Posts Tagged“simple”

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…

These veggie fritters make a quick, easy and relatively healthy lunch or snack. I made these up in a jiffy today and they were delicious. My zucchini plants are going crazy, so I thought I would pick some of the new little zucchinis and use them for lunch. The recipe calls for roughly two cups of finely grated carrot and zucchini, but you could really use any vegetable you fancy. They would be especially good with some corn kernels.  Also, if you haven’t found a gluten free flour you like, I find the Aldi brand to be excellent as well…

I recently harvested a crop of chillies from my chilli bushes which were left on there from last season. They are not a particularly hot chilli so I often put several of them in my chilli beef recipe to bulk it up. On this particular occasion I decided to try something different so I looked up some recipes for chilli jam or relish. Since I didn’t have all the correct ingredients for the recipes I looked up, I ended up making my own recipe and it turned out delicious. I’m sorry I do not know the variety of chilli that…

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…

A friend of mine gave me this recipe recently and said it was a great standby to have in the fridge for an easy lunch. Since it is a rainy day and I had all the ingredients in the house, I decided to give it a go today. This is a very thrifty, yet healthy and delicious meal. You can basically use any vegetables you like, leftover baked vegetables work well. Today I used onion, red capsicum and spinach as I didn’t have any leftover baked pumpkin or potato. You can use either ricotta, sour cream or yoghurt as the…

Over the last few weeks I have been blessed with several bags of oranges and lemons, given to me by people with an abundance of fruit on their home citrus trees. Today I had a lovely time making a few things with some of the citrus. If you have a citrus tree, or have been given some citrus, here’s a few ideas for using them. Of course, nothing beats just eating fresh oranges as they are, we have been eating oranges for weeks now. Lemon cordial is another great way to use lemons, and is absolutely delicious. You can find…

I have been noticing lately the frenetic pace that life seems to be going at for the vast majority of people. All the “time saving” devices seem to cause people to be able to juggle more and more and more into life. I use the term life loosely, because I really wonder how much of a life it really is? I am just wondering if we have lost the benefit of having some time to just contemplate, rather than having our minds racing continuously. If you are feeling tired or drained, maybe some down time doing some useful, but quieter…

This lovely moist chocolate cake is very easy to make and always turns out beautifully.  It can be made either gluten free or regular depending on what you need.  It makes quite a large cake, I usually make it in a  12 x 9 1/2 inch rectangular baking tin.   It is a great cake to make on the weekend for a treat and then to have plenty left over to wrap and freeze for lunch box snacks.  Home baking is a great way to reduce your grocery bill significantly, I just noticed that a cake a third of this…

Yesterday I spent part of the morning baking a few things to put in the freezer for morning tea snacks for future weeks.  These easy banana muffins were inspired by the overripe banana which was languishing in the fruit bowl!  This recipe is nice and easy since it’s just a matter of mashing the banana in the bottom of a large mixing bowl then adding all the ingredients to the same bowl.  I love one bowl recipes!  This recipe makes 12 large muffins, which freeze well.  I wrap them individually in cling wrap and freeze them for lunch box snacks.…

Probably one of the easiest ways to save on your grocery bill is to make sure that you use everything you buy, and not let things go to waste.  I recently had some left over cream in the fridge and decided to make a quick potato bake to make use of it. This made for a tasty but simple side dish, the prep probably only took about 10 minutes and the cream got used! In actual fact I only had about 200mls of cream so I substituted a little milk to make up the difference, and it turned out just…