Australia's Biggest Morning Tea

24 May, 2011

Who doesn't like morning tea?

The Cancer Council's fundraiser "Australia's Biggest Morning Tea" is on again soon!

So, if you're looking for inspiration - you can start here and make your way over to here for some new ideas! Enjoy!

 Morning Tea Recipe Swap @ Help!Mum

I'm going to put the kettle on right now!

Lemon Chicken

22 May, 2011

Lemon Chicken (using the slow cooker / crockpot)

4 chicken marylands, about 1.2 – 1.5 kgs OR 8 chicken pieces such as drumsticks OR 1 whole size 15 chicken cut into 8 pieces 
1-2 tbsp plain flour
sea salt and black pepper
2 tbsp oil
2 onions, diced
2 cloves garlic, finely diced
1 tsp sumac (optional)
1 tbsp coriander seeds
500ml chicken stock or water 
2-3 sprigs thyme leaves
3 lemons

Place flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag and add chicken pieces. Shake the bag to coat the meat.
Heat oil in a large high-sided fry pan and brown the chicken pieces on both sides for 2-3 minutes in batches. Transfer chicken to the crockpot of a slow cooker or a large casserole dish as they are browned.
Add onions, garlic and coriander seeds to the oil and sauté for 3 minutes or until the onions start to soften. Transfer to casserole or crockpot.
Add stock or water to crockpot plus thyme leaves, sumac and the juice of two lemons. Slice the third lemon into thin slices and add to the casserole.
Cook on LOW for 5 hours or HIGH for 4 hours.
(thanks to Sandra at The $120 Food Challenge)
I have no idea what 
sumac is, so it's not going to be in my dish. Also, I only have dried Thyme.

You could use an oven :put into 
covered casserole in a preheated 160°C oven and cook for 2 hours.

Breakfast Muffins

Breakfast Muffins

8 eggs
¼ cup sour cream
1 tsp salt

Heat oven to 180°C and spray muffin cups. Divide your choice of additions into the cups and set aside.  Whisk or use blender to mix eggs, sour cream and salt and pour into muffin cups until they are almost full.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until eggs are light brown and puffy and set.

(thanks to Sandra at The $120 Food Challenge)

I'm making mine with black olives, capsicum, feta and mushrooms and ham. Omit the salt if using feta.

Spaghetti with Meatballs

Spaghetti with Meatballs

1 large or 2 small brown onions
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
2 thick slices day-old bread
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
300g beef mince or a combination of pork and beef mince
2 tbsp flat leaf parsley, roughly chopped
2 tbsp oil
1 x 400g tin tomatoes
1 x 600ml bottle passata
300g spaghetti or fettuccine
parmesan to serve

Peel and roughly chop one small onion or half the large one, then add to the bowl of a food processor and set the other half to one side. Add one clove chopped garlic to the onion. Soak the bread slices in a little warm water for 20 seconds then squeeze the water out and add the damp bread to the onion, together with salt and pepper.
Process on low until the onion is chopped and the breadcrumbs are fine, then add the mince, parsley, and about 3 tbsp of milk and process until the meat mixture is smooth and well combined.
Roll heaped tablespoons of the mixture into balls between slightly damp hands and place them on a clean plate.
Heat the oil in a heavy-based large saucepan or a deep frypan over medium heat. Add the meatballs, a few at a time and gently brown them on all sides. Remove them and set aside to drain on paper towel while you finish cooking them in batches.
Finely dice the remaining onion and garlic. Use the same cooking pan as before and add onion and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the onion softens and starts to turn colour. Add tinned tomatoes, 1 cup water and the bottle of passata and bring to the boil, scraping up the bits off the bottom of the pan and stirring them through the sauce. Add 1 teaspoon of sugar and a pinch of sea salt to taste. Reduce the heat to low.
Fill a large pasta pot with cold water, cover and bring to the boil.
Return the meatballs to the sauce, cover and gently simmer for 30 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through. Increase the  heat slightly and remove the lid from the pot and let the sauce reduce and thicken over the next 10 minutes while you cook the pasta.
Cook the spaghetti in the boiling water for 8 to 10 minutes according to the directions on the packet or until al dente. Drain the spaghetti and return to the hot pot.
Serve the spaghetti piled high in the bottom of shallow bowls and pile the meatballs and sauce on top. Pass around the parmesan cheese and let everyone help themselves.

(thanks to Sandra at The $120 Food Challenge)

Corn Fritters

Indonesian Spiced Corn Fritters
3 fresh or frozen corn cobs OR 2 1/3 cups frozen or well-drained canned corn kernels
3 large green chillies, de-seeded and sliced finely
½ cup plain flour
½ cup rice flour
¼ tsp baking powder
large pinch sea salt
2 tsp ground  coriander
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp cayenne or chilli powder
1 tsp asafoetida* OR 1 clove crushed garlic
oil for frying; 6 large macadamias (optional)
¾ cup cold water
½ cup (about one stalk) finely diced celery including the leaves

Coarsely chop or crush the corn kernels in a blender or food processor very briefly to give a mixture of crushed corn and corn pieces
Mix the flours, baking powder, sea salt, coriander, sugar, chilli, asafoetida in a bowl and mix well to combine.
Heat a little oil in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the nuts and toss well until they are golden brown. Remove from the oil, drain well and finely crush the nuts in a  blender or spice grinder or mortar and pestle until they are a powder.
Add about three-quarters of the water to the flour and spice mixture, a little at a time and whisk with a balloon whisk until the flour is completely incorporated and you have a very smooth but very thick batter.
Add the corn kernels, crushed nuts, finely chopped chillies and celery to the mixture and stir well to completely combine. If the mixture is too thick, add a little more water – you want it to be thick but a spoonable batter.
Heat a large heavy-based fry-pan over medium heat and add enough oil to come 1.5cm up the sides of the pan. Heat the oil, then drop in heaped tablespoonfuls of the corn batter. Cook about three at a time for 4 minutes on each side. Cook until they are golden brown and crispy on each side. Remove, set aside and keep warm while you finish off the remaining batter.
Serve at once with some basmati rice, or some dhal. You could also serve with poppadums.

(thanks to Sandra at The $120 Food Challenge)
I'm omitting the asafoetida and using garlic, and leaving out the macadamias (although they'd be a nice touch). I don't know if I actually have rice flour, so if I don't, I'm going to use 3/4 cup flour in total instead.

Veg Enchiladas

Veg Enchiladas

1 tbsp oil
1 onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic
2 long green chillies or to taste, de-seeded and finely chopped
2 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
2 medium zucchini, cut into 1 cm dice
1 cup frozen, tinned or fresh corn kernel
1 x 400g tin refried beans
½ jar enchilada sauce
salt and pepper to taste
10 tortillas
1 cup grated mozzarella or tasty cheese

Preheat oven to 180°C.
Heat oil in a large heavy based frypan over medium heat. Add garlic, onion and chilli and sauté for 5 minutes until softened and starting to colour. Add carrots and continue to sauté for a further 3 to 4 minutes, then add zucchini and corn kernels. Stir well until the zucchini softens – about one minute – then add half the enchilada sauce and all the refried beans. Stir thoroughly to combine and warm through, then remove from heat. Season to taste.
Spoon enchilada mixture evenly along the centre of a tortilla then roll up the tortilla to completely encase the filling. Place the enchilada in a long baking dish. Continue filling and rolling all the tortillas and place them in the baking dish.
Spoon remaining enchilada sauce over the centre of the rolled tortillas then sprinkle with the grated cheese. Bake for 20 minutes until the cheese is bubbling and golden.
Remove from oven and serve at once with a tossed salad.

I have no idea what enchilada sauce is, so I'm just going to use salsa.
(Thanks goes to Sandra at The $120 Food Challenge)

Sandwich Sushi

Sandwich Sushi

Store: not suitable to store more than 24 hours
Freeze: not suitable to freeze

9 slices sandwich bread white or wholemeal (large loaf works best)
310g can creamed corn
4 large thin slices double smoked ham
1 small carrot
1 small Lebanese cucumber
200g can pink salmon
200g can shredded chicken
¼ cup walnuts
½ red apple
4 tablespoons whole-egg mayonnaise
2 to 3 iceberg lettuce leaves
1 small avocado

Peel and slice cucumber into ribbons (run the peeler down the length of the cucumber once it is peeled to create ribbons)
Grate carrot
Cut the crusts off the bread
Place bread onto a flat surface
Use a rolling pin to flatten bread slightly
Spread corn over 3 slices, leaving a 2cm strip free of filling along 1 edge
Top with ham, carrot and cucumber
Roll up to enclose filling
Cut each sandwich into 3 rounds.

Place salmon and 2 tablspoons mayonnaise into the B2b small bowl
Mix gently to combine
Arrange lettuce over 3 slices of bread, leaving a 2cm strip free of filling along 1 edge
Top with salmon mixture and avocado slices
Roll up to enclose filling
Cut each sandwich into 3 rounds

Add apple, walnuts and remaining mayonnaise to the turbo chef and chop till fine
Spread chicken over remaining 3 slices of bread, leaving a 2cm strip free of filling along 1 edge
Top with apple mixture
Roll up to enclose filling
Cut each sandwich into 3 rounds

(with thanks to "365 Tupperware Recipes in 365 Days" on facebook)

Ham and Pineapple Muffins

Ham and Pineapple Muffins

Makes: 21
Store: Refrigerate for up to 3 days
Freeze: up to 1 month in Airtight Container

2 cups self-raising flour
2 tablespoons caster sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
225g can pineapple pieces in natural juice, drained
80g shaved ham, chopped
1 cup grated tasty cheese
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup olive oil

Preheat oven to 200°C
Wash 3 muffin forms in hot soapy water and dry well
Sift flour, sugar and baking powder into the B2B large bowl
Add pineapple, ham and cheese and stir to combine
Using a fork, whisk eggs, milk and oil together in the B2B measuring jug until combined
Add to dry ingredients
Use the spatula to stir until just combined.
Two-thirds fill muffin holes with mixture
Bake for 15 to 22 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Stand for 5 minutes to cool slightly before turning onto a wire rack to cool completely

(with thanks to "365 Tupperware Recipes in 365 Days" on facebook)

Easy Chicken Curry

Easy Chicken Curry

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons vindaloo curry paste
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon paprika
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
salt to taste
2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup plain yoghurt
3/4 cup coconut milk
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Dice Chicken Breasts into bite size pieces
Add oil & onion to the base of the Stack Cooker
Cook uncovered on high (800W) for 3 minutes
Stir in garlic, curry powder, cinnamon, paprika, bay leaf, ginger, sugar and salt
Cook on high (800W) for 2 minutes
Add chicken pieces, tomato paste, yoghurt, and coconut milk
Cook on high (800W) with the cover on for 12 minutes
Stir and cook for a further 5 minutes with the cover off
Remove bay leaf, and stir in lemon juice and cayenne pepper
Cook on high (800W) for 5 more minutes
Serve with rice & naan bread

Mongolian Lamb

Mongolian Lamb

500g lamb strips
1 packet Mongolian Lamb Sauce mix
4 green shallots
1 red capsicum
1 green capsicum
1 large onion
2 long red chillies
2 tbls sesame seeds
Cooked rice, to serve

Slice onion and add to the base of the Stack Cooker with 2 tbls oil
Cook on high (800W) uncovered for 3 minutes
Add lamb & sliced chillies and microwave on high (800W) covered for 4 minutes
Add Sliced capsicums and sauce mix and stir well
Cook on high (800W) covered for 6 minutes
Allow to stand for 5 mins 
Serve with rice and sprinkle over sesame seeds and sliced shallots

20 May - 03 June 2011 Menu Planner

20 May - 03 June 2011 Menu Planner
(click on the link to be taken to the recipe!)

Sweet n Sour Chicken (with a Tupperware Stack Cooker)
Stirfry (with a Tupperware Stack Cooker)
Chunky Beef and Mushroom Pie
Mongolian Lamb
Easy Chicken Curry
Ham and Pineapple Muffins
Sandwich Sushi
Vegetable Enchiladas
Corn Fritters
Spaghetti and Meatballs
Breakfast Muffins
Lemon Chicken (with the Slow Cooker / Crockpot)

Next week, I'll have recipes from other places, I was strapped for time this fortnight.

Thanks again to Sandra at The $120 Food Challenge (some recipes are taken from her)
Bek from 365 Tupperware Recipes in 365 Days (some recipes taken from her). 

You girls rock at cooking (and making my family full!)

Chunky Beef and Mushroom Pie

Chunky Beef and Mushroom Pie  (uses the Tupperware Stack Cooker and a muffin form)

1 tbls butter
1 onion, finely chopped
300g diced beef
1 garlic clove
¾ cup beef stock
300g mushrooms
3 tablespoons instant rich gravy mix
375g pack ready-rolled puff pastry
1 medium egg

Add the butter & onion to the base of the Stack cooker and cook for 4-5 minutes until softened.
Crush garlic with the garlic press and add to the stack cooker
Slice mushrooms and add to the stack Cooker
Cook on high (800W) for 3 minutes
Add the beef & ½ the stock, microwave on high for 5-10 mins with the cover on
Combine the remaining stock and gravy mix together and add to the Stack Cooker 
Stir well & return to the microwave for 5-8 mins until thickened
Season and set aside to cool
Line the texas muffin form with puff pastry but do not trim edges
Spoon mixture into prepared holes
Cut pastry to size and place on top of the pie
Pinch and curl the pastry over to form the edge
Brush with egg and bake in the oven at 220 degrees celcius
Bake for 20-25 minutes until the pastry is golden
Allow to stand for 10 mins before turning out or slicing.

(with thanks to "365 Tupperware Recipes in 365 Days" on facebook)

Again, I'm sure most of this is do-able on the stove and with an ordinary muffin form. I don't have the 'Texas' muffin form, so I was just going to use a well greased muffin pan.

Stack Cooker Stir Fry

Stack Cooker Stir Fry (cooked in the Tupperware Stack Cooker)

1 tsp oil

10 snow peas
1 small red capsicum
1 packet fresh Hokkien noodles
¼ cup sweet soy sauce (ketcap manis)
2 tbls honey
1 small onion
6 mushrooms

Place hokkien noodles into the cover of the season serve
Pour boiling water over and allow to soak for 10 minutes or until they come apart easily
Chop onion and add to the base of the Stack Cooker with a tablespoon of oil
Microwave on high for (800W) for 5 mins with the cover on
Cut snow peas into ribbons
Add sliced mushrooms, cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes
Add sliced capsicum & snow peas
Microwave on high for (800W) for 5 mins with the cover on
Drain noodles
Add soy sauce and honey to the stack cooker and stir through
Microwave on high for (800W) for 3 mins with the cover off
Stir through noodles
Microwave on high for (800W) for 3 mins with the cover on
Serve and sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve

(with thanks to "365 Tupperware Recipes in 365 Days" on facebook)

I added a chicken breast to mine. I cooked that on the stove top though. 1 chicken breast, diced, seemed to feed the 2 adults with the stirfry nicely.

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