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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.

Ingredients

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)

Method:

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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Preparation:

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

Source: http://www.busycooks.about.com

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

Ingredients

  • 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

Method

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!

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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!”

Jummo’s Homemade Sausage Rolls

Made these for dinner tonight – hubbys request.  Didn’t have a recipe and so I just made it up and they tasted a treat.  Easiest thing in the world to bake but can get a little messy – so as long as you don’t mind a bit of mess read on…

Finished Product

 

Rating: ♥♥♥.5

Recipe:

Two packs of sausage mince

2 eggs

1c breadcrumbs

2 carrots grated

handful of chives chopped finely

1tbl of finely chopped Basil, Parsley and Oregano (fresh if possible)

Packet of frozen puff pastry

Okay, so easy – throw the whole thing together (minus the puff pastry) and mix with your hands to ensure that everything is mixed through properly.

Thaw your sheets of frozen puff pastry out until they are easy to cut and fold over.

Cut each pastry sheet in half.  In the middle of the pastry piece place some of the mixture from one end to the other.

Mix an extra egg into a teacup and use some of that dabbed on your finger to moisten the edges of the pastry, then join up and press together.  It should look like a log.

Roll your log over and brush lightly with more egg.  Cut into three pieces and make little prick holes in the top of each one, and place on a baking tray.

Repeat with the rest then bake on 190 C for around 20-30 minutes until the tops are crunchy and golden.

YUM!

 

PS: These make HEAPS so if it’s just for two I would half the recipe.

Berry and Coffee Muffins

What other way to start a kitchen blog than with a bit of sweet afternoon tea? I choose this recipe today because I hadn’t tried the combination of berry and coffee before. I was almost tempted to throw in some chocolate pieces, but thought I’d follow the recipe…..THIS time.

Here’s the finished product…

Taste: A little earthy, and not too sweet as all the sweetness is provided by the berries. The coffee offsets the sugar that is in these babies so if you like something sweeter add a bit more sugar (or I’d throw in some choc chunks myself as it would be a nice taste to add to the coffee and berries)The coffee taste needs to be stronger, because if you didn’t know there was coffee in them, you’d be asking what that taste was.  I’m not a huge fan of this recipe and would give it a miss.

Rating: ♥ (out of 5)

Recipe:

2tbl boiling water
2tbl instant coffee
1 tbl milk
110 g butter, melted
400 g SR flour
175g castor sugar
1 tsp bi carb soda
2 beaten eggs
265 ml milk
225g fresh or frozen berries of your choice (I used mixed)

Preheat the oven to 200c

Mix all your dry ingredients together.
Mix the coffee with the boiling water, then add to your melted butter.
Beat the eggs and milk and pour into the dry mix.
Add the buttery mixture.
Mix all together, then add berries at the last minute gently.

Pop in muffin pans and cook for around 20 minutes.
Cool for 5 minutes and eat whilst still warm (although I quite like them cold myself)
Makes up to around 15 medium size muffins.

Source: 500 cupcakes & muffins by Fergal Connolly