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Beef and Vegetables with Pastry Topping

I love winter! not for the weather (hate being too cold) but for the food, all those tasty stews and soups, pies, cakes & puddings, the list goes on :)  this dish is so good and it has pastry, bonus

1 kilo stewing beef  cut in cubes
2 onions chopped
2 carrots chopped
1 can diced tomato
1/2 cup beef stock
sprig rosemary finely chopped
puff pastry sheet
mash potato to serve

brown beef in batches & set aside. in same pan add onion & cook until softened, add carrot and cook about 10 minutes. put beef back in along with tomato, stock and rosemary. salt & pepper to taste. cook on low heat approx 2 hours or until beef is tender. just before it's ready heat pastry sheet until golden, serve on top of stew with mash potatoes.

Red Beef Curry

I've said before how much I love curries and this Thai red beef one is a  favourite.  you can of course buy the curry paste but it's fun to make your own (recipe follows)

500gr lean steak strips (mine were from rump)
1 onion sliced
1 red & 1 yellow capsicum sliced
small tin coconut milk
jasmine rice to serve

for paste
small red onion chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon chopped lemon grass
2 teaspoons chopped coriander root
1 teaspoon galangal powder
2 teaspoons chili flakes (dried)
!/2 teaspoon shrimp paste
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 dried kaffir lime leaf
2 teaspoons hot paprika
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
3 teaspoons peanut oil

blend ingredients into a smooth paste.

heat pan and add 1/4 cup curry paste, heat until fragrant. add meat and fry until browned slightly. add onion and continue to fry approx 5 minutes. put in both capsicums and cook until meat is tender and veg is cooked, stir in coconut milk and heat gently. serve with jasmine rice (its bet…

Chinese Chicken and Corn Soup

This delicious Chinese style soup is quick and easy enough to be on the table in less than 30 minutes.

1 litre low sodium chicken stock (homemade or bought)
spring onions (small bunch) chopped
1 can creamed corn
approx 1 cup corn kernels  (fresh, frozen, canned, it is your call)
finely chopped parsley
1 small cup shredded cooked chicken
1 beaten egg
small piece ginger
dash soy sauce

heat some oil & butter in saucepan and gently fry spring onion and ginger add corn kernels and cream corn and stir until fragrant. put in stock and slowly bring to boil adding cooked chicken & soy sauce continue to simmer until hot. beat egg in small dish and while on low simmer add mixture to soup, remember to stir soup while you add egg,  mix  until small ribbons form. turn off heat, add parsley and serve!

Homemade Muesli

I'm not really a cereal person as I find it often too soggy. muesli or toasted muesli is another matter. this is my first attempt at making my own. hopefully you will find it a good base recipe adding or taking out ingredients as you like.

all measures are a guide only

2 cups rolled oats (not instant)
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
2 tablespoons flax seeds
1 cup sultana's (packed loose)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup dried pineapple
2 tablespoons pistachio nuts
honey to sweeten (about 5 tablespoons)

line a baking sheet with non stick paper, heat oven to moderate. mix all ingredients except honey in a bowl until combined. add enough honey to moisten. spread out on tray and bake until golden (approx 20 minutes to half an hour (it's important to keep an eye on it) when cooled pack into a jar or container.