Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Follow on Menu

Christmas Decoration with Apples, Nuts, Candle & Gingerbread

I was working out today if I have to grocery shop tomorrow. It looks next fortnight (tomorrow now I wrote some of this 14 days ago) would be the best week to skip grocery shopping as I have meat for all meals. I order my fruit, vegetables and bread online and am able to buy other ingredients here if I have a good list and it is not too extensive. The meat comes from my Chrisco & Hamper King hampers that will be delivered. Next time I can think up recipes for the Pasta Sauces.

Last fortnight, and I still have recipes I haven't used yet, swapped with the pies below, my husband made spanakopita with our homegrown silverbeet. We chose that particular recipe because it suited the ratio of spinach to cheese that we had on hand. Here are some more recipes for Greek Spinach Pie.

Thursday 19th November ~ Pies Potatoes & Beans
Friday 20th November ~ Pies, Potatoes & Beans
Saturday 21st November ~ Sausage Casserole (Chipolatas)
Sunday 22nd November ~ Wombuk Salad & Corn Crumbed Fish?
Monday 23rd November ~ Creamy Mustard Kransky
Tuesday 24th November ~ Sausages, Potatoes & Beans
Wednesday 25th November ~ Pork Sausages
Thursday 26th November ~ Pork Sausages
Friday 27th November ~ Macaroni & Zucchini Pasta Bake
Saturday 28th November ~ Low-fat Pasta Carbonara
Sunday 29th November ~ Bacon, Egg & Beef Sausage Burgers
Monday 30th November ~ Ham, Cheese & Chive Quiches (uses whipped cream and ham steaks)
Tuesday 1st December ~ Sweet & Sour Sausages with Rice
Wednesday 2nd December ~ some eating out, sausage rolls

Substitution: Beef Sausage & Lentils with Polenta and Zucchini
(grape tomatoes)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ah, the Simple Things

Old country dances. Where do I sign up? Oops, I'd have to wear a dress.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Recipes with Sumac

Marinated Courgette Rolls with Mozzarella and Feta Filling


I love sumac, and have collected lots of jars. But now, I find I haven't used it for awhile. I saw Janella Purcell make a salad with it tonight on Good Chef, Bad Chef. I am not sure I would make it though, I don't buy bulk walnuts. Here are some other recipes.

Potato Salad with Chilli & Spring Onion

I don't know how many recipes there were when I first bought sumac, I am thinking not too many? Maybe I can search my blog and find what I said earlier.

Turkish Dumplings

Lamb Sausage & Salad Pitas (made with either lamb sausages, pork sausages or beef sausages)

Zucchini & Feta Fritters


Lamb Kofta with Fattoush

Baked Falafel with Roasted Eggplant Salad
(you can get Falafel in a box and I never know what to serve it with)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Do you think you could drive an old Cortina?

This is a show I came across the other day where the family of 6 go back to live in the 70s for the TV show. There is an earlier post on youtube and some other ones. I liked the one where the guy was trying to change gears. I didn't realise, perhaps he now has an automatic car? Perhaps he doesn't know about synchromesh? Maybe he never used gears? How old is he do you think?

Actually by the time we got rid of our 71? Holden I don't think I was driving it anymore, though obviously I could drive it well before I got out of practise with a newer car.

A Tricky Menu

The Christmas Hamper


This fortnight I have instead of Thursday to the following Monday or Wednesday night of the second week, I go to Wednesday of the first week. Then my first lot of Christmas hampers are coming. Australian hampers are patterned after the British Christmas savings ideas, so people can have food for Christmas. I do it as a way of saving. For example I hope to spend less on groceries this time. I know to start with I don't have to buy teabags, paper towel (not that we really need it but it needs replacing), juice (I know, we can survive without our juice, but I do buy 2 litres every fortnight usually).

No, I don't think I will get a live turkey in a basket. Hamper King has some nice recipes to use the food. Their 2010 catalogue is great. It has things in it that I usually use, like brussels sprouts and some frozen? apple crumbles and lots of things. On page 23 of the recipe booklet above they have an Australian pudding, with icecream in it. It is an alternative to a hot plum pudding. Some people make a different one with fresh berries.

Last week I did a short menu, so I'll start there.

Tuesday 2nd November (we had to go to NSW to get food!) ~ BBQ outside on the wood BBQ, sausages, burgers, onion rings, BBQ pineapple and oven wedges
Wednesday ~ Beef Chow Mein
Thursday ~ Mongolian Style Noodles with Chicken (daughter's homework)
Friday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Saturday ~ Tuna & Mushroom Spaghetti
Sunday ~ Lamb & Prosciutto Burgers
Monday ~ Chilli Con Carne with Vegetables (recipe I found from last year)
Tuesday ~ Zucchini, Tomato & Chilli Rigatoni (beautiful recipe)
Wednesday ~ Egg & Bacon Pies with Silverbeet homemade (bacon)
Thursday ~ Fish with Cheese Topping (Original Crumb)
Friday ~ Lemon Crumbed Fish with Butter Bean Salad (below) (Oven Baked Lemon Crumbed)
Saturday ~ Taco Salad with Sour Cream Dressing (corn cobs)
Sunday ~ Fish Souvlaki (below) (Original crumb)
Monday ~ Hot Dogs
Tuesday ~ Bacon & Leek Quiche (bacon pieces)
Wednesday ~ Pies, Potatoes & Peas

We have defrosted the freezer, and now will attempt to move it back home for the big day of hamper delivery. I am glad bloggers search function is working on my blog again, I really enjoyed the meals we made last year from the frozen fish etc. Usually I don't buy frozen things as I shop out of town. They are from the Simply Great Meals site. They have a meal planner and a recipe club so I could save my favourite recipes, maybe I should do that as a back up. Lemon Crumbed Fish with Butter Bean Salad from Createameal is no longer there, hopefully I can find the printed version and perhaps post it. Maybe there are some new favourites to find as well.

I found a bunch of recipes sitting loosely in the back of a Marbig from this time last year.

Two seem to be missing from the net.

Fish Souvlaki

425g packet frozen Birds Eye Oven Bake Original Crumbed
3 sheet mountain bread, cut in half
2 cups mixed lettuce leaves
425g can Edell Sliced Beetroot, drained
1 carrot, cut into thin strips (my husband grated)
Dressing:
1 tablespoon prepared Italian herb Dressing
3/4 cup natural yoghurt
1/2 grated continental cucumber, drained (squeeze out fluid my husband says)
my husband added 1/2 teaspoon garlic

2 x for 9 wraps (dressing?)

Cook frozen fish following packet directions. Assemble each souvlaki by placing lettuce, beetroot, carrot and cooked fish into the centre of the bread. Drizzle with a spoonful of dressing over fish. Wrap bread around filling to form the souvlaki, folding in one end to enclose filling. Hint: Secure wrapes with toothpicks or bamboo skewers.



Lemon Crumbed Fish with Butter Bean Salad

425g packet frozen Birds Eye Oven Bake Lemon Crumbed
300g can Edgell Butter Beans, drained
8-10 grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cucumber, cut into thin sticks
2 cups baby spinach leaves
1 tablespoons low fat salad dressing

Cook frozen fish following packet directions. Combine butter beans, tomatoes, cucumber and baby spinach leaves and drizzle with salad dressing. Place cooked fish onto serving plate and spoon over bean salad. Hint: Serve fish and salad with Birds Eye Golden Crunch Fries.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Are homemade meat pies cheaper?


This is what I am wondering. My husband kindly made six standard sized meat pies today (pictured). I have trouble finding recipes for pork sausages. Pork sausages are usually around $3 for 1lb or 500g which is how much the recipe needs. These were just the standard pork sausages, not special or extra delicious ones. The rest was flour, butter and an apple & parsley.

Pork Pies

500g pork sausages
1 apple or pear, grated
1 tbs chopped flat-leaf parsley
Pinch grated nutmeg
2 1/4 cups (340g) plain flour
80g unsalted butter
1 egg, beaten, plus 1 egg yolk to glaze


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Grease a 6-hole muffin pan or pie tins
  2. Squeeze the sausage meat out of the casings into a bowl. Add the apple, parsley and nutmeg, then season with salt and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  3. Sift flour into a bowl, add 1 teaspoon salt, and make a well in centre.
  4. Melt the butter with 100ml water in a pan over low heat, then add to the flour and stir to combine.
  5. Add the beaten egg and use your hands to bring the mixture together to form a smooth ball. (I use a dinner knife for pastry.)
  6. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured board, then use a 10cm pastry cutter to cut 6 rounds from the dough. Use rounds to line the prepared muffin pan, leaving a slight overhang.
  7. Divide the sausage mixture among the muffin holes. Bring the remaining pastry together into a ball and re-roll. Use a 7cm cutter to cut 6 lids from the dough. Brush the overhanging pastry in the muffin holes with a little water, sit the lids on the filling, then fold the overhang up around the edges and press in. Roll any excess pastry into long thin strips and use to run around the edge of each pie to form a decorative seal.
  8. Brush the pies with beaten egg yolk and bake for 35 minutes or until golden.
  9. Cool slightly before removing from the pan. Cool completely before packing. Serve with tomato chutney or sauce.
Adapted from the Taste site.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Great Wildcrafting Recipe

Picking Blackberries


Today I saw on TV a recipe that uses either apples, blackberries or plums, but you can use a garden fruit, rhubarb. It is an old Scottish recipe called Friar's Omelette and I saw it on a program called Good Chef, Bad Chef.

It is great as the other ingredients are simple things like eggs and breadcrumbs. If you are a fan of stewed apple check it out. Garry also gives an example on the video how much water you need to start apples off and general tips about stewing apple. Sort of a lost art for fruit that can often be free.