MEAT MARINADES

Marinating can add extra flavour to a variety of meats so ideally it is best to marinate meat over night or during the day (for eight hours).  If you’re short of time, an hour will produce a good, but milder result. To make up marinades, all you do is mix the ingredients thoroughly.  Always place meat in…

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MUSHROOM SAUCE

This sauce is so easy to make and adjust the quantity when needed. It is also one of those throw together sauces. 50g butter 1 – 2 cups of mushrooms ~ chopped 60ml Worcestershire sauce 100 -120ml cream Salt & Pepper Chives / Leeks l Shallots ~ chopped   

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EASY CHICKEN PARMIGIANA

Chicken breast fillets – crumbed (schnitzel) Eggplant –  Sliced 425g Can diced tomatoes 250g mozzarella or tasty cheese ~ thinly sliced Cooking Spray Preheat oven to 200°C.  Thinly slice eggplant length ways and heat oil in a non-stick frying pan on high heat. Cook eggplant, in batches, for 2 to 3 minutes each side or…

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HONEY, SOY & SESAME CHICKEN STIR FRY

   CHICKEN 6 Chicken breast fillets ~ cut into cubes or strips ¼ Cup sesame seeds 3 Tablespoons honey 2 Tablespoons soy sauce Cornflour Vegetable or olive oil Salt and pepper 6 eggs  VEGETABLES 1-2 Purple or brown onions ~ halved and sliced 1 Red capsicum ~ chopped into strips 2-3 Celery stalks (can use the leaves…

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PUMPKIN SOUP

This is one of the 2 winning soups from the Soupalicious Challenge and Give Away, this recipe was submitted by Tiffany from Surviving Four Kids!   2 Tablespoons of olive oil 1 Leek ~ sliced and chopped 1 Teaspoon of minced garlic or one crushed clove Pinch of coriander or parsley 1 Teaspoon of cumin Pinch of nutmeg…

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GARLIC BOK CHOY, SPINACH OR SILVER BEET

  Did you know that you don’t have to boil spinach in water to cook it.  I never do as I believe it looses its flavour and just tastes bland and turns out like mush. Spinach and other varieties hold their own liquid which is released during the cooking process. For this easy recipe all…

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CREAM POTATO BAKE

  Potatoes peeled and sliced thinly Fresh or dried herbs (Italian Mixed Herbs) 200 – 250ml Thickened Cream (fresh or long life) 1 Large brown onion Leek (optional) Salt and Pepper Parmasen Cheese – (fresh or dried) Bread Crumbs

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BALSAMIC & ROSEMARY LAMB CHOPS

This VIP ~ RECIPE was submitted by Pauline from Toolbox Tastings 2 Tablespoons olive oil 60ml Balsamic vinegar 1 Tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves Salt and Pepper 12 Lamb cutlets Combine oil, vinegar and rosemary in medium bowl, add lamb.  Toss to coat lamb in marinade, stand 10 minutes.  DRAIN lamb, discard marinade. Cook lamb on…

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EASY SALSA COUS COUS

1 Small onion ~ chopped 2 Tablespoons fresh parsley ~ chopped 2 Tablespoons tomatoes ~ finely chopped 1 Teaspoon minced garlic or one clove crushed ½ Cup Cous Cous ½ Cup water Olive oil Salt In a small saucepan, fry on high heat the onion, parsley, tomato and garlic in a little olive oil.  Cook…

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TUNA & VEGETABLE PASTA BAKE

There is no rule to this recipe. You can add whatever vegetables you have in your refrigerator.  I have just listed the basics.  However, I also added some leftover baked potatoes too.  I always try to re-use any left overs when I am cooking. Basic Ingredients: 1 Onion ~ chopped 1 Cup Mushrooms ~ chopped Zucchini…

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DIJON MUSTARD & ROSEMARY PORK CHOPS

Ingredients: 2 – 4 Pork Chops 2 x Tablespoon Dijon Mustard 1 x Tablespoon Olive Oil 1 x Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary – finely chopped 1 x Teaspoon garlic Salt & Pepper 1 x Large Freezer Zip Lock Bag Chop the rosemary finely (I used a herb chopper). Place pork chops in the bottom of a…

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TASTY FRY-PAN NACHOS

  1 x 150g packet corn chips 2 cups grated tasty cheese 1 – 2 jars of nachos salsa (your choice of heat) or 2 cups of spaghetti bolognese sauce/mince freshly chopped parsley Sour Cream Avocado     Place a layer of corn chips on the base of the fry-pan(I used my electric fry-pan) Next a layer of cheese with a…

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ITALIAN LIQUEUR TRIFLE

  Cake Ingredients: 1 cup self raising flour 1 tablespoon corn flour 5 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla essence ¾ cup caster sugar ⅔ cup Marsala (or sherry) 80g butter – melted 2 x 250g Strawberries punnet 2 tablespoons plain or rice flour 600ml thickened cream – whipped (½ cup needed for custard). Grated chocolate Custard…

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MINI PARTY PIZZA’S

These are very simply made, due to the fact that a Grade 1 class will be eating them for their end of year school party tomorrow.  Normally I would put gourmet ingredients on top eg. sundried-tomatoes, pesto sauce, olives, chives etc. Ingredients: BREAD MACHINE PIZZA DOUGH Diced ham (or meats of your choice) Tomato paste…

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BEETROOT SPREAD

1 x tin chick peas – drained and washed 1 x tin beetroot – drained 4 x garlic cloves or 1 tablespoon of minced garlic ¼ cup Tahini 1 x lemon – juiced Olive Oil Salt Put the tahini, chick peas, beetroot, garlic and lemon juice into a food processor or blender and mix.  …

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TAHINI

Quick & very easy tahini – makes ½ cup 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds ½ teaspoon sesame or olive oil ¼ teaspoon of salt ¼ cup warm water   Place sesame seeds into a blender or food processoer and grind until smooth. Add oil and salt.  Process until combined. With motor still running, add the water in slowly…

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SHEPHERDS PIE

  500g Mince Beef 1 x brown onion Shallots or chives Fresh or dried herbs ½ cup plain flour ½ – ¾ cup stock 1 – 2 teaspoons of nutmeg or lemon rind Salt & pepper Oil 4 x Large potatoes – mashed Grated tasty or parmesan cheese This recipe is also good to hide other…

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Pan Fried Marinated Eggplant

What you will need: Prepared Marinated Eggplant Olive Oil Fry Pan Salt Cover the base of your fry pan with olive oil, heat the fry pan on high, then turn down to medium.  Evenly spread the eggplant over the base of the frying pan and fry slices until golden brown on the underside. Flip them…

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MARINATED EGGPLANT OR AUBERGINES

Here is an easy tip when marinating eggplant!     Cut up the eggplant anyway you wish (below, I cut the eggplant in half length ways and then sliced them into arches).   Place them into a large zip lock freezer bag adding garlic, dried herbs of your choice, I used oregano and olive oil.  There…

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Which white sauce?

I had a discussion this evening (after a friend read my recent Italiano recipe posts from today). What could not be decided on; was the difference between the sauces: Béchamel, White and Mornay. You could spend hours online, looking up a sauce only to find out it has a different ingredient or missing something you…

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LASAGNE

Ingredients: Tasty Cheese Cream Cheese Dried Basil or Parsley HOME-MADE PASTA BOLOGNESE SAUCE BACHAMEL SAUCE   Making Lasagne can be very time consuming, therefore when I make lasagne, I never just make one. I always do in bulk so I have meals to freeze for the future. I also tend to make the Bolognese Sauce…

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BÉCHAMEL SAUCE

Ingredients: 125g butter ½ cup plain flour 1 litre of milk 2 cups grated tasty cheese A pinch of nutmeg 3 eggs, beaten All photos below are a double batch of the above ingredients. Melt butter in saucepan.   Turn off heat and stir in flour. Pour in milk and stir over high heat until sauce thickens….

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