I sent Stuart and Saraya off with the car this morning, and Elijah and William and I stayed home for the day. It was quiet and so nice to not have to go anywhere at all! The days are long when we do this, but I find I get SO much more done then when I do the school runs.
Elijah was great and kept himself busy playing, had some dvd time too.......... and I had fun in the kitchen and managed to get a fair bit done. Anyway, Renata asked me what I was cooking today so I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a few recipes.
Chicken Noodle Soup
Diced chicken breast
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
any vegies you like.......... today was broccoli, capsicum, carrot, peas and corn
Chicken stock, salt and pepper
Brown the chicken in a little olive oil.
Add the onion, garlic and ginger and saute until soft.
Add the other vegies and saute a further few minutes. Cover in chicken stock and bring to a rapid simmer. Allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes, add a small bundle of noodles or small pasta shells and cook for another 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
2 cups self-raising flour (I use 1 cup white, 1 cup wholemeal)
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
100 grams vegetable oil (I use rice bran oil)
1 cup milk
Large handful of sultanas
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Easy!!
Spoon into muffin pans and cook in a 180 degree oven for about 10-12 minutes or until browned and spring back to the touch.
This is a brilliant recipe- a family favourite! Today I made 2 trays of mini muffins which are a good size for the children. There was quite a bit of mixture left over. So I added about 1/4 cup of cocoa and about the same of chocolate chips, popped it in a loaf tin and put it in the oven with the muffins. This made a yummy coconut/chocolate/sultana loaf. It's a really quick and versatile recipe.
Honey Oat Bars
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup sultanas
1/2 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
1/2 cup raw sugar
1/2 cup coconut
155g (5oz) butter
1 tablespoon honey
Melt the butter gently over low heat.
Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
When butter is melted, add the honey and melt.
Add butter/honey mixture to bowl and mix well.
Place in a greased square tin and cook in a 175 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Wait until completely cool before cutting into squares. Yummy!
Today I used dried cranberries instead of sultanas, just for a change.
The good thing about a cook-up is there is plenty to share with friends. Plus you get days worth of food out of one big cooking and dishes session! Today I also made a large batch of pasta bolognese as well.
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