Sunday, December 18, 2011


This is a good!
Olives stuffed with goat cheese and crab:
Stuffed Black Olives
Black Olives
4 Table spoons of goat cheese
1/4 cup of crab
1 tsp of Greek yogurt
Tear the crab mix into thin slices.
Mix shredded crab, goat cheese and Greek yogurt.
Fill a piping bag with the filling.
Cut the end of the piping bag and squeeze the filling in to the black olives. mmmmmmmmmmmmm.
TC Pizza

Last night I made TC Pizza' - it is goooood!
Flat Bread
Tomato Paste
Goat Cheese
Black Olives
Anchovies (optional - I like them).
Shredded Romano cheese (optional)
Garlic salt
Mix the tomato paste and goat cheese together and spread on flat bread. This is tasty enough but if you like cheese you can add Romano or other cheese.
Slice olives into tyres (circles) and sprinkle on top
Slice mushrooms and sprinkle on top.
Sprinkle garlic salt to taste

Broil for about 5 minutes or until edges are brown.  Awesome Yummy!!!

See you soon - peace out!
Thank you for all the messages - I could not believe it when I saw them all!!!
I made my first dish for Cooking Light Magazine and wrote about it it will be in the March issue if you want to check it out.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Parade Magazine

Thank you all for reading parade magazine pretty soon I am posting some videos -  see you soon and thanks!!!!!!!!!!!! ;) :) :) :) :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

Matisse's Seafood Feast

Hi Peeps

I am sick today so I am home from school watching 'The Chew', a cooking show on TV.  I learned that you can mix cooked bacon, sour cream and paprika together and put on nachos or baked potato for extra flavor.  You can mix almost any herb or spice with sour cream to add extra flavor.

I think I am allergic to pepper so am not using it so much in my cooking.

I found out how to make a flower out of  icing.  It is hard but I figured it out  and I am pretty good at it now.

After my transplant mum promised to buy be a lobster.  We got one from Wholey's (my favorite seafood market).  I prepared it by removing it from the shell, threw it on a hot pan for a couple of seconds to heat it up and ate it with salt.  It was sooooo good.

I went to Ocean City and  had  the kids seafood feast at Hoopers Crab Shack.  It was all you can eat crab, shrimp, corn, chicken and hush puppies.  Of course I ate mostly crab and shrimp. 

Kids Seafood Feast - YUM!
Look out Lobster here I come!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Hi it is Matisse,
I  made  rice paper rolls  filled  with  squid.  It is so good.
It has carrots, lettuce, squid and avocado.  Avacado makes it is creamy and yummy.  I love it!
Soak rice paper in water then fill and roll.
How to tell when an avacado is ripe:
It should be almost black and soft and if you can flick off the end where it was on the tree then it is ready.
Prepare it like this:  Take an perring knife and cut it down the middle while turning.  Twist and pull lightly apart and take the big ball.  Take a spoon and scoup out the green flesh.  You can make guacamnole  and all you need to do to make guacamole is:
Mashed Avacado,
Diced tomatoe,
Lime juice,
salt and pepper
Mix together.

This is whole baby squid that I cleaned and filet.  you can buy it already done too.
I cook my squid in EVOO, slat, pepper, lemon juice and a splash of wine (if mum lets me).

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

A video made for Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh (show casing Matisse cooking)

In this video I was making New Zealand mussels with vegetables and lime zest.  I used the brine from olives to flavor the dish.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Easter Eggs

Hi   Happy   Easter
Over the weekend we used a lot of eggs which made me wonder; How   do you   know  if an   egg is bad? 
One way is to  fill  a bowl  with  water  and  if the  egg  floats  to  the  top  it is bad.  Cool  right?  If you crack an egg and it smells bad, it is probably not good.
You   can   do   so   many   things  with eggs.  You can  make   egg  salad, omelets, hard boiled eggs,  devilled eggs, even  fried eggs.  You can make scrambled eggs - they are so easy.  So  eggs are  very  cool.

Over the weekend I made egg salad here is my recipe:
1 cup of mayonnaise
10-12 hard boiled eggs
Salt and pepper to taste
Finely chopped chives
Finely chopped spring onion (green onion)

We also made pavlova - here is our recipe:

Pavlova - A kiwi desert
4 egg whites
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence
1 tsp vinegar or lemon juice

2 tsp cornflour (corn starch)

Pre-heat oven to 350F
Beat egg whites and salt until stiff peaks form
Gradually add sugar while beating.
Continue beating until stiff.
Add remaining ingredients.
Turn mixture onto baking paper covered tray.
Shape into a circle.

Reduce oven temp to 284 F.  Bake for 15 minutes.
Reduce oven tempt to 240 F and bake for 1 and 1/4 hours
DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN! Although I did when I was hunting for Easter eggs - ours turned out flat but yummy!
Let the oven cool completely before opening.
We have ours with whipped cream and sometimes a berry fruit salad.

Pavlova with berries and cream

Putting fresh whipped cream on pavlova

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Thank you

Thank you to Fraanz's pre school teacher and Paula Dean for my package. I LOVE it!

Thank you Mrs. Lamanga for my cake turn table and decorating kit and book.  I made this cake.

I have another post today below.

Mahi Mahi

I made Mahi Mahi.  First I made a marinade.
Marinade Recipe
Lemon zest
Lime zest
Crushed garlic
Lemon juice
Lime juice
Thinly sliced lemon and limes
3 bay leaves
Salt and pepper
Dash soya sauce
Massage the lemon and lime zest and garlic into the fish.  Then put all the ingredients into a plastic bag with the fish.  Leave in the fridge until you are ready to cook.
Mahi Mahi in marinade      

 Then I heated up some EVOO in the skillet and cooked the fish for a few minutes on each side.

Mahi Mahi in skillet

 Then I ate it!  I also steamed asparagus drizzled with hollandase sauce.  I topped the Mahi Mahi with some slices of lemon and lime that I heated in the skillet with the fish.

MahiMahi with asparagus.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Shopping at the strip district

 On  Monday  my and mom went to the strip district  and  got squid, mussels, mahi mahi  and chicken.  We also got  3 lemons and  4 limes,  1 cantaloupe,  5  whole garlics and 1  jar of anchovy and some spinach -  yum. 
For dinner we made lemon pepper chicken which we marinaded in lemon pepper, pan fried to seal in juices and finished off in the oven.  I find this keeps the chicken moist.
I made a really yummy spinach salad with fresh mozzarella cheese and olives and my home made zesty dressing.

Here is my dressing recipe:
The juice and zest of one lemon
Juice and zest of one lime
Salt and pepper
1 finely minced garlic clove
Onion zest
splash of olive oil
Oil from the olives that I put in the salad

Mix together and put on salad.

We went  to a little cafe  and had tomato and basil  Margaretta pizza  and a pastry.  It was  good. 

Spinach salad

Margaretta pizza

Colangelo's Baked Goods

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Fish and Chips

Fish and chips - NZ style

On   Wednesday  my  mom  and I went  to  the   strip district.  We   got   squid   and    whole    fish.  The man serving us thought it was unusual to get squid tentacles and he did not really know much about the fish he gave us either.
I   learned   how   to   bone   and    filet   a    fish (I will have video up soon).  It   is   really   hard.
Dad and I made  fish   and  chips with  pouched   eggs  and   calamari.  I made beer batter out of the edmonds cook book.

I   think   I  am   going   to  have  a  go   at   making   clam chowder.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Messy Day.

Today   I   tried  to   make    cupcakes   they   turned  out    terrible.  The    inside   of   the   cupcakes   were raw   and   we do  not   no  why   so   that   didn't   go  well.  Then  I had   to   start  making   dinner.   I   made   meatloaf with creamy mash potatoes and  sauteed    onion  and   cabbage with  roast  carots and parsnip.
I    just    invented  a   new   recipe.  It  is  fresh diced tomatoes, fresh diced mango, the juice and zest of one orange, and    the   zest   and   the   juice  of    1   lemon, fresh diced pineapple, 1    diced  red  onion, salt   and    pepper    and   EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), spring onion, a dash of garlic powder.  Recommended    on crackers with  butter  and  cream cheese or with corn chips.
Well   enjoy and Bon Appetite!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Quiche in a Cup Cake Maker.

Today   is   the  second   day  of   blogging.  Today I made mini  quiche  with   my  Mom.  We  made   bacon, onion and corn  quiche and  roast chicken.  I used the cupcake maker my friend Maddie gave me when I was in the hospital.  I think the quiche had too much flour.  I used a recipe from the edmonds cook book which used 1 cup of pancake mix and 2 cups of milk.  I think it was too much milk and flour and not enough eggs.  My family ate them though.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Saturday 26th Feb, 2011 - first post - yellow cake.

Today  I   baked   a  yellow  cake    with    my   dad   and  it  turns out   all   this  time  I  have  been  decorating   cakes   wrong, but  I  learned the  right  way  to do  it.   You  need  to  let your  spatula  sit in warm  water  and  keep  dipping  it in the water.  
The cake mix came in a box which I was not happy about but mum was going to the supermarket so I was stuck with dad and the box!  
I did  have to  do a lot of work:
I  had to  crack 3  eggs
measure the   water  and   oil 
and    yes    I   did   use   the  hand   mixer   but  I    finished  it   by   hand - so no,  I   was   not   cheating  was  I?   You tell  me, but  hey  I'm only  a  kid  but   I've  got  A  lot   to  say  about cooking so keep coming back so my grand parents are not my only audience!  You can leave me a message but my mum has to check them first so it won't show up straight away.

Here is a picture of my cake and of me and the cake.  I did make my own icing from scratch - see recipe below.  Cake Boss look out here I come!

Icing Recipe:
1 cup of confectioners sugar or if you are a kiwi (like my grandparents)- icing sugar.
a dash of vanilla essence.
a dash of boiling water - be careful because it thins out easily.
a dash of food coloring
for the chocolate I put in cocoa powder instead of food colouring.