I try to cook new recipes each week. I spent too many years cooking the same things each week. I also cook what I want to eat... sometimes the kids eat it, sometimes they don't, but I am pretty relaxed about that, and hope that one day they will love all the variety. I also try to do a vegetarian recipe once a week. So I have thought that on Fridays I will post some of the recipes I have trialled during the week.
Spinach and Cheese Turkish Pides
1 pizza dough
1 tablespoon butter
2 garlic clove, crushed
1 bunch spinach, washed and shredded
4 scallion, thinly sliced
250 g fresh ricotta cheese
100 g feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup pine nuts
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumb
olive oil flavored cooking spray
lemon wedge, to serve
Make pizza dough -
Melt butter in frying pan over medium heat, cook onion, when clear add garlic and spinach. Cook, stirring until spinach wilts.
Transfer to bowl and cool for 10 minutes.
Add ricotta, feta, pine nuts and breadcrumbs to the spinach. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 200°C Lightly grease two large baking trays.
Cut pizza dough into four. Roll out to a 25cm oval shape.
Spoon filling onto centre of each oval, fold in sides and twist ends (don't totally enclose the filling - the shape should look sort of like boats).
Place onto prepared trays, allowing room for spreading. Spray lightly with oil.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until crisp and golden.
Serve with lemon wedges.
2 cups thick vanilla yoghurt
12 pieces stone fruit (it is winter here so I used bananas, grapes, apples, mandarins)
1 cup white sugar
Cut fruit, place into serving dish. Place sugar in non stick frying pan over low heat. Heat tilting pan gently back and forth every few minutes until sugar melts and becomes deep golden in colour. Remove from heat. Pour toffee evenly over fruit. Allow to set. Serve with yoghurt.
Chicken Nuggets and Swiss Chicken (adult nuggets)
2 egg beaten
Dice Chicken breast. Dip each piece in plain flour, egg, breadcrumbs. Shallow fry and eat.
Chicken Breast cut thinly in half
potato flakes (instant mash powdered potato)
Cheese (swiss if you like it)
Place chicken in flour, then egg, then roll in potato flakes. Add a piece of bacon to the top. Bake 20 mins, add a piece of cheese on top, cook until melted. Serve with mash potato, veges, gravy.
Cornmeal Crepe Stack
1/4 cup plain flour
1/4 cup cornmeal (I didnt have any, so I made plain crepes)
220 ml milk
1 tbs butter melted
1 onion finely chopped
500 g beef mince
1 red capsicum, diced
1 can corn kernels
1 cup chunky salsa ( I just used pasta sauce)
1 cup grated cheese
Make crepes. Combine flour and cornmeal in a bowl, make a well in the centre. whisk milk, egg and butter together. Add to flour. Make smooth batter, Set aside 30 mins. Heat pan. brush with butter, swirl small amount mixture to coat frypan, cook 2 mins. Transfer to plate.
Heat oil in saucepan. Add onion, cook until clear. Add mince, cook until browned. Stir in capsicum, corn and salsa simmer 20 mins. GRease and line spring form pan, or a circular dish. Place one crepe into pan, spoon 1/4 meat, cheese, top with another crepe, continue to desired height.
Bake 20 ins or until golden. Top with coriander, serve with sour cream and avocado if desired.
* My kids loved this, I told them it was pancakes and they ate it all up!!