Tuesday, March 30, 2010

SBS Podcasts : Podcasts: Gourmet-farmer

I was visiting Renata at Sunnyside Farm Fun today. She has a post there about Gourmet Farmer, which you can visit here. I thought I would dig around to find the show she recommended and have a look. I found it is about Sydney food critic named Matthew Evans, now based in country Tasmania.

SBS Podcasts : Podcasts: Gourmet-farmer

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Saturday, March 27, 2010


I found this song while doing my Thankful Thursday post on my other blog, I looked it up on the ads while doing the post. Lovely song.

Furthering Independence Skills

I was interested in this video because it reminded me of an episode of Gillian McKeith's You Are What You Eat where the lady had to get a friend to write the names on the vegetables for her.  I have the video on this blog somewhere.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Avoiding Buying Meat Menu

Plate of Fresh Mushroom Sauce in Phyllo Pastry

I am avoiding buying meat so I don't have to go shopping at my usual place 50 minutes away. I may have a small shop when I go to the regional centre, I have to go there the day after to have a dressmakers fitting for my daughter. I will order the fruit and vegetables online as usual in two days time and make up a basics shopping list. I figure vegetarian is cheaper than meat. I'm trying to give myself a good base to start paying bills. I have used items I found in the pantry in my plan. Even some silverbeet in the garden.

Tuesday ~ Celery & Silverbeet Pie
Wednesday ~ Rice Noodle & Vegetable Salad (needs red capsicum)
Thursday ~ Microwave Tuna Mornay
Friday ~ Indian Styled Potato & Pea Curry
Saturday ~ Red Onion & Green Pea Fritters
Sunday ~ Creamy Lentil & Rice Dish uses unsprouted mung beans
Monday ~ Hearty Mung Bean & Tomato Soup
Tuesday ~ Mung Tamarind Dahl or Mung Bean and Vegetable Soup
Wednesday ~ Braised Beans, (uses green beans and dried lima beans)
Thursday ~ Cabbage with Split Peas
Friday ~ Mushroom & Caper Pasta
Saturday ~ Asian Bean Cakes
Sunday ~ Pistou Soup (uses four bean mix and pesto)
Monday ~ Lentil Burgers with Tahini Sauce
possibly Wombuk Salad with Sesame Dressing

In the end I saw frankfurters on special around $4 a kilo and we have all the ingredients for Fettucine Carbonara apart from bacon that I bought on special.

Frankonarra maybe twice (needs mushrooms), or Continental Frankfurter Bake.

Pantry Items Left:

Rice stick noodles
romano or borlotti beans
sweet & sour sauce

Swap recipes: Bean & Pumpkin Stew
Curried Lentil & Pumpkin Soup

Interesting recipes: Tuna & Broccoli Bread Bake
Sausages with Lentils & Feta (uses fennel pork sausages & puy lentils or French styled lentils)
Left over Sausage Chilli (uses beef sausages and four bean mix)

Recipe using four bean mix: Chicken Tacos

I was wondering if anyone thought that the $21 challenge is the Down Under version of a Pantry Challenge?

I was given a turkey, so have added in turkey to go with the wombuk salad. Also some turkey and coleslaw may be the go.

I saw this book in Myer. I usually don't go browsing for things. I accidently went into the book section to take a mobile phone call. Thought it looked very interesting. Also saw a book by Debbie Macomber which I thought was very interesting.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Better Weather for Soup

Basket of Brown Eggs

I bought an Australian Woman's Weekly today, actually my husband did. I wanted to get some ideas about fashion. I don't usually buy it, but it turned out to be handy. I am doing a pantry challenge and found the omelette recipe really good. I had already ordered my fruit and vegetables which I am not scimping on as they are run down, and they had a special on red capsicum, and I had bought the vermicelli noodles last time when I saw them in Coles.

We took pot luck with the meat when my husband bought the usual UHT milk boxes, our eucalyptus washing powder and the cheese. We buy these from the farmer's shop and needed some meat for tonight. It was good as all we have left until the fruit order comes is cabbage. Thursday is my actual shopping day.

Tuesday ~ Pies & Chips
Wednesday ~ Beef & Cabbage Stir Fry (beef mince) meat from IGA Curried Mince
Thursday ~ Left over fish fingers? with Tomato & Onion Salad with Tamarind
Friday ~ Vegetable Noodle Omelette (from AWW) uses bok choy, vermicelli noodles, red capsicum
Saturday ~ Lentil & Cauliflower Dahl or Curried Lentil & Pumpkin Soup
Sunday ~ Cabbage with Split Peas
Monday ~ Indian Cauliflower & Chickpea Curry
Tuesday ~ Green Lentil Soup
Wednesday ~ Potato & Egg Salad with Caper Dressing or Potato & Egg Salad
Thursday ~ Mushroom & Caper Pasta
Friday ~ Prawn & Pumpkin Paella
Saturday ~ Wombuk Salad with Sesame Dressing with Felafel
Sunday ~ Zucchini, Tomato & Chilli Rigatoni
Monday ~ Clam Chowder needs cream or Seafood Chowder,

Swap recipes: Bean & Pumpkin Stew
Potato & Cauliflower Curry
Indian Styled Potato & Pea Curry
Mexican Macaroni Cheese
Asian Bean Cakes
Rice Noodle & Vegetable Salad (needs red capsicum)

Left-overs: Noodle Frittata with Plum Sauce

Baking: Carrot Cakes without Cream Cheese Icing, Icing made with Coconut Cream

Interesting recipes:
Lentil Burgers with Tahini Sauce
Black-eyed Beans and Sausages with Tomato Sauce
Sausage & Cannellini Bean Frittata uses beef sausages

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Menu Planning, $21 Challenge, Simple Savings

I have been finding menu planning videos on Youtube. I came across one by a lady associated with simple savings, which I have heard of before, and the $21 challenge. One video I watched mentioned the Destitute Gourmet recipes. I went there and found one of my own secrets, saving money by using sausages as a main meat ingredient in recipes. It is great because I found some recipes that I can use myself. I like collecting sausage recipes.

Quick and Easy Sausage Carbonara

Chunky Sausage Bean Bake

Simple Savings Youtube Channel

Sometimes you need a sense of humor...

to help some younger people in your family.

Quick version of our favourite soup

Cream of Lentil Soup with Sour Cream

Canned Lentil Soup

2 tablespoons ghee
vegetable oil
4 medium-small carrots
3 stalks celery
1 onion

Chop these vegetables and fry gently in ghee and oil. Add

1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 bacon stock cubes

until cooked well.

1/2 cup aborio rice

Mix with vegetables.

Add cans (420g)

2 cans tomatoes
2 cans lentils
1 can green peas

Chop tomatoes with potato masher, bring to boil cook 30 minutes.

Adapted from Brown Lentil & Vegetable Soup.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Simple Living Novels

I really want to share with you two novels with simple living messages. You'll have to trust me if you don't notice it when you start off. They are two books in a series.

I also found that Beth Pattilo writes novels with a Jane Austen theme, Jane Austen Ruined My Life and Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart. You can read about them here.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Menu & Pantry Challenge

Still Life with Various Types of Beans

No I haven't fallen off the menu planning wagon. I went for a small shop while I was buying deb dresses and shoes and other evening dresses etc. Mostly I bought the ingredients for tuna casserole we were to have that night as I would be home after the shops closed. I asked my husband to buy ingredients for the Greek Salad and the pies and things for when he was away on a business trip, or a trip for work to learn things. Obviously I have spent modest amount on the dresses, but since I don't usually do that sort of thing, I am doing a pantry challenge so my son can come home for the weekend as well, as it is Labour Day and Canberra Day, which is nice, it doesn't usually happen that way. Maybe it will again next year. I know I looked for borlotti beans recipes, as I always try to keep borlotti, lentils, chickpeas and butter beans in the pantry, 2 cans of each for recipes for 6 people.

Tuesday ~ Cheesy Chicken Pasta Bake (Chicken Mince)
Wednesday ~ Pumpkin & Green Bean Curry
Thursday ~ Tuna Casserole
Friday ~ Tuna & Mushroom Spaghetti (I think)
Saturday ~ I forgot what it was but it was planned out
Sunday ~ Pies & Chips
Monday ~ Fish Fingers with Greek Salad
Tuesday ~ Spaghetti Bolognaise
Wednesday ~ Vege Burgers & Wedges that we didn't have because of left overs (a new thing in this house)
Thursday ~ Zucchini Pasta
Friday ~ Red Lentil Burgers & Wedges
Saturday ~ Anchovy Puttanesca
Sunday ~ Instant Falafel Burgers with Rice & Herb Salad
Monday ~ Mexican Macaroni Cheese

Extra recipe: Broccoli Pasta
Spicy Lentil Noodles
Pasta Primavera
Brown Lentil & Vegetable Soup (depends how many cans of tomatoes I have)
Vegetarian Lentil, Carrot & Cumin Loaf

Interesting recipe I could use in the future:
Sausage & Pumpkin Curry
Noodle Salad uses lebananese cucumbers and cooked chicken
Rice Noodle & Vegetable Salad
Baked Beans with Cheese Cornbread
Left-over Spaghetti Frittata