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Shepherd’s Pie April 19, 2013

Filed under: Meat Dishes,Pies & Bakes - Savoury — obsidian @ 1:36 pm
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Puff Pastry sheets
Beef mince
Finely chopped onion
Finely chopped garlic
2 tb Gravy powder
Vegies (eg Corn, grated carrot, grated zucchini)
1 tin diced tomatoes
1 can lentils (or 1 cup cooked lentils)
Potato (enough for the mashed potato top)
Dried herbs (or fresh if you have them)
1 teaspoons Curry Powder
1 tsp Ground Cumin
Salt & pepper to taste


Put a saucepan on the heat and add the mince (no oil). Fry this until brown. Drain off the excess oil if there is any.   Add the onion and cook until the onion softens.   Add the garlic, then add the vegies and tinned tomatoes.  Half fill the empty tomato can and add the gravy powder, mix well then add this to the mixture along with the herbs and spices.   Allow this to simmer until the vegies are soft.  Then stir in the lentils and remove from the heat.

Allow it to cool slightly (you can use it while still warm, but its best not to be hot because it melts the pastry).  You can use this time to cook the potatoes – Peel and chop the potatoes into small cubes, boil these in water until soft.  (I tend to leave the skins on, because I cut the potato so small it doesn’t make much difference to the pie).  Drain and mash the potato well until it is smooth.  You can add butter and salt if you wish, or a little water or milk.  It should be a creamy consistency.

Grease your chosen pie making dish (I find the best thing to use is actually a spring form pan). Place the pastry into your dish.  Spoon the filling mix into the dish, then top with the mashed potato.  I sometimes like to run a fork over the potato to rough it up a little and brush the top with melted butter.

It should go in a hot oven (about 200C), cook until the potato is browning. Probably about 20 mins?


Slowcooker Lentil Soup June 7, 2009

Filed under: Slow cooker Meals,Soups — obsidian @ 8:22 am
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obsilentilsoupNot so pretty to look at I admit, but tasty


1 c dried green lentils
1 c chopped leek
1 bacon bone (one of the rib bits is best)
About 6 baby potatoes
1 tb ground cumin
1 c corn kernels

1). Wash and chop the potatoes into bitesize pieces. rinse the lentils.
2). Put everything except the corn into the slowcooker, with just enough water to cover the ingredients.
3). Cook on high until the potato is soft and breaking apart (about 5 hours)
4). Use tongs to remove the bacon bone, pull off any meat you can.
5). Use a potato masher to gently mash the soup. How much you wash depends on how smooth you want the soup to be. Mash just a little to make a chunky soup, or mash a lot (or even use a stick blender to puree it) if you like a smoother soup.
6). Stir in the bacon and corn into the slowcooker and turn it off. Allow to sit for about 5 minutes and then serve. Or allow to cool and spoon into containers for use later.


Less Fuss, 2 meal Roast May 6, 2009

Filed under: Meat Dishes,Quick meals — obsidian @ 4:06 am
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Normally I like to go all out with my roasts… I bake them slowly, basting often, separate the pumpkin so I can make it burn a bit (Mmmmm burned pumpkin!)… sometimes even popping it under the grill if it’s not burned when everything else is ready…… but more simple can be good too… and this “recipe” of sorts shows how you can make a roast span over 2 days with minimal effort for the second night.

When you buy the roast meat, buy a portion bigger than you would normally need. It doesn’t have to be twice as big if you’re happy to bulk it up with vegetables and yorkshire pudding.

In a large (twice as big as your meat is) baking dish (I use the black enamelled kind with a lid), place the roast in the centre, and then in one end put (single layer if you can) whole, washed, skin on baby potatoes, and in the other end larger pieces of pumpkin (I prefer skin off, but thats up to you). Add about 3cm (3/4″) water to the dish and put the lid on. Pop that in the oven at about 180ºC for 1.5 hours. Go read or do something to pass the time.

Then bring the roasting pan out and carefully drain off all the water/juices into a saucepan (keeping it). Return the roasting pan to the oven, uncovered.

Make the yorkshire pudding mixture (1 egg, 1 cup milk, 1 pinch salt and 1 cup flour [you can use either, SR flour makes a lighter ‘pud’, plain makes a dense one]) Put a little olive oil in the wells of a muffin tray, and put it (empty) in the oven for about 30 seconds, bring it out and pour the ‘pud’ mixture in (about half fill them), being careful because the oil may sizzle a bit, then put it in the oven for about 15 mins until golden brown. You can bring the roast out and leave it somewhere with the lid on if you think it’s cooked enough.

Get your other vegies ready if you’re having them (we do steamed peas, corn and broccoli usually), and make the gravy. You can spoon off the oil from the top of the roasting pan juices (or leave it in)… and add some gravy powder if you like, and some extra water. Make about twice as much gravy as you normally would.

Serve your roast, serve up only half of the meat, putting the remainder in the saucepan of gravy. After the meal, when the gravy has cooled, put a lid/covering on and put the pan in the fridge.

Roast day 2 – simply take out the pan of gravy/meat and heat this on the stovetop while you get some vegies happening (I forgo the effort of roasting more and just toss some spuds, pumpkin and other veg in the steamer), and make another batch of yorkshire puds. You can get 2 nights out of the meat, and all you have to do the next day is reheat it. The gravy keeps it lovely and moist, so you don’t have dried out leftovers. If you wanted to, you could probably cook a double batch of spuds, pumpkin and puds the first night, and stick them in a baking dish and reheat it in that while your gravy/meat is heating… but it probably won’t be as nice as making new veg.


Potato and Lentil Patties May 2, 2009

obsipatties1(large “Ball” patties)


For the patties:
1 tin lentils
4 cups (approx) boiled/steamed potato
1/2 cup corn
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp mixed herbs
1 tsp salt
6 rashers rindless/shortcut bacon (optional)

For breadcrumbs:
1 1/2 cups breadcrumbs (approx)
2 tb parmesan cheese
2 tb mixed herbs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon pepper

Mash the potato with milk until very smooth and creamy. Chop and fry the bacon, then add all the patties ingredients together and mix well. Mix the breadcrumb mix together in a dish. Form the potato mixture into patties or balls (I find balls easier to work with) and coat with the crumbs. Spray a baking tray with olive oil, lay out the patties and spray the tops. Bake at 180ºC for about 20 mins.

obsipatties2(smaller flat patties)


Slowcooker Chickpea Curry January 16, 2009

500g chicken
Sweet potato
1 tin chickpeas
1 tun coconut milk
1 green chilli
Cardamon, Cumin, Coriander and Garlic to taste (about 1/2 tsp each)

Cut chicken into bite sized pieces and brown this is a frypan, then place the chicken in slow cooker. In the frypan, heat the spices, then add those to the slow cooker. Cut the vegetables into bitesized pieces, then add to the show cooker with the chickpeas and coconut milk. Cook on low for several hours.


Potato Pancakes

Filed under: Breakfast,For Kids,Lunch,Quick meals — obsidian @ 2:57 am
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2 large potatoes
3 eggs
1/2 cup wholemeal SR flour
salt, garlic and chives to taste

Peel, dice and then cook the potatoes to cook them a little (eg microwave for 2 mins). Blend everything together until smooth. Cook like you would a pancake.


Slow Cooker Beef Curry December 13, 2008

Filed under: Meat Dishes,Slow cooker Meals,Stews & Casseroles — obsidian @ 10:56 am
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800g beef, diced
1 onion – diced/chopped
2 cloves garlic, crushed/finely chopped
1 ½ tbs madras curry powder ( or 3 tsp of madras 3 tsp normal curry)
1 tbsp plain flour
1 cup beef stock
400g can diced tomatoes
2 med carrots diced
1c chopped pumpkin
400g chat potatoes quartered

1). Brown the meat.
2). Place all ingredients in the slow cooker, cook on low for around 6 hrs. serve with rice

Slightly adapted from