(oops forgot to post this last month)
February was lots of recipes that are family favourites and nothing really new. I love a good tuna pasta bake, especially if it has crumbled plain chips on top (Smiths crinkle cut salted are best). I couldn’t find my usual recipe so I googled and came across one at Taste. It’s pretty close to the one I usually make and I just chucked a heap of crushed up chips on top and sprinkled with a handful of grated cheese before I whacked it in the oven
You can grab there recipe here. Don’t forget to add the crushed chips on top. You’ll thank me.
One of the things I’ve had on my list of 100 things for the last few year has been make a new recipe each month and blog it. Going to give it a go.
January’s recipe is Ham Mashed Potato Cakes from The Recipe Critic.
It’s a great way to use up leftover ham for Christmas and leftover mashed potato. It’s not unusual for me to have left over mash as I ALWAYS make extra so I can make Scottish potato scones the next day.
These are super cheesy and rather yum. One thing I will do different next time is make my mash with less liquid as our potato cakes fell apart a bit. Kids weren’t overly keen but hubby & I enjoyed them.
Grab the recipe here.
It’s been awhile since I blogged a recipe and one of the things on my list this year is to share more recipes with you all. Today’s recipe was found at What’s In The Pan and modified to suit our family and what ingredients I had on hand in the pantry.
This recipes serves 2 adults and one 7yo (The 3yo is too fussy for her own good and just ate the salad and potatoes)
Take your pork from the fridge at least 20 minutes before you season them and make sure they are fully defrosted if they have been frozen. Warm (room temperature) meat cooks more evenly than cold.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- boneless pork chops (we used 2 pork medallions and a larger pork steak
- 1/4 cup plain flour
- 1 teaspoon GIG Tuscan Capsicum dip (or mixed herbs or Italian seasoning)
- Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Creamy Garlic Sauce:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon flour (or use leftover flour from pork chops dredging) – I used about 1 1/2 tablespoons for a slightly thicker sauce
- 1/2 cup white wine
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- 1/2 cup cream
- 1 teaspoon GIG Tuscan Capsicum dip (or mixed herbs or Italian seasoning) – I left this out as I used the seasoned flour
Mix the flour and seasoning in a large bowl or zip lock bag. Chuck your chops in the floor and coat well.
Heat your butter in a large heavy based pan over a medium high heat. I like to add a dash of olive oil so the butter doesn’t brown as quickly.
Add your pork chops and sear for about 4-5 minutes each side. Remove pork from the heat and transfer to a plate. Cover to keep warm
Creamy Garlic Sauce
- Return your pan to the heat, add butter and garlic and cook for about 2 minutes over a medium heat. Add flour to the butter mixture and stir well.
- Slowly add the wine, stirring as you add and scrap any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Lots of flavour there!
- Add your lemon juice, stock and cream. Stir.
- Add seasoning. Allow to simmer for 2-3 minutes. Taste your sauce and add more if needed.
- Reduce your heat and return your pork (& any accumulated juices) back to the pan.
- Reheat on low for 2-3 minutes, depending on the thickness of your pork – thicker pieces will take a bit longer.
We served this with salad (mostly fresh from our garden) and homemade potato wedges.
I love bread and I love making bread. I have a bread maker but it’s gathering dust since we got our Thermomix.
I’ve just signed up to do a free 7 day course with Sophia at Thermomix Baking Blogger to learn how to make 7 different types of bread. I’m really looking forward to it and sharing the results with you all.
It doesn’t start until August so you have plenty of time to join if you wish to bake along too.
Check it out here
This week we decided to have a stir fry but weren’t sure what meat we wanted so off to the butcher’s to get our meat for the fortnight and pick out something to be the star of our stir fry.
I ended up picking a super yummy pork fillet (it’s my favourite cut of pork and I use it in so many recipes) and made this super delicious pork stir fry.
It’s been a while since I shared any recipes with you all so I thought I’d share something that has become a new family favourite – so much so that I find myself cooking it at least once a week! You can change them up a bit to by adding smarties or M&Ms into them as soon as you take them out of the oven, before cooling.
Seriously, you need to try these. Pop on over to Kidspot and grab the recipe. Let me know what you think if you cook them
In other news I’ll slowly be moving all my Your Inspiration at Home recipes over to this blog.
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
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.
This is really yummy in pies or mixed through hot pasta. It’s super easy too.
This is one of my favourite entrees (or late night snacks if it’s in the fridge). I have fond memories of mum making this quite often when I was younger if we were having a special dinner or having people round.