There is very little take-away food that my husband can safely eat without having to worry about sulphites, in particular. A while ago we did have a Baja Steak bowl from a mexican take-away shop. We now make our own version of this at home.
Last night I had mince out ready to cook but hadn’t decided exactly what I was going to make with the mince. At 5 o’clock with my daughter leaving the house about 6pm I had to decide what to cook. I was thinking some sort of savoury mince but we had eaten a few rice dishes lately & my daughter really doesn’t like pasta, so I wasn’t sure what to serve it with. I looked in the cupboard & saw the kidney beans & a jar of salsa, so made a dish with those & served it with wraps or corn chips. It was an kind of an easier version of my Quick Chilli Beef.
Do you make recipes that are named after someone you know? Growing up we often had Chicken Dorothea & Sandra’s Best Lasagna; both named after women who had shared their recipes with my mother. My Mum also makes Merle’s Christmas Slice every Christmas.
I haven’t made Chicken Dorothea for years because of the ingredients, including some packet mix cream of chicken soup. My brother still makes this regularly for his family and his girls are growing up with Chicken Dorothea as well. My Creamy Tomato Chicken is probably about the closest we get to Chicken Dorothea now.
Sandra’s Best Lasagna was 1 of 2 meals that I would choose for a birthday dinner growing up. We don’t often have lasagna these days but my gluten, dairy & soy free Lasagna is based on Sandra’s Best Lasagna. (Just went to link to the recipe & realised that I haven’t posted the recipe, so will have to do this.)
Anyhow, one of our go to recipes now is Tric’s Mince, which is named after my friend Tricia. Continue reading
Last week I managed to make a couple of quiche like slices for my children to try as lunch options. I made No Green Stuff Veggie Slice which I took to my friends house for lunch with a small group of ladies. There were a couple of slices left but my children didn’t try it. I also made Bacon and Sweet Potato Slice which my son & I had as part of our lunch for most of the week. I made it gluten free but my husband didn’t try it.
This post about Individual Leftover Chilli Pies inspired me to make my own pies with some leftover Quick Chilli Beef. I was planning my dinner menu for the week when I saw the post about making pies with leftover chilli mince. As we usually have leftovers but not enough for a full second meal, I thought mini pies might be a way to stretch the leftovers. However, I decided to use my pastry recipe which is loosely based on the pastry in this apple crumb pie recipe. Continue reading
It’s been a while since I’ve posted about what I’ve been cooking but thought I would start this again. I’m not sure that I’ll do it every week especially as I sometimes end up doing the same things.
Anyhow here is what was on the dinner menu last week:
Monday – Ham steaks & pineapple with homemade sweet potato & potato chips, along with carrots & peas. My daughter made this as we were watching my son’s futsal game, so came home to a cooked meal.
Tuesday – Beef Stroganoff served with rice, carrots & peas.
Wednesday – Leftovers
Thursday – We went to Mum & Dad’s for dinner where we had Quick Chilli Beef.
Friday – Homemade Pizzas. My daughter & her friend made theirs on a bought pizza base. For the first time I tried the yoghurt dough. I used coconut yoghurt & GF flour. This was yummy & will definitely make this again.
Saturday – Chicken Risotto that had been stored in the freezer around Christmas time as we had so much food.
Sunday – Fish & Chips at Sandgate. We had a church social gathering on the waterfront & everyone bought their own fish & chips for dinner, from one of the local Fish & Chip shops.
Other things I made last week were:
My son has been enjoying the LCM bars & muesli bars in his lunch box.
What have you been cooking lately? Do you have any good lunch box recipes?
I made this recipe last night and was thinking that I should blog about it. Then I saw this blog challenge about Transcript and thought that this is the temporary thing that I can share and reflect upon.
As you can see the original recipe is looking old and is torn in half with a little bit missing but I love using the original recipe whenever I make this recipe. I always think of the story behind us having this recipe whenever I make it.
My husband first made this recipe just over 22 years ago. It was the first meal he made for us after we were married. I think it must have been on or about Monday 28 November, 1994; as it would have been when we went back to work after our honeymoon and I would have been on a late shift. As he was home first he cooked dinner. I believe he rang his Mum from work about the recipe and she wrote it out for him, then he picked it up on the way home.
I’ll share the original recipe below and then share how I normally make it now a days to be intolerance friendly.
The recipe as written out by my mother-in-law is as follows:
Place oil in saucepan & add mince, chopped onion, herbs, tomato paste & a little water & stir & cook for 15-20 mins.
Cook pasta in boiling water & cook for 10 mins.
1 tablespoon of butter melted mix in 1 tablespoon of flour & stir & then add 1 cup of milk & stir in & place in microwave oven for 2 mins then stir until thick & add grated cheese.
Mix sauce & pasta & then mince.
Somehow my husband managed to make this recipe despite the lack of quantities, not sure how many phone calls occurred during the making of the recipe. Here is the recipe as I normally make it now.
Do you have recipes that have been passed on from family members or friends?
“What’s for Dinner?” has been the catch cry of my children since they could talk. Often this would be one of the first things my daughter would ask in the morning when she was little.
I started menu planning a few years ago and have found that it helps. I usually plan and shop for a weeks worth of meals at a time. So on Monday I normally sit down with my calendar and add what we are going to have for dinner for each day of the week. It can be easy to have the same meals every week. To help me remember all the different dishes I can make I decided to write a list of all the meals we like to eat. I decided to add this as a new “Menu Ideas” page on my blog. This way it is easy for me to find and it might inspire someone else as well. As I try new recipes or remember things that aren’t on the list I’ll keep updating it.
Do you menu plan and do you have a list of go to meals?
I have been making frypan pizza for years, using a recipe from the book that came with my electric frypan. Ever since my husband has been gluten free I have been making a gluten & dairy free version of the pizza. I think after much trial and error, sometimes getting it right and not being able to replicate it; I think I finally have the recipe just about right. This recipe works well for my 26cm round frypan that I use on the stove.
Alternatively: Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until combined into a soft dough, then proceed from step 3.
I use Bio cheese (which is a coconut cheese that melts well and tastes like cheese).
Our preferred toppings are GF ham, GF salami sticks, tinned pineapple, pizza topper herbs and cheese. We also like adding cooked chicken if we have any. It is fairly basic but I then add things like mushroom, capsicum & avocado to mine after it is cooked or serve it with a salad.
What are your favourite pizza toppings?