Tuesday, 26 February 2008

Easy Peasy Chilli Dip

This one isn't child friendly, but it is nice and easy, and a great way to use up the cheap chilli beans (which really don't taste very nice)


Easy Peasy Chilli Dip


1x can chilli beans, drained and rinsed
1 clove garlic
1-2 tsp lemon juice
1/2 - 1 tomato

Place ingredients in blender, blend well, taste and season with salt and pepper if required. Serve with Nachos or vege sticks.

Thursday, 14 February 2008

McCains Style Oven Fries

I often do oven fries when we have burgery type meals, usually homemade, but occasionally bought when I'm being seriously lazy. The kids really like the Mc Cains crunchy style, so I've tried to replicate them and they got a thumbs up tonight.

McCains Style Oven Fries

aprox 2 medium potatoes per person
1/4 - 1/3 cup rice flour (you can get this from Bin Inn)
1-2 tsps salt
Chicken style stock (massel) or onion stock (maggi) or both are optional or you can try out other spice combos, garlic and rosemary is really nice.

Cut the spuds (unpeeled) into equal sized chips - if you have a chip cutter this is a good time to use it as they really need to be a uniform size to cook well.
Preheat your oven and 1-2 oven roasting dishes with a generous squeeze of oil (enough to cover the bottom when cold, it'll expand when hot) to 210C for a fan forced oven and 215C for non fan.
In a large seal-able container or a plastic bag mix the rice flour, salt and any seasoning's you feel like, and then add the chips, seal the bag or container and shake until the chips are well coated.
Spread into the hot roasting dish(s) and toss to cover well with oil, the chips should sizzle when you put them in the pan, if they don't the oil isn't hot enough and they will stick to the bottom of the pan. You want them in a single layer to cook properly and they need to be well coated in oil on both sides or the rice flour doesn't crisp up and tastes a little odd.
Cook 10 mins fan bake stir and cook a further 5 mins or until the potato is cooked (times may vary with non fan ovens.

Monday, 4 February 2008

Baked Bean Burgers

A good burger for BBQ season, with easily found ingredients.

Baked Bean Burgers

1/2 large or 1 medium onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tsp sage
1 tsp massel chicken style stock
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Dsp Marmite
1 can baked beans, mashed
3/4 cup rolled oats
3/4 - 1 cup flour

Mix well and shape into 6 to 8 burgers with damp hands (or dump large spoonfuls and shape as you cook), fry or BBQ until a deep golden colour (at least as dark as Anzac biscuits, darker is better)

Variations:
Tried these again today and forgot half the ingredients, think I like them better that way, the original recipe is quite salty.
So - the variation is, no soy sauce, no sage, 1 tsp marmite, beef style stock instead of chicken.