Everyone has their own variation of this recipe so just remember to make it as plain or exciting as the tastes of your guests.
This is my plain version sure to please teenagers who don’t like too many vegetables in their fried rice.
3 tablespoons peanut oil
3 cups jasmine rice
1 onion diced finely
3 rashers bacon, diced
300 g chicken breast sliced finely or 300 g left over roast chicken
1 carrot grated
3 shallots sliced on angle
50 g slivered almonds toasted
Handful of frozen corn and peas
Salt and pepper to taste
2 – 4 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
Prepare 3 cups jasmine rice as per cooking instructions for rice cooker.
Beat eggs with 1 tablespoon of water and pour mixture into a non stick pan and fry until cooked. Cool and dice.
Heat 1 ½ tablespoons of oil in large fry pan and then add onion and cook until soft. Add in bacon and chicken and fry until brown.
Add in rice and 1 ½ tablespoons oil. Stir to incorporate all ingredients.
Add in carrot, diced egg, peas and corn and stir.
Season with soy sauce and salt and pepper and stir to combine.
Serve rice with a sprinkling of shallots and almonds.
NB Other additions: finely sliced capsicum, celery finely sliced on an angle, cooked prawns, small pieces of broccolini.
Some months ago Deliciously Nell from I Need a Feed nominated my blog for the One Lovely Blog Award for which I am truly honoured. My readership is small but I thank Deliciously Nell for thinking of me as one deserving of this award.
Have a look at I Need a Feed as Nell’s blog as it is honest and sincere and her photography captures the beauty in food. I am particularly taken by her baking. Thank you Nell for your blog and inspiration.
There are a few rules attached with an award and this reinforces why blogging is great: the sharing, the referrals and opening our minds to new things. So here are the rules!
- Thank the person that nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
- List seven facts about yourself.
- Nominate (up to) 15 bloggers for this award and comment on one of their posts to let them know you have nominated them.
And now for the nominees! Thank you for your recipes and inspirations AND for your love of food.
And something about myself!
I enjoy the sleuthing and puzzling that comes with Family History Research and my family can attest to my obsessive compulsive nature.
I am lucky to have three sisters who are also my best friends.
I have undertaken six dinosaur digs out Winton way with Australian Age of Dinosaurs and yes Australia does have dinosaurs and lots of new to science ones such as Australovenator wintonensis and Diamantinasaurus matildae.
I have inherited my love of food and cooking from my mum who is such a great standard to be influenced and cook by.
I am currently researching the history of Italian Prisoners of War in Queensland Australia 1943 to 1946. Interestingly, Italians captured in theatres of war in north and east Africa during World War 2 were transported to Australian for the duration of the war with many working for and being billeted with farmers.
I belong to an Italian Folk Dancing group in Townsville
Most days I wear many different hats: blogger, gluten free baker, daughter, sister, friend, business owner but most importantly….
“Always a Mum”
I cook a lot with chicken followed closely by mince. Both are versatile and can become a Mexican or Thai or Italian meal without too much effort.
I found this chicken recipe on the back of the tetra pack of chicken stock, also another important staple in my kitchen. The bonus is that not only is it a one pot recipe but also that once the preliminary preparations are made it is then baked in the oven. Remember for many of the supermarket products we buy, you can find recipes on their websites.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
100 g bacon rashers, thinly slice
500 g chicken thighs, thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon lemon zest finely grated
1 tablespoon rosemary finely chopped
2 cups Arborio rice
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 cups chicken stock
Finely grated parmesan, to serve
Preheat oven to 180C.
Heat the oil in a large flameproof ovenproof dish over medium heat.
Cool the onion and bacon in olive oil until golden brown about 2 minutes.
Add the chicken and cook, stirring for 3 – 4 minutes or until golden.
Add garlic, lemon zest and rosemary and cook for a further 2 minutes.
Add the rice and cook, stirring for 1 minute to coat the grains.
Mix the tomato paste and stock n a jug and pour over rice. Stir.
Bake covered for 35 minutes or until rice is just tender and the liquid has almost been absorbed.
Stir through parmesan. Serve.
Struggling with your gluten free diet because you feel you can no longer eat some of your favourite cakes?
Once you get more confident with gluten free baking, you might just find that a packet cake mix plus a bit of tweaking could just be the answer.
1 pkt Basco Golden Butter Cake Mix
3 tablespoons softened butter/margarine
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cocoa, sifted
1 tablespoon red food colouring
125 g cream cheese
25 g unsalted butter, softened
60 g icing sugar mix
1 ½ teaspoons milk
Place all ingredients in a large bowl and with an electric beater, mix on low until all ingredients are combined.
Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed.
Divide batter between cupcake papers.
Bake in a moderate oven 180 C (fan forced 160C) for 15 – 20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean. Allow to cool.
Place cream cheese and butter in a bowl and beat for 8 – 10 minutes with an electric mixer. Add icing sugar and beat for a further 5 – 6 minutes until smooth. Add the milk and beat until just combined. Top the cupcakes with the icing.
I put together a cookbook of family favourite gluten free recipes for my son as a Christmas gift and found that it was going to take longer than I thought . Unfortunately a number of our family favourites have never been committed to paper before. It is literally, a pinch of this, a bit of that and measurements are all to do with the feel of things and sometimes the ingredients on hand. I hope I have got it right and that this recipe translates into a tasty pasta sauce.
1 pkt San Remo Spaghetti
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onion diced finely
1 stick celery diced finely
3 cloves garlic diced finely
2 rashers bacon diced
150 g tomato paste
500 g minced beef
100 ml chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Heat oil in large fry pan.
Add olive oil and butter until melted. Add in onion and cook until soft.
Add in bacon and celery until bacon is browned then add in garlic.
Add mince a little at a time until browned. Stir in tomato paste and chicken stock and seasoning to taste.
Bring to boil and then reduce and simmer for 30 – 40 minutes.
Boil pot of boiling water and cook spaghetti until tender and drain.
Combine meat sauce with spaghetti and stir until spaghetti is coated in sauce.
NB Use penne pasta to make pasta bake: layer penne, mince, cheese, penne, mince and cheese and cook in oven for 30 minutes.
This is one of my mother’s recipe, recently revived by my sister Terese. Today we keep a fridge full of bottles: sauces, marinades, dressings and condiments but back in the day, my mother made things from scratch. Maybe we all should try to go back the simple way of cooking without all the additives and preservatives.
Ingredients for Sauce:
- 1 large sprig of parsley
- 1 large spring onion chopped
- 2 tbs sweet pickle relish
- 1 tsp sugar
- 3 tbs white vinegar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup olive oil.
Combine all ingredients for sauce in a blender and blend for 3 to 4 mins until creamy, pour into a jug, cover and chill for 25 to 30 min. Makes 3/4 cup.
Ingredients for Salad:
- 4 medium potatoes
- 250 gr (1/2 lb) whole frozen beans
- boiling hot water
- 125 gr (1/4 lb thick bacon
- 1 medium white chopped onion
- chopped parsley
Get ingredients for salad and in separate pans of boiling water, cook potatoes and beans for 12 to 15 min. Drain potatoes, peel and slice thickly and set aside to cool. Drain beans and set aside also to cool. Meanwhile cut the bacon into small chunks and cook in pan until crisp. Lift out and drain. Heap the beans into the centre of a salad bowl and arrange potato slices around the edge. Scatter bacon and chopped onion on top. Drizzle vinaigrette sauce over the vegetables and cover and chill for 20 to 25 min. Sprinkle with parsley and serve.
Laksa is a popular spicy noodle soup in the Peranakan cuisine, which is a combination of Chinese and Malay cuisine. Laksa consists of rice noodles or rice vermicelli with chicken, prawn or fish, served in spicy soup; either based on rich and spicy curry coconut milk, or based on sour asam (tamarind or gelugur). (wikipedia)
Fragrant. Fresh. Flexible.
While my son preferred his Laksa on a bed of rice and without the snap peas this is an easy and versatile recipe.
500 g chicken sliced into strips (or use leftover roast chicken and add with coconut cream and chicken stock)
3 cloves garlic, finely sliced
2 cm piece ginger, peeled and grated
2 cups chicken stock (gluten free)
1 tin coconut cream (or lite coconut cream)
Pad Thai Rice Noodles
2 tablespoons Laksa paste (or use ‘Always Fresh’ Chilli Jam)
1 tablespoon Fish Sauce
* snow peas or snap peas (or capsicum strips or vegetable of choice for colour and texture)
1 lime, juiced
coriander to serve
red chilli, finely sliced to serve
* fresh bean sprouts (for texture)
- Fry chicken with oil in a heated fry pan. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
- Add laska paste and fish sauce and stir.
- Add coconut cream and chicken stock, stir and simmer for 10 minutes.* Add snow peas or snap peas in the last 3 – 5 minutes.
- Add lime juice and heat through.
- Prepare noodles by soaking in hot water for 5 – 10 minutes. Drain noodles and place in bottom of bowls.
- Pour chicken laksa over the noodles.
- Garnish with sprigs of coriander and red chilli slices.* Add fresh bean sprouts.
Food = nostalgia x memories x tradition
When I was a child, my grandparents’ Christmas gift to each of their children was a full leg ham. A generous gift which meant that we ate ham in many ways: baked ham, ham sandwiches, ham and salad and just thin slices of ham whenever one felt hungry.
Upon reflection, I can’t help but think that the tradition of gifting a ham goes back to my grandparents’ Catalan heritage and while every day of the year you will find cured leg hams in the markets of Spain, the Christmas period is when the range in quality of hams is on full display.
This is also the time of the year when the ceiling of shops will be jam packed with hams and the shop resembles an Aladdin’s Cave.
My mum’s baked ham recipe was a simple glaze of brown sugar (1 cup) mustard powder (1 tablespoon) and sherry (enough to make a paste). Simple but a perfect way to bake a ham.
My sister Louise’s recipe is the only way my family will now have the ham and while I use the same recipe, I don’t seem to be able to make it as competently as my sister. So the question has already been asked in my house,
“Is Louise making the ham this Christmas?”
Louise’s Nut Encrusted Baked Ham
1 ham (remove rind keeping layer of fat on ham, score fat)
100 g macadamia nuts, chopped
100 g slivered almonds
100 g pine nuts
½ cup orange marmelade
½ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
Preheat oven to 180C.
In a small saucepan on low heat, combine marmalade and brown sugar. Stir to combine and melt.
Baste ham with ½ mixture and cook in oven for 50 minutes. If need be baste ½ way through.
Combine nuts with remaining mixture and stir until nuts are well coated.
Remove ham from oven and coat with nut mixture. Pack down nuts on ham.
Return to oven and bake for another 20 minutes.
Remove from oven. Allow to rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
Another Mexican favourite for our household.
Beef and Marinade
700 g tender beef steak (rump or sirloin) cut into strips
½ lime, juiced
1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
Large pinch of chili powder
Large pinch of cumin ground
Large pinch of paprika
Olive oil for frying
1 – 2 avocados diced and tossed with juice from ½ lime
125 ml sour cream
Tomato Salsa (4 ripe tomatoes diced, 2 shallots sliced finely, 1 red chili finely diced, 3 tablespoons coriander chopped, salt and pepper to taste)
1. Combine steak strips, garlic, lime, chili powder, cumin, paprika, oil, salt and pepper and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Assemble the tomato salsa.
3. Heat a little oil in a frying pan. Cook the beef mixture in batches and stir fry over high heat until browned and just cooked through.
4. Serve with heated tortillas, salsa, avocado and sour cream.
Usually, I do all the recipe spotting, but it was my gf son who found this recipe for Buttermilk Onion Rings and asked “how difficult is it to convert it to gluten free?” To which the answer was “should be easy”.
And easy it is….
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup gf plain flour
1/2 cup gf cornflour
1 large brown onion, sliced into 3mm thick rings and separated
Canola oil for deep frying
Using a deep fryer* is best but you can also use a large heavy saucepan half filled with oil on medium-high heat.
Place buttermilk in a bowl.
Place flours in a flat dish, stir to mix the two flours and season with salt and pepper (you can add paprika).
Work in batches. Toss onion rings in the flour mixture and then dip the rings into the buttermilk and let excess drip from rings before returning to flour.
Fry onion rings in batches for 3 minutes or until golden. Remove and transfer to paper towel. Season lightly with sea salt.
There is a bacon ailoi in the recipe which is very tempting indeed.
*Deep Fryer – If you have kitchen cupboard space then I suggest a deep fryer as I find the temperature is more controlled than in a saucepan on the stove. I use it for Ricotta Dumplings, Sweet Potato Chips, our alternative to KFC