Monday, May 31, 2010

Very Exciting

Kim at Green Momma has given this blog an award. Wow, that is very exciting. Looking at Green Momma's menus that is a compliment. Thank you Kim. Please go over and check out her blog. I also love her memes that she participates in, will have to check those out further. I started this post on the 14th, sometimes my speed slows down making it hard to choose blogs.

“The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogging world.”

Here are the rules for the Sunshine Award:

Nominate 12 other bloggers

List the award in either a post or on your sidebar

Link your nominees within your post

Let the nominees know you have passed this on to them by commenting on their blog

Now the Hard Part...
I Nominate...

1. Green Ness always something interesting over there, no pressure lol
2. A Tapestry of Life for the layouts, very pretty
3. Ganeida's Knots for the lovely quotes at the beginning of each post
4. Foodie Wanderings, wow lovely, a fun blog

I am going to finish this when I can, but want to acknowledge now the wonderful award I received.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Soup Kitchen ~ Budget Vegetarian Menu

Yellow Pepper Cream Soup with Feta, Olives and Parsley

Last fortnight we had two nights of left-overs and a couple of swaps

~ Spicy Chickpea Casserole with Feta
~ Kransky Soup, we shouted ourselves some sausages for this meal as it is a favourite

so some recipes left over:

Monday ~ Roasted Pumpkin with Bok Choy Lentil Soup
Tuesday ~ Tomato & Borlotti Bean Soup
Wednesday ~ Indian Spiced Red Lentil Soup
Thursday ~ Perfect Potato Gnocchi
Friday ~ Curried Lentil & Pumpkin Soup

and so on to recipes made with this:

Saturday: Polenta & Corn Bake
Sunday: Vegetable Spring Rolls
Monday: Vegetarian Japanese Pancakes
Tuesday: Vegetable & Noodle Stir-fry (uses vermicelli noodles, red capsicum for the list, with snow peas, broccoli)

I may leave it there. I am unable to go shopping myself as my husband has to go out that day to go to the dentist, and I have to be home for the kids, as the dentist is over two hours away. So we may top up the food on the Wednesday, if it fits in with my bills. I will make up a list for the essentials and he will do his usual milk, cheese and washing powder run, and I will order bread to be delivered online which I usually do. Turns out I have ingredients for these recipes, just need a small amount of extras like mayonnaise and gerkins etc. I will be able to have the list ready from this menu for Wednesday.

Wednesday ~ Penne with Pumpkin Sauce
Thursday ~ Spaghettini with Smashed Buttery Peas
Friday ~ Country Bean Risotto
Saturday ~ Spicy Beans
Sunday ~ Potato & Egg Salad
Monday ~ Classic Pumpkin Soup

Interesting recipes: Cabbage Vadai Fritters (made with red lentils) I have been paying better attention to the food blogs on Belinda's sidebar. Also Creamy Jerusalem Artichoke Soup a bit like the one we used to make, will have to check mine one day. My husband had the recipe out to show his friend, here it is:

Cream of Artichoke Soup

80g (3oz) butter
2 large onions, sliced
1kg (2lb) Jerusalem artichokes, peeled and sliced
1 1/4 cups water
3 1/2 cups milk
salt, pepper
3 tablespoons flour
5 tablespoons extra milk
1 egg
5 tablespoons cream

Melt butter and fry onion until soft but not brown. Add artichokes, water, milk, salt & pepper. Bring to the boil and cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until artichokes are tender. Put into blender, blend until smooth and return to pan. Mix flour with extra milk and stir into soup. Bring to the boil while stirring, simmer 2 minutes. Beat egg and add cream. Stir this mixture into soup, and reheat but do not boil. Adjust seasoning if necessary and serve immediately. Garnish with paprika.

An interesting preserve recipe if I ever get a cumquat tree. Pickled Cumquats

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Simple Songs

I haven't put one up in awhile, have been thinking about them. Dancingonabladeofgrass mentioned this song. Not sure I have heard it before, lovely

Dan fitz had a lovely meaning here for that song... "appreciate what IS with all you have. appreciate every effort a person makes for another; every song a bird sings; nail a carpenter drives, egg a creature lays. dont waste your breath on the irrelevant, on negativity, on ill feelings, on a quest for money. appreciate that which has real value, that which is important, for it is all there really is and needs to be."

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Broccoli & Potato Soup

Freshly Washed Broccoli Florets in Sieve

Broccoli and potato soup

Ingredients (serves 6)
• 1 tablespoon olive oil
• 1 large brown onion, chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, chopped
• 1kg broccoli, cut into florets (can chop stalks and use these)
• 1 to 1 ½ Kg potatoes, peeled, chopped
• 1.5 litre vegetable stock (3 teas veg, 2 teas chicken, 1 teas beef powder)
• 1 ½ teaspoon salt

1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and
garlic. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until soft.
2. Add broccoli, potato, stock and 2 cups cold water. Cover. Bring to
the boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring, for 10 to 15 minutes
or until potato is tender. Remove from heat. Process until smooth.
Return to pan. Cook for 5 minutes or until heated through. Season with
pepper. Serve.

An adaptation of a Taste recipe.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cheap & Vegetarian

Two Slices of Toast with Butter and Strawberry Jam

What I have really been noticing lately after eating no meat, and with diminishing things in the pantry in the effort to balance the books (hopefully this week things will ease, either that or the books will be in very good shape or we will be outfitted well in clothes for the winter), is that the simple things are more appealing, like bread and butter. I want to get the ingredients to review my new paella pan too! Making things stretch is really not as cut throat with only three kids here most of the time, we had left-overs again recently.

Tuesday ~ Broccoli & Potato Soup
Wednesday ~ Pies, Peas, Chips & Gravy
Thursday ~ Paella
Friday ~ Tuna Casserole
Saturday ~ Middle Eastern-style Lentil & Spinach Soup
Sunday ~ Simple Chickpea & Silverbeet Curry
Monday ~ Italian Vegetable Risotto (needs basil leaves & parmesan cheese)
Tuesday ~ Creamed Brussels Sprout and Chestnut Soup (needs cream)
Wednesday ~ Roasted Pumpkin with Bok Choy Lentil Soup
Thursday ~ Tomato & Borlotti Bean Soup
Friday ~ Indian Spiced Red Lentil Soup
Saturday ~ Perfect Potato Gnocchi
Sunday ~ Curried Lentil & Pumpkin Soup
Monday ~ Indian-style Potato & Pea Curry (needs cauliflower)

Interesting Recipes:

Jerusalem artichoke potato cakes

Wish List:

Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Success from last week:

I had to find something else to make with the pumpkin we had, thankfully (and rarely) only two of us were home, so it worked out well. Also we make the muffins with the ingredients we had left to stretch the bread and the Weetbix. The kids liked them.

Pumpkin Noodles
Parmesan Muffins

Challenge for this week:

Finding a vegetarian silverbeet recipe.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Paella Pan Review

A few weeks ago I took delivery of my new paella pan from buyster. It was a blogging thing, in other words free! My husband thought it was well made and he was impressed with the strength and the little dipples in the base as he said the oil would sit in those. We have been waiting until we had the ingredients to make our paella which is a recipe from McCormicks.

Back in January I mentioned that I was getting a paella pan from buyster in this post. Here is where it is advertised.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Simple Vegetable Garden ~ So Important in History

How many of you learnt about genetics at school? I was so amazed today when asked to type out some information for my son about Gregor Johann Mendel from our encyclopedia so he could use it in his project. He isn't near the book hence the typing.

Gregor Johan Mendel (1822-1884), an Austrian botanist and monk, formulated the basic laws of heredity. His experiments with the breeding of garden peas led to the development of the science of genetics.

Mendel was born in Heinzendort, Austria. His parents were poor peasants. Mendel was an excellent student, and he decided to become a teacher. Many teachers at that time were priests. Therefore, in 1843, at the age of 21, Mendel entered the monastery of St. Thomas in Brunn, Austria. He came a priest in 1847.

The monastery was a scientific as well as a religious centre, and Mendel was exposed to many scholars there. In 1851, the monastery sent him to study science and mathematics at the University of Vienna. He returned to the monastery in 1853 and taught biology and physics at a local high school for the next 14 years. Mendel's fame came from his research in the monastery garden during those years.

In his experiments, Mendel studied the inheritance of seven pairs of traits in the garden pea plants and in their seeds. These pairs included (1) rounded or wrinkled seeds and (2) tall or short plants.

Mendel's results were published in 1866, but they remained unnoticed for 34 years. (World Book Encyclopedia)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Recipes using Pork Mince

A Pile of Egg Noodle Nests

I started this post in the middle of February. It ties in with the post I started today as follows:

My son found some pork mince in his freezer that he shares, or rather it is his brothers, today. He bought it in March and it has to be used up. I thought of one of his favourite recipes. I linked to it a lot last year when we were making it regularly, he was still doing his VCE and lived with us then. The link from the New Idea magazine site is gone now and I was worried, but found my paper copy. Lovely recipe. I even have a can of champignons in the cupboard ready to make it. Sadly I have been to a shop that sells pork mince with an eski or cooler lately. But soon, hopefully.

Here is the recipe I sent him followed by what I wrote earlier.

(Pork) Mince Stroganoff

500g pasta
2 tblsps oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed
300g pork mince (ground?)
40g packet French onion soup mix
2 tblsps tomato paste
1/2 cup water
2 cups frozen mixed vegetables (we used the can of mixed vegetables)
400g can whole champignons, halved
200g carton light sour cream (about 6-7oz?)
Fresh parsley leaves, to garnish, optional

Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water until tender. Drain. Cover to keep warm.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium saucepan. Add onion and crushed garlic. Cook, stirring, until soft. Add mince. Cook stirring, for 5 minutes, or until browned and cooked through.

Combine soup mix, paste and water in a small jug. Stir into mince mixture. Bring to boil. Add vegetables and champignons. Cook, over a medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Stir in sour cream. Remove from heat.

Serve stroganoff over pasta. Garnish with fresh parsley.

Either beef or chicken mince can be substitued for the pork mince in this recipe. Stroganoff can be made up to two days ahead. Keep covered in fridge. Reheat before serving.

I had collected up my favourites, but lately found some much better.

Japanese Pancakes

My son brought be some Kewpie mayonnaise to try next time I make this, but normal mayo works just as well, well so far anyway. I loved the real packaging. You can see it on this blog.

Stir Fry Noodles with Pork & Boc Choy with extra wombuk

Pork Chow Mein Noodles (we had them already) are absolutely gorgeous even without the special Chinese wine in the sauce, and with more plain vegetables. They have a similar taste to each other.

One of the old favourites below:

Pork Chow Mein

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

No more beans?

Seafood Risotto

There are still some left, so no, I am being cautious and trying to cut down the food bill just in case I need the money.

Tuesday ~ Smoked Cod & Broccoli Curry (using up the Dutch Curry & Rice packet in the pantry) I'll have to buy the cod in Coles as I am going there yet again (1 1/2 hour drive)
Wednesday ~ Mung Bean & Vegetable Soup using wombuk stalks & extra corn cob
Thursday ~ a meal for the deb night that everyone likes, quiche and chips?
Friday ~ tabouli with pita and chicken after our small pay next Tuesday
Saturday ~ Tuna & Avocado Rice Paper Rolls
Sunday ~ Pumpkin Dahl with Cucumber Salad
Monday ~ Tomato & Borlotti Bean Soup
Tuesday ~ Spicy Beans (pinto bean chilli)
Wednesday ~ Chinese Egg Noodles
Thursday ~ Pasta e Fagioli
Friday ~ Curried Green Pea Soup (uses green split peas)
Saturday ~ Italian Soup with Cheesy Damper (Italian soup mix)
Sunday ~ pumpkin pancakes or pumpkin miso soup
Monday ~ pies, chips & gravy
Tuesday ~ paella (buy chicken and kabana)
Wednesday ~ Red Curry fish
another thought something with vermicelli noodles

Baking: Polenta Cake with Citrus Syrup

Recipe for left-over tuna: Potato, Tuna, Olive & Caper Salad

Swap recipe:

Roast Pumpkin & Black Lentil Soup (haven't had it yet, it was a swap in another menu)
Lebanese Rice & Noodles
Mexican Potato & Salsa Salad
Potato & Egg Salad

Someone gave us chestnuts so possible could make this soup

Chestnut Soup with Rosemary Pesto

Rice paper recipes.

I am ordering the bread, eggs, fruit and vegetables this week, including nibbles for the deb ball. I have the list, a very small one for Coles (2nd major supermarket?). Have an appointment at the regional centre to drive to, hopefully get last minute deb ball stuff while I am there. I don't want to bring eski/cooler but it may be a good idea.