?Weekend Cooking…

Weekend Cooking is a casual inter-blog across the world series hosted by Marg ~ visit other weekend cooking entries

Savoury Spheres…

With a couple of new physical challenges cooking has been somewhat difficult. I’d taken some meat out if the freezer and it was unexpectedly chicken mince. I Googled for ideas and came across what looked like a basic recipe for which I had all the ingredients.
The chicken mince
From assembly to completion was 40 minutes
These went into the regular oven for 35minutes at 200C
These were cooked the Air Fryer for half the time with a better result
4 per box and into the freezer
The next day I repeated the process with 5⭐️ Mince. Cooked in the AF

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??‍?Weekend cooking with no appetite!

I had no appetite but needed to eat, because of medication. 

Inspired by the Facebook post of One Quiet Woman


Sautéd diced onion, garlic, tomato and ham. 

Buttered 2 cruskits. 

Sprinkled with fine grated cheese. 

Dumped the sauté trio on top. 

I removed the whole garlic (I tossed into tomorrows soup)

Sadly, it’s too cold to get fresh parsley from outside. 

(I must pick some tomorrow) 

This was delicious. I enjoyed the flavours. 

sort of bruschetta

*cruskits are low carb


Food as art…

sautéing apricots – then ‘waterlogue-ing’ the photo
the icon for the waterlogue app
food can be beautiful
messy food
or clean sharpe images
colour texture taste: food as art?
i think so….

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i ❤️ salad

To me salad is any combination of cold foods
that appeal to me at the time I am building
The Salad.
Often served alongside something hot
the season makes little difference ~ I make the choices
don’t be afraid – ignore so called food rules – experiment
combine what you like
veggies/nuts/fruits/cheeses etc…go for it
crisp n crunchy
add fruit: citrus strawberries kiwi what do you love?
Friday’s lunch with short-cut chicken parma
*tomato corn 4beanmix grapes walnuts coslettuce parsley
balsamic dressing
always some cheese. Well, mostly…
red cabbage/cheese(colby)/ nectarine/tomato
fresh herbs are worth the effort
love avocado
mini tomatoes/carrot circles/brie/beetroo
salads for one or many
underneath is coleslaw and mixed lettuce greens.

Sometimes I wrap my salad
all the usual or not usual ingredients with ham

if i am eating salad in the middle of the day which is mostly when I eat it,
I usually include protein chicken meat eggs….

My favourite Cook…

i love his shirts

My favourite cook is Rick Stein. I’ve watched his foodie/travel documentaries over the years…often when unwell.
When I was pregnant with my first child I noticed that even when hospitalised and attached to a drip for Kate Middleton level morning sickness…I continued to read cook books. Over the years this progressed to television viewing and now watching on the SBSonDemand app on an ipad. I travelled with Rick down the canals of France.

Through Spain Italy India through to becoming an ‘Honorary Australian’ and opening Bannisters in Mollybrook

*Bannisters is currently not open due to the COVID-19 pandemic

I prefer not to eat fish or seafood…none the less I enjoy watching Rick source, prepare cook and eat his way through the oceans and waterways of the world. His friendly erudite conversation informs and entertains me.

I love how he gets into all kinds of kitchens and, even with a language barrier manages to get all the necessary information down into his notebook. Then returning to a house-base sets out to replicate the local creation.

There’s quite a selection Rick Stein clips on You Tube…wander through and select something that interests you.

another interesting series

Read about Rick Stein


Learning to cook with The Weekly…

I bought this in about 2005 ~ I learnt a lot from it. Low fat can be tasty.
I still use it but not for the low far element. Now I eat LCHF/keto
I still make this – and often just make the satay sauce
in triple the amount and freeze in small tubs


Mandarin or Mandarine?

One of my favourite things during winter is Mandarins…

juicy and sweet. 

2 is always better than 1

I’m not sure when I started to love them…seems years. There is a down side though…all that hairy white stuff – pith it’s called – that I prefer to remove first. How about you?

To Pith or not to Pith…?

Here’s a brief discussion

Mandarins on Masterchef –

Here is Callum’s instagram post about a mandarin dessert he created on Australia’s Masterchef 2020

I do really prefer Mandarins without seeds. 


The mandarin orange (Citrus reticulata), also known as the mandarin or mandarine, is a small citrus tree with fruit resembling other oranges usually eaten plain or in fruit salads. The tangerine is a group of orange-coloured citrus fruit consisting of hybrids of mandarin orange.

Mandarins are smaller and oblate, rather than spherical like the common oranges (which are a mandarin hybrid ) The taste is considered less sour as well as sweeter and stronger. A ripe mandarin is firm to slightly soft, heavy for its size

and pebbly-skinned. The peel is thin, with little white mesocarp, so they are usually easier to peel and to split into segments. Hybrids generally have these traits to a lesser degree. The mandarin is tender and is damaged easily by cold. It can be grown in tropical and subtropical areas.

I’m just off to grab one now…

Here’s how to grow them – I might try


You say tomato, I say tomato…

Cottage cooking in the winter involves soups.
Today it’s herby-tomato

A favourite winter soup is an adaptation of Mary Berry’s tomato soup. I made some process adjustments because of my energy issues.

This year I am growing tomatoes in my greenhouse.
I am. I am.

canned tomatoes make this soup a pantry
go-to super fast delicious standby anytime of the year
add sautéd sun-dried tomato and garlic ~ I mostly use a slow cooker
on low all day ~ smells fabulous
blend carefully with a stick blender
do not pour into blender – it will explode
top with whatever – the basic soup freezes well
handfuls of grated melty cheese tones down the
tomato-red ~ add whatever toppings you fancy
or have on hand ~ seasonal delights
there’s always parsley in my little garden
I often create dump-soup after especially 
exhausting days…but that’s another post


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Cottage cooking in the winter involves soups. Today it’s Pumpkin Soup. 

Take chopped up pumpkin – I don’t use Butternut as the carbs are too high + peeled and chopped Sweet Potato. Sometimes I add a carrot or 2, 1-2 small low carb potatoes…but not always. I have serious fatigue issues and so most of my recipes are simplified. Sure you can roast these vegetables prior to creating the soup. Sometimes I do…

a fresh pumpkin from the market – approx. 2 kilos

In my 1.5 litre slow cooker I pour stock – chicken or vegetable – or water and stock gel. 1/2 full. 

Add the vegs so the cooker bowl is full. 

Lid on, turn to low for a few hours. 

i get mine from Woolworths – currently on special

Later: check the vegs are soft. Mush a bit with a fork. They ought to be very soft. 

Separately sauté: chunky diced onion in EVOO with garlic (in any form) when onion is clear add to slow cooker. You choose amounts subject to your taste preferences. 

Watch out for overflow. 

Turn up to high for a few hours. It will smell delicious. 

Later: It should be boiling. Turn slow cooker unit off. 

Using a Stick Blender carefully – with pulsing on/off – blend the vegetables. Keep the blender at the base of the soup pot. Take your time. Stir around. On. Off On. Until you have a smooth soup. *Make sure the blender is OFF before you remove the stick from the soup. 

delicious warming hearty pumpkin soup

Serve. Top with sour cream, spring onions, cinnamon, croutons, grated cheese, diced crispy bacon. The choice is yours. 

pumpkin and sweet potato chopped by a blue ?

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As the local weather begins to cool my weekly soup-day moves to the weekend. I usually start the preparation for cooking mid afternoon on Fridays.
First, deciding on the type of soup, checking the weather forecast, ingredients etc

This is just me re learning the site…I’ll get there…your patience is appreciated. I will be adding the new button and link to this weekly foodie invite.

stock + chicken + corn + egg = soup

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22 February 2014

I eat Gluten free foods now. 90% of the time. I eat hardly any sugar. It’s a choice. I usually eat eggs for breakfast but sometimes I go all out to make something really delicious. Here then is Week 8: Breakfast


LEFT: Lightly cooked blueberries no added sugar CENTRE: The fat juicy cooked berries RIGHT: Pour some mix into a heated pan with some sizzling butter (The mix is GF plain four, baking powder, egg and milk. Made the night before, covered and left in the fridge. The bought out to the bench to come to room temperature)


LEFT:  cook until you see bubbles appear, then flip CENTRE: The pancake needs to be golden RIGHT: make 2 per person


LEFT:  Spread with yoghurt. I use *Jalna Vanilla. CENTRE: Add & spread the berries RIGHT: Enjoy!


 scroll down to see pasta making

Recently…. A lovely Italian friend dropped by on her way, to way North of me. I had asked in advance and was therefore organised to have a pasta making lesson. So here is this my Weekend Cooking.

We just made a small amount and used Gluten Free flour as I am meant now to only eat Gluten Free products.

Ingredients: Add 100 grams plain GF flour – 1 egg – 1 teaspoon olive oil

All into a small bowl. Make a well in the flour and drop the egg into that. Then the oil. fold the flour over and these and then begin to blend them together to form a crumble topping sort of look

Place the mix onto a sheet of gladwrap/plastic/cling wrap. Pick up diagonally opposite corners then twist all 4 together until the dough is one solid wrapped ball. Place in the fridge for 30 mins. 

30 minutes later remove the pasta ball from the fridge.  It should keep its shape when you undo the wrap.

 Now you need to run it through the pasta machine. Bolt this to the bench. If you have an electric machine you probably do not need to be reading this.

Check out this little video we made. I had not noticed how badly the handle squeaks…

Here is the end result.

 In close up.

 Now to cook it…in boiling water for just a couple of minutes.  I sauteed onion, garlic, ham, but bacon will do, peas, and mini tomatoes. I tossed in the lightly drained pasta.

 I added a couple of dollops of sour cream and soft easy melt cheese. And heated it all through. Poured into a dish and watched it rapidly consumed. I was left with an empty dish and eager requests for more. Alas there was none…that day.

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