Tag Archives: veges

Slice, dice and bake. Recipe for an easy dinner.

Something simple for Sunday night. Picnic food. Lunch at the office… the possibilities are endless for this yummy slice. I’m sure we’ve all got a variation of this in our recipe collections, I know I have.
I had not thought of this dish for years until I found it in a new magazine I bought and as I do, decided I would make it.
I did change it slightly as I didn’t have everything, but it won’t make much difference really.
As mr 9 said, “pastry less quiche”. That’s about it.

Carrot, zucchini and bacon slice

4 rindless shortcut bacon rashers, chopped,
1 red capsicum chopped,
1 each carrot and zucchini grated
1 cup grated cheese
1 cup SR flour
4 eggs
1/2 cup milk

1) Fry bacon and veges (I added onion and extra capsicum as I didn’t have zucchini) til tender or 5 mins and cool.
2) Whisk eggs and milk together
3) add flour and cheese to mixing bowl with cooked bits and mix
4) add egg mixture and fold in til just combined.
5) pour into greased and lined tin – 20x30cm (I used a square one instead) and bake in 180C oven, 30 mins or until cooked.

Cut and serve.
For a vegetarian version swap bacon for 100gr feta cheese.

I had mine with extra veg and a salad, while I cooked other meat for the kids to have with theirs.

Bacon and veg:


Milk and eggs:20130508-172644.jpg

Adding flour and cheese, with a good handful of parsley and pepper20130508-172651.jpg

In the pan ready to bake:20130508-172656.jpg


And ready to eat, it smelt so good I just had to try a piece, or two20130508-172709.jpg

Here is a link to another version on my favourite cooking site, Taste.com.au.

Do you have your own version of this, or something similar?
No? Then give this a try, and enjoy, as it only takes around an hour from start to finish.

Jen ūüôā

Pumpkin Pie – an aquired taste??

At¬†my regular market¬†we have the best chef, Honey Child, and she makes the most delicious food.¬† Being of a very multi national hertiage, but in essence an American, she cooks us the most awesome food from all over.¬† I could go on an on about her food, there are so many words that all mean ‘just fantastic grub’.

Today’s menu was Thanksgiving complete with Pumpkin Pie.¬† As I was going to a different market,¬†I asked for a piece to be put aside and I am not at all unhappy about it.

In the southern hemisphere, or at least here in Australia, pumpkin is a vegetable that you have on your plate with other veges,(like with roast meat)¬†or in soup, maybe scones, yum¬†(Thanks Flo), and pie’s¬†are for fruits, custard or meat.¬† Eating pumpkin for dessert is just wrong!

Speaking of pies, I introduced my American friend to meat pies while she was here and she loved them.

Pumpkin.¬† In a pie.¬† It’s a weird sensation. It’s sweet and spicy, thanks to the brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger, but there’s the underlying savoury pumpkin-as-a-vegetable flavour.¬† Like¬†I said, weird, but strangley delicious.

Have you had pumpkin pie, made it and what do you think??

Who says veges can’t be eaten as a fruit?
Tomato – fruit or veg?
Pie or tart – meat, fruit or veg?

Jennifer ūüôā

soup or chowder… chow on down.

Ok, can someone tell me please what makes a chowder different from a soup?

Regardless of the difference I am making this for dinner tonight.
I could just do some veges and heat the roast chicken from last night but with the weather coming in chilly I wanted to make yummy food that is filling, healthy and warming.
A good thick soup is just the answer.
My recipe has corn, bacon and potatoes, I have chicken so it’s going in there aswell.¬†¬† This is a recipe that¬†I got from my favourite recipe site (Taste.com.au) with a few slight changes due to pantry options.

Have we got everything ready… ? Yep?¬† Then, let’s cook!

butter, 2 onions diced (i used 1), 1/4 cup plain flour
250gr bacon (i made up the weight with a combination of chicken and bacon),
3 cups milk, 2 cups chicken stock,
1 kg corn kernels (i used a 400gr tin creamed corn)
500gr potato

yes, this is one 500gr potato...

what to do:
cook onions and bacon (i added some garlic here aswell)

add the flour and mix together.
Add the milk and stock and stir to combine.

Bring to the boil then add chopped potatoes and corn.

Cook for 15-20  til potatoes are soft and soup is thickened.
I added my creamed corn halfway through the last stage of cooking.  This made it a thick creamier coup.

Bowl up and serve with bread of choice.

Yeah, a little parsley would make it look so much better.

I did have a problem while cooking this soup…¬†what can that be you ask..?
Yesterday one of my hot plates died.¬† Not just any hot plate. But the one I use the most, and the only large one –¬†the one I use for¬†my soup pot.
So cooking a thick soup which needs to simmer proved difficult.  Part of it burnt while the rest struggled to boil.  So stood and stirred instead of walking away (and reading  my new cooking magazines).
It tasted really good and is so easy anyone could make it.  Whichever version you want to make.

keep warm ūüôā

A bit more cooking…

While I work on my ‘the year that was’ blog and some piccies¬†of Hobart’s NYE I started on a pot of my yummo¬†vege soup.

I love vege soup coz there are no hard and fast rules, and you can toss any left over bits in. I have a few rules I stick by though.

– From an Italian restaurant I once worked in, a soup base consists of onion, celery and carrot.
– Lots of onion and garlic (garlic squashed and tossed in when the liquid is added).
– Always add spuds and pumpkin.¬† Last soup I made without these two wasn’t so crash hot.
РFry up the root veges before adding anything else.

I then add as much liquid as is required by the amount of veges in pot, pepper, tomato paste, a shake of curry powder, bring to boil then reduce to low and simmer til it all looks mooshy.
Taste and add extra seasoning as you want, I usually add fresh parsley at this stage and maybe a dash of soy (I dislike using salt in its raw form).
Cool completely and then blend til smooth.

This freezes really well and is great with thick cheesy toasties, or fresh/toasted bread.

soup on the stove.

So my soup is now bubbling away as I start thinking about how to feed the hordes.

Enjoy the cooking and keep smiling ūüôā




My Green Thumb

If there is one thing people have said about me, I can gaurantee¬†it wouldn’t be that I have a green thumb or am any kind of gardener.¬† I don’t garden. Simple. If I weed, it all comes out.¬† If I prune, it gets chopped back to the ground.

That being said, I am starting a herb garden.¬† You what??? Are you serious? You want to¬†have a garden?¬† I know it may sound odd to those that know me, but¬† I have always wanted to have my own ‘kitchen garden’ and I am now in a place and time and definitely the right mode to get started.¬† I plan to have a few different herbs (parsley, basil, garlic, chives, coriander, rosemary…) and maybe stretch out later to the old basic tomatoes and lettuce.

I¬†have the place and the ‘pots’ – old corrugated iron rounds + a small fenced off plot or two.¬† The job is simple:¬†weed the garden,¬†buy some (mushroom)¬†compost¬†and a few¬†trays of seedlings.¬† That easy.¬† Well, yes and no, easy to say, hard work to do.¬† We’ll then see how they grow.

Garden area before.

I trip off¬†to the hardware: compost: check.¬† Seaweed fertiliser (stinky): check.¬†Plants: check – ¬† Parsley (Continental & Italian), Basil, Coriander, Pink Rosemary, Oregano,¬†Spring Onion and some Cherry Tomatoes.¬† Let’s get to work!¬† I’m ready to roll!

My plants ready to go.

The morning started (at 8am with the mower (my ‘tractor’)¬†being turned on)¬†with shifting the trees¬†¬†my hubby had cut down for me that used to be hanging over the driveway.¬† I work on this up til lunch to get as much done as possible but still leaving plenty of time to get my herbies in.¬† That was the main point of today after all.

Off into the paddock with the tractor¬†and¬† trailer¬†I start pulling out the bulbs and digging into all the grassy heaps to find some soil.¬† Not much around here that isn’t too sandy.¬† On our block anyway.¬†¬† Half filling the trailer¬†– after taking the top layer of grass off – I head back to fill my tubs.¬† Not as easy as I thought.¬† The trailer was a little heavy on one end and while trying to put the wheel down to be able to move it by hand, over she went.¬† Oops!¬† Got it sorted and moved some dirt.¬†¬† Dug into the other iron tub and under the grass¬†top found some mulchy dirt that looked ok (fingers crossed) and added that in.¬† A layer of compost dug through finished with a good watering of stinky juice.

I start weeding the fenced in section and find that the last garden growing there¬†was full of the goood stuff, well mostly.¬†I found the tickets for Broccoli, Coz lettuce,¬†Honey Snap Peas and¬†Brussel¬†Sprouts (eeww!) and still standing a few bunches of Rainbow chard (silverbeet) which I left there.¬† Yay, at least I know it is possible.¬† There is hope for me yet ūüôā

Rainbow Chard still standing - not sure if it's going to be edible.

Tickets left over from the last garden.

The soil in these two sections was really good, and fertile, several fat worms as evidence.¬† It’s amazing how much better things look when they have been tidied up, even with the fence still up and the weeds mostly gone, it looked great.¬† The fence was ripped down – partly to make it easier to weed and plant – and the area looks really good now.

Garden area after. Still a way to go, but so much better.

As a non gardener by this time I was starting to enjoy myself and felt confident that I might actually do this, and grow some veges.

Plants are in their rows and watered, hands filthy, trackies¬†dirty and wet, I’m sweaty and achy but I felt like I had really accomplished something.¬† Now to keep the water up, hope they don’t drown in the next rain shower and in approx 6 weeks I should have some herbs to use.¬† Yay!¬†¬† And for the cost of each plant,¬†it has already saved me money at the supermarket¬†(so long as they grow :-}).

There are two or three other areas that now need my help to look better.. but they can wait til next weekend.  I may end up with the whole kit and caboodle vege garden yet.  But I think I should wait and see that the first lot actually grow before I invest anymore.  One of these spaces has some boards around the edges, these are going to be moved to the section I just planted as the plastic surround is falling apart.  Plus I may just re-do the fence so I can still get in and out but keep the wallabies and possums out of it.

Maybe my hubby is right, gardening can become quite addictive and I wont be able to stay out of it.¬†Oh well, I’ll¬†just have to add gardening to¬†that long list of thins to do…

I’ll post more¬†as they¬†advance and you can watch my garden grow.

Til next time, keep smiling ūüôā

Ciao, Jennifer