Modern Classics Book 1: Soups, Salads, Vegetables, Roasts & Simmers, Pastas, Noodles & Rice, Pies & Tarts by Donna Hay

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    • Categories: Stocks
    • Ingredients: black peppercorns; celery; parsley; bay leaves; chicken bones; carrots; onions
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    • Categories: Soups; Chinese
    • Ingredients: gai lan; soy sauce; scallions; whole star anise; fresh ginger; Chinese cooking wine; chicken stock; Chinese barbecue pork fillets; Chinese bah-mi egg noodles
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  • Roast pumpkin soup
    • Categories: Soups
    • Ingredients: pumpkins; honey; chicken stock; brown onions; Dijon mustard
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    • Categories: Soups
    • Ingredients: split peas; bay leaves; carrots; celery; parsley; smoked ham hocks; onions
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    • Categories: Soups; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: lemons; yogurt; ground coriander; ground cumin; red lentils; onions; vegetable stock; English spinach
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    • Categories: Soups; Chinese
    • Ingredients: Chinese cooking wine; soy sauce; hoisin sauce; minced pork; fresh ginger; scallions; wonton wrappers; sesame oil; choy sum; chicken stock
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  • Roast tomato soup
    • Categories: Soups
    • Ingredients: tomatoes; chicken stock; garlic bulb; sugar
    • Accompaniments: Mint pesto
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    • Categories: Soups; Spring
    • Ingredients: asparagus; parsley; single cream; zucchini; broccoli; peas; Parmesan cheese; butter; plain flour; chicken stock
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    • Categories: Soups; Spring; Thai
    • Ingredients: fish sauce; fresh ginger; limes; lemongrass; bok choy; chicken breasts; solid coconut cream; button mushrooms; red chiles; chicken stock; kaffir lime leaves
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    • Categories: Soups; French
    • Ingredients: red chiles; prawns; scallops; leeks; snapper; fish stock; fennel; parsley; saffron; olive oil; onions; canned tomatoes; blue swimmer crabs
    • Accompaniments: Rouille
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    • Categories: Soups; Italian
    • Ingredients: macaroni pasta; carrots; beef stock; parsley; broccoli; cannellini beans; green beans; olive oil; onions; garlic; tinned tomatoes; smoked ham hocks
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    • Categories: Soups; American
    • Ingredients: parsley; clams; bacon; fish stock; potatoes; single cream; bay leaves; butter; onions; white wine; canned tomatoes; cream
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    • Categories: Soups; Italian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: basil; tomatoes; olive oil; garlic; wood-fired bread; vegetable stock
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    • Categories: Soups; Appetizers / starters; Main course; French
    • Ingredients: brandy; thyme; onions; beef stock; butter; Dijon mustard; plain flour
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    • Categories: Soups; Jewish
    • Ingredients: chicken stock; parsley; matzo crackers; carrots; celery; matzo meal; eggs
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    • Categories: Soups; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: red peppers; sherry vinegar; tomatoes; garlic; smoky paprika; sugar; olive oil; Lebanese cucumbers
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    • Categories: Soups
    • Ingredients: scallions; Chinese cooking wine; soy sauce; chicken breasts; chicken stock; garlic; corn cobs (UK/Australia)
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    • Categories: Soups
    • Ingredients: carrots; macaroni pasta; celery; parsley; whole chicken; onions
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    • Categories: Soups; South-east Asian
    • Ingredients: vermicelli pasta; laksa curry paste; red chiles; prawns; snow peas; fish sauce; coconut milk; sprouts; kaffir lime leaves; Vietnamese mint; coriander leaves; limes
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    • Categories: Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: thyme; bread; olive oil
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    • Categories: Sauces, general; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: breadcrumbs; red peppers; garlic; olive oil
    • Accompaniments: Bouillabaisse
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    • Categories: Bread & rolls, savory; Appetizers / starters; Italian; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: Italian bread; garlic; olive oil
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    • Categories: Sauces, general; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: pine nuts; Parmesan cheese; basil; olive oil
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    • Categories: Sauces, general; Italian; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: parsley; pine nuts; Parmesan cheese; mint; olive oil
    • Accompaniments: Roast tomato soup
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  • Crispy fried chicken

    • Snadra on November 04, 2011

      The instructions aren't very clear about the temperature to cook at, which made it hard to cook through without burning. The five spice is a nice touch though.

  • Spaghetti with lemon, capers and rocket

    • Snadra on November 04, 2011

      This is better just gently warming the chile, lemon and capers, and is easier to eat if either the rocket is chopped or it's made with short pasta. But it's a simple dish using things I usually have around. A tin of chunk tuna goes well mixed in too.

  • Thai pork with noodles

    • nadiam1000 on July 09, 2022

      This is an easy to pull together and tasty dish with bright flavors - I love these types of dishes. I made it to use up some cellophane noodles and fish sauce in my pantry and I would definitely make again.

  • Pad Thai

    • nadiam1000 on July 12, 2022

      very tasty dish and easy to put together - I did not have shrimp paste but otherwise followed the recipe. It does not mention what to do with the cooked eggs so I sliced them up and added them on top before the peanuts.

  • Shepherd's pie

    • wodtke on October 05, 2015

      This recipe makes an exceptionally tasty classic shepherd's pie. It does not call for thickening the ragu, but instead boiling it down; as usual, I was too impatient to reduce it enough, which resulted in slightly soupy pie. The pie was still good, and because I think I'd like more sauce than the recipe would have made as written, next time I'll thicken it a bit after some reduction to concentrate flavors.

    • Varundel on April 04, 2015

      One of my partner's favourite dishes and this is a great classic version. Buttery mash with a hint of cheese and a nice rich ragu sauce.

  • Sausage rolls

    • kezwell on November 21, 2015

      Add finely diced spring onons

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  • French onion soup

    • Tea and Scones

      It was very tasty. But I have to admit I prefer Jaime’s. It has sage and cheddar. I found Donna’s to be in need of more flavor and depth.

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  • Shepherd's pie

    • Tea and Scones

      Making Shepherd’s pie has been a favorite dish in our ‘cottage’ for a long time. I make it like my Mom made it. Now I have a better recipe. We loved how the flavors all came together for a spicy meal.

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  • Spinach and cheddar soufflé

    • Tea and Scones

      While these were fun to make, I found them to be somewhat bland. I would add more seasoning next time. Maybe a little garlic? And seasoning salt rather than just salt and pepper.

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    • Running With Tweezers

      Her entry for the Hay Hay! It's Donna Day competition.

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  • Asparagus tarts

    • Running With Tweezers

      This recipe was easy and quite delicious.

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  • ISBN 10 0060095245
  • ISBN 13 9780060095246
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  • Published Sep 25 2002
  • Format Paperback
  • Language English
  • Countries Australia
  • Publisher HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
  • Imprint HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd

Publishers Text

Renowned for making food that looks gorgeous and tastes great yet minimal effort, Donna Hay's cookbooks have become international successes. Modern Classics follows a simple formula for each chapter. Chapters, including soups, salads, pastas, and pies, begin with a basic recipe. With step-by-step photos, cooks will be able to create increasingly sophisticated variations from this starter recipe.


Whether you're looking for casual or elegant entertaining ideas, weekend or weekday cooking. Modern Classics offers answers to the question, What's for dinner?



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