CAULIFLOWER AND LAMB MINCE STEW

I think that cauliflower is a very versatile vegetable.  Traditionally we only had it boiled or topped with a cheesy white sauce, but these days I use it in lots of different ways.  Unlike broccoli it’s fairly firm and as long as you don’t cook it for too long it holds up well roasted, in curries, stir fries and stews.  As we mainly eat low carb, my favourite use is as a substitute for potato on top of shepherds pie.  In this recipe it’s combined with potatoes, lamb mince and spices, certainly a change from plain old boiled cauli……

CREAMY SALMON LASAGNE

This is another John West salmon lasagne recipe.   This version has lots of ricotta cheese in it which makes it lovely and creamy.  Although it’s more expensive to use red salmon rather than pink it’s worth it, as it gives it lots more flavour.  Great served with a salad and garlic bread.

POT ROASTED CHICKEN

I was sorting through Mum’s old recipes last weekend and found this Pot-Roasted Chicken recipe.  I liked the idea of being able to put everything into a casserole, put it in the oven and forget about it for a couple of hours – so I cooked it last night.  It tasted great!!!  I didn’t bother to reduce the liquid so it was pretty juicy, but that meant that the leftovers have turned into a great soupy-broth for lunch today.  Well worth trying…….

HEARTY VEAL POLENTA PIE

Veal is a meat I don’t often cook with these days, it was used a lot more when I was growing up.  In this recipe you could substitute beef, but it’s worth using veal if you can buy it, as it’s quite tender and makes a great pie filling.  The polenta base and rounds on the top make this into a very hearty pie.

LAMB AND LEEK CRUMBLE

Unfortunately there’s no picture with this recipe, which is a shame as I think a lamb casserole with a crumble topping is a little unusual and would not only taste good, but would look good as well.   It would be a good casserole to make for a group and could easily be made gluten free by simply using gluten-free plain flour.

BOUNTY DAY PIE

So what is a Bounty Day pie you’re asking……well according to Wikipedia…. ‘Bounty Day is a holiday on both Pitcairn Island, destination of the Bounty mutineers, and on Norfolk Island. It is celebrated on 23 January on Pitcairn, and on 8 June on Norfolk Island, the day that the descendants of the mutineers arrived on the island’. I guess this is a pie they make to celebrate the day, although it does seem fairly similar to a Greek beef and spinach pie – don’t suppose it matters what you call it, as long as it tastes good.

CHICKEN COBBLER

The cheesy scone topping on this chicken casserole makes this a hearty and inexpensive meal.  It comes from a New Idea supplement entitled ‘Tasty Meals on a Budget’, published in 1974 and shows weights in metric and the old imperial measurement.  Although metric conversion happened in 1966 it took sometime for home cooks to become confident of using the new system.

VEGEMITE CHICKEN BITES

Inspired by my 9 year old granddaughter, who is cooking up a storm while isolated at home, this week I looked for recipes that kids would enjoy cooking.  This one needs some peeling, some grating and some rolling – all easy things to do and it includes vegemite, so I thought that might be an added bonus……