Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Friday, August 24, 2012

Easy Lasagne Bake

I thought I would share with you the easiest lasagne I have made in a while.
It came to me as I was preparing Shepherds Pie which is a family favourite. Also, it made the list because San Remo Cold Pasta was on special for $3 a pack at the supermarket so I bought two and froze one box.

What you'll need:
1x 375gm pkt of San Remo Parpadelle pasta (from the cold food section, not the hard stuff)
600gm mince beef
1/2 brown onion
1 jar of Dolmio Extra Pasta sauce (I used the Extra Garlic)
1 cup of chopped mushroom (or less)
1 cup of chopped zucchini (if you have it on hand, or any other vegetable mix)
1 x 400gm tin of diced tomatoes

* Optional: 6 potatoes for the mash topping and 1 cup of cheese for melting on top.

Basically you cook your mince with some onion and then add your vegies and then sauce. Simmer for about 5mins and season to taste by adding salt/sugar. At the same time you'll want to be boiling a pot of water for your pasta. Dunk the pasta in for about 5minutes or more if you like it softer.

Once pasta is cooked, drain the water and add pasta to your sauce mix. Pour it onto a baking tray and top with your mashed potato and cheese. Bake it in the oven at 200deg for 15mins and then take it out to cool down. Serve with a salad and enjoy your healthy dinner!

I must say that my kids are fussy eaters and they quite enjoyed this version of my lasagne. I'm going to try an Alfredo next.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Hookin' it

On Saturday night I stayed up by myself determined to get started on crocheting this beanie. The only thing I've ever managed to crochet before was a tawashi flower for that cardigan I knitted for Miss 5. I've lost that beanie I bought from the Salvo's for the baby and so now I stumbled across this crochet baby ear flap beanie pattern here and decided to have a go at it. I only have that one 5m crochet hook and I think I'm hooked on it that I'll have to source some more sizes!

It took me forever to figure out how to start out. I was going for the miracle circle thingy and then practised a few rows of the double crochet before I unravelled it all and started from scratch. It's difficult to learn and rather annoying having your kids climb all over you and your chair while you are doing this. So they went off to bed and I sat alone in the kitchen learning this myself. I was getting really confused but in the end I figured it out. It felt so good to get started and this is how much I've got done since then. It does work up very quickly and even when your toddler unravels a bit you don't have to spend time trying to pick up the loops! (which is why the other beanie is not getting finished). I hope to finish another row or two, try it on his head and then put on those ear flaps.

Wish me luck!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What I do on Wednesdays.

   Today we bared the chilly outside and went to Playgroup and the Library.
We laughed as we got inside the room as there were only a handful of mother's with chidlren and my clan just about doubled the number of attendees. The baby doesn't enjoy staying for long so we end up doing some free play, craft and fruit before he chucks a tanty. I strolled him into the Library across the way and left the toddler and preschool in the kids room while I browsed the cooking section for that book I knew was waiting for me. There it was: The Australian Women's Weekly Pressure Cooking. Ahhh yes. I had gone past it numerous times but today it was going home with me.

Above is the chicken rice congee. I normally make this on the stove top and it takes me a while to boil the chicken and then add it to the rice. It's so good on a cold Winter's day so I am glad I have this recipe for my pressure cooker.

Above is Chinese Chicken. I think it's like the soy chicken I made the other week but this one looks really authentic and not as thrown together and hope for the best effort I normally do. I can't wait to try this one soon and with the weather staying cold I might be cooking this sooner than later.

Ahhh yes, there is a dessert section!!!! Praise to the Lord. My favourite Chocolate Self-Saucing Puddings. I have this favourite one I used from the Masterchef class they did a few years ago but this one looks interesting. How do they get it in the pots? Or do they put the pots in there????

Anyway, I better get going. Sooooooo much to do this week. I am up to my eyeballs in STUFF. I don't want to be up to so much but I am grateful for it all.

Oh hey, stick around next week won't you. I've got another give-away coming up.