Fish Crepes

 

Crepe:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • olive oil cooking spray

Filling

  • 4 white fish fillets (from frozen ok – just thaw first)
  • Butter
  • Plain flour
  • Milk (approximately 2 cups)
  • Cheddar cheese grated – 1 cup
  • 1/2 bunch of fresh dill

Crepe:

Sift flour into a bowl. Whisk milk and eggs together in a jug. Add milk mixture to flour. Whisk until well combined.  Spray a medium, non-stick frying pan with oil. Heat over medium heat. Pour 2 1/2 tablespoons batter into pan. Swirl to cover base. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until light golden. Turn over and cook for 1 minute. Transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm. Repeat with remaining batter.

Filling:

Make white sauce by taking 1 tablespoon of butter, melt in pan over low heat and then add 1 heaped tablespoon of plain flour and stir with wooden spoon until combined, start adding milk slowly and stir vigorously to stop lumps (or use whisk if you prefer), keep slowly adding the milk – once you have a nice consistency; not too thin or thick, add your cheese to melt and then add your fish and put a lid on to steam the fish in the sauce mixture.  Once the the fish is steamed break it up with a couple of works and add half a bunch of shopped dill.

Then take 1 crepe and add a spoonful of the mixture and then roll up your crepe, repeat until you have used all your crepes, try and keep back a little sauce to smooth over the top and top with a little left over cheese.  Into the oven for 15 minutes at 180 degrees celcius until just crisp on top. Enjoy.

Pumpkin & Date Scones

  • Self-raising flour, to dust
  • 3 1/2 cups self-raising flour
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 30g butter, chopped
  •  2 tablespoons brown sugar
  •  1 cup (150g) chopped dates
  •  1 1/2 cups (375ml) milk
  •  1 cup steamed and mashed butternut pumpkin

 

Preheat oven to 230 degrees celcius.  Lightly dust a large oven tray with flour.  Place flour, cinnamon and nutmeg into a large bowl and stir with a fork to lighten. Add the butter and use your fingertips to rub the butter into the flour until it resembles fine breadcrumbs. Add the sugar and dates and stir to combine.

 

Make a well in the centre of the flour mixture. Pour in milk mixed with the pumpkin and use a butter knife in a cutting action to stir until a soft but sticky dough forms.

 

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and gently knead until dough just comes together. Use your fingertips to gently pat the dough into a 2cm-thick disc.  If its too wet throw on some more flour.

 

Use a 5cm-diameter pastry cutter dipped in flour to cut out scones. Arrange on the prepared tray. Gently brush the top of each scone, dust with flour.

 

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes or until golden and scones sound hollow when gently tapped. Serve straight out of the oven with butter!

Spiced Tomato & Lentil Soup

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1 large onion finely diced
20g butter
800g tinned tomatoes
400g tinned brown lentils (drained)

handful of curry leaves
1 heaped tablespoon of your favourite curry paste (I use Korma)
3 dried chillies
700mls chicken stock (I use homemade) – see Lemons by Lisa for receipe
Fry off your onions in butter on medium heat, add all other ingredients to large stock pot and cook on slow for 20 to 30 min.  Remove dried chillies on serving.
Serve with a spoon of natural yoghurt or some sour cream.
(serves at least 4 and is approximately 180 calories per serve – without cream)

Mexican eggs and beans

  • 2 large chopped onions
  • 800g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 chopped capsicums (bell peppers)
  • 400g tin of kidney beans
  • 1 packet of mexican seasoning
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of tasty cheese grated

Cook the onions and capsicum in a little olive oil until soft on medium heat, add mexican seasoning mix, tinned tomatoes and kidney beans, add a can of water and then simmer for 20 minutes until everything is soft.  Make a well in the beans and break an egg into the bean mix – this recipe fed my family of 5 with an egg each, keep making wells and adding eggs until you have enough eggs in there to serve.  Cook with lid on pan until eggs set – add cheese (and if you like put under a hot grill for a few minutes to crisp up the cheese) and serve with rice, sour cream and chopped fresh coriander.

Speedy One Pan Chicken

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  • 1 kilo chicken thigh fillets (off the bone – or on) (skinless)
  • 3 crushed cloves of garlic (or a heaped tsp out of the jar)
  • 2 tsp smokey paprika
  • 4 large thin skinned potatoes or 8 new potatoes
  • 2 carrots (chopped)
  • 2 sticks of celery (chopped)
  • 3 handfuls of stir fry mixed vegetables (something with lots of cabbage)
  • handful of cherry tomatoes
  • handful of mixed olives (I used the chilli blend)

The only time involved in this one is in the oven – prep takes 5 minutes!

Steam your potatoes for 5 minutes (which have been cut into large chunks) (don’t bother peeling).  In the bottom of a large casserole dish line it with your stir fry vege mix top with chicken pieces, top chicken with sprinkled paprika and garlic, throw over your chopped celery and carrots and potatoes, drizzle some olive oil over everything and in the oven at 200 degrees for 1/2 hour, throw on the olives and cherry tomatoes and give it 10 more minutes and serve, its lovely with garlic bread.

Ham & Egg cups

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12 eggs

200g chopped ham

1 cup of mexican blend grated cheese

olive oil spray for greasing or use paper cups

Once sheets of puff pastry are thawed use a large glass to cut a round shape to fit in your large 12 hole muffin pan.   Lightly oil muffin pan so avoid sticking or use paper cups to line.  Gently stretch out your puff pastry to cover whole of muffin hole in tin and then line with some shredded ham – break an egg over the top and place some more ham on top of each one and top with a sprinkling of cheese.  Bake in 200 degree oven for around 20 minutes or until eggs are set.

Beef Slowcooker hot pot

 1 kilo blade (on the bone) steak

1 beef stock cube or concentrated pouch

1 tin of condensed mushroom soup (400g)

700g mixed baking vegetables, all cut in large chunks (I used Spanish onion, potato, zucchini and carrot)

handful of spinach leaves

3 whole cloves of garlic

1 rosemary sprig

1tsp vegemite mixed into ½ cup of hot water

Place all your veg on the bottom, top with steak and then add all wet ingredients (mixed together) over the top.

Slower cooker for 7 hours on low – if you can stir at half way point to keep top moist. I thrown in a handful of English spinach 5 minutes before finish.

I then take out all the solids with a slotted spoon and thicken the gravy with a little corn flour mixed into 3 tablespoons of the gravy in a saucepan, heat on medium until thickened, turn to low, shred the beef, remove bones and add all the ingredients to the saucepan and you are set! I like to serve with peas and baked pumpkin.

Goan Fish Curry

Goan Fish Curry

 

A little oil – whatever is in the pantry

2 grated onions

2 long green chillies, deseeded and thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

4cm piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

2tsp ground cumin

2tsp ground turmeric

2tsp garam masala

2tsp ground coriander

2 cardamon pods, split and seeds crushed

2 bay leaves

140ml reduced fat coconut milk

400g chopped tomatoes (I used a can) should have drained it so learn my my mistake, drain it (still tasted the bomb but might have looked prettier on the eye had it been drained)

5tbsp vegetable stock or water

600g firm white fish cut into chucks I used barramundi – yum

1 lime cut into quarters for serving

Coriander for serving, I omitted due to husbands hatred of it

 

Brown onion in wok over medium heat for around 10 minutes until nice and caramelised. Then add chillies, ginger, garlic and all spices and fry for 1 minute.  Add in your coconut milk, water and tomatoes and bring to the boil and then simmer for 5 minutes.  Add your fish and cook for around 7 minutes until cooked through.

Best Scones

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I am loathe to make scones different to how my grandmothers did however I thought I would try something different and its a winner.  You will need:

  • 1 can of lemonade
  • 1 300ml carton of cream
  • 4 cups of self raising flour

Make a well in the flour in a large bowl and pour in cream and lemonade and then cut through with butter knife until combined and then kneed it lightly until it comes together on your floured bench top.  Once it has come together shape it into a rectangle for cutting.  Then use a scone cutter or small glass to make 12 scones.  Bake these in a 200 degree (fan forced) oven for approximately 15 minutes on a oiled and floured baking tray.  They are ready when they have risen and are golden tan in colour.  Enjoy.

Fish Pie

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  • 1 sheet of puff pastry
  • 1 large tin of tuna in brine or springwater
  • 1 tablespoon of plain flour
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 1 large new potato
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 clove of garlic finely diced
  • a few handfuls of kale finely chopped
  • 1 cup of grated tasty cheese
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs butter
  • approximately 1.2 cups of milk

Dice new potato and steam until tender (I use the microwave for 3 minutes).  Brown off onion on medium heat in a non stick saucepan (that is oven proof) in olive oil, add garlic, cook for 1 minute, reduce to low heat – add butter and once melted add flour and stir with wooden spoon to coat onion, then slowly add milk until you get a thick sauce (you may need to add less or more milk – just see how it goes).  Add in cheese, drained tuna, carrot, kale and cooked potato, mix to combine.  Seal the mix by popping over your saucepan the 1 sheet of puff pastry and prick with a knife in the middle for steam to escape.  Cook in oven for 25 minutes at 200 degrees or until pastry is puffed and golden.  Enjoy.