Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Hamper Menu 2

Mature Brie Cheese with Pickled Beetroot & Pecan Nuts Photographic Print

Yes, I got a hamper with cheese and nuts. It is supposed to be for nibbles, but I am using the things for meals. Some of the dishes we made last week with special cheese in them were delicious.

Tuesday ~ Blue Cheese Tortellini with Walnuts
Wednesday ~ Fish Fingers & Chips
Thursday ~ Pies & Chips
Friday ~ Calamari with Lemon Aioli and Pea & Mint Salad
Saturday ~ Pumpkin & Spinach Stir-fry (uses macadamias)
Sunday ~ Chicken Chilli Wraps with Tenders
Monday ~ Broccoli, Almond & Lemon Farfalle
Tuesday ~ Papparadelle with Chilli & Cheese Kabana
Wednesday ~ Tomato, Feta & Zucchini Ziti
Thursday ~ Hoisin Pork with Pak Choy and Cashews
Friday ~ Tuna Casserole
Saturday ~ Mini Hot Dogs
Sunday ~ Gnocchi & Three Cheese Bake (uses Castello white cheese)
Monday ~ Lentil & Kransky Stew (use bacon pieces)

Success from last week:
Tuna & Haloumi & Bean Salad
Interesting recipes:
Spinach & Blue Cheese Crepes
Crisp Whitebait & Calamari with Quince Aioli
Pork Fennel & Sun-dried Tomato Sausages (uses pork/veal mince)
Zucchini & Feta Fritters (uses marinated feta)
Chorizo, Zucchini & Feta Rigatoni (uses rocket)
Sausage, Pea & Feta Salad (uses chicken sausages & marinated feta)
Spaghetti with Chorizo, Feta & Spinach
Pumpkin, Spinach & Feta Spaghetti (pumpkins are $8 ea atm)
Sausage & Vegetable Hotpot (uses chorizo & dates & pumpkin)
Mini Hot Dogs with Caesar Salad (uses chipolatas)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Hamper Menu

Fresh Goat's Cheese, Figs, Oil and Rose Wine from Provence Photographic Print

I cleaned up this post, I found by the end of the fortnight I had planned just enough meals, the blanks were moved on to the next fortnight. I got hampers from three Christmas hamper companies this year. Cheese, smallgoods and nice cheeses, and yes, figs. My first try at haloumi, the salad was gorgeous.

Tuesday November 15 ~ Haloumi 180g to use up leaves Tuna, Haloumi & Bean Salad
Wednesday ~ Prosciutto & Rocket Lasagne
Thursday ~ Zucchini & Bacon Fettucine from Recipes+
Friday ~ Vegetable Pasta Bake (uses bacon, pasta sauce and silverbeet) (had this 12 November last year, lovely and rich, kids liked it)
Saturday ~ Fish & Salad
Sunday ~ Cheesy Zucchini & Bacon Slice (zucchini is cheap) uses vintage cheese
Monday ~ Crispy Salami Pasta (uses Smoked Cheese and maybe cabanossi & cherry tomatoes)
Tuesday ~ Pies & Chips
Wednesday ~ Chorizo & Spinach Macaroni Cheese from Recipes+
Thursday ~ Asparagus, Rocket & Ham Omelette (uses asparagus we already have)
Friday ~ we had tea/dinner out at my daughter's year 12 graduation
Saturday ~ Salami & Mushroom Linguini (uses broccoli)
Sunday ~ Carrot, Rosemary & Bacon Pasta (uses blue cheese)
Monday 28th ~ Lasagne & Wedges

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Cabana/Kabana Recipes

I think I have been spelling cabana wrong on my blog. I have a picture from my Christmas hamper club, very small, but I think it is spelt Cabana. I am expecting some in a hamper and working out my menu. Kabanos?

So far on my blog I have recipes for cabana:

Versatile Paella
Macaroni Cheese with Kabana
Curry & Kabana Sausage Rolls
Kabana Cassolet
Kabana Fritters

Google is pulling up lots more recipes, which I'm sure everyone can find themselves. But for my menu planning I am going to post some below. Kabana is cheaper than Kransky I think.

Chilli, Kabana & Pumpkin Soup
Don Kabana Paella
Don Pappardelle with Chilli & Cheese Kabana (uses rocket, yum)
Polish Kabanos Soup
Kabanos & Lentil Casserole (excellent recipe for adapting!)
Fennel Seed Sauerkraut with Kabanos, Spring Onions & Sour Cream (video) this is getting exciting!
Chickpea & Kabanos Soup (uses eggplant which I don't like that much, another adaption coming!)
Creamy Kabana Pasta
Leek & Kabanos Frittata

If you are feeling generous with the meat
Gumbo Styled Chicken
One Pot Chicken & Kabana (uses beans, kidney etc.)
Kabana, Bean & Silverbeet Soup (sounds like a chorizo one on the taste site)

Put all your favourite stuff out there on your blog, seriously all my favourite stuff is getting more on the net, than when it was only me blathering about it. Coincidence maybe, true. If you have something that is little known, share. Same with kranskys, whatever you like that isn't popular put it out there.

We starting using cabana in meals because of a recipe from the McCormicks site in Australia for a lemon paella. They have since changed the meat in this recipe. I must post it, it was originally in a magazine, the page I still have. It is a family favourite.

I have found the original. I have linked back to this recipe but the page changes. So will post recipe and link this time.

Spanish Lemon Paella


  • 100 g Kabana ( 1 stick ), sliced or 100g chorizo sausage, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice
  • 1.2L liquid (stock or water)
  • 1 1/4 tbsp Lemon and Pepper Seasoning
  • 2 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 cup roast chicken
  • 1 cup mixed seafood
  • 2 medium, ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 4 spring onions, sliced


  1. Fry the sausage and rice in a large, non stick pan for 3 minutes.
  2. Add the liquid, one cup at a time, stirring so that the rice absorbs it all.
  3. Just prior to adding the last cup of liquid, add the seasonings and roast chicken. Cook for 3 – 4 minutes, to absorb all the liquid.
  4. Stir through the remaining ingredients, then remove from the heat. Serve with a squeeze of lemon juice and a handful of fresh parsley if desired.

From here: McCormicks Spanish Lemon PaellaLink

Our modification is using canned prawns. There may be some others. I noticed they have both meats on the recipe now, fantastic. I love the cabana version, and they spell it my way lol.

Pictured is kabanos from Flickr Creative Commons, click to go there.

Kabanos with Caraway, Cabbage and Potato (close up)

Monday, November 7, 2011

Late Menu

A Coffee Cup and a Diner Sign Spell Late Night Just off Route 95 Photographic Print

Monday ~ swap recipe: using stuff we already have, Lentil & Potato Dhal
Tuesday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Wednesday ~ Stir Fried Mince & Vegetable Chow Mein (uses wombuk/wombok)
Thursday ~ Pork Sausages, Onions, Potato etc.
Friday ~ Chow Mein
Saturday ~ Tea Out
Sunday ~ Pies, Peas, WedgesLinkMonday ~ Fettucine Carbonara
Tuesday ~ Sausage Bake with Rocket Pesto

The menu is going very slowly this week. I have all the vegetables and things, but not the meat. It is planned by the fact that I have everything if I wanted to go vegetarian, if I want to add meat I can.

I have buttermilk I have to use up because of the fry bread I wanted to make but didn't have the pork, meant to buy it in Coles at the same time.

Wednesday ~ Fennel, Pea & Salmon Risotto (from recipes+)
Thursday ~ Zucchini Pancakes with Bacon & Avocado
Friday ~ Taco Salad
Saturday ~ Bacon & Avocado Burgers
Sunday ~ Sausages in bread and pancakes
Monday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise

Interesting recipes:
Zucchini Pancakes with Bacon & Avocado (uses buttermilk)
Tex Mex Beef with Cornbread Topping (uses buttermilk)
Tortellini with Creamy Pesto & Crispy Bacon (uses buttermilk)
Chicken & Bacon Pita Salad (uses buttermilk)