Thursday, December 29, 2011

Chorizo/Kransky Hotpot with Braised Cabbage & Potatoes

Chorizo Hot Pot with Braised Cabbage

Serves about 6

1 onion sliced
3 rashers of bacon chopped
500g or 6 chorizo (skinned type)
½ cup white wine
2 tsp chicken powder
400g chopped tomatoes
2 X 400g borlotti beans drained

Braised Cabbage
2 cloves garlic sliced thin
1 small red onion halved and sliced
½ green cabbage sliced
3 tsp chicken pwder

Need large saucepan, large frypan and pot for potatoes.
1 :-Start by peeling the Potatoes and put on to cook.

2 :-Heat up frypan and cook chorizo’s slice about 1.5 cm thick and continue cooking, add bacon and when cooked a reasonable amount add the onions.

3:-When cooked well add the wine and allow alcohol to boil off.
(start cooking braised cabbage about now by beginning with sautéing onion and then garlic)

4 :-Back to sauce: add tomatoes, chicken powder and beans and cook for about 20 mins or more.
Braised cabbage pot

5 :-When the onion and garlic are cooked add chopped cabbage with a drizzle of oil and fry with the onions on med-low heat , stirring to ensure even cooking.

6 :-During cooking add chicken powder, continue stirring until well cooked.

Serve on plate separately braised cabbage, sauce and mashed potatoes.

Adapted from here. Too good a recipe to lose.

Post Christmas Menu

English Christmas Baking and a Bowl of Brandy Cream Photographic Print

I ordered double the vegetables last fortnight because there are no deliveries. I have heard the local shop seems to have more vegetables than usual.

Tuesday ~ Lower-GI White Beans with Cherry Tomatoes & Zucchini
Wednesday ~ dates
Thursday ~ Special Macaroni Cheese
Friday ~ Hearty Beef Pasta (uses round steak)
Saturday ~ Spicy Sausages with Bean Salad
Sunday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Monday ~ Potato, Bacon & Blue Cheese Bake
Tuesday ~ Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake
Wednesday ~ Pasta with Tomato Tuna Sauce (uses ginger, chilli, parsley)
Thursday ~ Chickpea Tagine with Figs
Friday ~ Chicken Tacos with Corn Salsa
Saturday ~ Chicken, Broccoli & Cashew Stir-fry
Sunday ~ Chilli Sweet Potato & Beans with Polenta
Monday ~ Pies and mashed potato

Interesting recipes:
Summer Fruitcake with Lemon Mascarpone Cream

Recent successful recipes:
Nasi Goreng (uses bacon we had left from a hamper)
Pea & Mint Salad It was a salad to die for. My husband said I was a hippy in the city or something like that, he said I must like raw food or something. The mint was fresh from our garden.
Kransky Hotpot with Braised Cabbage we actually used hard chorizos which were in a bulk lot at Coles before Christmas
Raspberry Trifle uses fresh or frozen raspberries, we had our own from the garden, the trifle is very smooth

Sunday, December 11, 2011

More hamper goodies thrown in the pot

Three Fish (Mackerel) in a Tin Photographic Print

I hope to go to the regional centre and buy some games for my daughter's new DS she is getting for Christmas and maybe buy some sage if I can get it for one of the meals, and pork. I went through some recipe magazines my Mum gave me after she read them and found some ideas as well. Having said that I have not looked at my budget and who knows will revise sometime. But I hope to do this.

I have had some health tests done recently and my sugar and calcium and iron were all good. I am relieved my diet is OK despite the lesser amounts of meat and cheese we have been eating, overall. In one of the magazines it suggested losing 10% of your weight as it will make a difference to your health. Coincidently this is how much I have lost over the past year or so. My receptionist at the dentist said I am fading away. I am still a very big person though, tall etc.

I saw some Castello cheese collections in Coles the other day. Much like the collection I got in my Christmas hamper. The meals we made with them so far were excellent. I was pleased, because in the shop these looked like they were saying buy me lol.

During this week a lady gave us a very large trout. My husband made this recipe and I really enjoyed it. Our potatoes were mashed, and I am pleased our mint was very lovely outside growing in the driveway and not dried up. My daughter had some yoghurt and garlic made up and we used that as well.

Rainbow Trout with Minted Pea Mash

Tuesday ~ Pasta with Tomato Tuna Sauce (uses ginger, chilli, parsley)
Wednesday ~ Chickpea Tagine with Figs
Thursday ~ White Bean & Fennel Soup (uses great northern beans & anchovies)
Friday ~ Fish with Warm Fennel Salad
Saturday ~ Boston Baked Beans with Sausages & Eggs
Sunday ~ Hoisin Pork with Pak Choy and Cashews
Monday ~ Tuna Casserole
Tuesday ~ Gnocchi & Three Cheese Bake (uses Castello white cheese)
Wednesday ~ Calamari with Lemon Aioli and Pea & Mint Salad
Thursday ~ Blue Cheese Tortellini with Walnuts
Friday ~ Sumac Chicken with Dried Fruit & Nut Rice
uses broccoli & apricots
Saturday ~ Chilli Con Carne (uses pasta sauce)
Sunday ~ Broccoli, Almond & Lemon Farfalle
Monday ~ Pork Meatballs with Polenta (uses pork mince)
Tuesday ~ Pies, chips & peas

Interesting recipes:

Pasta with Chickpea, Tomato & Cardamon Sauce
Lamb Shank, Star Anise & Noodle Soup
Oven-baked Sweet Potato and Tuna Risotto

Monday, December 5, 2011

Add on Menu

Pasta Still Life with Tomato Sauce Photographic Print

Wasn't able to make all the recipes from the menu I made up, so confusing so added this. Haven't had to buy anything extra, so still planned in a way. Had so many trips out with the kids had to conserve money. The chicken, roast beef etc. came from our Christmas hampers. Will still use the other recipes and move them to next fortnight. The last pay before Christmas!

The exciting thing is that I found a good recipe for my dried great northern beans!

Monday Dec 5 ~ Lentil & Kranksy Stew
Tuesday ~ Fish & Chips
Wednesday ~ Broccoli, Almond & Lemon Farfalle
Thursday ~ Tomato, Feta & Zucchini Ziti
Friday ~ Vegetable Japanese Pancakes
Saturday ~ Borlotti Bean, Bacon & Pasta Soup if we have tomato paste
Sunday ~ Babycorn & Spring Onion Soup with extra ingredients (we have a packet mix)
Monday ~ Chicken Tenders etc. with Roast Vegetables

Lunches: roast beef sandwiches

Interesting recipes:
Pastrami, Potato & Mustard Rosti may use this on Friday when there are less people here

BBQ Meatlovers Pizza (uses pastrami)
White Bean & Fennel Soup (uses great northern beans & anchovies)
Green Beans with Miso Dressing
Broad Beans with Chorizo & Coriander
Broad Beans with Tomato, Salami & Mint