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So, what was in the fridge?

A heap of mushrooms.

A couple of bits of bacon.

Butter, cream, sour cream, garlic, dill.

With pasta spirals and onion in the pantry.

We have dinner!!

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Fritata

This Fritata is one of my evolving recipes :) It always contains Greek Yoghurt and many eggs, but the other ingredients come and go, depending on availability and mood :)

Fritata

This week, I started with a whole heap of roasted kent pumpkin and orange sweet potato. Chopped up small, and roasted in an olive oil and tamari coating. I find the soy sauce/tamari brings out the sweetness of the orange vegetables.

Fritata

Next, I sauteed a leek with a heap of butter and crushed garlic. This made the house smell awesome!

Fritata

Once the leek was all soft, I put the heat down to 1, and added a bag of baby spinach leaves. I folded them in, letting them wilt. I turned of the heat, and popped the lid on the pan, letting them wilt and garlic up while I assembled the wet ingredients.

Fritata

In the end, I ended up using 11 eggs, but this is something I play by ear. Whisk these up with a fork.

Fritata

I used the whole tub of Greek yoghurt (1 litre) but I didn’t end up using the cream, that was just there for backup in case I didn’t have enough mix for the vast amount of veges I’d cooked. But the potato and pumpkin shrank quite a lot in the cooking process.
Here, I mixed the eggs, yoghurt, and a cup of grated extra sharp cheese. Then mixed through the veges, and the spinach/leek mix.

Fritata

Then I poured it into a large pyrex dish, and decorated with sliced cherry tomatoes. It was in the oven at 160 for about an hour.

Fritata

And it was noms. Especially with home made herb and garlic buttered bread :)

[please forgive my photo quality! I'm using an old iphone 3G until my new android arrives for my birthday!]

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Spanakopita

Since silverbeet is in season and abundant, I used this Spanakopita recipe from SBS Food as inspiration for this Spanakopita.

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

I have to say I think I upped the amount of cheeses in it, and I forgot the nutmeg, but this turned out awesomely, with all the ingredients (yup! even the fresh dill sprigs!), except the pastry (Aldi only has shortcrust and puff), from Aldi!

Spanakopita

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Bruce's chicken pie

Who doesn’t like a hearty pie for a winter meal? I love the one Bruce makes, so we decided to share it with you in all its glory :)

Bruce's chicken pie

In the beginning we have two frypans going.

In one, soften up
a finely sliced onion
chopped leek (here’s some instructions on cleaning leeks)
in with a clump of butter.

In the other, fry up:
About 6 pieces of shortcut, chopped
300g button mushrooms, quartered
again with another clump of butter.

Bruce's chicken pie

Once these are done, combine in your larger pan and stir through
500mL chicken stock
1/2 cup red wine.

And start frying up a kilo of diced chicken breast in the other pan.

Then combine the two pans again and simmer off the excess liquid.

Bruce's chicken pie

Once the liquid is simmered off, stir through about
300mL thickened cream, and
2 tablespoons (generous) of sour cream.

(preheat over to 180 degrees)

Grease your pie tray, then line with puff pastry sheets.

Bruce's chicken pie

Spoon in the filling, top with pastry, then decorate with some appropriately placed pastry cutouts.

Brush with egg and/or milk.

Bruce's chicken pie

Bake for 20-30 mins, but keep an eye on it

Bruce's chicken pie

Serve up the delicious, and wish you had a smaller family, so you didn’t have to share.

berry pastries

We had leftover pastry, so for dessert, I made these little pastry pockets – filled with some frozen berries from the freezer and a sprinkle of sugar. Baked for maybe 20 minutes.

berry pastry

Served with ice cream, of course!

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Lazy Eats for One

April 8, 2013 · 3 comments

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mmm salty

I am still adjusting to this cooking for one business, and so here as\re a few of my fallbacks….

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Chicken salad, cheese sorj wrap. Low carb, high yum.

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Steak and the stuff in my fridge. Almost passing as Mediterranean, right?

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Noodles from Sapa, Wamberal, which is just at the end of my driveway.

Or cheese on toast. Whatever.

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Friday night dinner – Santorini, Terrigal

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Souvlaki!!!!

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Moussaka

Saturday Breakfast – Caffe Jam, East Gosford

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Bacon and Egg Roll – simple just good

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Mushroom “bruschetta” – maybe too much mushroom!

Saturday Dinner – Tali plate at Royal Sweets Blacktown

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Sunday afternoon tea – Chocolates del Mondo, Burwood

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Tropical Sundae – with mango and passionfruit icecreams :)

Sunday Dinner – Cafe Bello, Westfield Burwood

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HUGE seafood marinara.

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Vege burger

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Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

November 21, 2012 · 1 comment

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Gluten Free Sponge from Slice of Life. Yum!

A family birthday dinner in a Malaysian Chinese Restaurant in the suburb of Redhead. Seaview Malaysian was able to adjust our meals so all dishes were gluten free, and boy we were stuffed by the end of it!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Prawn Toast (not GF)

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Chicken and Sweet Corn Soup

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Short Soup

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Sang Choi Bao type Lettuce Wraps. This was my entree and it was awesome :D :D

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

So, Rish and I were starting to admit defeat after the entrees (I had only really had lunch at about 5pm too), but somehow, as the soft shell crab came out (no photos – way too yum in the salt and peppere gluten free batter!), and then the other dishes started to arrive we made an effort :p

(photos not included include the noodles, fried rice, honey chicken, tomato braised beef and probably one more dish!)

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Sweet and Sour pork was … sweet.

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
Amazing lemon chicken. Nice tender chicken pieces, great sauce. I could have eaten this all myself!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead
My order. Veges and tofu

There was room for cake, or in Rish’s case, Deep fried ice cream! He can never say no!

Liz's Birthday at Seaview Malaysian, Redhead

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Zinc, Darby Street

I won’t go into the nitty-gritty of the rest of the day, but this early dinner at Zinc was earned by all concerned after an emotional ride of a weekend.

Zinc, Darby Street

Seafood was the flavour of the day, with the (gluten-free) fish and chips at the top for me, seafood spaghetti for the guys, and a tapas plate for Rish’s mum off the specials list.

Zinc, Darby Street

Early dinner then early sleep. Yes please!

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A casual dinner nice and local on a Saturday night at Mama Mex, Warners Bay’s Mexican/Italian family restaurant.

Mama Mex, Warners Bay

Meals were huge, as promised, including my Chicken Tostada.

Mama Mex, Warners Bay

Raja’s Mexican Schnitty

Mama Mex, Warners Bay

and Rish’s Enchalada.

Mama Mex, Warners Bay

The coffee was very “family restaurant” ;)

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Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
Rocking the Blue and Green :)

Another in the series of 30th birthdays, this time a Monday night in Honeysuckle.

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The chicken

Two large tables, one table had their mains done, dusted and cleared before our table’s even came out! *jealous*

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The Beef

Cocktails and wine flowing, and craft beers around.

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The Lamb

The flash was essential, I had no idea what things looked like under that light!

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The pork – Tasted great, looked better in the dark though! (gluten free)

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
Vego Pasta

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo
The “confusing” duck…. twas a little rubbery. Speck was a highlight! (gluten free)

Amanda's 30th Birthday Dinner at Silo

Happy Birthday Amanda!!!!!

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