Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Broccoli Soup

Hearty Fall Soup

You can add a variety of leafy greens to this simple soup to kick up your vitamins A and K. I always chop the broccoli stems and boil them in the soup and save the crowns for the very end to maintain that bright green colour.   

Cream of Broccoli Soup Ingredients:
Makes 6 servings
  • 2 tbsp. butter (30 ml)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 3 fresh sprigs tarragon
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 head broccoli, florets reserved
  • 3 1/4 cups vegetable or chicken stock (810 ml)
  • 1/3 cup basmati rice(80 ml)
  • 1/2 cup 10 % cream (125 ml)
  • sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 oz Grated aged cheddar , optional (120 gm)
Method:
  1. In a large pot, heat the butter on medium and sauté onion, celery and carrots for 3-4 minutes, until just soft. 
  2. Add  the tarragon sprigs, bay leaf and sliced broccoli stems and  chicken stock. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
  3. Add the basmati rice and reduce to low, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until broccoli stems are tender. 
  4. Remove lid add the broccoli florets and simmer uncovered for 2 minutes, just until broccoli is tender. 
  5. Purée soup in a blender or with a hand want.  Return back to heat and add cream and heat through.
  6. Adjust seasoning and add nutmeg.
  7. Serve into bowls and sprinkle with freshly grated aged cheddar, if desired and serve hot.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Tuna and pasta bake


2 big spoons margarine                               big pot
½ cup flour                                                   strainer
¾ cup grated cheese                                   small pot
One 250 gram can of tuna                          spoon for stirring
5 hand full’s of pasta                                    can opener

Milk


In the big pot on high heat, heat up the water which you’ve added the water from the tuna can and throw in at least 5 handfuls of pasta the pasta will cook while you are making the sauce.
 To make the sauce place flour and margarine in the smaller saucepan,
heat on low till marg is melted, stir into four and add milk slowly while stirring, you may want to turn up the heat slightly as you want this to thicken up a little first before you add cheese.

Add cheese and keep stirring , stir till your hand is sore and cheese is melted.

Add in the drained tuna and mix it in.


Remove sauce from heat before you drain pasta or it WILL stick.

By this time pasta will be cooked,
drain pasta off over the sink and put the drained pasta into an oven proof
 casserole dish
pour your sauce over the top of the pasta.
Bake in oven at around 200 or so for 15-20 minutes to brown
Serve with tomato sauce !
You can use a packet of cheese sauce if you like but you’ll still have to cook  it on the stove in order for it to thicken up
I added bacon to this one as we just happened to have some already cooked, you can add mushrooms canned (drained) or fresh or corn if you like those.

I use homebrand canned and milk, its cheap and tastes the same as name brand.

Some may say I cook pasta wrong I don’t cook it wrong I cook it differently, two handfuls per person and one for extra, thrown into warm water and brought up to the boil.
I don’t use salt either, never use it in cooking let folks assault their own food, less salt is better for you anyway. 

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ham and Cheese on Crumpet

Ham and Cheese on Crumpet

You will need:
·        1 pack of crumpets
·        6 small slices of ham
·        Cheese (block preferably)
·        A sharp knife
·        A cutting board
·        Griller  or oven
·        Oven tray if browning inside oven
·        A plate for serving

Time:
Around 5 -10 minutes

Serves:
2-3 people

Cost:
I managed to get my hands on packets of crumpets for 49 cents each
Normally they are $2.50 a packet
A 250 gram block of cheese is around $3.50.
A 350 gram packet of ham is around the $6 range.
So this might cost around $12
but if you shop around for a bargain it may only cost you $10


Method :
Remove crumpets from packaging
Cut thin slices of cheese off block
Place small pieces of cheese on the bumpy side
Place ham on top of cheese
Place more cheese on top of ham
Use the griller or your oven to melt/brown cheese
Remove from griller, cut crumpets in half

Notes:
I used block cheese for this as it melts better, you can use already prepared grated cheese
 but I find that it just ends up everywhere.
You could use processed cheese but it just doesn’t melt, it will burn before it melts.
Do NOT use the toaster for this recipe
Do NOT brown inside oven unless on an oven tray.
Yes that is my thumb on the picture.


Warning! Melted cheese can be very hot

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Food greetings

Hello from a seldom updated blog about food, kinda forgot all about this one whoops ..you may crack eggs on my head or steal my spoon.

Think I've gotten rid of all the spammy yucky comments ..didn't taste so good when I ate them but spam is spam and what else can you do with it

Hey now there is a good question ......

What can you do with spam?? ,
the canned kind that is, tell us here in the comments section

Monday, December 29, 2008

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Grandma Erna's Potato Soup

My grandma Erna makes the best potato soup. So I took the recipe from her.
I cook to feed a small army all the time and I think most of you can figure out proportions on your own. You're all grown. lol
First you need about this much potatoes, peeled, cleaned and chopped.
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I cook my bacon a little to render most of the fat out.
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I use a big pot for my soup because I have a large family
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This is two onions, diced
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While my onions and potatoes were boiling, I chopped two celery hearts. I let the potatoes and onions boil until the potatoes were just tender and then I tossed in the celery and bacon.
Then I added a can of evaporated milk.
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I let it all boil until the potatoes were tender all the way through.

Here is the end result.

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YUMMY...now go to the store, buy the crap you need to make some, and tell me how it was.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Damper

Damper, it's an Aussie thing

We don't cook it on the BBQ but in a camp fire

I found a site about it


Roubourne
Aboriginal School



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3
cups of plain flour


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teaspoons of baking powder


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Water

Step
one :Build a fire in a clear area.


Damper Fire


Mix Ingredients


Add baking powder Mix ingredients


make into balls


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Place in fire

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Cook for about 30 minutes and eat
with honey and or butter

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Eat
enjoying damper