CHICKEN BALLS WITH THAI DIPPING SAUCE

These are a great little idea – basically no chopping. Except for the chicken mince and the shallot the ingredients are things you’ve probably got in the fridge or cupboard. It’s just a matter of combining, shaping and frying the chicken balls and mixing up the sauce – easy as. While this recipe is for nibble size balls, you could easily turn them into patties for an easy entree.

SWEET POTATO AND SPRING ONION SCONES

Scones are something I’ve never been all that good at making. I suspect it’s because I over work the dough, something that this recipe clearly says not to do. I do like the combination of sweet potato and spring onion though, so perhaps I’ll give them a try. I’m sure those with better technique will end up with a very tasty scone.

CHEESE AND VEGETABLE SLICE

On a visit to a farm in Central Victoria that friends recently moved to they were telling us of all the lovely produce that they are growing – pears, quinces, zucchinis and garlic just to start with. When I got home I started going through Mum’s cuttings and books to dig out some recipes for them. Fresh pear recipes and quince ones have been hard to find and I didn’t even try for garlic as Mum was not a fan. Zucchini have been the easiest and this one was among them.

RICE CRUST VEGETARIAN PIE – Gluten Free adaptable

If you substitute GF plain flour for ordinary plain flour in this recipe you have a pie that works equally well for Vegetarians and Gluten Free eaters. Finding a good pie base that is GF can be a bit of a challenge and while this has a vegetable filling there’s no reason why some bacon or chicken couldn’t be added. The rice crust makes a good alternative to a flour based crust.

PITA BREAD SNACK WITH BANANA FILLING

I can’t decide if this would make a good school lunchbox filler or whether it would go soggy. Maybe it would be best to try it out at home before school goes back next week just to check. If you don’t have any pita bread you could always put it in a sandwich instead.

FETTA TOMATO CASES

With Christmas fast approaching and entertaining at home possible again, I’ve started to look for something new to make. I’m thinking if you add, as suggested, basil leaves on the top of these cases you’ll have a really good Christmas treat. They’d make a great addition to the Christmas table or for drinks with family and friends.

SPANISH OMELETTE

I can’t remember the first time I made a Spanish Omelet – it would have to have been at least 35 years ago. I’m not sure I ever had a proper recipe for it back then, it was just onions, potatoes and eggs. It was an easy Sunday night meal that everyone liked and we still enjoy it. Over the years I’ve added bacon, spinach, mushrooms or whatever I’ve got in the fridge, but onion and potato are always the base.