Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Preheat the oven to 150C/300F/Gas 2.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
French Onion Soup
freshly ground black pepper to taste
Over a low heat coat a saucepan with cooking spray, add onions and cook covered for 10 - 15 minutes or until onions are very soft and golden in colour.
Combine water and stock powder together, mixing well.
Add liquid stock, garlic, soy sauce and Worchestershire sauce to saucepan. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 15 minutes.
Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
This soup tastes absolutely wonderful with a buttered fresh crusty roll. YUM!
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Saturday night was "Homemade Pie" night which the kids enjoyed as they got to invent their own fillings. I made a basic beef mince gravy filling and then they added to it. I have a Sunbeam Pie Maker so the actual making/cooking of the pies is quite easy.
- mexican - adding 1/2 teaspoon taco seasoning and diced capsicum
- meat and vegetable - adding steamed diced carrots and peas
- curry - adding 1/2 teaspoon of mild curry powder and a few sultanas
- mushroom - adding a few fried mushrooms (fried in a small pan with cooking spray)
- italian - adding 1/2 teapsoon of dried oregano, some diced tomato, capsicum and a layer of cheese underneath the pastry.
Talk about serving up a feast to suit any child (not too mention big kids too).
As you can see by the photos the "kid friendly" dinner went down well!
Points per serve: 2
1 kg potatoes, cleaned but not peeled
2 tbs oregano
1 tbs sweet paprika
Preheat oven to 200 deg C, 400 deg F.
Cut potatoes into wedges (normally 8 wedges per potato).
Parboil in a saucepan of water for 10 minutes or microwave for approx 5 minutes in a small amount of water. The potatoes should be soft but not cooked through. Drain well.
Line a baking tray with foil and generously coat with cooking spray. Place potatoes on baking tray, coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with the oregano and the paprika, tossing to coat and then lay in a single layer on the tray.
Cook for 20 - 30 minutes or until golden. Turn once during cooking.
Hint - you can actually use any herbs and spices that you wish depending on the flavour... taco seasoning is also a good sprinkle.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
3/4 cup light cream
Coat a large non-stick frying pan with cooking spray and add bacon, garlic and shallots. Cook until bacon is brown and crispy.
Turn off stove and add egg mixture to pan. Stir through to mix and ensure properly combined. The heat off the pasta will cook the sauce.
Friday, January 23, 2009
Bring a large saucepan of water to boil, add noodles and cook for 3 - 4 minutes or until just tender. Drain and set aside.
Coat a large wok or frying pan with cooking spray and fry pork, ginger, garlic and onion until brown and cooked through. Add cabbage, carrots and capsicum, stirfry for 2 - 3 minutes.
Add curry paste and combined water and stock powder. Stirfry for another 2 minutes.
Toss in bean sprouts until mixed through and warmed.
Garnish with chopped coriander (optional).
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Preheat oven to 220 deg celcius.
(It is your choice whether to peel or not peel the potatoes - I prefer them unpeeled but it's up to the individual)
Dice potatoes into medium size pieces. If using chats/small potatoes cutting in half is great. Par boil or microwave for 5 - 6 minutes. Drain well.
Generously coat a baking tray with cooking spray, spread out the potatoes and spray with cooking spray. Sprinkle salt crystals over pototoes.
Bake in the oven for 30 - 40 minutes or until potatoes are crispy and golden, turning once.
Tip: For a different flavour you could sprinkle with dried herbs prior to cooking. For example - rosemary, oregano, mixed herbs etc.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
HINT: To make this dish milder substitute the chilli paste with sweet chilli sauce and do not use the birdseye chilli.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Heat wok over a medium-high heat. Spray with oil. Add onion and stir fry for 2 minutes or until brown. Add chicken, carrot and garlic. Stir-fry for 4 minutes.
Add cabbage and prawns. Stir fry for 1 minute or until prawns change colour.
Add sambal oelek, kecap manis, chilli if using and sprouts. Gently toss until combined.
Stir in rice and gently toss until hot.
Meanwhile spray a large non stick frypan with oil. Crack eggs into pan and cook for 2 minutes or until set with egg yolk still soft. Remove from heat.
Serve rice with eggs on top and sprinkle with shallots. You can serve into individual bowls but I platter mine up - however way it's yummy and really easy to make!! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.