Monday, 31 August 2015

Sausage and Lentil Casserole

While I'm glad spring is almost here I will miss the comforting foods of winter. this easy and tasty casserole is one such dish

please note as always measurements are approximate only as I don't really measure, just eye ball it ;)

1/2 kilo good sausages
1 onion sliced
can of brown lentils, drained & rinsed
1 clove garlic
can of whole tomatoes
1 cup low sodium beef stock

brown sausages well, add onion & garlic and continue to brown being careful not to burn (burnt onions & garlic are horrid) add tomatoes and crush down with spoon, add drained lentils and beef stock. bring to a low boil then transfer to casserole dish. cook covered on medium for about an hour removing the lid for the last 15 minutes. serve with crusty bread.

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Sunday, 23 August 2015

Banana, Maple and Cinnamon Muffins

I haven't posted a muffin recipe in a while which is odd as they're something I make often. these are delicious so I hoe you'll make some

Melted butter, for greasing
2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
75g butter, melted
1/2 cup (125ml) milk
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 eggs
1 cup mashed banana (about 2 bananas)

Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease 12 x 1/3 cup (80ml) muffin pans with melted butter or line with paper cases.

Sift flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon and salt into a large bowl. add in sugar.

Combine butter (melted) , milk, maple syrup, vanilla, eggs and mashed banana in a large jug. Whisk until  combined.

Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients. Add egg mixture, stir until just combined (don't  overmix). Spoon mixture into muffin pans. Bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through when tested with a skewer. Cool in pans for 5 minutes, turn onto a wire rack to cool. serve warm with butter.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Ginger & Soy Chicken kebabs

I love food on a stick! always seems such fun to eat as well as being delicious........

these kebabs are so good and after the marinading time they take minutes to put together and cook

approx 700gr chicken cut in similar size pieces (I used thighs)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbl spoon soy sauce
small piece ginger grated
2 tbl spoons runny honey
dash sesame oil

combine marinade and add chicken, mix and keep in fridge at least 2 hours (I left mine for 4)  thread chicken onto skewers and grill  until done or if the weather is nice you can BBQ them. serve with rice or whatever you fancy.

note:    if using wooden skewers be sure to soak in water before cooking.

Saturday, 8 August 2015

Vegetable & Pasta Soup

One of the best things about winter is the warm comforting foods........soups, stews, casseroles, roasts, slow bakes. I just love winter foods, so much that I even manage to find a way to include them during the warmer months.  this easy soup is one of those dishes.

1/2 red capsicum diced
1/2 green capsicum diced
1 onion diced
2 carrots grated
green beans sliced (I used a large handful)
small head broccoli florets removed
can three bean mix
1/2 cup macaroni pasta
500 ml vegetable stock

heat small amount of butter & oil in saucepan.  saute onion until transparent, add green beans  and continue to saute. add  broccoli, capsicum, 3 bean mix  and carrot, mix together while stirring. add vegetable stock and bring to boil. simmer 5 minutes then add pasta. cook until pasta is tender, serve with crusty bread.

Chocolate banana muffins

I love muffins, so quick and easy to mix up and always delicious.  try these chocolate and banana muffins, you will love them! linking to ...