Monday, June 23, 2008
This delicious dried fruit salad can be made 1 week ahead; keep, covered, in refrigerator. Serve cold for dessert with whipped cream and shredded orange rind, if liked. Recipe serves 4.
2 cups water
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon grated orange rind
2 tablespoons orange juice
1/2 cup caster sugar
12-13 ounce (400 g) packet dried fruit salad
1. Combine water, ginger, rind, juice and sugar in medium saucepan, stir over low heat until sugar is dissolved. Bring to boil, add fruit, reduce heat, simmer, uncovered, for about 10 minutes or until fruit is plump; stir occasionally.
2. Remove from heat, transfer mixture to medium bowl, cool to room temperature, cover, refrigerate.
Any kind of white fish fillets can be used for this dish that can also be cooked in a microwave oven. Serve with a salad and lemon and lime slices for an easy dinner. Recipe serves 4.
4 white fish fillets
1 cup milk
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups stale breadcrumbs
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup grated fresh Parmesan cheese
2 ounces (60 g) butter, melted
1. Place fish in single layer in shallow dish. Combine milk and garlic, pour over fish, stand 15 minutes, turning occasionally. Drain fish, then coat firmly with combined crumbs, parsley and cheese.
2. Place fish onto greased oven tray, drizzle with melted butter, bake in hot oven for 15 minutes (or microwave on High for about 4 minutes) or until fish is tender.
This dessert can be made 1 day ahead; keep, covered, in freezer. I use Cottees' Hot Caramel Fudge. Recipe serves 4.
1 1/2 cups Corn Flakes
1 quart (litre) vanilla ice cream
1/3 cup coconut
2 medium bananas, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons caramel fudge sauce
1. Lightly crush Corn Flakes in plastic bag with rolling pin. Combine crushed Corn Flakes, softened ice cream, coconut and bananas in large bowl.
2. Gently swirl fudge sauce through ice cream mixture. Spoon mixture into 4 dishes (1 cup capacity), freeze until firm.
Decorate with whipped cream, extra banana and toasted coconut, if desired.
Economical ground beef and pasta combine deliciously in this budget-conscious family dinner. Bake can be partially cooked in the microwave oven. Serve with vegetables. Recipe serves 4.
1 onion, chopped
13 ounce (410 g) can tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
1 pound (500 g) ground beef (mince)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 small beef stock cube, crumbled
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons cornflour
1/4 cup water, extra
1 cup risoni pasta
2 ounces (60 g) butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose (plain) flour
2 cups milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated tasty cheese
1/3 cup packaged breadcrumbs
1. Place onion, undrained crushed tomatoes, mixed herbs, beef, garlic, tomato paste, stock cube and water in medium saucepan; cook, uncovered, over medium heat, for about 20 minutes (or microwave on High for about 12 minutes) or until mixture is thickened slightly.
2. Blend cornflour with extra water, stir into pan, bring to boil, boil for about 3 minutes (or microwave on High for about 2 minutes) or until sauce is thickened. Pour sauce into an ovenproof dish (8 cup capacity).
3. Add pasta to large saucepan of boiling water, boil, uncovered, for 12 minutes (or microwave on High for about 15 minutes) or until pasta is cooked; drain well.
4. Melt butter in medium saucepan, stir in flour, stir over medium heat 1 minute (or microwave on High 1 minute), remove from heat, gradually stir in milk, stir over high heat (or microwave on High for about 3 minutes) until mixture boils and thickens. Stir pasta and egg into sauce.
5. Pour pasta mixture over beef sauce. Sprinkle with combined cheese and crumbs, bake in moderate oven 15 minutes or until cheese has melted.