Sunday, December 13, 2009

Chicken and Mushroom Pasta Bake

And another chicken pasta bake......

Serves 4

Get This -

350g short pasta
1 teaspoon oil
2 teaspoons butter
1 barbecued chicken (including stuffing)
1 medium brown onion, chopped
2 spring onions, finely sliced
200g button mushrooms, sliced
300mL cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
salt and pepper
1 cup grated tasty cheese

Do This -

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water until tender, drain and place in an 8cup ovenproof dish.
  2. Heat oil and butter in large frying pan. Saute onion and mushroom until soft. 
  3. Add white parts of spring onions (save green parts for garnish) and chopped stuffing and cook for another couple of minutes.  
  4. Shred the chicken breasts from the barbecued chicken (remove the skin) and add to the pan.  Mix and season well with salt and pepper.
  5. Mix cream and mustard in a separate bowl or jug.
  6. Add everything to the baking dish and stir through. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake in moderate oven for about 20 minutes or until heated through and golden brown.
  7. Serve with green spring onions sprinkled on top.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Bean Salad

I love cold salads in Summer.  This one is particularly yummy!

Serves 4

Get this -

430g can three-bean mix, rinsed, drained
1/2 small red onion, sliced very thinly
1 punnet cherry or grape tomatoes, halved

1/2 cup chopped fresh coriander
1 large lemon, juiced
Salt & freshly ground black pepper

Do this -

Place the beans, onion, tomatoes and coriander in a medium bowl. Add the lemon juice, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Honey Joys

I made these for a playgroup afternoon tea.  I'd almost forgotten how good they are!

Get this -

90g butter
1/3 cup sugar (I used raw sugar because it was the only sugar I had in the house)
1 tablespoon honey
4 cups corn flakes

Do this -

Preheat oven to 150C.
Put butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan and heat until sugar is melted and mixture bubbles.
Pour over corn flakes and mix until corn flakes are coated.
Spoon into 24 cupcake or 12 muffin papers.
Bake in oven for 12 minutes until golden.
Take out and let sit to cool.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Bake

This is a bit like the other pasta bake that I posted, but different.

Serves 4

Get This -

350g short pasta
1 barbecued chicken
1 medium brown onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 bunches asparagus, trimmed, cut into 5cm pieces
300g sour cream
1/2 cup (125ml) chicken stock
1 1/2 cups grated tasty cheese
1/4 cup finely grated parmesan cheese

Do This -
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Cook pasta in a large pan of boiling salted water until tender, drain and place in an 8cup ovenproof dish.
  2. Heat oil in large frying pan. Saute onion and garlic until onion is soft.
  3. Shred the chicken breasts from the barbecued chicken (remove the skin) and add to the pan.
  4. Add asparagus, sour cream and stock, mix well. Season well with salt and pepper. Add pasta, combine well.
  5. Add to the pasta in the baking dish and stir through. Sprinkle with combined cheeses. Bake in moderate oven for about 20 minutes or until heated through and golden brown.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Caesar Salad

I love caesar salads, but I hate those pre-packaged ones.  You may as well be eating cardboard, I think.  So here's my real do-it-yourself one.  I do buy a bottled dressing but if you get a really good one this salad tastes just as good as one from a cafe or restaurant.

Serves 2

Get this -

2 cos lettuce hearts
2 boiled eggs, quartered
2 bacon rashers
1 clove garlic
4 - 6 anchovy fillets
1 tablespoon capers
bottled caesar salad dressing

Do this -

  1. Cut baguette into slices, rub both sides with garlic, butter lightly or spray with oil and crisp in oven or in a sandwich press.
  2. Separate lettuce leaves and place into a salad bowl.
  3. Dice bacon and fry until crisp.
  4. Sprinkle bacon, anchovies (chopped or whole) and capers over lettuce.
  5. Drizzle with dressing and toss gently.
  6. Arrange egg wedges and toasted croutons on top.
  7. Shave parmesan over salad and serve.

TIP - Add cooked prawns or chopped barbecued chicken for a light summer dinner or heartier lunch.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Easy As Chips/Wedges/Potato Skins


Washed potatoes, roughly 1 per person
oil spray


Preheat oven to 200oC.
Spray a baking tray with oil.
Pierce potatoes all over with a sharp knife then microwave them until tender.
Let cool slightly then cut the potatoes into wedges.
Slice skins off or leave them on, whatever you or your kids prefer.
Place wedges and skins onto a baking tray, give them a light spray with oil and sprinkle with salt.
Bake in oven for about 30 minutes or until golden.

Easy as!!  Enjoy! :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Chicken Stroganoff

This makes a nice change from beef stroganoff.  It's not the easiest thing on this blog, but it's certainly not difficult...I don't do difficult!

2 serves

Get this -

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large chicken breast fillet, cut into strips
1 small brown onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, crushed
100g mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup sour cream
steamed rice and chopped chives to serve

Do this -
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil to high heat.
  • Add chicken & stir until it has changed colour and is lightly browned.
  • Remove chicken & reduce heat to medium.
  • Heat remaining oil, add onion, garlic & mushrooms.
  • Cook for 5 mins or until onion has softened.
  • Add paprika.  Stir until fragrant, about 1 min.
  • Add Worcestershire sauce and stock and simmer 2-3 mins until slightly reduced.
  • Remove from heat. Stir in sour cream, season with salt &pepper.
  • Return chicken, place back over medium-low heat until chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve with steamed rice and chopped chives.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cheesy Beef Rissoles

Makes about 12

Get This -

250g beef mince
1 small carrot, grated
1/2 cup parmesan, grated
1 egg
1 tablespoon tomato/barbecue/sweet chilli sauce
1 tablespoon mustard
1 slice of bread, crusts removed and broken into tiny pieces
25g fetta, crumbled
salt & pepper

Do This -
  • Place everything in a mixing bowl and get your hands stuck in mixing until well combined.
  • Roll into small rissoles and shallow fry or barbecue until browned all over and cooked through.
Too easy! ;)

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Noodle Pancake

Here's one just for the kids...although it tastes pretty good and I'd be happy to eat it!!


Get this -

1/4 pack of 2 minute noodles
1 egg

Do this -

Cook noodles (with the veggie sachet if it comes with one).
Mix 1/4 flavour sachet with 1 egg and whisk to combine.
Cool noodles slightly, add to egg mixture.
Pour into heated frypan and spread evenly.
Once set flip as you would a pancake (I use an egg flip, don't have the skill to toss willy-nilly!)

All sorts of goodies could be hidden (I mean added to) this recipe like grated carrot or zucchini, chopped bacon, shaved ham or chicken, frozen peas or corn.....

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Savoury Muffins

I am sooo not a baker.  But I felt like some savoury muffins today and thought my kids might like to try them, too.  Well, of course, I loved them and my kids wouldn't even taste them!  Oh well, I'll keep trying.
 Makes 12
Get This -
  • 2 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 125g melted butter, cooled
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon herbs
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 2 bacon rashers, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 small red capsicum, diced
  • parmesan to top
Do This -
  1. Preheat oven to 200C.
  2. Fry onion, bacon and capsicum until onion is soft.
  3. Sift flour into a bowl.  Add cheese and season well with salt and pepper.
  4. Whisk eggs, milk and herbs together.
  5. Make a well in the flour, add milk mixture and butter, fold until well combined.
  6. Fold in bacon and onion mixture.
  7. Spoon into greased muffin tray, top with parmesan.
  8. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
Try to eat just one!!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chicken Pasta Bake

If you like pasta bakes you'll love this one...easy and tasty...mmm mmm!

Serves 4

Get This -

300g of your favourite short pasta
1 onion, finely chopped
300ml cream
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 cup frozen peas
1/2 cup grated parmesan
1/2 barbecue chicken, roughly chopped
3 bacon rashers
salt and pepper
1 cup tasty cheese

Do This -

  • Preheat oven to 200C.
  • Cook pasta in a large pot as per packet instructions.  Drain and set aside in baking dish.
  • Meahwhile, cook bacon, chop, set aside.
  • Saute onion in a little oil until softened but not brown.
  • Add cream, bring to simmer and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in corn, peas, parmesan, bacon and chicken and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add to pasta in baking dish, add salt and pepper and stir to mix well.
  • Sprinkle cheese on top.
  • Bake in oven for about 20 minutes or until golden on top.
  • Sprinkle with chopped parsley if you like.

I guarantee you'll want seconds!

Monday, September 14, 2009


Another favourite weekly dinner...

Get This -

A burrito kit

Do This - 

Follow instructions on the pack

LOL, yeah I know...hardly a recipe.  But I am using this blog as a collection of our family's favourites so I had to include it!

Tip - If you want to do something extra, add a can of cannellini beans (drained & rinsed) with the chicken, or red kidney beans with mince.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Chocolate Crackles

These are an absolute must for kids' parties.

Makes approximately 28

Get This -

4 cups rice bubbles
1 cup icing sugar
1 cup dessicated coconut
250g block copha, melted
5 tablespoons cocoa powder

Do This -

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Spoon mixture into patty papers.
Leave in fridge until set.

These are so easy the kids can make them themselves.

TIP - use tiny patty papers for little kids, they are pretty rich and sometimes a small bite is enough!

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Beef Sausage Rolls

I've never attempted to make sausage rolls before and was surprised at how easy they were.  If they are easy enough for me, they are easy enough for anyone.  Give them a go...

Cooking Time

20 - 30 mins



Get This -

300g beef mince
1 small brown onion finely chopped
1 carrot, peeled and grated
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon dried herbs
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, partially thawed
1 tablespoon milk

Do This -

Preheat oven to 220C.
Line baking tray with baking paper.
Combine mince, onion,  carrot, egg, herbs, salt and pepper in a bowl and mix well.
Cut pastry sheets in half.
Shape a quarter of the mince along a long edge of each piece of pastry.
Roll pastry to enclose mince mixture.
With seam side down, cut each roll into four.
Place onto baking tray, brush with milk, and bake for 20 - 30 minutes until puffed and golden brown.
Let stand for 5 minutes before serving, with tomato sauce of course!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Pizza Puff Slice

This was a lovely, light meal. Perfect for a warm evening.

Prep Time -
20 mins

Cooking Time -
20 mins

Serves -

Get this:

2 sheets puff pastry, thawed
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons tomato paste
6-8 slices leg ham
1 red capsicum finely sliced
1 red onion finely sliced
1 cup mozzarella, grated
12 baby bocconcini

Do this:

Preheat oven to 200degC and line 2 oven trays with baking paper. Place pastry sheets on trays, pierce all over with a fork, then brush milk around the edges of the pastry.
(I didn't have a pastry brush so used rolled up baking paper & cut the end to form 'bristles'...clever, I know!)

Spread tomato paste over pastry sheets, leaving a 1cm border around the edge. Cut ham into strips and arrange on top. Scatter over the capsicum and onion, then top with mozzarella and torn bocconcini. Fold the 1cm edge of pastry to form a lip and brush with milk.

Bake for 15-20mins until crisp and golden brown. Cut each into quarters to serve.

Serve with salad of rocket, cherry tomatoes, capsicum & more bocconcini drizzled with virgin olive oil.

You could add olives and/or replace the bocconcini with crumbled fetta.
You could also top with roughly chopped parsley if you like it. I don't, so I didn't.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Tuna Rissoles/Patties/Balls/Cakes

Makes 10 small balls

Get This:

1 small can tuna
1 small can flavoured tuna (my favourite is sun dried tomato & basil)
1/4 brown onion finely chopped
1 egg
1 tbsp sweet chilli sauce
salt & pepper
flour to coat
oil to shallow fry

Do This:
  • Put drained tuna, onion, egg, sauce, salt & pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Add enough breadcrumbs so that the mixture holds together.
  • Mix well with your hands (remember to remove rings!!).
  • Roll into whatever size you like.
  • Coat in flour.
  • Shallow fry until golden brown all over.

  • onion can be grated (although it tends to turn into mush) or fried lightly first.
  • add grated carrot, grated zucchini, frozen corn, fresh herbs or peas if you want to sneak some vegies into non-vegie eaters.