SINGAPORE LAKSA

It’s sunny, but cold outside today so my mind automatically turns to making a pot of hot soup for dinner tonight. Instead of a thick vegetable one maybe I’ll make a seafood laksa instead. This is a meal in itself full of prawns, white fish, calamari, bean curd and noodles……luscious and bound to warm us all up.

CHICKEN AND MUSHROOM RICE LASAGNE – Gluten Free

I haven’t tried this rice lasagne, although I have made a chicken lasagne both with standard lasagne sheets and with Gluten Free ones. My original recipe uses plain flour like this recipe, but I simply substituted GF plain flour which worked fine. To be totally honest I’m not sure how close to lasagne this rice one would turn out, maybe it would be more a rice slice. I think you’d have to careful you didn’t overcook the rice or it could be quite soggy. Even so it’s probably worth a try.

FRAGRANT CHICKEN AND RICE CASSEROLE

As the New Idea cookery writer says of this recipe ‘When East meets West you get a fascinating mix….”. Back when this recipe was published that was an exotic idea, obviously things have changed a lot since then and the Asian influences in our food are much more commonplace. Either way this is a nice simple chicken and rice casserole…….

ROAST HERBED TURKEY

At this time of year there’s lots of Roast Turkey recipes and all sorts of stuffing recipes out there. This one was in a Woman’s Day Christmas Recipe Liftout back in 1991. I think it’s interesting as it’s put out by Devondale Dairy Soft and uses lots of the product in the stuffing, but also spread on the outside of the bird to keep it moist – all quite vital with a Christmas turkey I’m sure you’ll agree……

MEDITERRANEAN CHICKEN

Chicken breast stuffed with cheese and bacon and served with a mustard cream sauce – not sure how Mediterranean it is, but it certainly sound good. If you don’t want the gluten or carbs of fettuccine just serve it up with fresh vegetables – great either way.

SPICED BAKED CHICKEN

This a Margaret Fulton recipe published in the New Idea back in August 1994. My first cookbook was The Margaret Fulton Cookbook, my copy is now a bit battered and worn as I used it constantly in my early cooking days. Her recipes were easy to follow, covered all types of meals – family meals, entertaining and parties, international dishes, cakes, biscuits, etc and was just an amazing source of inspiration. This is a much later recipe and shows how she continually kept up with the changing influences in Australian eating.