Posts Tagged“simple”

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…

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…

Around this time of year we are bombarded with a million images of the “perfect Christmas”, for the most part these messages are designed to induce us to spend money, often on unnecessary stuff, which may end up becoming tomorrow’s clutter! I have tried to be really deliberate about my spending this year. I have set a budget for gifts and groceries and so far I have stuck with it. I have made some home-made gifts and have made a menu for my Christmas cooking and written shopping lists accordingly. I find that planning is one of my best allies…

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…

This lovely slice makes a wonderful lunch or snack.  It is also a great way to use up an abundant harvest of zucchini and eggs!  Like most of my recipes this one is super thrifty as well, the entire dish would cost under $4 or about half that if you have homegrown zucchini and eggs! Ingredients 4 eggs ½ cup parmesan cheese 1 cup SR flour or SR gluten free flour ¼ tsp salt dash of pepper 1 tsp minced garlic 1 medium onion, finely diced 2 cups finely grated zucchini ( can substitute some carrot if you like) ½…

This year we have had a wonderful harvest of white peaches.  Unfortunately, I didn’t thin them out when they were young, so the result was that the peaches were numerous but small.  However, despite being small they are delicious, fresh and organic!  The harvest was around 6 kilos, plus some that fell off the tree and were fed to the chooks.  I decided to make a large batch of peach jam, which will just about supply us with jam for the year! Making jam is not as hard as it may sound and is worth giving it a go. Ingredients…