Saturday, July 24, 2010

Candice's "simmer the day away" Beef Casserole

Candice’s ‘simmer away the day’ Beef Casserole

Great if you are heading out for the day.... or just wanting to get dinner ‘out the way’ before lunch!
1kg round or chuck steak, cut into small pieces
3 tablespoons plain flour
2 onions, finely chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon tomato sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons gravy powder

Put steak into a plastic bag with 1 tablespoon flour and shake well.
Put steak into a stovetop casserole dish (cast iron/saucepan with lid).
Add onions, tomatoes, sauces, salt and pepper. Add 1 ½ cups water. Cook on high until boiling, then turn down to low.
Leave to cook very slowly for about 8 hours.
Finally, thicken casserole with a mixture of 2 tablespoons plain flour, 2 tablespoons gravy mix and a pinch of salt blended in a small amount of water.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Back to uni

Well seems the start of uni got the better of me again. Bit slack (sorry)
How 'bout I make it up to you with a great big pile of recipes to try?
Please leave comment if you try them or especially leave comments if you have done something to improve them in any way.
This knowledge needs to be shared if we are to cook for ourselves easily and stop relying on corporations to do it for us (which they kinda suck at)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Yummy Prawn dish

I am going to share with you one of my favourite dishes, Prawns Saganaki.
It is a Greek dish (yes I know what I said about sticking to cultures) but this is a one pan wonder with only fresh ingredients, very impressive, quick to make, and perfect for when guests come over.

This is a great warm weather dish (I think I am really missing summer right now) but I do make it in winter. The benefit of summer is the fresher tomatoes which really pack a punch in this dish.

I have on many occasions enjoyed this with friends, sitting on the back deck with some crisp Sauvignon Blanc and a crusty loaf of bread, torn up to share.

Geeez I miss summer!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

What to serve a friend for lunch?

So I had a darling friend come over for a 'ladies lunch' which is code for '2 bottles of wine with food'
Her baby is 2 days older than my daughter so it is nice to have a conversation that doesn't start with "if your happy and you know it!"

She has been here for lunch before and with my love of cooking I have done some specky meals for us to dine on. But she mentioned she was going out to dinner that night so I decided to tone it down to a 'real' lunch.
Well of course this got me thinking...what is a normal lunch?

I mean at home it could be a sandwich or leftovers from dinner but you can't serve that to someone you like!
So I was thinking some soup would be a nice lunch but this never flies without some carbs to go with, buttery toast on the side, mmmm (real butter of course)

Well she *told* me it was a lovely lunch and sufficiently filling, which is good to hear!
So here it Curried Cauliflower Soup it is a staple in this house and is SUPER cheap to make!!
It also freezes well for future lunches.