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Oven-Roast Broccoli with Chilli & Mint

August 1, 2012

The Perfect Sidekick

The main meal and side dish should be combined as if the main meal was a superhero and the side dish was a sidekick.  If the side dish is useless like a boring salad to just make the plate look pretty then this will not enhance the dish in any way and will be a waste of money and food.  If Robin was a pathetic and lazy person Batman would be left vulnerable.  So please make your side dishes interesting and tasty, even if it is well cooked rice.  A side dish needs purpose people! This is a fool-proof side and it has a nice kick to it.

This recipe was adapted from Lorraine Pascale’s ‘Home Cooking Made Easy’ (HaperCollins Publishers, 2011).


A few broccoli heads, a drizzle of olive oil, 1 big red chilli (de seeded and chopped into small pieces), salt and black pepper, a bunch of fresh mint.


1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
2. Break the broccoli and scatter over the oven tray.
3. Drizzle on some olive oil.
4. Scatter on some chillies and season with a little salt and black pepper.
5. Roast for 16 – 20 minutes.
6. When broccoli is cooked take out of the oven, shred the mint leaves and sprinkle them over the vegetables.


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