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Potato and Prawn Curry

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This is quite a hot (spicy) dish, so if you do not like hot and spicy, just use less curry paste and/or less fresh chili.

Potatoes and prawns go very well together, so my lovelies, this is quite an easy recipe even for the beginner.  Remember however, never over cook prawns as they then become tough.

I have added broccoli which I partly microwaved first, to make it a one pot meal, and therefore less washing up.  You could serve this with any vegetables, or even a salad if you prefer.  

You could also substitute chicken or any meat if you do not like or eat prawns.  

I often now use coconut powder in recipes, as this is handy to keep.  This is especially so if you need small quantities, this is a great way to go as you do not waste half a tin, which I used to always do.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 3 servings

Ingredients:
½ tbsp oil
½ onion, thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
½ red chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
1 tbsp Thai red curry paste
6 small Chat potat…

Baked Hawaiian Chicken

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This is a baked Hawaiian chicken with mustard, honey and pepper strips.  I originally made it without bacon, however the addition of bacon has given it more flavour. 

I have served it with broccoli and Falafel balls which I made from a packet mix.  Falafel balls CAN be made from scratch, however on this particular occasion, I did not have spare time to make them, so used the packet.  Of course home made is always far nicer!

I have also added sliced part cooked potato slices to the top, and this is also optional.  It is baked as against fried, making it a healthier option.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Makes: 3 servings

Ingredients
3 rashers shortcut bacon (optional)
½ chicken cut to serving size
1 tblsp butter
½ small green pepper
125 g can crushed pineapple, drained
3 tsp mustard
3 tsp honey
3 tsp rum or sherry
Paprika
Sliced potato (optional)

Instructions:
Cut the bacon and fry it for a few minutes -I like bacon crispy so I cooked it for about 7 minutes.  Drain any fat off, an…

Fish Pie with Filo Pastry

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This fish pie is unusual in that it has a crunchy Filo pastry baked on the top.

I have served it with broccoli and a salad of carrots and fresh green peas, and I soaked the broccoli in the gravy from the fish pie!

I try to eat fish once a week, as it is healthy however fish is not quite as versatile as chicken!  This is an easy pie to make and is just that little bit different.

Serve it with a salad or even baked or boiled vegetables.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 minutes
Makes: 3 servings

Ingredients
Bit of oil
½ leek, sliced
1 clove garlic
3 tbsp flour
¾ cup fish or chicken stock
70 g Philadelphia cream cheese (could use small tubs)
400 g white fish, cut into thick strips
Grated rind of lemon
Salt and pepper
3 sheets Filo pastry
Olive oil spray

Instructions
Heat a bit of oil in a fry pan or small wok, and add the leek and garlic.  Saute this for about 2 minutes until it has softened.

Add the flour and cook 1-2 minutes more. Then add the stock and stir.

Add the cream cheese.

Stir until it i…

Pad Thai with Fresh Salmon

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Red salmon is one of the healthiest fish available partly due to the amount of Omega 3 fatty acids it has in it.  This recipe combines this salmon with spices and a base of rice noodles.

It is not "hot" as in spicy but the flavour of the spices goes through the whole dish including the rice noodles.  It is not a difficult recipe to make, and is great for people who are not keen on eating fish by itself, as the flavours of the spices hides a bit of the fish taste!

Buy the salmon fresh, and buying it skinless, although slightly more expensive, it is easier and no wastage.

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 3-4 servings

Ingredients
2 pieces red salmon, skinless
100 - 120 g flat rice sticks or noodles
½ carrot, julienned
Bok choy, washed and diced
½ red capsicum
4-5 spring onions
55 g bean sprouts
½ cup sweet chilli sauce
1½ tsp fish sauce
Less than ¼ cup kecap manis
1½ tblsp lime juice
Chopped peanuts for garnish - optional

Instructions
Soak the rice noodl…

Tuna and Caper Cheesy Burgers

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This burger is almost too big to get your mouth around!  However, once you master this, you will find this a delicious recipe.

Tuna mixed with capers and cheese are a very good combination, and even children will like this unusual burger.

I made it as a main meal and therefore made the patty larger than normal. 

I added salads to make it healthier, and served it with raw green peas, and extra lettuce.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes (plus 15 minutes in the fridge, optional)
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 1 serving

Ingredients
1 95 g tin Tuna
1 spring onion
1 tbsp Capers
1 tbsp parsley, chopped
½ cup breadcrumbs
1 very small egg, lightly beaten
½ cup grated tasty cheese
1 tbsp olive oil

TO SERVE:
2 slices tasty cheese, or grated
1 roll, halved
A little mayonnaise
Bit of tomato sauce (optional)
¾ cup mixed lettuce leaves
½ tomato, sliced

Instructions:
Combine the tuna, egg, breadcrumbs, spring onions, grated cheese, parsley and capers.

Mix all the ingredients, and add salt and pepper to taste.

Florentine Biscuits with Lindt Chocolate

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Despite the fact that the recipe was created in Florence during the Renaissance, and later exported to France, Florentine biscuits are considered to be a typical French pastry!

These are delicious Florentines which, although they do not look as symmetrical as they do when you buy them in the shop, they taste so much better, and are without all the preservatives!

They are quite simple to make though slightly "fiddly" with spreading the chocolate on the bottom after they are cooked -well worth the effort though!

You could use any brand of chocolate - I just feel that if you use a good quality chocolate, it is like a good wine - the recipe turns out nicer. 

So, my lovelies, any dark chocolate will work on this recipe, though BEWARE - they are moorish, and will disappear fast!

Preparation Time: 25 minutes
Cooking Time: 4 - 6 minutes
Makes: About 18 Florentines

Ingredients
¾ cup sultanas
2 cups Corn Flakes
¾ cup toasted unsalted peanuts, chopped   coarsley
160 ml sweetened condensed…

Spinach and Bacon Pie with Feta Cheese

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This is a rich, very yummy tasting family pie, which is easy to make, and cannot fail!

Pies are so much nicer when home made as against buying them, and particularly as you know what is going in them.

You could use this as a buffet style meal where everyone helps themselves, or you could cut it into squares and serve.

I served this pie with some rocket, spinach leaves, lettuce and mini tomatoes.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 60 minutes
Serves: 4-6 servings

Ingredients
1 sheet Puff pastry
1 onion, chopped
1 potato, sliced thin (optional)
4 short cut bacon rashers, diced
250g pack frozen chopped spinach
5 eggs or 4 extra large
300 ml cream
½ cup grated cheese
100 g Australian style feta
Cooking oil spray

Instructions
Preheat the oven to 170°C or 150° if it is a fan forced oven.  Spray a 20 cm pie dish with the oil.  Defrost the pastry and put it into the dish, bringing it up the sides - use 1 ½ sheets if you prefer thicker pastry.  Scrunch up the edges and prick the base and si…

Best Ever Chocolate Mousse

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CHOCOLATE MOUSSE - what can I say!  I have not met anyone who does not like this.

My chocolate mousse recipe is always much in demand as everyone loves it.  It has been handed down to me by my late best friend, and we used to make it often many years ago.

Nowadays, I do not add any sugar to it as it does not need it though in the original recipe, it says to add a cup of sugar if using cooking chocolate.

Chocolate is a bit like wine when you cook with it.  Use a good one, and your recipe will taste all the better for it.  I therefore am always on the lookout for Lindt chocolate at half price.  I use the 70% dark chocolate as that is healthier than plain dark chocolate.

I do, in fact have one square of this almost every night as I rarely have cakes or food with added sugar nowadays.  That is what happens as we age - things seem to start "wearing out", and sugar levels go up for some odd reason.  I used to be able to eat exactly what I wanted, and as much sugar or cake as I wan…