Chicken soup

September 4, 2015 | Filed under Dinner

I’m just home in New Zealand after spending time with my daughter and grandchildren in Ireland. While I was there my son-in-law made a fantastic roast chicken dinner with roast vegetables and superb gravy. (He’s a chef so why am I surprised!)

He cooked enough to be able to make a filling chicken soup from the leftovers. This soup is very thick and almost a chicken stew. The children loved it and had chicken dinner again and again. …Read more

Update on Graham’s winter special

June 27, 2015 | Filed under Dinner, Lunch

Winter must be here. 2015-06-20 13.29.27

I’m getting ready to make another batch of Graham’s vegetable soup.  This has been a family favourite for many years.  The photo shows the range of vegetables that go into this tasty and filling winter meal – good for a dinner with crusty bread as well as for lunch.  Heats up well in the microwave at work too.

Updated recipes from your childhood

August 28, 2014 | Filed under Dinner

Although Askmumnow takes a nostalgic look at things we did in the 1970’s and 80’s, life has changed a lot and it’s not possible to recreate life as it was then. In some ways we wouldn’t want to.

However we can still use recipes from that era and update them to use modern appliances.  For example, any of the casserole recipes can be made in a slow cooker.  The slow cooker is a marvellous invention for mothers who are busy with young children, or at work, or both.OK

Try the Apricot Chicken Casserole in a slow cooker.  Put it on the low temperature in the morning and it is ready to eat for the evening meal after 7-8 hours slow cooking.

The beef casserole with dumplings is another that adapts well to the slow cooker.  Always best to cook beef on Low for 7-8 hours.  Beef ( or steak) for casseroles or stews needs slow cooking and can get tough if cooked too quickly.  Add the dumplings about one hour before serving.

You can make it even easier by adding vegetables before you start cooking.  Maybe small whole potatoes, peeled and quartered potatoes, sliced carrots, pumpkin pieces, sweet potatoes.  Any root vege really.  I prefer to cook beans, peas, broccoli etc separately just before dinner.

If you’re home during the day and you forget to put the casserole on in the morning, you can do it around midday and cook it on High for 3-4 hours.

Suet dumplings

July 24, 2012 | Filed under Dinner

Suet dumplings make a good filler for a cold winter night dinner.  They are usually cooked with a beef or lamb casserole and added towards the end of the cooking time.  You can replace potatoes with dumplings to provide the carbohydrate in a meal. …Read more

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