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Chicken and Chickpea Casserole

Well,  this is another one I made up from thin air... and it was not too bad!!!  I really enjoyed it and it was exactly as I thought it would turn out.  Yay!!  I had to make this on the stove top in a heavy pan with a lid,  because my stoopid oven comes complete with a KILL SWITCH!!  So,  it keeps killing itself if I leave it on too long.  Que??  Yeah, my oven overheats.  Anywaaaay,  this would probably do quite well in a casserole dish after cooking on the stove top.


3 chicken breasts, cut into about 3 or 4 pieces (or about 700g or whatever cut you have)2-3 tabs Plain FlourFailsafe oil (I'm using Rice Bran Oil these days)1 Leek, quartered and finely slicedGarlic, crushed1 tab Vegie Stock Concentrate1 - 1.5 cup water1 can Chickpeas, rinsedPear chutneyAbout 1/2 cup cream cheese1 spring onion, finely dicedMETHOD:
Coat chicken in flourStir spring onion into cream cheese and set asideFry chicken pieces and set asideIn a little oil,  cook leek and garlic until softAdd Vegie S…

Baked Lamb with Leek and Potatoes

I was about to scribble some instructions on the back of an old envelope for Mr frillypants who is on dinner duty tonight and then realised it'd be better to just put it here.  Here's a deliciously tasty meal (was that a tautology?) that's sure to please everyone.  My mum used to do this with cheap lamb chops and onions when I was little, so it's a bit of a comfort food I suppose.  Essentially, it's a stack of food,  chucked in the oven.  Very easy.  Much like a roast...  the blend of flavours at the end is gorgeous. 

I happen to have some lamb chops in the freezer from my last trip to the Oakleigh Market, but looking at the frozen lump now, I can't decide what cut they are.  Leg? Forequarter? Chump?  I suppose any of these would do.  Something with a little bit of fat... and not too fiddly or wasteful.  Ms D won't touch something if she believes it might have fat attached to it.

3 Lamb chops 1-2 leeks, thickly sliced4-5 potatoes, peeled and thic…

Beef Salad (or Chicken? Or Lamb?)

This was a creation one hot evening when we had my mum coming for dinner and a house-guest.  I had no meat except some left over yearling rump steak.  I wasn't enough if I had just put pieces of meat on plates,  but I decided to stretch it by putting it into a salad. 

Steak, finely sliced approx 2-3cm long stripsButternut pumpkin, peeled, diced 2cmParsnip, peeled, very finely sliced1/2 Leek,  sliced1/2 head Iceburg Lettuce, torn/shredded to small pieces1-2 small Cucumber, peeled, cut into small chunks1-2 sticks celery, finely sliced1-2 Carrot, peeled cut into small chunkshandful of snow peas, sliced diagonally100g Raw cashews, choppedSalad dressingMETHOD:
Heat oven to 180degCoat pumpkin and parsnip in a little oil and salt.  Roast until pumpkin is cooked and caramalised and parsnip is crispySet aside to cool.Combine all other ingredients in a large salad bowl and toss through with salad dressing to tasteVerdict:
I served this with diced boiled potatoes, coated with a s…

Salad dressing

We've done mayo...  how about a 'garden salad'?

This is a basic recipe that I was able to just keep topping up.

1/4 cup Rice Bran Oil2 tabs Malt Vinegar*1-2 cloves of crushed garlic (I sauteed and cooled mine)1 spring onion, finely choppedMETHOD:
Combine ingredients in air/water tight container and shake to combine.Store in fridgeTop up oil/malt vinegar as required, if you have enough garlic and spring onion left over
*Moderate in Amines


I buy my wraps at the supermarket.  I believe it's called Mountain Bread and they make it with rice, wheat or rye.  It's a very basic recipe, with no additives.   I find it great to mix them up from time to time,  depending on what's in the fridge.  Mayo or coleslaw goes well with chicken, natural yogurt or sour cream mixed with garlic and shallots go well with lamb.  Make your own combos...  and please tell me about them!!! 

Now, let me just mentally rummage through the fridge and see what's available for wraps.

INGREDIENTS:  (Just some ideas)
Wraps,  enough for the family... obviously Iceburg lettuce, shreddedCucumber*, peeled and finely slicedCarrot*, peeled and gratedMung bean SproutsColeslawLeeks, finely sliced and sauteedShallotsCream CheeseSauces: Pear ketchupMayonaiseSour Cream with garlic, shallotsNatural YogurtMeats:Left over crunchy chicken, slicedleft over steak, finely slicedleft over roast lamb, beef, chicken Put everything into bowls onto the table.  Do yo…