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Making healthy and enjoyable meals for the family is a wonderful yet often undervalued skill.  You can save your family a fortune by making home made meals, not to mention the many other benefits of home cooking.  You don’t need to make a major production of cooking gourmet meals, just develop some good old fashioned skills which a couple of generations ago were common place and valued. By putting some thought into what your family will eat for the week, you can save all sorts of stress and money.  I find it good to have a quick look at my…

This slice makes a wonderful treat for special occasions, it is one of our family favourites for Christmas along with peanut butter balls and choc chip cookies.    It can be made a couple of days ahead and kept in the refrigerator, or alternatively keeps well in the freezer too.   This slice can easily be made  gluten free if you just use gluten free flour in place of ordinary flour, I find the Aldi brand of gluten free flour the best tasting and most economical.  All of these home made treats will cost a fraction of the price of…

I had previously written about my attempt at gluten free pizza dough here but last night I had another go with even better results.  I basically used the same recipe as before but rolled the dough much thinner and it worked much better!  The other benefit is that now the pizza dough goes  twice as far, so I got four pizza bases from the one batch.  I rolled out all four bases on baking paper then wrapped three of them in cling wrap to freeze for future use.  I used a lid from a large Tupperware bowl as a support…

This recipe came about as a way to use up some left over apple sauce which was in the fridge. The apple sauce was actually from our last year’s crop of apples, which I had stewed and frozen in small quantities. This cake is gluten free, but you can use regular flour if you like.  I like the Aldi brand of gluten free flour, it not only tastes great but is the most economical.  This cake makes a delicious tea cake or desert and is especially lovely served warm. Ingredients 125 g butter 1 cup sugar 2 eggs ¾ cup…

This slice is simple to make and really delicious!  You can either use the recipe for the caramel filing or substitute a can of ready-made caramel topping.  Aldi sells ready-made caramel for the same price as condensed milk. For the slice in the photo I used a can of ready-made caramel and some left over mixed nuts. Ingredients Base 1 c SR flour or gluten free SR flour ½ c sugar ½ c dessicated coconut 100 g butter, melted Filling 1 can condensed milk 3 tbsp brown sugar 30 g butter Topping 1 ½ c chopped nuts of your choice…

This slice is a great low sugar treat which would make a great lunch box treat. It also happens to be dairy and gluten free. The best thing about this slice is that it is very easy to make, just mix it all up in the one bowl! Ingredients 4 eggs ¼ cup sugar ¾ cup dessicated coconut 1 cup almond meal 1 tsp baking powder 1 cup blueberries Method Beat eggs and sugar until they are a bit frothy. Add coconut, almond meal and baking powder, try to mix baking powder through dry ingredients a little. Fold together with…

I have been making it a project lately to develop some more “straight into the crock pot” type recipes. This one is my take on the 1970’s favourite, “Apricot Chicken”. It was super easy to make, just throw everything in the slow cooker and switch it on! I used a large can of apricots in juice from Aldi, which from memory cost around $2.50. I thought I’d try using those instead of making the trek up to Coles to buy Apricot Nectar. The apricots in juice worked really well, and the bonus was that for less than the cost of…

Here’s a nice, easy, set and forget (well, almost) dinner idea. As the weather starts to cool down, it is a great time to get out the slow cooker. If you don’t own one, it is worth thinking about investing in one. They are pretty reasonable to buy, and really make cooking hearty, healthy and economical meals a breeze! I particularly like recipes like this one, that you just throw all the ingredients in and switch it on! This particular recipe has a lovely flavour, but is very mild, so it makes a great family meal. Ingredients 500-600 g boneless…

I have been searching for a gluten free chocolate cake recipe which will freeze well, with mixed results. Not having found a recipe I am happy with, I decided to make my own. This very moist gluten free chocolate cake is not only delicious, but freezes very well! Hooray! It is a great one to make when you have some excess eggs which you want to “preserve”. I also find it very handy to keep a few frozen pieces of cake in the freezer for when you have unexpected visitors or for when time is short. Since I use a…

This very moist maple cinnamon cake will make a super addition to your recipe repetoire. It is not only delicious, but very easy to make and freezes beautifully. It is actually an adaptation of a banana cake recipe which I tweaked when I didn’t have any bananas on hand. Even if you do not need to eat gluten free, this cake is fantastic, you could replace the gluten free flour with regular flour if you like. Because this cake freezes so nicely, I like to make one up when I have excess eggs on hand, then cut it in half…