knives
  • Salad spinner
  • Measures – 1/3 cup, tablespoons, teaspoons
  • Bowls – 2 large, small
  • Fork or whisk
  • 2 woks
  • Serving plates & small sauce bowls

  • 2 large vine-ripened tomatoes
  • A small bunch of coriander
  • 1 long red chilli (or green if you don’t want too much heat!)
  • 2/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 2 x 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 spring onions
  • Flaked salt & black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil (we use vegetable or Rice Bran oil)

What to do:

  • Cut the tomatoes in half, scoop out and discard the seeds and juice, then finely chop the flesh. Set aside.
  • Wash and spin dry the coriander and pick out some juicy sprigs.
  • Slice the chilli in half lengthways and remove the seeds out by scraping each half. Slice the flesh really thinly and then mix the sliced chilli and soy sauce into 4 small sauce bowls. Set aside.
  • Wash and strip the first layer of skin from the spring onions and then thinly slice them. Crack 6 eggs each into both bowls, and then lightly beat each bowl. Add a teaspoon of sesame oil into each bowl, most of the spring onion, and some salt and pepper and combine.
  • Heat the 2 woks over high heat until hot, then add the vegetable oil. Once the oil is hot, add each bowl of egg mixture into the woks and leave for 10 seconds, then use a wooden paddle or spatula to slowly draw the outside of the egg mixture into the centre, allowing the uncooked egg to cook. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the egg is almost set, then scatter with the tomato. Lightly toss once or twice to warm through. (It’s important not to allow the tomato to cook for too long, or it will make the eggs too watery.)
  • Separate each wok mixture into 2 and then divide out between 4 serving plates. Scatter with the remaining spring onion and the coriander sprigs, then spoon over some chilli soy sauce and serve immediately.


  • Wash your hands thoroughly after coming in contact with chilli, as the capsaicin (the oil within the chilli) burns when it comes in contact with your eyes or sensitive skin.

Notes: Why do we discard the tomato seeds & juice in this recipe? Why do we scrape the seeds out of the chilli?

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Carrot and fennel soup

We love all the different combinations of vegetables that the seasons throw at us… and adding various spices can change everything! This is a lovely silky variation of soup…

Fresh from the garden: carrot, fennel, onion, thyme, coriander
Recipe source: Melissa
Serves: 6 or 24 tastes


  • Kettle
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Scales
  • Potato peelers
  • Graters
  • Paper towel
  • Stockpot & lid
  • Measures: jug, tablespoon, teaspoon
  • Bowls – big, medium, small
  • Wooden spoon
  • Medium heavy-bottomed saucepan
  • Stick blender
  • Serving bowls

  • 2 onions
  • 1 large thyme sprig
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 50g butter
  • 1kg carrots
  • A head of fennel
  • 1.25 litre stock (or 1 tablespoon bouillon & 1.25 litre boiling water)
  • Cooking salt
  • Flaked salt and black pepper
  • A little bunch of coriander

 What to do:

  • Fill the kettle if using and set to boil.
  • Peel and thinly slice the onions. Wash and pat dry the thyme sprig and strip off the leaves.
  • Melt the butter in the stockpot, then add the onions, the cumin and thyme, and cook over a low heat until tender for about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, wash & peel the carrots, then grate them and reserve in a big bowl.
  • Wash, then top and tail the fennel, discarding the discoloured outer layer if desired. Slice the fennel as thin as you can.
  • After the 10 minutes, add the carrots & fennel to the onion and add a teaspoon of salt. Stir, then cook gently for 5 minutes with the lid on.
  • Add the stock or bouillon and water, bring to the boil then lower the heat and simmer until the carrots & fennel are tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Wash the coriander and spin dry. Pick the leaves from the stalks and very finely chop the stalks. Gently chop the leaves but leave them quite big.
  • When done, blitz with the stick blender, season to taste and serve into your bowls. Garnish with the chopped coriander.
  • Serve right away or chill overnight to serve cold the next day, perhaps with a little sour cream drizzled in…

Notes: What is bouillon? How do you make stock? Why do we leave the coriander leaves quite big?

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Simon Rimmer’s carrot and coriander falafel

Simon Rimmer is a British chef with a reputation for heading wonderful vegetarian restaurants in England whilst not actually being vegetarian himself. He has written four cookbooks.

Fresh from the garden: carrot, chilli, coriander, parsley, mint


  • Frying pan
  • Mortar & pestle
  • Peelers, sieve
  • Kitchen paper
  • Salad spinner
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Lemon juicer
  • Garlic press
  • Food processor
  • Spatula
  • Grater
  • Plate
  • Slotted spoon & metal spoon
  • Measures – tablespoon, teaspoon, ½ teaspoon
  • Serving plates

For the falafels

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 2 x 400g cans chickpeas
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 100g carrot
  • 1 red chilli (optional)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A small handful fresh coriander
  • A small handful fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • vegetable oil, for frying
  • sesame seeds, to garnish

For the yoghurt dip

  • 100ml Greek yoghurt
  • A small handful fresh coriander
  • A small handful fresh mint
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tablespoon tahini

What to do:

  • For the falafels, toast the cumin and coriander seeds in the dry frying pan for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant. Grind the seeds in the pestle and mortar.
  • Peel and finely grate the carrot & squeeze the moisture out a piece of kitchen paper. Wash, spin-dry the coriander, parsley and mint and finely chop to yield 2 tablespoons of each. Reserve some of the coriander and all of the mint for the yoghurt dip. Zest the lemon and peel and crush the garlic clove. Juice the lime. Drain the chickpeas into the sieve & rinse.
  • Blend the toasted spices together with the rest of the falafel ingredients in the food processor until well combined.
  • Shape spoonfuls of the falafel mixture into balls and set aside on a plate.
  • Meanwhile, heat 1cm vegetable oil in the frying pan and fry the falafels for 1-2 minutes on each side. Remove the falafel from the pan with a slotted spoon and set aside to drain on kitchen paper. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.
  • For the yoghurt dip, combine the Greek yoghurt, coriander, mint, lime and tahini in the jug of the stick blender and whizz until smooth.
  • Serve the falafels with the yoghurt dressing and toasted pita breads if you have them!
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Linguine with cavolo nero and herb sauce


Fresh from the garden: cavolo nero, coriander, thyme, marjoram, oregano

Recipe source: Melissa ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

This is a delicious accompaniment to our freshly-rolled pasta! We use the prehistoric-looking cavolo nero (also known as Tuscan kale) but you can also use silverbeet or spinach just as well…


  • Large stockpot with draining insert
  • Chopping board
  • Large & small knife
  • Salad spinner
  • Wooden spoon
  • 2 large bowls
  • Scales
  • Medium saucepan
  • Tongs
  • Serving bowls

  • 500g linguine
  • 225g unsalted butter
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • A large handful of cavolo nero leaves
  • A small bunch of coriander
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 4 sprigs marjoram
  • 4 sprigs oregano
  • Small bunch parsley
  • Flaked salt & black pepper

What to do:

  • Fill the large stockpot with water and heat on high.
  • Wash the cavolo nero leaves and shake dry. Strip off the leaves, discarding the stems, and cut into ribbons 1cm wide.
  • Wash & spin dry the herbs, then pick the leaves if needed, discarding the woody stems.
  • Finely chop the herbs.
  • Finely chop the garlic.
  • Chop up the butter into cubes and melt the in the saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook gently for a couple of minutes.
  • Stir in the herbs.
  • When the water in the large stockpot is boiling add the pasta & cooking salt, stir, put the lid back on and when boiling again cook for 2 or 3 minutes until ‘al dente’.
  • Drain the pasta and transfer to back into the stockpot.
  • Add the butter mixture to the stockpot and toss carefully.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve into bowls.

Notes: What does al dente mean? Why do we pick the leaves from the herbs? What does cavolo nero actually mean?

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Rocket & coriander soup

Winter has hit with force… I juggle the washing line with obsessive compulsion, trying to dodge the showers and sprinkles and hoping for a ray or two of sun to dry the tea towels and aprons. And sit at this computer with a thick scarf double-draped around my neck, and dream of soup… this recipe has been slurped up greedily in the last two weeks and is a cinch to make. Soup on!

Fresh from the garden: rocket, potatoes, spring onions, coriander, bay leaves

Recipe source: Melissa, kitchen specialist at Bondi PS


Soups have always been a popular dish for the students at Bondi Public – no matter how green they are (the soups, not the kids!) And it’s fun to prepare, with many different procedures and fun equipment.


  • Salad spinner
  • Bowls – large and medium
  • Potato peelers
  • Chopping board & knife
  • Garlic press
  • Large stockpot
  • Wooden spoon
  • Handheld mixer
  • Ladle
  • Serving bowls

  • 4 spring onions
  • 1kg waxy potatoes
  • 1 big bunch rocket
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 60g unsalted butter
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Small bunch of coriander
  • 1.5lt water
  • Cooking salt
  • Flaked salt and black pepper

What to do:

  • Wash and trim the spring onions, removing & discarding the tough outer layer. Slice into 1cm bits.
  • Peel potatoes and cut into 2cm cubes.
  • Peel and squeeze the garlic cloves through the garlic press.
  • Wash the rocket in several changes of water, spin dry and remove & chop into ribbons.
  • Melt butter in the large stockpot over medium heat and sauté spring onion and garlic for 2 minutes.
  • Add the potato cubes, a teaspoon of cooking salt and the bay leaves and stir a few times with the wooden spoon so that the potato sweats in the butter.
  • Add the water, bring to a simmer over medium heat then cover and cook gently over low heat for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile wash and spin dry the coriander and then chop the stalks & leaves really finely.
  • After 2 minutes check that the potato is tender, then stir in the chopped rocket, increase heat to medium and cook for 2 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and turn heat off, adding a good grind of pepper.
  • With dry hands, plug in the handheld mixer and carefully whizz the soup until it is silky smooth.
  • Taste for correct seasoning, sprinkle in the coriander and ladle into bowls to serve.

Notes: What other vegetables can be used for soup? How many different procedures are there in this recipe? Why do we want the potato to ‘sweat’? Why do we take out the bay leaves?


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