The quieter you become, the more you can hear ~Ram Dass

Friday, October 16, 2015

Easy Fruit Cake ~just four ingredients

I shared this recipe over five years ago on my other blog

 I remembered about this fruit cake after reading Annabel's posts on Christmas gifts this week. This really is a great recipe,  so simple with not many ingredients.


750gms mixed fruit

2 cups of orange juice

Mix together and leave overnight.

Add 2 cups SR flour and 1 tspn mixed spice.

Mix well and bake for 1-1.5 hours in a moderate oven.


* Edited to add: This cake can be made using different juices, chocolate milk, cold tea, cold milk coffee.  Go here for the recipe. 

Sunday, October 11, 2015

On the Menu this Week

Monday: Chicken curry using leftover chicken

TuesdaySchnitzels, vegetables and gravy

Wednesday: Chow mein and vegetables

Thursday: Chicken Pasta slice and salad

Friday: Calamari, chips and salad

Saturday: Hamburgers and chips

Sunday: Roast Chicken and vegetables

Desserts:  Chocolate Pudding, banana caramel pie

Thursday, October 8, 2015

CEREAL CRUMB SLICE ~ Cheapskates Recipe

This recipe is fantastic for using up leftover crumbs from the bottom of your cereal  box.  Normally I would put them in the chook bucket, but then I discovered this recipe from one of the members over at the Cheapskates site

I needed to make something quick for hubby to take to work today, so this slice is great when time is short...

Yum, yum!!

Cereal Crumb Slice

2 cups of dried cereal crumbs ( I save them from the bottom of the Weetbix, Weetbix Crunch, Mini Wheats etc and put them in a zip lock bag until I have 2 cups) 
1 cup of any flour(self raising, plain or wholemeal) 
1/2 cup coconut 
2/3 cup of any sugar (brown or white) 
1 cup of any choc bits (Homebrand is good) 
1/2 cup of any dried fruit 
4 oz melted butter or marg 
1 or 2 tablespoons of milk

Melt butter in microwave or on stove. Add all other ingredients and enough milk to get a slightly moist consistency. Press into lined slice tin and bake in moderate oven for about 30 minutes. Make up a simple icing (about 1 cup) such as lemon or chocolate and smooth over slice while still warm. Sprinkle with coconut to decorate.   


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Back in time for dinner - 1950's

Thank you to my lovely friend Sue who shared this You Tube link on Facebook.

"One British family embark on an extraordinary time-travelling adventure to discover how a post-war revolution in the food we eat has transformed the way we live." BBC Two
There are more in the series if you are interested J
I love You Tube!


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Easy Peasy Pineapple Chicken


8 Chicken drumsticks
3 tablespoons seasoned flour
3 tablespoons oil
450g crushed pineapple
435g cream of chicken soup

Place drumsticks and seasoned flour in a plastic bag and shake to lightly and evenly coat the chicken.  Discard excess flour.  Heat the oil in a pan and brown the chicken.  Add pineapple and chicken soup, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes until chicken is tender.
Serve over rice 
Serves 4-6

*I used diced chicken breast for this recipe and prepared it as described in this post. I tossed in cornflour, dipped in beaten eggs and fried in oil. I drained the oil then added pineapple and chicken soup.


Monday, September 28, 2015

On the Menu this Week

Monday: Braised Steak and onion with vegetables

Tuesday: Chicken and pasta slice

Wednesday: Beef stir fry

Thursday: Hamburgers and chips

Friday: Pineapple chicken and rice

SaturdayWhiting, chips and salad

Sunday: Shepherds pie and vegetables

Baking: Banana cake and Leftover cereal slice.

didn't stick to last week's menu plan because we were away Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. This is what my life is like, it seems I can never plan anything lol....I should be home all this week though, which is good because I need to get cracking with my spring cleaning and gardening.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Something different for menu planning

One of my friends posted this on facebook recently.

Seven tubs for seven meals.  
Place ingredients for each day in the tubs. 
Wonder if this would work?  

What do you think?

Sunday, September 20, 2015

On the menu this week.

Monday: Lasagne, salad and chips

Tuesday: Apricot chicken, stir fry veg and rice

Wednesday: Steak and mushroom casserole with veggies

ThursdayChicken Strogonoff

Friday: Savoury chops and veggies

Saturday: Calamari, chips and salad

SundaySchnitzels, veg and gravy

Desserts:  Golden syrup dumplings, chocolate pudding.

Baking: Olive oil Chocolate cake and Hootycreek biscuits.

My latest fridge menu list and pantry grocery list. 
These and others can be downloaded from here

What's on the menu at your place this week?

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Frugal Meal - Savoury Mince Bake

I have been using some of my old time recipes lately as they always seem to be enjoyed more than the modern ones I try.  

They are made from the simplest ingredients that I always have on hand. Of course you can add extras to suit your own tastes.   This type of meal you can sneak some vegetables in and no one will notice.

Savoury Mince Bake

1 large onion, pinch of herbs, 1 lb mince, 1 tin tomato soup(16oz), 1 cup macaroni, grated cheese and breadcrumbs.

Chop onion and fry until brown.  Add mince, salt, pepper, pinch herbs and tomato soup. Simmer for 3/4 hour, adding a little water if necessary. Cook one cup macaroni according to instructions in salted water.  Drain and add to the mince mixture, mixing well. Turn into a flat dish, sprinkle with grated cheese and breadcrumbs and place in oven or under griller until brown.

*I added mushrooms, a little capsicum, grated carrot and zucchini to the mix. I also added a little more noodles.

This bake was served with even more vegetables J

This recipe can be found in the 1967 CWA Fingers and Forks cook book. 
As you can see this book has been well used.

Cooking away on the stove....

Combined with noodles and added to dish.

Topped with grated cheese and breadcrumbs.



Do you prefer modern or old fashioned recipes?

Monday, September 7, 2015

On the Menu this Week

I am a bit late this week with my menu plan.  
I did get busy last week and made a list of recipes that my family love and then added them to a monthly meal plan.  Life is so much easier now that I am organised and know what I am having each day.  My freezers are full so we will be eating from there for the next little while, and my pantry has been stocked up. Hopefully I wont need to spend any money this week. A whole week without spending...woohoo!

Monday: Schnitzels, veggies and gravy

Tuesday: Shepherd's pie and veggies

Wednesday: Chicken tenders, chips and salad

Thursday: Fish chips and salad

Friday: Going out to tea for my dad's birthday

Saturday: Beef stroganoff and fetticine

Sunday: Ooey gooey cheesey meatballs and veggies

Desserts:  Golden syrup pudding, fruit and ice-cream.

Baking:  Banana cake for dads birthday

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Monday, August 31, 2015

Tania's Honey Chicken Recipe

This recipe came about by a bit of experimenting and mixing up a couple of recipes I had tried. I changed them here and there and came up with this now family favourite. Serves four.

500gms of cubed chicken breast
3 heaped tablespoons Cornflour (approximate, may need more)
Salt and Pepper to taste
3 eggs, beaten 
oil for frying
1 packet low salt French Onion Soup
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon chicken stock powder
1 cup of water

Combine cornflour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Toss the cubed chicken into the cornflour. (The chicken pieces should have a nice coating of cornflour on them).

Beat the eggs in a small bowl, then add quite a few pieces of the chicken at a time, I would say ten to twelve pieces. Coat well with the egg.

Preheat oil over medium heat and brown the chicken. 

Once browned (this doesn't take long, a couple of minutes each side), remove the chicken to drain. Then remove the leftover oil from pan.

Next whisk together the soup mix, honey, stock powder and water.

Put chicken back into pan and add the soup mixture.  Bring to boil and then turn down heat and cook for about five minutes or until done.


Main ingredients.

Frying the chicken, using a wok.

Draining the chicken.

 I serve my honey chicken with stir-fry veggies and rice. 
I use any veggies I have on hand.  This is what went in tonight; diced potato, carrot, onion, garlic, zucchini, mushrooms, capsicum, tomato, broccoli and sweetcorn. I think that's all lol! 
Stir-fry the veggies in a little oil (coconut or olive).  Once they start to soften add some soy sauce and a small dollop of sweet chilli sauce. Stir to combine, then serve.

Stir fry vegetables

 Whoops, silly me forgot to take a photo of the served plate. 
So here is one one half eaten lol!

This is very tasty. Not too hard to cook and not too many ingredients.  I sometimes add a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top of chicken when serving. 

If you have any questions about this recipe please ask, I am only too willing to help.

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Bit of Randomness

While in Adelaide recently we went to the Port Adelaide Sunday markets. I love going to these and finding treasures.

I have wanted a decent sized teapot for some time now as I only had a vintage aluminium one, and I was a bit concerned about using it.  I found this brown English beauty in one of the stalls. It holds six cups.

Phil is a fan of vintage Fire King kitchen ware.  He was so pleased to find some to add to our collection.  They are a favourite of mine too.   

Lastly I found a soap saver.  I already have one of these but it is not in as good condition as the one pictured.  Put velvet soap in the mesh section and wash the dishes the old fashioned way. You need to watch out though as the dishes get very slippery.

I made Annabel's banana cake.  Look at the size of this cake, and I halved the recipe! I substituted the milk/lemon for yoghurt, and iced with chocolate icing. 
You really MUST bake this cake! 

Recently the electricity was out for quite a few hours. We had a storm go through and also maintenance done on the line.
We did have lights as they are solar powered, but we needed the generator going to help out.

The cord going to the house.

 This is what it looked like inside with cords running everywhere.

I had washing to do that couldn't wait.  There was enough power to wash and spin but not to drain the machine.  So I had to wait until the power was back on to drain the water.

Some quick thinking to heat up some pies for my son who always comes home for lunch. I had taken pies out of the freezer and luckily the fire was on so I could heat them up. I become resourceful and felt like I was back in the olden days lol! 
I had run out of bread to make sandwiches.

I put the pies on top of the stove at about 10.30 and by lunch time they were perfect to eat.

 Spring is near. 
We are having more nice warm sunshiny days.
A beautiful sunrise we had recently.

Knitting while travelling.
I am making booties for my new grandchild due in January 2016.

 While we were away the girls laid three dozen eggs.  It is great that they are laying again.  Wont be long and we will have broody girls to put some fertile eggs under.
We sell excess eggs to cover the cost of feed.

 I found these in an op shop recently. A Suzanne Grae green jumper and a vintage sheet.

I have a vision to make pretty table napkins from this.

A visit to my parents again and this is what I brought home.  Two bags of organic plain flour and two coconuts.

I mentioned on the Down to Earth Forum  about this gift my grandmother made for me thirty five years ago when I got married the first time.  
It is one of my special treasures.  It is getting a bit tired and worn from use.  I keep my bits and pieces of jewelry in it.

And look what I found out in the shed.  I have been drooling over Annabels pretty bottles like the one in this post. And then I remembered these I had found years ago.  Unfortunately they dont have the stoppers. Does anyone know where I could get some? Otherwise I will use corks.
I picked these off our trees when I got home. 
Four ice cream containers of quandongs (wild peaches).  Like other fruit, I stew them up with sugar and water.  Definitely need sugar to eat these as they can be quite sour. 

First dessert in my new dish.  Annabel's golden syrup pudding.  So simple and easy, go here for the recipe.

My baby tomato plants I planted before going away.

I am hoping to post more on this blog. Thank you for being patient with me while I get it up and running.