Posts Tagged“easy”

It is early spring here on the New South Wales south coast and the weather has been perfect for gardening.  We’ve spent several lovely hours in the garden pottering and just soaking up our lovely surrounds.  I was only marveling yesterday that at last the vision I had for a productive back yard has come to fruition.  From the humble beginnings of a two metre square vegetable patch “trial” we now have a productive and beautiful large vegetable garden.  That was a lovely realization that with perseverance and steady work we have achieved our dream of having a productive garden.…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Here’s a great recipe for another super easy Christmas treat.  The kids will love to help with this one!  It is quick and easy and all mixes up in the one bowl.  If you would like to make your rocky road gluten free just select gluten free chocolate, marshmallows and lollies.  I used turkish delight in place of jelly lollies.  Once set, you could chop your rocky road up into bite sized pieces and wrap it in cellophane for a lovely simple home-made gift.  Kids will love to be included in some special “cooking” around this time of year.  …

I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite things to do at this time of year is a little bit of festive baking.  I know you can buy all sorts of Christmas treats at the supermarket, but you just can’t beat the taste of homemade treats.  This recipe was an experiment and turned out delicious so I thought I would share it.  I have made these gluten free, but if you don’t need to eat a gluten free diet you could easily substitute any sweet biscuit you like.  They also can be dairy free, if you use the…