Friday, 20 February 2015

Bucatini with bolognese sauce

I love pasta and my family and I eat a lot of it. I especially like a good bolognese, however I am trying to add more non meat pasta sauces to my meal rotation. this dish is a basic bolognese served with bucatini pasta .  I don't really follow recipes and all measures are a guide line only.

  • approx 500gr minced (ground) beef 
  • 1 small onion diced finely 
  • 1 grated carrot 
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic 
  • pinch dried mixed herbs 
  • 1 fresh bay leaf (remove before serving) 
  • fresh rosemary 
  • can diced tomatoes 
  • small jar tomato puree 
  •  2 tbls tomato paste

 fry onion until soft, add in garlic and stir until garlic starts to soften. add in beef and break up with a spoon, stir until browned, drain excess fat. add grated carrot and herbs, continue to stir. when meat is browned put in can tomatoes and tomato puree and let simmer on low approx 30-40 mins. put in tomato paste and simmer for 15 mins. meanwhile bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook pasta of choice according to packet directions. drain pasta and toss with sauce adding grated cheese if liked. I used bacatini pasta and can't say that I'd use it again as I found it rather too thick for my liking  but the rest of the family had no such issues.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Choc Chip & Walnut Cookies

I haven't made biscuits (cookies) in such a long time. these delicious choc chip & walnut ones made me wonder why I waited

125gr soft butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
110 gr caster (fine sugar)
100gr firmly packed brown sugar
1 egg
260gr self raising flour
130gr choc chips
60gr chopped walnuts

beat butter, sugars and essence until smooth, then add egg and mix to combine.  sift flour and add with remaining ingredients.  roll mix into small balls  and place approx 4cm apart on greased trays.  bake in moderate oven for about 15 minutes or until golden, keep checking.  cool on trays and enjoy.

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Sunday, 9 November 2014


I can't claim these as being authentic but they are my version of the delicious greek meatballs I had as a child in the 70's & 80's while visiting greek neighbours :)

about 750gr minced meat  ( I used approx 450gr beef and 300gr lamb)
4 slices bread soaked in milk
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 grated onion
dried origano (greek preferred)
tble spoon fresh chopped mint
cinnamon to taste
grated zest of half lemon
1 beaten egg
salt & pepper to taste

squeeze excess moisture from bread. add mince and following ingredients. mix together and form in balls roughly golf ball sized. allow to firm in fridge for about half an hour before frying until browned and cooked through. serve with tatziki dip if liked.  delicious and so easy!

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Green Chicken Curry

As I've mentioned I love curries! recently I made this green chicken curry which was a hit with the family.

approx 750gr chicken diced (I used a mix of breast and thighs)

small onion chopped

red chilli chopped fine (I like heat so left the seeds in)

red capsicum diced

1/4 cup green curry paste

baby spinach leaves

400ml coconut milk

heat  pan and add curry paste cook stirring until fragrant then add onion and stir until it begins to soften. add chicken and cook for about 10 mins then add remaining vegetables and chilli (excluding baby spinach) cook a further 5 mins then add coconut milk  and simmer until chicken is cooked. just before serving add spinach to heat through.  serve with jasmine rice

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