Posts Tagged“delicious”

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…

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…

Home made foccacia bread is a great way to stretch a simple meal.  This was a regular addition to our table when we had two hungry teenage boys living at home!  It is basically a bread dough which you place into a baking dish and then top with pizza-like toppings.  You can make the topping as simple or as complex as you like.  I tend to keep it simple, with just crushed tomatoes, herbs, garlic and a little cheese usually.  This recipe will be super easy if you have a bread machine, but it can be made with a heavy…

Chicken Schnitzel is a favourite in our house, and this gluten free version is so much nicer than anything you can buy.  The combination of parmesan cheese and almond meal makes a really tasty coating and you’d never know you were eating gluten free!  I used chicken tenderloin since I bought a large quantity on sale for $4.99 a kilo recently (yay!), but you can use chicken breast too.  If you use chicken breast, just slice it into pieces about a half inch thick before tenderizing. Ingredients 500 g / 1 lb chicken fillets (I used tenderloins) 2/3 cup almond…

Moussaka is a great family meal.  It is relatively easy to make, healthy, thrifty and the kids will love it.  This recipe is one my mum used to make when we were kids back in the seventies, in our lime green kitchen!  This is the “Australianised” version which uses potatoes rather than egg plant, but you can feel free to use egg plant if that grabs you! Ingredients 6 large potatoes 750 g  minced beef 425 g chopped tomatoes 1 onion chopped 2 tsp mixed herbs 1 tsp minced garlic 1/2 tsp salt White Sauce 120 g butter 4 tbsp…

This recipe is a wonderful twist on the traditional pavlova.  Although it may appear a bit tricky, it is actually not very difficult to do.  This  makes a great dessert for special occasions, which can be made a day ahead and kept in the fridge.  I may do this for a desert at Christmas, since it looks and tastes spectacular and yet can be prepared ahead.  Despite its fancy appearance, this desert is really very thrifty too, especially since our chickens produced the eggs and we grew the passionfruit in the back yard!  Just a note if you are new…

I was very fortunate to receive an ice cream maker for a gift this year, and boy is it a fun “tool” to have.  I do joke with the family that it is an item which needs to be used “responsibly”!  The one I got is a Cuisinart ICE 30 A and if you are in the market for an ice cream maker I would recommend this model, it works wonderfully well.  Homestead hubby found this one on sale for only $99 (RRP was $179) on the internet.  I think it was the end of the purple stock, as the…

Meat loaf is a great simple meal that the whole family will love.  It is relatively inexpensive and easy to make.  The prep time is around 10 minutes, then just pop it in the oven and you are done.  I usually put in some roast potatoes and pumpkin at the same time and then can leave the whole dinner pretty well unattended until popping on some peas or beans in the last 10 minutes.  I have made this recipe gluten free; however you can easily substitute regular bread and then roll in breadcrumbs if you do not need to eat…

This delicious coleslaw was inspired by a supply of kale, radish, mint, parsley and celery I had in the garden, as well as a cook book my friend loaned me. As I looked through the cook book a coleslaw recipe caught my eye and I thought I have just the veggies to make up a coleslaw recipe! Don’t be afraid to experiment with cooking and try new things, for example if you don’t have cranberries for this recipe substitute sultanas or raisins. The basics of making coleslaw are cabbage, carrot and onion, but there are no fixed rules, I just…

The temperature on the south coast of NSW has been dropping, over these past few weeks.  As winter begins it is a lovely time to cook warm and hearty casseroles for the family.  Believe it or not you don’t need a special sachet of special flavour mix to make a delicious casserole. The key to a good casserole is browning you meat and onions in the casserole dish to create a lovely caramelized flavour.  The easiest way to do this is in a Dutch oven or cast iron casserole dish which you can use on the stove top and then…