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Easy winter dinner #2

November 7, 2018 Filed under Dinner

Ann’s savoury chops followed by sticky (not stodgy) rice pudding makes for a very tasty dinner without too much hassle.

Find the recipes here:

Ann’s savoury chops  and Rice pudding – microwaved

 

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.

Apple Crumble in the 21st century

October 24, 2018 Filed under Dessert

Even my fussiest grandchildren love this version of one of their favourite desserts.  You can add more or different spices depending on your personal or family taste. Read more

Caramelised Feijoa Upside-Down Cake

April 23, 2018 Filed under Dessert, In-betweens

This recipe is a new take on an old recipe that I first made many years ago with pineapple slices (and a cherry in the middle! Very 70’s).

I made this yesterday for a shared lunch where it was extremely popular and disappeared very quickly.

Ingredients: 

For caramel topping

50g butter
½ cup brown sugar
12 medium feijoas
Crystallised ginger

For cake

50g butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 egg
juice of half an orange
½ cup maple syrup or honey
1½ cups flour
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon baking soda

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C
  2. Line a round 23cm cake tin with baking paper
  3. Melt the first measure of butter and add the first measure of brown sugar, stirring till the sugear has dissolved
  4. Pour this caramel mixture into the prepared cake tin
  5. Peel and slice the feijoas and place them decoratively over the caramel base along with slices of crystallised ginger
  6. Beat the second measure of butter and brown sugar with a hand mixer until it is well combined.
  7. Add the egg and beat till it is mixed in, then beat in the orange juice and maple syrup
  8. Sift the flour and spices and stir into the butter and sugar mixture until well combined
  9. Combine the milk and baking soda till the soda has dissolved then stir into the cake mixture till smooth
  10. Pour into the cake tin to cover the feijoas
  11. Put the cake into the oven and bake for approximately 40 minutes
  12. Test by poking a skewer or a small narrow knife into the cake.  When it comes out clean the cake is cooked
  13. Remove from the oven, gently loosen the cake around the edges of the tin then turn out on to a plate so the caramel is on top
  14. Cut into wedges and serve warm with greek yoghurt, whipped cream or ice-cream.

Up to 12 servings.

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