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    In the September 2009 Australian magazine 'super food ideas', where it features as a Father's Day BBQ Spice Rub, this recipe is described as "perfect for Dad to sprinkle over beef rump steak or other favourite BBQ meats before cooking." I'd hope that any dads worth spoiling won't be expected to BBQ for all and sundry on Father's Day but will be spoilt rotten! But for anyone BBQing at any time, this sounds yummy so I'm posting it here for safe-keeping. Personally, I'll be leaving out the dried chilli flakes. But do feel free to crank up the heat if that's your preference! My only change was to add the black pepper, but I'm in two minds about this as it's perhaps better to add this at the time.

    Recipe #386568

    A Kraft tart which I’ve so substantially adapted that I’ve pretty much de-Krafted it, but I have left in the Philadelphia cheese as an echo of its culinary ancestry. If you haven’t used leek, onion and garlic together, they offer a subtle blend of flavours when combined. If time isn’t a factor and you want to make a healthier crust, you could try a rice crust either from my Recipe #147043 or my Recipe #147047. Some conversions: 220g = 7oz; 100g = 31/2 oz; 210g = approximately 61/2 oz.

    Recipe #386510

    Australian chef Huey (Iain Hewitson)'s recipe for what he describes as basically an American recipe: Peppered Venison Steak with Spiced Smothered Onions. Venison, he advises, should be medium rare at the most so have everything ready to go before adding the venison steaks to the pre-heated grill. Some conversions: 150 grams = approximately 5 ounces; 180 grams = just over 6 ounces.

    Recipe #386426

    A simple budget-conscious and yummy everyday recipe with no pretensions to sophistication, which I've adapted from an online recipe from the Australian magazine 'New Idea'. The recipe uses beef sausages, but obviously you could use your favourite sausages. You could also vary the capsicums (or peppers) and use more than one coloured pepper; and you could add a slice of onion onto the skewer. My personal preference is red peppers, but just go with your preference! Love the pesto and haloumi in this recipe! :)

    Recipe #386429

    An easy and relatively inexpensive lunch or evening meal I've adapted from one I found in the Coles online Autumn recipes. Ideal for using up leftover mashed potatoes. This could also be made with salmon. Macadamia nuts are going to make these so much tastier than most tuna or salmon patties I've eaten. You could, of course, also use other nuts. If you want to serve this with tzatziki, I'd recommend either Recipe #306901 or Recipe #157176. Both are excellent!

    Recipe #366638

    I've called this recipe Budget Eggplant (Aubergine) Parmigiana not because it skimps on ingredients but first because I already have another eggplant parmigiana recipe posted - Recipe #135928; and secondly, when I compare the two, this one would certainly be less expensive to make. If you wanted to stretch this recipe further, you also could add a fourth layer of lasagne sheets. If I were to add lasagne sheets, I'd also be inclined to add a thin layer of ricotta immediately on top of each layer of the lasagna sheets or, even better, some ricotta mixed with cooked (well-drained) spinach. I'd recommend still having the final layer as the mixed cheeses and oregano. That means including this fourth layer only twice - and not on top! The Zaar Kitchen Dictionary has some excellent advice on choosing eggplants: "Look for smooth, shiny skin with a firm but slightly springy texture" and suggests using the eggplant within a day or two of purchasing it. This is important for this recipe as some of the skin is left on the eggplant. And don't discard the skin peelings from your eggplants: save them in a freezer bag with all your vegetable peelings and stalks for use in my Recipe #135453, the ultimate budget recipe! This is the fourth recipe I've adapted and posted here from a recipe I found in 'The Australian Women's Weekly's Cooking on a Shoestring' which has been published this year and contains lots of super recipes that certainly reflect needs of the times! The others are Recipe #365835, Recipe #366203 and Recipe #366217.

    Recipe #366261

    A budget-saving recipe for using leftover roast potatoes. You could also use leftover pumpkin, kumara and califlower or a combination of these or other leftover vegetables. This gratin matches well with reheated leftover roast meat or with a savoury ground meat dish or with sausages, such as Recipe #350542 or Recipe #352722. If you prefer vegetarian dishes, simply omit the bacon. This is on of several recipes I've adapted from one in 'The Australian Women's Weekly's Cooking on a Shoestring'. I've also posted Recipe #365835 and Recipe #366203.

    Recipe #366217

    Huey's recipe for Lone Star Chicken Stew, from a NicheDigitalMedia dvd, Sambal oelek is Indonesian in origin and is a salty paste made from ground chillies and vinegar. Way too hot for my tastes. If you don't like your food hot and spicy, omit it and use instead some of your favourite herbs. And if you are using it, be careful not to add too much salt!

    Recipe #366081

    Baked potatoes stuffed with broad beans, rocket (or baby spinach leaves), tangy blue cheese, garlic and basil; and if it takes your fancy, topped with chopped bacon! Adapted from a recipe on some 'Good for You' cards from International Masters: a series focussing on health and nutrition. I am intrigued that 'broad beans' are not in the Zaar Kitchen Dictionary. So, some information about broad beans! From Wikepedia: broad beans have a long tradition of cultivation in Old World agriculture, being among the most ancient plants in cultivation and also among the easiest to grow. It is believed that along with lentils, peas, and chickpeas, they became part of the eastern Mediterranean diet in around 6000 BC or earlier" Reading that you'd expect to find them in the Zaar Dictionary! Not so! The entry in the Cook's Thesaurus reads "fava bean = broad bean = butter bean = Windsor bean = horse bean = English bean = fool = foul = ful = feve = faba = haba = habas". And my recipe card says "Broad beans are a tasty, almost meaty-flavoured bean that are full of nutritional benefits. Broad beans are a great source of protein and fibre and also contain vitamins A and B and zinc, iron and folate. They are available fresh or frozen - if using the fresh beans, you will need to cook them lightly in boiling water to soften them before blending them with the rocket". Obviously, you could use other cheeses instead of the blue cheese. I've made these several times and have used low-fat feta (which I love), and I've also added a handful of pine-nuts in step 3. . Be guided by your taste preferences.

    Recipe #365873

    Adapted from a recipe 'The Australian Women's Weekly's Grills & Barbecues'. The eggplant (aubergine) not used in step 2 can be added to other vegetable peelings, stalks etc. and kept in a freezer bag until you have enough to make Recipe #135453.

    Recipe #365753

    Adapted from a recipe in Jean Paré's 'Company's Coming: dip, dunk & dab, party dips and spreads'. This recipe has been descibed as "an update of baba ghanouj... sweetened with caramelised onions (and served) with pita bread chips or vegetables". I learnt also from this book that 'baba ghanouj' means 'indulged father' in Arabic! Rather patriarchal for 2009! Perhaps that's why Jean Paré has re-named this 'eggplant onion dip' - bland and politically correct! I decided to stay with this name but if anyone knows the Arabic for 'eggplant onion dip', I'll happily rename it. The cooking time includes one hour chilling time.

    Recipe #365389

    A recipe I found online by 'New Idea' cooking editor Barbara Northwood. 170 grams = just under 6 ounces. Cooking time is refrigeration time.

    Recipe #365085

    Adapted from a 'Better Homes and Gardens' recipe that I found online. There are just so many Chilled Cucumber Soups on Zaar but - from my searches - none that seemed quite like this one which I'm posting for safe-keeping as well as for others who might like to try it. I love the fact that this is basically a potato and leek soup - with cucumbers and prawns poached in champage! YUM! :) The only additions I've made are garlic (I just cannot contemplate prawns without garlic!) and the dill or parsley for garnish. The photograph accompanying the original recipe suggested that small shrimps had been used and rather more than the 12 specified in the ingredients list which explains why in the directions there is mention in step 3 of dividing "most of the prawns" between 4 bowls, then adding "the remaining" prawns once the soup had been ladled into the bowls! 12 prawns between 4 bowls hardly allows for "most of..." and "remaining..." Obviously, this recipe could be made with small shrimps and with a larger number than 12. Several shrimps on top of each soup bowl would certainly make for more attractive presentation.

    Recipe #363525

    A classic pairing of tomato and basil with a twist: the tomatoes are dipped in hot candied sugar. I found this recipe - by Valli Little - in the February 2009 issue of the Australian magazine 'delicious'. Seems to me they'd team well with lots of dishes. If you don't have plentiful supply of fresh basil leaves, I'd suggest serving these on a bed of baby spinach leaves, ideally with a few basil leaves to garnish.

    Recipe #359013

    Deliciously flavoursome home-made pork sausages - so great to know that your sausages are free of preservatives - served with equally yummy zucchini rosti make for a great family meal. I have adapted this recipe from one I found today in the current issue of the Australian 'Woman's Day', and which we enjoyed this evening with Ravenseyes’ Recipe #306901. Mincing the vegetables in a processor ensures that the mixture holds together more readily. If your rosti do not look as if they are going to hold together, make them in egg rings, which I find can be removed when you are ready to turn the patties, latkes, burgers or rosti. If you are using a non-stick pan, use non-stick egg rings and - for easy removal - lightly oil them, When making these tonight, I used all of the listed optional ingredients for the zucchini rosti. My inclusion of rosemary and sage was from a grinder which includes this fabulous blend. :) All of these optional ingredients add heaps of flavour, but I'm well aware that not everyone likes lemony flavours. If any of these optional ingredients don't appeal to you, leave them out! I love the textural variation that nuts provide. Pine nuts would also work well here.

    Recipe #356140

    My adaptation of a "sizzling sausages" recipe in the current issue of the Australian magazine 'New Idea'. I have posted four other "sizzling sausages" recipes: Recipe #352629, Recipe #352627, Recipe #352626 and Recipe #352632. These have been featured as flavoursome, budget-savvy recipes. This one, the 'New Idea' cooking editor Barbara Northwood has costed at $A2.45 per serve.

    Recipe #352722

    From 'recipes for a yummy tummy: lick your lips, help your hips' which came with this month's issue of the 'australian good taste' magazine. I haven't made this and if I were to do so, to meet my taste preferences, I'd omit the red chili and use regular not light cheese. If you decide to make this, do feel free to increase the heat if you want to!

    Recipe #352369

    Delicious appetisers that can be made up to 2 days ahead. Adapted from a recipe I found in the Austrlaian magazine 'New Idea'. This recipe makes 45 Mini Shepherd's Pies. When making this, I'll omit the tomato paste as the spices in it disagree with me. Instead, I'll use 2 teaspoons dried Australian Bush Tomatoes. Worth tracking down if you can. VERY tasty! I'd suggest only adding the lemon juice if you lke citrus flavours. This recipe could also be used for making a single Shepherd's Pie or perhaps two Shepherd's Pies, depending on the size of your dishes. You could then also omit the pastry. If making larger Shepherd's Pies, remember to adjust the cooking time appropriately.

    Recipe #351791

    From the Australian Family Circle's 'Popular Potato Recipes'. If you're looking for a recipe for tzatziki, it's hard to beat Ravenseyes' Recipe #306901 or Recipe #157176.

    Recipe #349013

    Another tasty and really easy to prepare appetiser from The Australian Women's Weekly's 'TAPAS: antipasto mezze'. I've also posted Recipe #344630, Recipe #344049 and Recipe #343935 from this fabulous little cookbook. Increase or decrease the heat to suit your taste preferences. I cannot eat these: they're way too hot for me! But I've made them for friends who've loved them.

    Recipe #348183

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