Culinary Hotline - Mini Mommy Chef

Digital creator and chef of Mini Mommy Chef, Shannon Smith join us in the kitchen to share her delicious recipes!

All recipes by Shannon Smith


  • 1 red onion, diced
  • A handful of cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • A few basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 Cup red lentils (soaked)
  • 4 eggs
  • Mixed herbs
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Vegetable stock
  • Fresh basil and Parmesan cheese for topping
  • Toasted ciabatta for serving

How To Make Lentils and Eggs Brunch

  1. In a large pan, sauté the diced red onion until translucent.
  2. Add the halved cherry tomatoes and cook on low heat for 5-8 minutes until they soften.
  3. Use a hand blender to blitz the tomatoes and onions until you get a smooth sauce-like consistency.
  4. Pour in vegetable stock and add the soaked red lentils.
  5. Cook for about 10 minutes or until the lentils are tender.
  6. Season with mixed herbs, salt, and pepper to taste.
  7. Make small openings in the lentil mixture and crack the eggs into them.
  8. Cook until the eggs are done, but the yolks are still runny.
  9. Top the dish with fresh basil and grated Parmesan cheese.
  10. Serve the one-pan goodness with toasted ciabatta on the side and enjoy this easy, nutritious, and delicious meal!
  11. Feel free to make any adjustments or modifications to suit your taste preferences.
  12. Happy cooking!


  • +- 8-10 Chicken wings
  • Flour, for dusting
  • Oil for frying
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp Gochujang paste
  • 2 Tbsp White wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Garlic clove, chopped
  • 5cm Ginger, peeled & chopped

How To Make Gochujang Crispy Wings

  1. Cut chicken wings separate drummers and flats.
  2. Prepare the Coating: In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, black pepper. Toss the wings into the flour.
  3. Fry the Chicken: Heat vegetable oil in a deep fryer or a large, heavy-bottomed pot
  4. Carefully add the chicken wings in batches, ensuring not to overcrowd the pot.
  5. Fry the wings for about 7-8 minutes or until they are golden brown and crispy.
  6. Remove the fried wings with a slotted spoon and place them on a wire rack or paper towels to drain excess oil.
  7. Make the Gochujang Sauce: In a small saucepan, combine the gochujang, soy sauce, rice vinegar, honey or brown sugar, minced garlic, and grated ginger.
  8. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce is well combined and slightly thickened.
  9. Remove from heat.
  10. Coat the Wings with Gochujang Sauce: In a large bowl, toss the fried chicken wings with the gochujang sauce until they are evenly coated.
  11. Serve: With a sprinkle of sesame seeds and spring onion.


  • +- 5cm thick cut fillet steak
  • 2 Tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 4 cheddar cheese slices
  • Basic chilli oil (chili flakes, star anise, cinnamon, garlic, soy sauce)
  • 2 Panini
  • Lettuce, to serve
  • 3-6 Tomato slices, to serve

How To Make Steak Sandwich

  1. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise and chili oil:
  2. Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Adjust the amount of chili oil for your preferred level of spiciness.
  3. Mix well and set the chili oil mayo aside.
  4. Season and Cook the Fillet Steaks: Season the fillet steaks generously with salt and black pepper.
  5. Heat olive oil in a skillet over high heat until it’s very hot.
  6. Add the fillet steaks and sear for about 3-4 minutes per side for medium-rare, adjusting the time for your preferred level of doneness.
  7. Remove the steaks from the skillet and let them rest for a few minutes before slicing.
  8. Assemble the Sandwich: Preheat a panini press or grill pan.
  9. Slice the panini rolls or baguettes in half and lightly butter the insides (optional).
  10. Spread a generous amount of the chili oil mayo on one side of each roll.
  11. Place a layer of fresh lettuce leaves on the bottom half of each roll.
  12. Add sliced tomatoes, red onion (if using), and the sliced steak on top of the lettuce.
  13. Place a slice of cheese over the steak
  14. Enjoy your flavorful and satisfying fillet steak sandwich with a spicy kick from the chili oil mayo!

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