HOME-MADE PASTA DOUGH

Made in the bread machine 220ml Water 1 tablespoon Olive Oil 1½ teaspoons Salt 2 cups Plain Flour 1 cup Semolina When I make lasagne, I always make it with fresh pasta.  I also never just make one, but several at one time and the reason why I don’t buy the instant packet lasagne sheets (I would probably…

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SIMPLE SPONGE CAKE

  For the filling I used Nestle Top N Fill Caramel and a 600ml whipped thickened fresh cream. I spread a small layer of caramel onto the left cake (this is the lid or top of cake). The right side I put a good covering of caramel. I left about a 1/8 of caramel in…

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Handy Hint – Lining a Spring Form Tin

Here is a simple way to to line a spring-form cake tin without having to drawer around the circle shape with a pencil or pen. All you will need is:   Grease proof paper,scissors and canola / non-stick cooking spray.    Remove the base of the tin and place it underneath the crease proof paper. Then place…

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Jungle Cake

This cake was made with my  EASY BUTTER CAKE and I doubled the recipe. Chocolate Vienna Icing  Green food colouring for the coconut   Chocolate Wafer Sticks for the trees      

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WHITE SAUCE

100g butter 2 – 3 heaped table spoons of corn flour or plain flour 2 cups of milk (extra milk to thin sauce if necessary). Dried or fresh herbs of your choice. Salt and Pepper to taste.   In a saucepan melt butter on low heat.  Add flour and mix into a paste.   Add…

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CROCK-POT CORNED BEEF

Corned Beef 1 cup of Vinegar 2 tablespoons brown sugar 3 – 6 cloves Water     Remove corned beef from its packaging and rinse off the juices and give it a good wash. Place Corned Beef, Vinegar, Brown Sugar and Gloves into the crock-pot.  Pour cold water over the beef making sure it covers totally. Cover…

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DIY BREAD CRUMBS

I use to buy the regular packet bread crumbs from the supermarket, (this was MANY years ago), but since they added the dreaded preservative 282 into most bread/wheat products I stopped purchasing it.  I dare you to go read the fact sheet. This is one of many chemicals I stay clear of in the cooking sector. When…

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MARINATED BAKED CHICKEN PIECES

Ingredients: 1 lemon 1 onion 1 tablespoon fresh herbs of your choice 3 garlic gloves – crushed 1 tablespoon mustard 2 tablespoons olive oil Whole chicken cut into pieces or any chicken pieces 1 large refrigerator grip freezer bag Salt and Pepper Cut chicken in pieces or use chicken pieces (or fillets) and place them into a large refrigerator…

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BOLOGNESE SAUCE – Large Family Sized

When I make Bolognese Sauce, I don’t follow a recipe.  I also use whatever vegetables I have in my refrigerator at the time.  I always cook Bolognese Sauce in a large quantity as I use what I need for the evening meal and freeze the rest. Therefore instant meal for another night! The following recipe can be made on…

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HOME-MADE PITA BREAD

Bread Machine Recipe 1 cup water 1 tablespoon olive oil 1½ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 3 cups Plain Flour 1½ teaspoons dry yeast Put all ingredients into the bread pan in order as listed.  Turn setting to DOUGH.   Roll out into 20cm circles.   Line oven shelves with baking paper and pre-heat oven…

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SALSA & BALSAMIC FISH FILLETS

Ingredients: Fish Fillets ~ Hoki or Basa or Whiting (frozen and no bones) Mushrooms Parsley Red Capsicum Purple Onion Aluminium Foil Olive Oil Balsamic Vinegar Salt & Pepper   Chop Mushrooms, Onion, Capsicum & Parsley. Place fish fillets onto sheets of foil and sprinkle chopped vegetables evenly onto the fish fillets. Salt and Pepper the fish (I…

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BLIND BAKING – CHEAT WAY!

When cooking fresh home-made pastry, perhaps the first thought that comes to mind; “Oh, it’s too hard, every time I try to ‘blind bake’, it takes too long or it just turns out wrong”.  Well, I have the answer for you! FORGET the traditional way, this is just SO EASY!   Once you have made your SHORT CRUST…

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HOME-MADE EASY SHORT CRUST PASTRY

200g plain flour 100g butter 40ml water ¼ tsp salt Place the flour, salt and butter into a mixer, mix on MEDIUM (4 – Mix Master) setting, until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Turn off machine, and add the water.  Mix again on LOW (1 – Mix Master) setting.  Dough is ready when it comes together…

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MOUSSAKA

 MAIN INGREDIENTS: 500g Mince  lamb/beef 2-3 tblps Olive Oil 2 Large onions 2 Garlic cloves – crushed Fresh herbs – parsley, oregano, rosemary etc   2-3 Large Egg Plant 100ml Red or White Wine 2 tblps Tomato Puree 1 tblps Ground Cinnamon Salt and Pepper   1.         Slice Egg Plants, pack into…

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EASY VEGETABLE OVEN RICE

Ingredients: Basic Oven Rice Recipe – extra ½ cup of boiling water. 2-3 Celery Stalks ~ diced into small pieces (I also use the leaves too) 1 red Capsicum ~ chopped & diced into small pieces 2-3 Carrots ~ peeled and diced into small pieces 1 cup of mushrooms – peeled and diced into small pieces 1 onion…

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HOME MADE PIZZA

  Ingredients: Bread Machine Pizza Dough 140g Tin Tomato Paste Tasty cheese Sliced tomatoes Sliced or diced capsicum Sliced mushrooms Diced Ham Diced Chicken Dried Basil Green Olives There is no rule to what to put on a pizza.  If I have left overs from the night before, I will use it on a pizza.  I…

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