Chicken and Broccoli gratin

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Here’s a nice easy one for a weeknight.  Use leftover chicken from your weekend roast dinner.

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Onion Bhajis

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These are a massive treat as we don’t usually indulge in fried beer snacks!  That said, they are absolutely delicious. This recipe is from the BBC food website, where we find a lot of easy recipes.

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Another potato cake recipe

If you’re stuck for something for dinner, you might find a tin of tuna in the cupboard and some leftover potatoes.  You don’t need the spinach – it’s just a great way of sneaking in vegetables to the little ones!  This is another simple ‘cake’ recipe for little ones and adults alike.

for 8 ‘cakes’ you will need:

  • 400 g cooked mashed potato
  • 1 tin tuna
  • 1 handful spinach finely shredded
  • 2 spring onions finely sliced
  • 1 knob butter
  • 1 egg beaten
  • Polenta to coat (optional)

Method

While the potatoes are still hot, add a large knob of butter and the spinach.  Stir thoroughly.  Then add the tuna and mash it up into the potato and spinach mixture.  Allow it to cool completely before seasoning with black pepper.

Make small patties / cakes (about the size of the palm of your hand) out of the mixture, dunk in the beaten egg and coat with polenta or breadcrumbs.   The cakes can be frozen at this stage.

From room temperature, bake the cakes which have been lightly brushed with oil and placed on a baking tray at 200 C for 20 minutes turning once during cooking.  Alternatively shallow fry in a little olive oil for a 3-4 minutes on each side until golden.

Enjoy!

French Toast – Pain Perdu

IMG_0798 pain perduWe were inspired by Rachel Khoo’s ‘Little Paris Kitchen’ to make some ‘Pain Perdu’ – ‘lost bread’.  Use any leftover chunky bread that’s past its best for making this sweet french toast – delicious for a weekend brunch.

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Mushroom and Barley Soup

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The last time I was home, I cut this recipe out of a weekend supplement in the paper.  It’s a deceptively simple soup that is wholesome and nourishing.  The carrots add a surprising sweetness that little ones will love.  The barley transforms it into a filling vegetarian treat.

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Macaroni cheese

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There’s nothing quite as indulgent as a good macaroni cheese.  It’s a super winter treat and all the family love it.

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Black eyed bean and chorizo stew

There is a little cohort of our followers that love ‘Chickpea and Chorizo Casserole’ – the first ever recipe on this blog.  This is a slightly different version using black-eyed beans which is thickened using finely chopped bread at the end.

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