Sunday, October 04, 2015

{Project Recipe} 7 dishes I "tried" recently or Getting out of a food rut

I so loved trying out recipes last year and my goal for this year is also to try 25 recipes.


We'll see if that happens, but I did very well during August and September

So I thought I should tell you about those recipes to encourage you to also try/ toss the recipes you're never going to make :)

1. Well, I told you about the disaster that was the cauli-pizza....

2. And then there was a microwave chocolate cake for my birthday.

There's a story to this. The kids wanted me to do little cakes for them to decorate with caramel and smarties, and I thought I'd try this for my birthday. But I used a dish too small so we had a little microwave incident... and so two cakes - one rock-hard and one kind-of okay but basically, I still won't try that ever again.

(my colleague said to me at work, "I still don't know why you'd even TRY to do a MICROwave cake" so there's that, and I agree. God made cakes to be baked in an oven and that's the way we will do it from now onwards... once I recover from the microwave incident)

3. Fudge with white chocolate

I have a really, really bad track record with fudge. Really bad.

I followed Se7en's instructions but I think I may not have stirred and cooked long enough (who has an hour to stir?!). Anyway my fudge didn't set and I can't throw out perfectly good tudge (toffee/ fudge) so I left it in the fridge.

Last year I rescued a batch by turning it into fudge brownies. Gosh that was delish. But this time I scraped it back into a pot, chopped up two slabs of white chocolate, stirred that in, and lo and behold, the fudge set!

It was DELISH.

Never fear, Se7en and I have big plans to make fudge one day. And if it works, I am "retiring" on a good story :)

That was August!

And then in September, my kids went off mushrooms.

Now D and I have always had chicken a la King in our regular rotation, and I make it really nice too!

But suddenly the kids don't eat mushrooms so I said to them, "listen, Daddy and I eat chicken with mushrooms, and you two have eaten it for 6 years so since you don't eat mushrooms now, which vegetable would you like? And they both said, "BROCCOLI!" (like twins... together....with equal enthusiasm)

So I picked up a packet of that Knorr cook-in dry sauce and made a

4. Chicken and Mushroom Pan

(it had BROCCOLI - lots!)

I cut the mushrooms small and they had a big moan at first, but I told them to just taste the sauce they wouldn't even notice the mushrooms.

Thankfully, one said, "this is DELICIOUS" and the other one did too, and that solved our little problem.

I have another packet in the pantry....

5. Thai Chicken Curry

This was another cook-in sauce and while acceptable, it wasn't WOW so I won't buy it again. Though, EVERYONE ate it without complaint (but we each had a big glass of water because it's spicy) and all was well in the world.

6. One Sunday I made doughnuts (every time I make them I use a new recipe on the internet!) - they're all good.

Unsurprisingly the kids were eager to get the Sunday photos done so they could have their tea and doughnuts :)

And last but not least....

7. Sausages with tomato and baked beans

Laura's been inspiring me with her Weigh-less meals. W-L encourages lots of legumes and I do love it, so I experimented and made a dish with onions, sausages, two cans of tomato and a can of baked beans. It made a TON - we've had this meal twice from the same batch with very generous servings (my kids love anything with sausages and tomato), and I have a big helping left.

Only thing is I can't tell you exactly which spices I used - probably garlic, salt, sugar, this Ina Paarman spice and possibly some Robertson's Italian herbs.

This is a definite keeper.

So out of two months and 7 recipes, 2 wins is not bad as stats go :)

Have you tried any good recipes recently?


  1. I don't try new recipes often enough. Maybe when we get back from holiday I must challenge myself. Bianca is the innovative one at cooking these days.

  2. Apple/pear crumble!!! Only new thing I've tried in a while! Those doughnuts look so delicious! Please share the recipe

    1. Do you make Se7en's apple crumble? The easiest "fancy" recipe on the planet :)

  3. A has a winner fudge recipe and makes it so well. She has 45 minutes to stir - I do not! I so want to try new recipes - what I hate about the internet ones though is the amercian ingredients where so many things come from some odd premade sauce or packet etc.How do you cope with that?

  4. Would you look at that... I am off the internet for a couple of days and your blog is full of posts!!! There is a whole lot of se7en in there as well. You are going to get that fudge right... and Hood #3 mastered the microwave cake while I was in Zambia... more like a chocolate mousse than a cake and I imagine a Frisbee if you get it wrong... we really need to get together. Our biggest food fight ever happened in Woolworths many years ago... there was an all out war broccoli vs cauliflower... broccoli won!!! Otherwise we eat heaps of beans... fave meal of the week, often two three times a week. Hmmm... I really should blog recipes again!!! Lots of love to you guys and thanks for all the lovely things you say!!!

  5. I am terrible at new recipes, we tend to do a lot of stir fry's and salads in summer and loads of soups in winter. I really need to start getting into the habit of cooking "family" meals now that the kids are bigger. Problem is they eat so much earlier than we do cos I get home so late.

  6. The last two weeks have been slow on the new food front which is sad because I was doing so well. I need to get back on it!


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