Creamed Butternut Soup

Creamed Butternut soup is light, wholesome, very tasty, and is easy to make. Served with grated cheese and a slice of buttered toast, it makes a pleasant and economical meal.

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Scrumptious Cornbake

This scrumptious cornbake makes an ideal side dish for a summer barbeque. It is so tasty that you will not be able to resist a second helping. In fact I could not even take a photo of the finished bake once it came out of the oven because it was so quickly tucked into. 🙂

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Brown Baskets

Making Brown Baskets is a creative way of serving baked potatoes.
Beware, make more than you expect to eat! They are easy to make, fun to eat and very tasty! They end up looking like little hedgehogs and my son loves pulling each individual piece of potato out and eating it like a potato chip.

Brown Baskets

red potatoes (any amount)
brown potatoes can be used
olive oil
Herbal salt ( optional)
kosher salt

Cut each potato in a straight line like this:
llll, all the way down leaving just a little potato
and the skin at the bottom to hold it together.
Then turn it to the side and repeat
so the end result is a grid.

Place in a glass pan and put about
a spoonful of olive oil on each potato.
then sprinkle salt, thyme and oregano on them.

Bake in a preheated oven at 425 degrees F (200 C)
for 1 hour or until crispy.

When I saw this photo of Sarah on facebook with the heading
“Preparing our famous ‘Brown Baskets’ “,
I was most fascinated and asked Sarah how she makes them.
She kindly gave me the recipe.
Thank you Sarah 🙂
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Homemade Chicken & Mushroom Pie

This chicken pie is really easy to make and it tastes so deliciously home made. I guess buying ready made pies would be easier, but I personally never buy pies. Somehow I never feel good after eating one, and that makes me wonder why. Making this chicken pie for your family will take you 35 min to prepare and 45 min to bake, but it will be well worth it and you know exactly what went into it.

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Versatile Vegetarian Stew

The secret to making vegetarian dishes tasty is to brown the vegetables in batches, in the same way that you would brown meat and onions to enhance the flavors and make a delicious dish. Use the same concept with your vegetables.
This basic recipe can be used to make many other tasty dishes.
For example, turn this stew into a Vegetarian Curry by adding curry spices and serve with rice and chutney.
For a Chili Con Carne substitute the lentils with baked beans, grate carrots and add chili.
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Baked Salmon with Honey and Mustard sauce

A totally scrumptious way to serve Salmon.
Baked in the oven and topped with pecan nuts.
Makes a lovely combination of flavours.

4 Salmon fillets
25g melted butter
1 1/2 Tbs Mustard
1 Tbsp Honey
2 Tbsp Breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp Pecan nuts
or salt & pepper

Preheat oven 200 C

Mix melted butter, honey and mustard

Place Salmon fillets on greased baking tray
Spoon sauce on top of each fillet.

Grate breadcrumbs and pecan nuts
Add seasoning and mix together

Sprinkle breadcrumb & nut mixture
on top of Salmon and place in oven.

Bake for about 15 min. Salmon should
flake easily with a fork when cooked.

Serve with side of your choice and enjoy!
I served mine with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables.

Tip: A soft nut like pecan or walnut goes well with the texture of the salmon. I have used chopped cashew nuts mixed with cornflakes as a topping before but found the cashews too hard for the texture of the fish.

Baked Salmon with Honey and Mustard topped with Cashew and Crushed Cornflakes

FRUGAL TIP: Buy a whole fresh Salmon from the fish counter and ask the fish monger to fillet it for you. It will cost you half the price. The salmon I bought made 16 individual fillets. I packed them into 4 packs of 4 fillets into freezer bags. Each salmon meal cost 3.20 GBP coming up to 80p per fillet. Not bad for Salmon if you ask me. 🙂
Keep your eyes open for Specials. Over Christmas, whole salmon was half price at Tesco and I believe they will run that same special over Easter. 🙂

Chicken & Mushroom Pasta in Cream & White wine

Another family favorite is this creamy pasta dish. Oh so good!
It is absolutely delicious, and is so quick and easy to prepare.

Ingredients: Serves 4

2 Large chicken breast cut into pieces
1 punnet mushrooms washed & sliced
2 cloves Garlic peeled and chopped.
1/2 green pepper cut into small pieces ( optional)
snipped chives ( optional)
250ml cream
125ml white wine
1Tbl flour
Herbamare or Salt
Ground black pepper
250g Fusilli Pasta

Prepare pasta as directed on packet. While pasta is cooking prepare the sauce.

Melt butter in a large pan, add the chicken pieces & cook 5min until they turn white in color.
Add seasoning, chopped garlic, sliced mushrooms, & thinly chopped green peppers.
Cook 5min stirring occasionally.
Sprinkle flour, dusting the chicken and mushrooms. Stir.
Pour wine, stir, then add cream.
Stir gently allowing sauce to thicken.
Add the cooked pasta into the sauce & serve.

Garnish with any of the following:
Parmesan cheese, freshly ground black pepper, chopped chives, or chopped stuffed olives.
Serve with a side salad & enjoy!