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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.

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

Pavlova

April 12, 2017 Filed under Dessert

Pavlova is a very traditional New Zealand dessert.  Some pavlovas rise beautifully and look great, others (like mine) tend to flop and need to be propped up with cream and decorations.  They taste good regardless, though my son (aged about 8) once asked me why my pavlovas didn’t look as good as the bought ones!! That was the last time I made a pav! (He’s now 50 something!)

Here’s a never-fail pavlova recipe from my good friend Ann Hancock.  Read more

Ann’s savoury chops

November 20, 2016 Filed under Dinner

This is my friend Ann’s go-to recipe for a quick and easy, tasty dinner – for family or friends.

Ingredients

6 lamb leg chops
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons tomato sauce
1 teaspoon of each of ginger, curry powder, mustard, mixed spice
1½ cups of water
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

  1. Trim the fat from the chops and place in an ovenware dish
  2. Mix the rest of the ingredients together and pour over the chops
  3. You can prepare the sauce ahead of time and leave it to marinade the chops for several hours or just put the dish into the oven straight away.
  4. Cover dish and bake in a slow oven (140°C for 2 hours, or 170°C for 1 hour.

Serve with baked potatoes, boiled carrots and steamed broccoli for a well balanced dinner

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