In the Den Kitchen

Today’s prompt for the Blogtember challenge is “A family recipe (if grandma allows, of course!).”

Even with the weather starting to warm up here in Australia we’re still having cooler days so soup is still on the menu. This recipe is super simple and it is a reminder of meals with my dad’s mum.

Tomato Rice Soup

1 large can crushed tomatoes                                           
1 can tomato soup
1/2 cup uncooked rice                                                                                       
1 onion, diced
4 cups chicken stock                                                   

Put stock in a pan. Add tomatoes, rice & onion.
Simmer until onion & rice are cooked.
Add tomato soup. Heat through & serve.

Super simple and really yummy. Spice it up a bit with some black pepper to taste

In the Den Kitchen – Homemade takeaway chicken

It’s been a little while since I’ve shared a recipe here as most of my recipes I’ve been sharing over at Caroline’s YIAH Adventures but hubby recently decided to do a little experimenting in the kitchen. Hopefully this will kick start us to try a new recipe (or 2) each month.

Anywho, KFC is a firm favourite in our house so when I saw this video on Facebook we decided we had to give it a go.

OMG the chicken is sooo close to actual KFC. It’s delicious, and it reheats the next day really well too. Bonus!!

The gravy, not so much. Don’t know why but I have another KFC style gravy to try so I’ll report back with my thoughts on that one.

I even found a recipe here for KFC style chip seasoning and it’s not the same but pretty yum.

If you like KFC I’d suggest you give this a try. Word of advice – make sure you don’t skip the eggwhite wash and it has to be fried. We tried it backed and it’s not as nice.

In the Den Kitchen – series 2 #1

I’ve decided instead of naming each post from In the Den Kitchen from this post onwards I’ll be giving them a number – hence Series 2 #1.
I’ll also be going back through and making a page to list all my In the Den Kitchen posts.

Anywho.. on to today’s post

Christmas food!
You may have noticed the recent listing of a bunch of new recipes. Since we’re close to Christmas I thought I’d share a bunch of my favourite recipes to cook at Christmas time. Some are links and some are my own (or family) recipes.

Finger food & Pre-meal nibbles

Mains & sides

Desserts

Biscuits/Slices/Cakes/Sweets

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(for more yummy YIAH recipes, check out my YIAH Facebook page)

Even more food

Onto week 2…..

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KFC Style chicken (also known as popcorn chicken) & potato mashies. Love our KFC style chicken and the mashies are so delicious. A new way to use up any leftover mashed potato.

We actually skipped a day because my inlaws took us out for tea so that was why there was no insta pic on Thursday night.

Friday was Beef and Bacon Pasta bake. Another family favourite. Heaps of leftovers. Really easy to make. Only thing I do different from the recipe is to pre cook my pasta and then stir it into the meat mixture.

Saturday night was Teriyaki Pork Meatballs, Steamed Rice and Vegetables*. Seriously yummy. We hadn’t made this before but definitely will again. The meatballs were really nice and the sauce wasn’t overpowering.

This one is a favourite of mine. Makes heaps. Freezes well. Great for entertaining too. Creamy chicken vol-au-vents

Nearly done. Tonight we had potato topped meatloaf. Must be good, I had 2 helpings. Seriously it is good. And I’m not a huge fan of meatloaf.

Second last night and I swapped out another mince meal for Orange & Ginger Pork. Yummy and something quick and easy.

Wednesday was our wedding anniversary so I wasn’t cooking.

And bringing the first of my 14 day challenges to a close we had beef strog from the EDC. Another family favourite.

I’ll be back in a couple of weeks with the next challenge for myself. I hope you enjoy these recipes I’ve shared.

* this recipe is part of the 2015 ThermoFunkies Club. It’s well worth the $37