CLASSIC MINESTRONE

I’m deviating from Mum’s recipes this week because I made a pot of this minestrone soup for my family last Sunday and everyone said I should add the recipe to the collection.  I always make it the day before up to the marked area, then reheat it the next day and add the pasta.  If you add the pasta too early it can get a bit gluggy.

SAVORY LAMB CHOP BAKE

Winter is only four days away here in Victoria, so it’s time to start thinking of hearty winter casseroles.  The combination of tomato sauce, vinegar, curry powder and brown sugar in this recipe reminds me of another one I make, which has pumpkin instead of the potato in it.  The good thing with this recipe is that you probably have all the ingredients in the cupboard so it can be a last minute decision to make it.

SAVOURY TOASTS

Tomato sauce and cheese on toast has been a well loved favourite in Mum’s and my households for years.  Mum also used to make a little afternoon tea/supper snack that was cheese and bacon on toast, but this recipe combines them both.  Personally I’m not sure about the garlic, but after finding this recipe I’m now going to give the sauce, cheese and bacon a go.

VEGETABLE & ALMOND CASSEROLE

Vegetarian recipes weren’t something Mum would have been looking for on the pages of the Herald Sun.  Growing up I can’t remember anyone among our family or friends who didn’t eat meat, so cooking vegetable only dishes just wasn’t necessary.  This recipe is on a page Mum kept from the paper that had pork, lamb, sausage and fish casseroles on it, so the recipes were around, they just weren’t something Mum made.

APPETISER CHICKEN WINGS

I’m usually very lazy and buy marinated chicken wings from the supermarket, but having found this recipe I’m now wondering why.  I especially like the tip about not leaving the wings too long in the marinade because the bought ones obviously have been and are very dark.

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RHUBARB CHUTNEY

While rhubarb is not popular in my household it was in Mum’s.  She made a lot of relishes and chutneys with the produce from Dad’s garden, although I’m not sure she made this one.  Personally I think making relishes and chutneys is much easier than jams as they don’t need to set.  As long as you cook them until they’re thick they work really well.

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