Thursday, August 30, 2012

Silverbeet Menu

Swiss Chard Aka Silverbeet Leaves Growing in a Vegetable Garden Photographic Print

On facebook I put up a post about what we were having for dinner.  It was actually a complaint, cause I think some people don't like posts about what others are having for dinner.  I don't get any of those in my feed, except one friend used to mention her meals, and I like those posts actually.  So I said, yes I really did want to know!  At the time I was having silverbeet and mince, Mince with Silverbeet & Turkish Spices.  I am bored with mince you see.  I nearly bought a mince AWW cookbook, I wish I had actually. My husband adapted this recipe it really doesn't need chickpeas, and I think we had it with rice, it would be good with brown rice too I think, if that was the same recipe.  I don't often say something would be good with brown rice, it was suggested in the original recipe and it is true.  Here is out adapted version:

Mince with Silverbeet and Turkish Spices

Serves    4
500g of beef mince
1 x bunch of silverbeet – finely chopped
2 x large brown onions – finely chopped
2 x garlic cloves – finely chopped
2 x carrots – finely chopped
3 x tomatoes or 1 x can of tomatoes
1 x tablespoon of tomato paste
1 x teaspoon of ground coriander, cumin and smoked paprika
1/2 x teaspoon of cayenne pepper
salt and pepper to taste  ½ tsp sugar
1 cup rice (uncooked)


1. Brown the onion in olive oil in a large, heavy based pot and let sweat. After a few minutes, add the garlic.
2. Once the onion is translucent, add the mince.
3. When the mince is cooked through, add all the spices, salt and pepper and stir through. Taste to make sure the balance of flavours is good.
4. Now, add the tomato paste, tomatoes and carrots and stir through. If you’re adding chickpeas, now’s the time to throw them in as well. Cover and turn down heat, leaving to simmer for 30 minutes.
5. Once the 30 minutes is up, open the lid, throw in your washed and chopped silverbeet and keep uncovered for another 5 minutes or so. Serve with brown rice (or white) and enjoy!

Anyway my friends, one says he has silverbeet with lemon, it fixes silverbeet.  And the other one suggested silverbeet with pinenuts and another ingredient.  I was not sure what she was thinking exactly, but both of them got me off on a tangent and I found some what I think are nice recipes.  Some people are very talented.  So much scope for us all to be individuals and eat nice homemade food.  So I ended up on the Sydney Morning Herald site, and Good Chef, Bad Chef again.  Lovely, both of them.  I have found though with all these ideas I am ahead of my menu planning by about a month? I will add recipes to this post as I either need them or find other ideas from SMH.

In the meantime I have gone off on a tangent about cranberries and chicken, as suggested by my friend regarding silverbeet,  and found another good site morning television in New Zealand.  Yum.  

We were given some quince paste.  I found a recipe for Vintage Cheddar Scones, that you can serve with Quince Paste.  Yum.  Usually I use the paste for a Thai Lamb stip recipe, but can't get that easily.  

Tuesday ~ Baleadas with Red Beans & Feta
Wednesday ~ Lentils with Tamarind Sauce
Thursday ~ Silverbeet with Lemon & Olive Oil
Friday ~ Silverbeet, Currant & Pinenut Pie (uses feta)
Saturday ~ Baked Gnocchi Spanakopita with Currants & Pine Nuts (similar recipes :/)
Sunday ~ Silverbeet Sourdough Gozlemes
Monday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise left over from menu before last
Tuesday ~ Bigos left over from menu before last
Wednesday ~ Beef Sausage Minestrone left over as well
Thursday ~ Italian Sausage, Spinach, Tomato & Potato Salad (left over)
Friday ~ Easy Cranberry Chicken & Brie Pizza (uses cranberry sauce maybe good for using up hampers)
Saturday ~ Mushroom & Pancetta Spaghetti (to use up mushrooms)
Sunday ~ Cheesy Zucchini & Bacon Slice & Chips (uses 80g vintage cheddar that we have)
Monday ~ Salmon & Brie Pizza (uses left over pesto)

Vintage Cheddar Scones, served with quince paste
Nutmeg Slice (uses pecans)
Apricot & Coconut, Choc Cookies (uses pecans)

Baking with quince jam:

Interesting recipes:
Chicken & Silvebeet Rissoles (uses chicken mince)
Sauteed Silverbeet with Hommus on Toast 
Corn Fritters with Pesto Roasted Tomatoes
Ham & Potato Cakes with Wild Rocket Pesto (for hamper left-overs)

Mandarin and Kiwi Fruit Jam

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Butter Chicken Wraps

Butter Chicken Wraps

Serves 4, prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 20 mins

500g chicken mince
1X25g Butter Chicken pkt (we used Maggi but originally the recipe is from another brand) 
Plain flour to thicken.
1 pkt (8) Chapatti flat bread (maybe flour tortilla)
½ lettuce, shredded
1 cucumber finely chopped
2 tomatoes finely chopped
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup natural yoghurt

1:  Heat oil in a frypan on medium heat.  Add chicken mince and cook breaking lumps up with a spoon.Cook until golden.

2:  Add 1 tsp salt and Butter Chicken pkt, mix and cook for about 5 mins.  Add enough water to make a wet paste and then add enough flour to thicken.  Chicken needs to look like it has a thick gravy.

3:  Place Chapatti on plate and top with lettuce, chicken, cucumber, tomato, cheese and yoghurt.

4:  Roll up chapatti.

From Coles magazine.  

Friday, August 24, 2012

Inspired Menu

Unground Moroccan Ras El Hanout in Spice Market, Mellah, the Jewish Quarter Photographic Print

I got a bit carried away going through two sites by hand.  The first Nestle because I found an interesting recipe on a can of  Bear Brand evaporated milk.  Interestingly it wasn't on the site, but I have published it in case any one else has the same problem.  Then the Coles one.  I found that good for me because I use their different minces when they are cheap at the shop I use.  It is hard to find interesting pork mince recipes for example.  Coles are modern yet traditional, so you expect to see some new styled recipes on their site.  I was absolutely wrapped to find a split pea recipe for besan flour and tamarind.  Very excited, it will taste amazing.  It uses up a paste I already have in the fridge, so I am lucky I can make it, or my husband can, he is getting really good at these recipes.  I am also excited to find another recipe using chicken mince and butter chicken by Maggi.  We also found a can of Always Fresh sauerkraut in the local supermarket, I think I can still make Bigos,

Tuesday ~ North African Chicken & Kidney Bean Soup (uses Ras El Han Hanout)
Wednesday ~  Rocket Pesto & Sun-dried Tomato Fettuccini
Thursday ~ Warm Creamy Pesto Chicken Potato Salad
Friday ~ Creamy Mexican Bake (uses four bean mix)
Saturday ~ Butter Chicken Pizza (uses chicken mince) or Japanese Pancakes
Sunday ~ Aloo Tikka (uses tamarind & besan flour) tikka masala
Monday ~ Chicken Fried Rice with Egg & Boc Choy
Tuesday ~ Sausage & Pumpkin Lentils (uses beef sausages)
Wednesday ~ Greek Style Macaroni Cheese
Thursday ~ Tuna & Pasta Salad
Friday ~ Savoury Mince Ragout
Saturday ~ Creamy Lentil Soup
Sunday ~ Mince Chow Mein (uses bok choy)
Monday ~ Leek, Bacon & Silverbeet Baked Macaroni

Interesting recipes:
Classic Chicken Burger (uses chicken mince)
Dry Lamb Mince Curry
Freeform Moroccan Lamb Pie (uses lamb mince)
Glazed Mini Meatloaves
Lamb & Lentil Cottage Pie (uses lamb mince)
Lentil Stew with Spicy Sausage (uses Italian sausages)
Another Pastitso (uses lamb mince)
Pork, Sweet Potato & Bean Curry (uses pork mince)
Spicy Chorizo (Sausage) & Vegetable Casserole

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bear Brand Spicy Sausage Casserole

Spicy Sausage Casserole

Serves 4
Preparation and cooking time  30 mins

6 spicy sausages
1 rasher bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
400g can whole tomatoes, roughly chopped
300g can red kidney beans, drained
1 tbsp tomato paste
¼ cup chopped parsley
30g butter
1 tbsp plain flour
1 cup evaporated milk
¼ tsp dry mustard
1/3 cup grated tasty cheese
1 tbsp tasty cheese, extra

1, Fry sausages in large fry pan until cooked, remove from pan, slice sausages diagonally, drain fat from pan.

2, Add bacon to pan, fry one minute, add onion and garlic, cook 2 min.  Add tomatoes, kidney beans, tomato paste, parsley and cooked sausages to pan.  Stir until mixture comes to boil.  Remove from heat, place in casserole dish.

3, Melt butter in small pan, add flour gradually, stir in evaporated milk.

4, Stir over medium heat until sauce boils, simmer 1 minute.  Add mustard and cheese, pour over sausage mixture, sprinkle with extra cheese, place under grill 3-5 mins until brown.

Monday, August 20, 2012

More Meat Menu

Chillies in Spice Market, Istanbul, Turkey, Europe Photographic Print

I just found an interesting Rookwurst or Rookworst recipe called Dutch Pea Soup.  It has too much meat for my liking but what an amazing blog, Almost Bourdain.  I have only used Rookwurst in Bigos and finding it hard to find sauerkraut these days. 

The meat I bought at a the regional centre, at a special meat place, turns out to be a good thing.  $100 for a months worth of meals, about $3 a day.

Tuesday ~ Creamy Tuna & Pea Pasta Bake
Wednesday ~ Savoury Glazed Meatloaf
Thursday ~ Kransky Hotpot
or recipe from this blog with same name
Friday ~ Rookwurst Minestrone or Dutch Pea Soup or Bigos?
Saturday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Sunday ~ Mince with Silverbeet & Turkish Spices
Monday ~ Italian Sausage, Spinach, Tomato & Potato Salad
Tuesday ~ Italian Sausage Potato & Rocket Salad
Wednesday ~ Warm German Sausage & Potato Salad (uses bratwurst)
Thursday ~ Sausage & Spinach Pasta (uses bratwurst)
Friday ~ Chorizo, Tomato & Feta Tortilla Pizza
Saturday ~ Corn & Bacon Chowder
Sunday ~ Green Chilli Chicken Stir-fry
Monday ~ Beef Sausage Minestrone

Chocolate Banoffee Pie

Interesting Recipes:
Speck & Sour Cream Macaroni Cheese
Kransky & Borlotti Bean Soup 
Risotto Bake with Italian Sausage & Peas
Italian Sausage & Pea Pie

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Meaty Menu

Cup of Coffee and Biscotti (Italian Almond Biscuits) Photographic Print

I went to pick up my son from the bus stop and decided to do a diversion down the road to the regional centre to try on clothes and go to a meat place.  The prices were not as cheap as I had hoped.  They did have a special on chicken and bacon.  Also they had things I hadn't seen here for awhile because I don't travel to shop and I think one IGA has changed what meats they get in, so has the other IGA actually.  So I was able to get things I enjoyed buying from a couple of years ago.  I spent just over $100.  Still I use meat sparingly to make it go further.  Although I am going to have veal campagnola as a treat, as it is a family tradition.  The mince was a price from a couple of years ago.  I find the Coles at the regional centre's meat is a little expensive atm, so went to this meat place instead, and the sausages were still cheap like I would have paid a couple of years ago.  I am wondering how many menus I will get from this meat, I am hoping three.  I have had this can of green peppercorns for ages, when I find another silverside I will use them for that.   The chicken pie recipe was from a facebook update from the taste site.  It is similar to a pie we made a couple of months ago that we really enjoyed.  The pork sausage and silverside, I'll have to wait until I find the ingredients.  I bought a couple of pre-made meatloafs as my youngest daughter can't remember eating meatloaf and has asked twice about it.  I have two extra kids home on the weekend, my second and third children.  So there will be six of us, hopefully we can make the chicken burgers and veal as they are special for them, well me and I have the extra meat.  I got the dog a rather large bone that I haven't been able to do for ages either.  There have been some special recipes with lamb mince I've seen, now to find them.

I am concerned that my use of rookwurst predates this blog.  I used to use it for bigos.  I have an older blog and my other blog and I am using it to work out what I did with it, since I bought one.  It is very hard to find sauerkraut now though, one upon a time my local shop always had it, but you couldn't rely on it having other things except chicken mince, but it doesn't now. 

Pork Sausage & Cherry Tomato Bake (like the rocket one we use, see below)
Silverside with Green Peppercorns
Tuesday ~ Chicken, Leek & Lemon Pie
Wednesday ~ Chicken Schnitzel Burgers
Thursday ~ Lamb Mince Pasta Bake (pastitsio, like a Greek lasagne flavour)
Friday ~ Meatloaf
Saturday ~ Rigatoni Milano (uses Italian sausages)
Sunday ~ Veal Campagnola
Monday ~ Beef Keftedes with Tzatziki & Tomato Salad
Tuesday ~ Beef Sausage Minestrone
Wednesday ~ Pumpkin & Bacon Pasta
Thursday ~ Lamb, Feta & Herb Pasta
Friday ~ Beef Sausage & Lentil Casserole
Saturday ~ Fettucine Carbonara
Sunday ~ Taco Salad
Monday ~ Bratwurst with Lentils & Salsa Verde or Butter Chicken

Recipe by Cooking Company Noosa via Facebook

Jamie Oliver's Sweet Cherry Tomato and Sausage Bake - slightly adapted by me !

• 2kg lovely ripe cherry tomatoes, mixed colours if you can find them or x2 400g tins of cherry tomatoes
• 2 sprigs each of fresh thyme, rosemary and bay
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped
- 2 red onions roughly chopped
• 12 good-quality Cumerland or coarse Italian pork sausages
• extra virgin olive oil
• balsamic vinegar
• sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 190°C/375°F/gas 5.
Get yourself an appropriately sized roasting tray, large enough to take the tomatoes in one snug-fitting layer.
Heat up a splash of olive oil and sauté the onions until soft.
Put in all your tomatoes, the herb sprigs, oregano, garlic and sausages. Drizzle well with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
Toss together, then make sure the sausages are on top and pop the tray into the oven for half an hour. After this time, give it a shake and turn the sausages over.
Put back into the oven for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how golden and sticky you like your sausages.

PS Any leftovers can be chopped up and made into a wonderful chunky pasta dish, using penne or rigatoni, the next day.

Once it’s cooked, you’ll have an intense, tomatoey sauce. If it’s a little too thin, lift out the sausages and place the tray on the hob to cook it down to the consistency you like – I tend to make mine quick thick – then put the sausages back in.

Interesting recipes:
Huey's black lentil recipe:  Bratwurst with Lentils & Salsa Verde

Retro Apricot Chicken

I had typed this out when I was a teenager

Apricot Chicken

Put pieces of one chicken, 1 can of apricot nectar, and 1 packet of French Onion Soup mix into baking tray and bake until cooked.

Notes: Heat apricot and soup, flour chicken. 1 1/2 hours at 350oF.

Bigos Recipe for Rookwurst

Pulled from another place where I wrote this, I found I bought a rookwurst and couldn't remember what I made with it.


This is a quick recipe. Take a cup of shredded cabbage and start slowly sautéing, when it is soft and cooked (about 10 minutes) add a 3/4 of a cup of sauerkraut. Cut into small chunks your rookwurst and also add to the pan. Turn the heat up, Cook for about 10 minutes, stir so not to burn the cabbage, add a couple of spoons of tomato sauce or ketchup, salt 7 pepper to taste, cook another 3-5 minutes.. Taste better on a cold day. Just like, we are having today. This is an extremely simplified recipe of Polish Bigos/Bigus.

P.S. Some mashed potato on a side is an added bonus.


A favourite at our house.

Jam Melon Recipes

I have a lot of melon recipes posted around the net on the days we made things with them.  This seems to be a good collection, I am hoping so.  I have to go back and work out which was the best from another place. 

Jam Melon Pickles
5kg melon
6 large onions
2 tablespoons mustard
1 tablespoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 cup sugar
8 cups vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
see below for modifications*
Cut up melon and onions, sprinkle with salt and stand overnight. In the morning strain off all liquid, mix the dry ingredients with a little vinegar, put into the pan, and stir till it boils. Then add the rest of the vinegar, the melon and onions, and boil till tender.
Adapted from: P.W.M.U. Cookery Book 1982 edition. Ann Gemmell, Lothian.
The modifications are *an extra cup of sugar and 4 tabs flour added 10 minutes before the end after mixing it with a bit of the pickles in a cup. We also used a handful of salt (1/2 cup) for the salting down process, as per a recipe for melon chutney (posted).

Makes 16 jars.

Jam Melon & Apple Chutney
2.7kg jam/pie melons
800g apples
1.75kg onions
1.5kg sugar
4 cups vinegar
2 tablespoons salt
4 teaspoons ground ginger
3 teaspoons white pepper
2 teaspoons ground cloves
500g raisins
Chop melons finely, as well as onions and apples. Put 1 cup of vinegar with mixture on low heat. In meantime finely chop raisins.
When starting to boil put in the sugar, the longer the sugar is in the darker the chutney.
After the sugar is well dissolved and the chutney is cooking add the raisins.
Wait until everything is well cooked. Add rest of the vinegar, simmer on low heat in two pans, until thick.
Will take about 2 hrs to get to correct thickness.
Takes a couple of months to ‘mature’ in flavour, should improve with keeping and store for two to three years.

This chutney my husband likes as he likes sweet things on cheese.

Old-fashioned Apple Crumble & Chocolate Fudge

I typed this up ages ago on my original blog.  My daughter recently asked for chocolate fudge, that is what I call self saucing chocolate pudding, I called it that as a child.  These recipes would not be metric. 

My Nana was a good cook.  She loved to bake slices and make puddings.  She also made trifle.  I loved her mixing bowl, it was a slightly different color at the bottom from use.  All was made on the kitchen table, mostly baked in the wood oven.  She had flour drawers built into her cupboards when she ordered them.  Her drawer had a broken tea cup for measuring.

Apple Crumble

1 cup Self Raising Flour
3/4 cup coconut dessicated
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons butter
Rub butter into dry ingredients.  Put onto top of stewed apple and bake. 
This recipe is before metric.
Chocolate Fudge
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup Self Raising flour
2 level dessertspoons cocoa
Cream butter and sugar, add unbeaten egg.  Fold in milk, flour, and cocoa alternately.  Pour cake mixture into deep greased baking dish.  Make topping with 1/2 cup sugar and 2 level dessertspoons cocoa and sprinkle on top of cake mixture in dish then gently spoon 1 1/2 cups hot water onto mixture.  Bake in moderate oven 35 mins. 
Also a non metric recipe.

Tofu & Spinach Stir-fry

Pulling this off my original blog.  It is about my first experience with tofu. 

I put off eating tofu for quite awhile, but the two recipes, I think there were two, were a great success.  From memory this one is my favourite. 

Tofu & Spinach Stir-Fry
Serves: 4
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 22 mins
Tofu & Spinach Stir-Fry

1 1/2 cups (300g) SunRice Thai Jasmine Fragrant Rice
2 1/4 cups stock or water
1 tblspn oil
2 onions, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tspns grated ginger
2 chillies, sliced
1/3 cup pinenuts
300g fried tofu, cut into 2cm cubes
1 bunch English spinach, washed and shredded
1/3 cup soy or teriyaki sauce (optional)
1) Bring rice and stock (or water) to the boil in a saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 12 minutes. Remove from heat and stand, covered, 10 minutes.
2) Heat oil in a wok or frypan over a moderately high heat.Stir-fry onions until golden, 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, chillies and pinenuts and cook until nuts are golden, 2-3 minutes.
3) Stir in tofu and spinach, cook for 3 minutes or until spinach has wilted. Stir in rice and soy sauce (optional), heat through and serve.
Rice can be prepared ahead of time.
For a Japanese style meal use SunRice Koshihikari rice instead of SunRice Jasmine rice.
The recipe is from SunRice.  Though the recipe doesn’t appear to be on the site anymore.

The reason I seem vague, it was exactly a year ago when I tried this recipe. 

Warm Cottage Salad using Pork Sausages

This recipe was on my other blog.  The blog has spam redirection at the moment, but I found my recipes somewhere else.  When it gets fixed I can check, but I'm sure it is the same. 

Warm Cottage Salad (Sausage)

6 Country Style Pork Sausages
500g Tiny (chat ) Potatoes
300g Green beans , halved
100g Grape Tomatoes
150g baby spinach or rocket leaves
8 green olives
50g fetta cheese

1/2 cup quality Mayonnaise
2 tsp Lemon Juice
1 tsp Garlic Crushed
2 Tblsp warm water

Place Country style pork sausages in a shallow frying pan and cover with cold water. Simmer gently for 4 minutes . Drain and cool slice into thick diagonal slices.

Place potatoes in the base of a steamer and cover with cold water , bring to the boil covered and boil for 5 minutes . Reduce heat and place the beans in the top half of the steamer for further 4 minutes.
Remove the pan from the heat and set the beans aside , potatoes should remain in the water covered for a further 5 minutes.

Heat a large frying or griddle pan over a high heat and brown the sliced sausages well 2-3 minutes.

Place the Spinach ,tomaotes, beans , crumbled fetta and olives into a large serving bowl and toss well.

Divide the salad evenly onto serving plates. Arrange the drained baby potatoes and the browned sausages slices over the salad.

Whisk together the dressing ingredients and drizzle over the salad just prior to serving.

Originally from the Australian Pork site.  

Polish Sausage Salad

I found this recipe on my original blog.

Polish Sausage Salad
6 large potatoes
6 eggs, hard boiled and peeled
2 slices thick 1/2 inch double smoked ham, optional
1 cup garlic chives or
(garlic & red onion chopped finely)
1 tablespoon mild mustard
8 polski or gerki (gherkins)
5 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 teaspoons salt
cracked pepper (optional)
1 (KR?) Polish Sausage or 2 sticks export polish sausage chopped
1 green spring onion chopped

Mix onion, mustard, mayonnaise, garlic, set aside.
Serves 6.
Adapted from goodrecipes.