Archive for December, 2009

Summer Strawberry & Almond Salad

Sick of salads?

Give this one a try.  It’s sweet, and bursting with flavour.  Just make sure you remember to put the dressing on just before you serve it.


1 punnet of strawberries sliced

3c of lettuce or baby spinach or rocket or whatever you prefer

handful of slivered almonds

1 large tbl melted honey

1tbl sugar

between 1/4c and 1/2c apple cider vinegar (depending on your taste and bulk of the salad)


Put the salad leaves into a bowl and sprinkle the strawberries and almonds on the top.

To make thee dressing put into a lidded jar the remaining ingredients and shake until mixed.

Pour over the salad just before serving.

*Hint: The riper the strawberries, the sweeter this one tastes


Chicken Drumstick Casserole

Sunday night – what to do for dinner.  Something easy, but something tasty.

Time for a new recipe.  This was SUPER easy to make and got the thumbs up from hubby.  It’s almost like a risotto with chicken drumsticks on the top.

Just out of the oven Ready to serve up


  • 2-1/2 lbs. chicken drumsticks
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2-1/2 cups chicken broth, heated to boiling
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in shallow plate. Roll drumsticks in flour mixture to coat. Heat oil in large skillet and brown drumsticks over medium heat, turning several times, about 5-6 minutes. Meanwhile, place the rice, more salt pepper, onion, and garlic in a 13×9″ glass baking dish. Add carrots and hot chicken broth along with melted butter.Arrange browned chicken drumsticks on top of the rice mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Then uncover and bake for 15-20 minutes longer until chicken is thoroughly cooked and rice is tender. 6-8 servings


Banana Bread

During the week I had gone mad on the bananas, but very quickly got over them – meaning I had about 3 bananas left in the fruitbowl going brown.  Did a quick google for a banana bread recipe and hey presto – here tis.  Must say this is a very basic recipe and you would usually find some kind of nuts with a banana bread like walnuts which I think really makes the end product better.  But since I didn’t have any walnuts this did the trick;

Banana Bread Recipe


  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 cup sugar (can easily reduce to 3/4 cup)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour


No need for a mixer for this recipe. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour last, mix. Pour mixture into a buttered 4×8 inch loaf pan. Bake for 1 hour. Cool on a rack. Remove from pan and slice to serve.

Rating: Pretty Good

Beef Porcupines

Don’t get upset – I’m not talking about the cutsie little spiky creatures!

These are made from minced beef and served with mashed potato. YUM!


1kg minced beef

1/2c uncooked white rice

1/2c water

1/3c finely cut onion

1tsp salt

two garlic cloves chopped finely

pinch pepper

1-2 cans tomato soup

1c water

2tsp wostershire sauce


1. Mix the beef, rice, 1/2c water, onion and seasonings together and make balls around the size of golf balls.

2. In another bowl mix the soup, water and worstershire sauce.  Pour over the balls in an oven proof dish.

3. Cover and bake at 180C for around 45 minutes. (If you don’t have a lid, cover with foil)

4. Uncover and bake for a further 15 minutes.

*Note: I say 1-2 cans of tomato soup because I like more ‘sauce’.

Rating: ♥♥♥♥ Good hearty EASY meal.

Husbands Rating: “Awesome!”