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Quick and easy dinner menu

October 31, 2018 Filed under Dinner

Here is a quick and easy dinner suggestion for you when you come home after a long day at work; or at the weekend when you’ve been in the garden or at the beach all day.  It can fast become a firm favorite with all the family, or flatmates, or whoever else you have in your household – even visitors will love it.

Macaroni and mince bake is a one-dish dinner that can be dressed up with a salad on warmer days or with a range of your favorite cooked vegetables  when the weather is cooler.  The main dish can also be prepared ahead of time and kept in the fridge will your ready to reheat and eat.

A good dessert to follow is Sarah’s Spicy Apple Cake. 

Because this takes around one hour to cook, it will be best to prepare this earlier in the day or when you first start preparing dinner so it is  ready to eat after the main course.

Both dishes need to use the oven so make sure your oven is large enough to fit both, especially if you need them to be in the oven at the same time. IF yo have a fan bake oven there shouldn’t be a problem as you can use two shelves.

The Real ANZAC Biscuit Story

April 27, 2017 Filed under In-betweens, Recipes

 

ANZAC Day is over for another year but Anzac biscuits live on and can be made any time. There’s always been this wonderful story that ANZAC biscuits were sent and eaten by troops in Gallipoli.  Not true according to the New Zealand Army Museum researchers though there is some evidence that biscuits made with rolled oats were sent to troops on the Western Front. The myth probably began when these rolled oats biscuits we now know as Anzac biscuits were made and sold at fundraising events for the war effort. Read more

Gem irons and ginger gems

March 31, 2017 Filed under In-betweens

A few months ago my daughter Sandra asked me if I still had a gem iron – the really solid cast-iron one she remembered from her childhood.  Currently at home with small children Sandra had decided she wanted to make ginger gems in a real gem iron, the one that you heat in the oven while you prepare the mixture so when you pour the mixture in, it sizzles and you have to work quickly to get the gems in the oven.

gem iron

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Temporary cover for casserole dish

June 12, 2012 Filed under Tip of the Day

To cover a casserole dish when you don’t have a lid, cover with aluminium foil and mould to fit around the lip of the dish.

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