Baked Christmas Ham/Gammon
Warm Pepper Strawberry Salad
Mary's Crummy Sprouts
Mary's Maple Onions
Bacon, Potato and Cheese Sauce
Spinach and Ricotta Cheese Cannelloni
Liane's Penne Sicilian
Version of Granny's Spag. Bol.
Liane's Créme Brule
Chicken and Blue Cheese Sandwich
String Bean Patties
Rosie's Friendship Cake
Fold two hands together,
And express a dash of sorrow.
Marinate it overnight,
And work on it tomorrow.
Chop one grudge in tiny pieces,
Add several cups of love.
Dredge with a large sized smile,
Mix with the ingredients above.
Dissolve the hate within you,
By doing a good deed.
Cut in and help your friend,
If he/she should be in need.
Stir in laughter, love and kindness,
From the heart it has to come.
Toss with genuine forgiveness,
And give your friends some.
The amount of people served,
Will depend on you.
It can serve the whole wide world.
If you really want it to!!
Cheesy Chicken 'n Ham Toasty
Leek and Potato Bake
Mary's Sausage Stew
Mary's Stuffed Peppers
Spiced Lime Corn on the Cob
Liane's Nachos Grande
Beef Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Advocado Starter
Liane's Spare Ribs
Austen's Yummy Stuff
Robin Dynamite Yams
and Honey Ice Cream
Liane's Banana and Honey Ice
Cream ala Diane
Diane's Spinach Dip
Diane's Homemade Mayo
Cream Crescents 3 ingredients!!
Strawberries, Iceberg lettuce, red onion, mushrooms, olive
oil, white wine vinegar, few leaves of mint, soy sauce, crushed chilies,
onion salt :-
Put 3 parts oil to 1 part ww vinegar in a bowl and ground in lots of pepper,
a good pinch of onion salt and a pinch of crushed chilies, the mint leaves,
a few shakes of soy sauce, stir and add chopped onion, strawberries,
depending on size, quartered, same with mushrooms (if you prefer your
mushrooms well done, cook first) let that marinade for about 10 mins, use a
hot frying pan or wok, if you're having this with fillet steak, which is the
nicest way, use the pan that you cooked the steak in, you only want to cook
these for a very few moments in a very hot pan, hence the cooking of the
mushrooms first if you prefer them well done, shred the lettuce onto a plate
and pile strawberry mix on top, it really is nicest with steak.
Soda bread (stale for crumbs), onion, thinly sliced, brussel
sprouts, butter, onion salt, pepper :-
Cook sprouts, grate soda to make bread crumbs, melt butter in med. size
saucepan, add onion salt , lots of ground pepper, add onion, cook onions
slowly, don't want them too brown but nice and soft, when they're ready, if
needed add more butter, then add soda crumbs, pan should be reasonably dry
after adding crumb, low heat and stir occasionally, you want a nice browned
finish, drain sprouts well, and add to crumb mix, you can half them if they
are large, this will keep warm over a low heat for quite a while or you
throw everything into a casserole dish and put in a low oven to keep warm,
the longer they sit, the yummier they get, best with roast chicken or steak
but makes a nice snack.
Onions, whatever you prefer, white or red, sliced in rounds,
maple syrup, good heavy frying pan :-
you're going to cook this at least 45 mins in advance of wanting to eat, put
a desert spoon full of maple syrup in pan, add onions, and cook on the
lowest possible heat, stir occasionally, you can either go for really soft,
or onion al dente......whatever you prefer, you may need to add a little
more syrup as you go, goes lovely with steak, but is nice on beans or cheese
and toast, this mix is also nice with ribs.
and Cheese Sauce
Maple bacon, or smoked or plain, whatever you prefer, large
potatoes for baking, favourite cheese, flour, butter, milk, ground pepper,
salt to taste :-
Bake potatoes in oven or microwave, grill bacon, make cheese sauce by
melting butter, adding flour, pepper, salt, slowly add milk to make a nice
runny sauce, grate in cheese, keep heat low and stir constantly, X slice
potatoes, and pour cheese sauce over, add bacon to top..yummy
Mince meat or steak, onion, garlic, bacon, mushrooms, tinned
tomatoes, olives (optional), crushed chilies, paprika, bay leaves, Italian
seasoning, ground pepper, salt, olive oil :-
Use a wok or a large saucepan, depends on how many you're
cooking for, add olive oil and fry onions and garlic, don't burn, just cook
slowly for about 10 mins, add mince, stir occasionally until brown, add pre
grilled bacon, chopped up, add tinned toms, use tom tin to measure in some
water (depending on how long you intend to cook this, you may need to add
more water, but less is best), 2 or 3 bay leaves, Italian seasoning, not too
much, chili, salt, ground pepper, simmer slowly for at least 30 mins, but
longer is better, add paprika near end of cooking time, mushrooms, again add
earlier if you want them well cooked or as I do, last minute. Use with your
favourite pasta but traditional long pasta is best and messiest. Add lots of
parmesan cheese and if you like olives, add them about 20 mins before
Use above recipe without adding any water, make cheese sauce
as in Bacon, Potato and Cheese sauce recipe, use pasta sheets, start layers
with mince mix, then pasta sheets, then sauce, then another layer of pasta
sheets, mince mix, cheese sauce, as many layers as you like finishing with
cheese sauce, bake in over for about 30 to 45 mins. Best left to cool, put
in fridge, slice and reheat in microwave.
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Chicken Breasts, Red and/or Green. Yellow Peppers. flour
tortillas, crushed chilies, onion, hot chili powder, black pepper,
mushrooms, olive oil, sour crème fraise, few leaves of mint, tin tomatoes,
and either Walkers sensations, sunbaked tomato flavour is sublime, but all
flavours are good, Doritos cool flavour, or Tortilla chips of any sort
Wok, olive oil, crushed chilies, chili powder (be careful),
ground pepper, salt, chicken pieces, cook for a few minutes, add onions,
peppers, (slice onions and peppers to about same size, I like long strips,
easy to eat in the wrap), ok cook slowly, if you like mushrooms well done,
add now or later... to sour crème add chopped or shredded mint leaves, put
in a small bowl, open tinned tomatoes, lots ground pepper. add chunky
mushrooms, chili powder (again be careful), put in a bowl and microwave for
1 minute, all you want to do is heat it a little to infuse flavours,
tortillas.....they give you lots of hints for heating on packaging, like
wrapping in cling film, I simply put 2 or three on a plate, whiz in
microwave for a minute or until hot, then make hammocks, hard to explain,
sort of make little cradles side by side, add chicken filling and a spoonful
of tomato mix and sour crème mix to each, so when you look down on it, it
looks like 2/3 little canoes? The best part is.......while the chicken mix
is cooking, use the tortilla chips with the tomato and sour crème to dip 'n
munch......so make plenty. How you eat these suckers depends on whose
watching........you can fold and munch, or layer like pancakes and use a
knife and fork, either way, be prepared for dribbles.
LIANE'S EASIEST BBQ
Sirloin/fillet steaks, baked potatoes,
mushrooms/onions/peppers and corn on the cob!!!
Light bbq...take steaks out and let sit in room temperature for half an
hour...put lots of pepper and some meat tenderiser if you can find
any...prick your potatoes and put in microwave until half cooked, brush with
oil and roll in lo fat coarse salt &wrap in tinfoil and throw on BBQ.
Cut up your veggies and toss in foil with olive oil, salt & pepper and
garlic. Put your corn on the cob in foil with some butter, garlic and
seasoning and put on bbq.
Last of all show your steaks to the BBQ...Just enough to let the cow know
it's gonna die..serve potatoes with cheese coleslaw and grated mature
Some chicken breasts, onion, peppers, half a tube of tom
puree, a couple of squirts of tom sauce, some honey if it needs sweetening,
mushrooms, 2 tins of chopped toms, chili powder, pepper, Tabasco, tortillas,
mature cheese for grating over and some salsa, guacamole and sour cream.
Cut up bits of chicken (You can use any chicken) and fry in pan with veg...transfer
to saucepan and add 2 tins of chopped toms, some tom puree and tom sauce
(Quantities depend on how much you are making). Simmer while adding your
chili powder, Tabasco and pepper...quantities depending on how spicy u like
it...(Sauce should be thick, half sweet/half spicy!! Heat a couple of
tortillas in the oven/microwave and put filling in and roll. Put some grated
mature cheese and put in oven for 10 mins until cheese melty and gorgeous.
Serve with sour cream, salsa and guacamole!!!
LIANE'S EASY GUACAMOLE
AVOCADO, LIME, ONION ,CORIANDER AND FRESH RED CHILI
Cut up onion and chili add to blender until fine. Add avocado, few sprigs of
coriander and squeeze lime juice in. Blend until it looks like the
Ghostbusters slime...yum yum
SPINACH AND RICOTTA CHEESE CANNELLONI
250G OF FROZEN SPINACH. 250G OF RICOTTA CHEESE. 1 ONION
FINELY CHOPPED, A BIG PINCH OF NUTMEG. CANNELLONI TUBES DEPENDS ON HOW MANY
Fry onions for 2 mins place in a bowl with the defrosted/drained spinach,
ricotta cheese and onion. Season They say use a spoon to fill the
cannelloni...I lose the head and use my fingers it's quicker but messier.
Put in an oven proof dish and make your cheese sauce.
LIANE'S PENNE SICILIAN
PENNE PASTA, 2 TINS OF CHOPPED TOMS, CHILI POWDER/ FRESH
CHILIES, 2 ONIONS, MUSHROOMS, PKT OF SMOKED BACON, PEPPER AND A GENEROUS
SPLASH OF RED WINE (FOR THE NON-DRINKERS CAN BE EXCLUDED) & A LITTLE
CREAM (ANY KIND)
Fry the onion and mushrooms, I like to leave them rustic...cook your bacon
and cut it into a saucepan with the veg and add 2 tins of chopped toms and a
generous spoonful of chili powder or fresh chilies and a big splash of red
wine......Leave to simmer for as long as you have...Right before you're
about to serve toss in some cream until the sauce goes from red to
orange...tasting all the time... You have to have garlic bread with this and
while this is in the oven..you cook your pasta. When ready spoon a big
spoonful of sauce over your pasta and top with mature cheese....easy peasy!!
This is great the next day!!!!
LIANE'S VERSION OF GRANNIES
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500g of lean minced meat/steak, 2 tubes of tomato puree, big
onion, garlic, mushrooms, tom sauce, brown sugar, bay leaves, lemon juice
Put the mince in a saucepan and fill with enough water to cover...break up
the mince until it's in a paste. Add your chopped onion, garlic and 3/4 bay
leaves. Season and let it cook down low for as long as you can...Granny used
to let this cook low all day...To speed things up just add less water and
stay with it...
Once it's turned brown you can add the tom puree, a big squirt of tom sauce
and a spoonful or 2 of brown sugar and generous squirts of lemon Juice.
Taste for correct sweetness.. Make whatever pasta you like, garlic bread,
cheese bread and serve with parmesan sprinkled over the top and lots of
MEASUREMENTS NEEDED FOR THIS ONE
4 EGG WHITES, 250G OF CASTER SUGAR, 1 AND A HALF TSP OF CORN
FLOUR, 1 AND A HALF TSP WHITE WINE VINEGAR, 375 ML OF
DOUBLE/WHIPPING CREAM, WHATEVER FRUIT YOU WANT TO USE
Preheat oven 160oc. Line a 9inch circular baking tray with parchment paper.
Whisk egg whites until stiff, then add sugar 1 tsp at a time whisking
constantly. Blend the corn flour with the vinegar and whisk into egg white
mixture. Spread the mixture into the circle building up the sides so they
are higher than the middle and place in oven. Immediately reduce temp to
150oc. Bake for an hour. Turn off oven and leave in oven for another hour.
Peel off lining paper and transfer to a plate to cool. Whip cream, put on
top and add whatever fruit you have... I like it with strawberries, grapes,
pineapples and kiwi fruit but you can add anything!!!
LIANE'S CRÈME BRULE
4 EGG YOLKS, 1 PINT OF SINGLE CREAM, 60G OF DEMERARA SUGAR
AND 30 G OF VANILLA SUGAR & BUTTER FOR GREASING
Lightly butter ramekins dishes, In a large bowl beat the egg yolks with the
vanilla sugar. Heat the cream to almost boiling point then slowly pour into
egg mixture stirring all the time. Pour custard mixture into ramekins and
put in a roasting dish and fill with hot water. Enough to come up half the
side of the ramekin dish. Bake in preheated oven at 160oc for about 25 mins
or until firm to the touch. Leave to cool. Sprinkle top with demerara sugar
and place under a hot grill until caramelized...
You can add fruit to the bottom of the ramekin before adding custard if you
like...I don't like warm fruit except stewed rhubarb..The only warning is
you'll want more than one!!!
CHICKEN AND BLUE CHEESE SANDWICH
CHICKEN BREAST ( 1 PER PERSON) , 1 TSP OF CAJUN SEASONING,
CAYENNE PEPPER, JUICE OF HALF A LEMON, BLUE CHEESE, LOW FAT MAYONNAISE,
SALAD AND EITHER TWO BIG BITS OF CRUSTY BREAD OR A PITA POCKET
Season chicken with salt, pepper, and spices, You can use any spices you
want) Cook in a non stick frying pan for about ten mins...should be a bit
charred, squeeze over your lemon. Mash together the mayonnaise and a big
dollop of blue cheese, set aside Put lettuce, tomatoes, scallions (whatever
salad you want) and put on top of your bread place the warm chicken on top
and add a big dollop of blue cheese mayonnaise...This is so yummy and can
get eaten as a snack made with smaller quantities...
2 medium Italian eggplant (about 3/4
1 pound ground round
1 cup spicy tomato sauce
4 medium Portabello mushroom caps (about 12 ounces), stems discarded
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cups ricotta cheese
1 box (10 ounces) frozen leaf spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
1 pound mozzarella cheese, sliced
1. Trim the eggplant, discarding the stems and leaving peels
on, then thinly slice lengthwise 1/4 to 1/3" thick. Arrange in layers
in a colander, sprinkling each layer with salt. Let stand in the sink 15
minutes for bitter juices to drain.
2. In a heavy medium skillet over medium heat cook ground beef, breaking up
the meat with a wooden spoon until browned and beginning to crisp, about 6
minutes. Drain liquid from skillet and stir in tomato sauce. Remove from
heat; set aside to cool.
3. With a small sharp knife scrape away the undersides of the mushrooms to
remove the dark brown "gills". Brush mushrooms lightly with some
of the olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Cook mushrooms 4 minutes per
side in a grill pan or large skillet over medium heat until lightly browned
and tender. Cut into 1/2" thick slices; set aside.
4. Heat broiler. Rinse eggplant slices and pat dry. Brush on both sides with
olive oil and season with pepper. Broil 3 minutes per side until surface
just begins to char; set aside to cool slightly. Reduce oven temperature to
5. In a food processor fitted with a metal blade, combine ricotta, spinach,
eggs, and Parmesan cheese in pulses until blended. Season to taste with
6. Lightly oil a 13-x 9-inch glass baking dish. Arrange half the eggplant
slices in an even layer on the bottom, overlapping slightly. Top with half
the mozzarella and all of the mushrooms. Spoon half of the meat sauce on top
then add the ricotta mixture, spreading in an even layer. Arrange the
remaining eggplant over the ricotta, then top with the remaining sauce and
7. Bake lasagna about 20 minutes, until cheese is melted and sauce is
bubbly. Let cool slightly before cutting and serving.
Tina's String Bean Patties back
4 cans French style string beans
drained Put in a bowl..
Add Bread crumbs Italian Style)
Add Italian grated cheese
Salt Pepper to taste....
When adding the cheese and bread crumbs use enough so you can make like a
Hamburg pattie and it's not falling apart. In frying pan add olive oil and
brown the patties both side....They cook fast. Good warm or cold.
Cheesy Chicken 'n Ham Toasty
Two slices of plain
(proper) white bread, sprinkled with a little grated cheese. Add pre
cooked chicken and ham (finely chopped) to the bread and cheese. Then add
more cheese and Worchester (spelling) sauce and melt gently under grill.
Put two slice of bread together to make sandwich and toast uncooked sides
of the bread (thus still melting the contents inside) until brown and
lift out of grill, get a
napkin cause it is messy, and eat!
ta - da ........... who
says I can't cook........ lol
Leek and Potato Bake
Boil potatoes until cooked and chop into small pieces, put into baking
dish for oven. (don't put into oven just yet)
Gently cover and cook chopped (and washed) leeks in a little olive oil and
butter and drop of water until soft and tender - add black pepper
Cheese Sauce: Melt
a little butter under low heat until melted, add flour to
mixture (a little at a time) and mix until it looks like honeycomb (not
too much flour or the sauce is stinking). Then add milk and beat (until an
inch of its life) until you have a milky sauce. Slowly heat sauce
(stirring all the time cause its sticks to saucepan) until thick then
add lots and lots of grated cheese and cook until cheese is melted.
Add leeks to the potatoes
in the oven dish and cover with the cheese sauce. Bake in the oven until
bubbly and slightly coloured brown on top.
Remove from over (careful
cause it is warm) scoop out and eat!! mmmmmm........... nice with fish!
Mary's Sausage Stew
Pork Sausages, can be made with Pork 'n Leek, or any of the
combination sausages, onions, 1 beef stock cube, or home made stock if you
have any, beans, you can use baked beans or kidney, be adventurous, try
mixed beans, potatoes, squirt of tomato puree, carrots (optional)
Large saucepan, half full water, add chopped onions, tomato
puree, stock or stock cube, sausages, carrots, if you're using baked beans,
add them near the finish of cooking, otherwise add your beans now, you
usually wont need any salt, so add lots of pepper, bring that to the boil,
turn to a simmer, after about 10/15 minutes, you can remove the sausage
skins easily with a fork, if you put the sausages in as a link, its even
easier, let that simmer for an hour, then add your peeled potatoes, make
them in various sizes, cut some very thin slices, others in quarters and a
few whole size, the smaller ones help to thicken it all nicely, after 30
mins, it is ready, but, let it cook gently for as long as you like, you can
thicken it with a little Bisto and corn flour mixed together, make sure you
have lots of lovely fresh bread to dip in the juices, definitely not a
dinner party meal. Best served second day. Freezes perfectly.
Mary's Stuffed Peppers
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Peppers, any colour, can be cut two ways, either cut off the
top quarter and stand and stuff, or slice length ways and lie both halves
down and stuff (better for larger peppers.
Soda bread, preferably stale, onion, red is nice, mozzarella cheese, pinch
of basil, or a few leaves, onion salt, ground pepper, melted butter.
Crumb soda and add to melted butter, onion, pepper, onion
salt, basil, stir well to mix, don't have mixture too moist as the peppers
will add their own juices during cooking, stand and stuff pepper, top off
with a nice big lump of mozzarella cheese, stick lid on top, lie and stuff
pepper, fill both halves and top with mozzarella cheese, drizzle stand and
lie peppers with olive oil and put in a fairly hot oven, I use about 200, 20
mins should do, you want the mozzarella well melted, nice as a snack on
their own or with steak, chicken or fish.
SPICED LIME CORN ON THE COB
4 CORN ON COBS
2 LIMES CUT INTO WEDGES
1 TSP SALT
HALF TSP CAYENNE PEPPER and LOTS OF BLACK PEPPER
LUMP OF BUTTER
Pull husks back from corn
Remove silks (feathery strands)
Rub corn with lots of lime, mix salt and peppers together and throw on
corn...place in foil and wrap with lump of butter and cook for ten mins on
hot BBQ or can be done in oven!!! Serve with lime
LIANE'S NACHOS GRANDE
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ONION, GREEN PEPPER, GARLIC, 1 FRESH GREEN CHILI
1 225G OF CHOPPED TOMS
CHILI POWDER , PAPRIKA, CUMIN (ALL HALF A TSP)
1 TIN OF REFRIED BEANS
BIG BAG OF TORTILLA CRISPS
Heat the oil and throw in onion, green pepper and garlic...cook until soft.
Add the tomatoes and cook for another 5 mins, stir in chili powder,
paprika. Add refried beans breaking them up with a fork. mush them!!! Add in
about 75ml of water and cook stirring from time to time for about ten
minutes. Chop up your chicken into little bits and fry it off and put aside.
Place bean mixture into a serving dish and place tortilla chips around the
outside, scatter bits of chicken on top and cover completely with cheese (
whatever you like)
Place in oven for 10-15mins at 200oc
Drizzle lots of sour cream, guacamole and salsa all around or serve in
separate dishes...YUM YUM YUM!!!
TOMATOES, MOZZARELLA AND AVOCADO STARTER
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1 BEEF TOMATO or JUST LARGE TOMATO
1/2 PKT OF BUFFALO MOZZARELLA
BASIL, SALT AND PEPPER AND OLIVE OIL
SOME NICE CRUSTY BREAD
SOME BALSAMIC VINEGAR
LETTUCE LEAVES ANY U WANT
LOTS OF PEPPER
(DEAD EASY...MAKE IT IN FIVE)
Tear up some basil, add some salt and lots of pepper with a little olive
oil...Leave as long as you can for it to diffuse...
Cut big slabs of crusty bread and either toast or have fresh
cut up tomato, mozzarella and avocado.
Layer on top of your bread, drizzle basil mixture between layers and arrange
lettuce leaves around the side, drizzle with balsamic...lovely snack or
LIANE'S SPARE RIBS
2 1/2LB OF PORK RIBS
SALT & PEPPER
1 INCH PIECE (MEN GET WOMEN TO SHOW U WHAT 1" REALLY IS) FRESH GINGER
2 GARLIC GLOVES
2 TBSP SOY SAUCE, 2 TBSP DRY SHERRY/RICE WINE, 2 TBSP HOISIN SAUCE, 2 TBSP
TOM PUREE, 2 TBSP OF HONEY/MAPLE SYRUP
This is a weekender...start early...
Put ribs in big pot of water and slow boil for as long as you can....I try
to do 3HRS but even an hr makes a difference...take out and place in big
combine all the sauce ingredients in a pan and heat gently. Throw ribs into
sauce and leave to sit to marinade...When ready to eat...Put ribs in hot
oven 180oC for 15-20mins ( depends on how u like 'em) or on BBQ
Actually need to make a few meals b4 I would remember what goes into
them...should always write down but I just like to experiment like you and
add and subtract things...
Austen's Yummy Stuff
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boil some potatoes….. cut them in slices (like coins) then cut up a pear
in coin shapes and place them between the slides of potatoes…. Sprinkle
with garlic and lots of butter and bake in the over for about 25
Par boil some parsnips…. Place them on a baking dish with some butter and
brush lots of honey over them…. Then bake for 10 minutes… yummier.
Wrap up an onion with butter in tin foil… air tight…… stick it in the
oven with your chicken or meat… when the meats cooked throw it away and
eat the yummy onion.
Robin Dynamite Yams
Steam (or boil) 3-4 cups peeled and chopped
up yams until soft.
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs (fresh,
free-range, if possible for maximum flavor and colour)
1/4 cup soft butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
Spray a suitably sized corning ware or Pyrex
type dish with no stick cooking spray
Once blended, put all the above into it.
For the topping*:
In a small sauce pan:
melt 1/4 cup butter
add to it:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup chopped pecans
mix well and spread on top
of the yam mixture
(*NOTE: I usually double the topping
recipe because George has a bit of a sweet tooth)
Bake for 1/2 hour, uncovered, at 350 degrees.
YES, IT'S REALLY A MAIN COURSE DISH, EVEN
THOUGH IT TASTES LIKE DESSERT. :-)
SOUTHERN BAKED BEANS BY PAULA DEEN
1 large onion, diced
2 (16-ounce) cans pork and beans
3 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup light brown sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 pound bacon strips, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a Dutch oven, mix onion, pork and beans, mustard, maple syrup,
light brown sugar, ketchup, and lemon juice. Top with the bacon
pieces. Bake, covered, for 45 to 60 minutes.
Banana and Honey Ice Cream
( Would be easier with an ice-cream maker but sure)
4 EGG YOLKS
½ PINT OF MILK
½ PINT OF DOUBLE CREAM
125g (4oz) OF CASTER SUGAR
1& 1/2 TEASPOON OF VANILLA ESSENCE
500G OF BANANAS
3 TABLESPOONS OF LEMON JUICE
2 TABLESPOONS OF HONEY
1.Put egg yolks and sugar in a bowl and whisk until lighter in colour.
2.Heat milk in a heavy saucepan until below boiling point, add a
little of the hot milk to the egg mixture. Stir to blend and then
add in the remaining milk.
3.Put back into saucepan and heat gently, stirring until froth
disappears and mixture coats the back of the spoon.
4.Leave custard to cool and then stir in cream, vanilla essence. mash
bananas with lemon juice and honey and add
5.Pour into a container and freeze for 3hrs.
6.Tip into a bowl and mash to get rid of ice crystals and then
return to container and freeze for further 2 hrs. Take out and mash
and freeze for another 2 hrs.
Remove from freezer 30 minutes before serving.
Diane's Added Recipe
Liane's ice cream uses 4 egg yolks, this uses
4 egg whites.
1 cup 200 grams sugar
100grams slivered almonds
In food processor, grind the almonds with 1/2
of the sugar till fine.
Beat egg whites on low speed till frothy, then
on high speed gradually add the remaining 1/2 of the sugar, beat until
stiff and glossy, then add the vinegar and beat until it is incorporated.
(To test if the egg whites are stiff enough
turn the bowl upside down, nothing should move.
Gently fold the almond sugar mix into the
Spoon the mixture into a piping bag with 1/2
inch tip ( or make a cone with baking paper, and cut off the end to make a
hole about 1/2 inch)
Pipe into small mounds on a baking sheet lined
with baking paper ( should be no bigger than a 2 pound coin) and bake in a
low oven for 30 minutes, Turn off the oven and let rest in the oven
for a further 1/2 hour.
Let sit on cooling racks until cold, then
sandwich 2 cookies together with chocolate ganache.
about 4 oz good quality dark chocolate
2 tblsp butter
2 oz double cream.
Melt chocolate and butter over double boiler,
remove from heat and stir in cream till smooth.
Chill before using
One or two of these with a small scoop of ice
cream make a yummy dessert. ... Garnish
Diane's Spinach Dip
10 to 12 ounces
spinach, can use frozen, but I prefer fresh.
1 cup or 250ml
sour cream/crème fraise
1 cup 250 ml
1/2 cup or 125ml chopped
fresh chopped parsley
salt and pepper to taste
crusty bread loaf
Put spinach, sour cream, and mayo into a bowl.
stir and add onion, parsley lemon juice, salt
and peppermix together and chill.
It can be served heated, just as is, with
crackers bread sticks etc., or put into the hollowed out loaf.
Double the recipe if the bread loaf is a large
Reserve the removed bread for dipping.
you may serve cold, or wrap in foil, and heat
in oven, on low heat for
2 hours. Best this way
To serve turn foil back, and surround with
Save the best part for yourself, when the
bread is empty, break off the pieces of the shell......this is the best
Diane's Home Made Mayo
1 cup oil Any cooking oil, but not extra virgin if using olive oil, as it is
too strong in flavour)
pinch dry mustard, sugar and paprika' salt to taste, and pepper.
1 tsp lemon juice, or white vinegar
Put 1/4 cup of the oil, lemon juice, paprika, salt pepper and sugar in
blender, and whiz for a few seconds to blend.
With feeder cap off blender, or through spout of food processor, and while
blender on slowly add the remainder of the oil, using medium speed.
Triple G Gobbler Giblet Gravy
Next time you do a turkey this is great, tasty, and adds moisture to dry
When ordering turkey, or turkey crown, ask butcher to give you some giblets
you can do this a day ahead
2 tblsp oil
2 stalks celery
1 large onion
1 large carrot
pinch of thyme, savoury, and sage
Salt and fresh black pepper to taste
To a fairly hot pan, add oil and necks and giblets
Sauté until brown, and with lots of brown bits in the pot, add vegetables,
and sauté a few more minutes, until onions are nice and brown
Add water to cover, the thyme, savoury and sage, salt and pepper.
simmer on low heat for a couple of hours.
Strain out veg, and giblets, feed giblets, though not necks to the dogs, and
freeze the stock until turkey day.
When turkey or crown is cooked, drain the juices from the bird onto the
frozen stock ,and put in fridge
I freeze the stock, because when you add the pan drippings, the cold will
make the fat rise to the surface, and congeal quickly, so its easier to
Heat the stock, and when it begins to simmer add the following.
The amount used will be determined by the amount of stock you have, so start
by adding about 1/4 cup of flour to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid,
add water, about 3/4 cup.
Put lid on tightly, and shake vigorously until the flour is combined with
no visible lumps.
Add to simmering stock and stirring constantly, until stock thickens to your
taste. Add flour water gradually, as it is easier to top up with water if to
thick, than to thicken watery gravy.
Stir for one minute to properly cook in the flour.
Note: Once the turkey has cooked, the time it will take to chill and skim
the stock will be a great resting time for the bird, which should be tented
with foil during the resting period.
3 tblsp butter
2 cups peeled chopped tart green apple
2 cups '" " " " " onion
3 garlic cloves
4 tsp curry powder
3 tblsp flour
pinch each dry mustard, paprika, thyme
2 cups chicken stock ( cubes or home made)
tblsp tomato puree
1/4 cup wine ( should be white with seafood but I use red)
1/4 cup double cream
Melt butter on low heat.
Add apple onion, and garlic and cook until soft.
Add curry, flour, mustard, salt, pepper, and thyme.
Stir often, cook for a minute or two more and turn off heat.
Shrimp are best if you buy either fresh or frozen with shell on.
If with shell, peel, and add shells to warm chicken stock, simmer on low
heat for a few minutes.
Strain, and discard skins
Add shrimp to stock, and poach on medium heat just until shrimp turn
pink....do not overcook,
Remove shrimp from stock.
Add stock to curry mixture, and simmer on medium heat for a couple of
Add tomato puree, and wine, lower heat.
If using cooked shrimp, they should be added now, just to warm through.
Add cream, and do not permit the mixture to boil or simmer , as the cream
Serve over steamed or boiled rice.
Try these, they sound very
unbreakfastlike and waaaay to sweet for breakfast, but each one has pretty
sound nutrition, like more than 5 grams protein,
27 grams of carbs, 3 grams of fibre, and the fat count is under a very
acceptable 15 grams
250 ml ( 1 cup ) butter
crunchy peanut butter
brown sugar packed ( not demerara sugar)
375 ml or 1 1/2 cups flour, any but
not self rising
apple, peeled, cored and shredded
shredded sweetened coconut
50 ml chocolate chips (optional)
Grease and line baking sheets with baking
Heat oven to 180
In large bowl, beat together softened butter,
peanut butter and the sugars until creamy
Add eggs, and beat till fluffy
Shake flour, baking powder, baking soda and
cinnamon and shake to blend.
add dry ingredients to the egg butter
sugar mix and stir gently, till
Stir in oatmeal, raisins apple coconut and
chocolate chips .
Drop onto baking sheets about two round soup
spoons each leave lots of room, between, like 1 and a half
Bake for 15 to 17 minutes till light golden
cool for 2 minutes on the sheets, then remove
to cooling rack.
the only important stuff.
Start with butter and eggs that are
bake only one tray at a time
1.25 ounces shelled pistachio nuts ( if salted, rinse under
hot water in a strainer, place on a cookie sheet, and put in a 325 degree
oven for 10 minutes, probably around 170 on your dial, remove, wrap in a
kitchen towel and when cool, rub off as much of the skin as possible, but
don't worry if it doesn't all come off)
3 ounces icing sugar
1 tblsp, plus 1 teasp Lyle's golden syrup ( 1 ounce)
1/2 teasp light oil or glycerin
Green food colouring a few drops, (optional))
Remove from fridge, and starting at the long edge which is
chocolate covered, roll the marzipan into a log, pressing down as tightly as
possible to make it adhere tightly.
If a little ganache squirts out, wipe it away, so that only the marzipan
shows on the outside.
Leave the bottom sheet of plastic in place so it will catch
all of the topping