FRIED RICE – Gluten Free

When I was a kid Fried Rice was an exotic Chinese dish which you bought from the small local Chinese café down the street. When my Mum started making it she would cook the rice first, let it go cold and then add it to the pan with spring onions, bacon and of course, the fried eggs. My husband’s mother used the absorption method like in this recipe, which is more like the Italian risotto technique. This old recipe was put out on a sheet of SEC (State Electricity Commission – Victoria) Tested Recipes, I don’t think my Mum was ever convinced it was a better way that hers though. I still make it like Mum did, but my husband swears by his mother’s method…………

PEACH RICE BAKE

Mum must have gone to some sort of Sun rice promotion as there is quite a few rice-based recipe sheets in her collection.  Not many of them are desserts though.  I thought this one might work well – rice, peaches, sultanas, honey and spices with a crumble topping smothered in either cream, custard or icecream definitely has some appeal.

CHRISTMAS TOMATO FRITTATA

Some years ago we were spending Christmas at a holiday house on the NSW south coast and our son decided to bring his girlfriend.  That was no problem until it came to cooking Christmas lunch – she was a vegetarian……….  Vegetarian Christmas recipes were few and far between in those days and I ended up serving her a stuffed eggplant.  I just wish I’d found this recipe as it’s much more colorful and I suspect she would have enjoyed it more.  Especially as the power went out due to a bushfire in the area and we ended up cooking the entire meal on the bbq – it was a very Australian Christmas.

SALMON LASAGNE

The beauty of all the different varieties of lasagne is that they can be prepared in advance and cooked when needed.  This is the first time though I’ve seen a salmon version.  I have a recipe for another seafood one which I make using marinara mix I buy from the supermarket and that tastes pretty good, so this one could be worth trying.

CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE PASTA PIE

In this recipe cooked pasta with a cheese and mustard sauce is pressed into a pie dish and baked to form a crust.  The filling of chicken, leek, carrot and zucchini is added and then topped with more of the pasta mix.  A quite different sort of chicken and vegetable pie.