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Comfort foods- Recipes that are prepared easily

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#21

Good idea on the Ghee Graham must try it . See how you go with that other ingredient and let me know .


#22

Mushroom and Bean Burgers

Ingredients :

400g can red kidney beans

1 red onion quartered

200g of cup mushrooms

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 clove of garlic crushed

1 tablespoon of garam masala

2 tablespoons of wholemeal flower.

2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint or 1 of dried .

salt and fresh ground black pepper .

Hamburger buns , thick sliced toaster loaf or pitas (my choice ) to serve .

Relish of your choice to drizzle on the burgers .

Preparation :

Rinse red kidney beans and spread on a clean tea towel to dry .

Finely chop the mushrooms and onions up

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large frying pan and add onion and mushroom mix . Cook for 5 minutes or so until golden and dry . Medium to high heat works for me . Next stir in the garlic , garam masala and flour . Cook for about a minute. Remove from heat and stir in mint and season well with salt and pepper .

Dry the kidney beans thoroughly and tip into a deep plate . Get as much moisture out of the beans as you can if not the burgers will be mushy . Mash the beans well with a potato masher then stir in the cooled mushroom mixture .

Lightly flour your hands and form the mixture into 4 patties

Add 1 tablespoon of oil to your fry pan and cook the patties for 5 minutes or so over a medium high heat . Flip them once .

While they are cooking warm your pitas , burger buns etc . I usually put a good dollop of relish on my burgers and some lettuce . Put on your favourite condiments .

ENJOY


#23

Stir-fried Cabbage and Cashew nuts

Ingredients :

2 table spoons sesame oil

1/4 cup unsalted cashew nuts

2 cloves of garlic , chopped

2 cm fresh ginger , grated

2 celery sticks , sliced

5 spring onions , sliced

350 gms white cabbage , shredded

350 gms green cabbage , shredded

soy sauce , to serve

Preparation :

Heat the sesame oil in a large frying pan and fry the cashew nuts for arround 30 seconds ,until they are just beginning to turn brown .

Add ginger , celery , spring onions and garlic , watch the heat you don’t want to burn the garlic . Cook for around 30 secs .

Add shredded cabbage and stir fry for 3 - 5 minutes . Cook cabbage until softened .

Serve with a sprinkling of Soy sauce .

On this one watch the heat when you add the cabbage . You don’t want it to wilt . Always be mindful that if you burn the garlic it will be bitter . This is a bare boned version of this recipe . I often add a dash of turmeric or a good 5 spice to liven it up .

Enjoy .


#24

Pasta with Rustic Sauce

Ingredients ;

1 tablespoon of olive oil

350 g of penne pasta ( I use Vetta brand but would work with others )

Medium onion roughly chopped

1 clove of garlic crushed

500 g of pork sausage . Get a meaty course cut type to use . I buy mine at the local Deli

410 g can of chopped tomatoes . I use what is on hand . This time Coles own brand .

2 tablespoons of chicken stock

1 cup of frozen peas

salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 small bunch of chives to garnish

grated parmesan to serve

Preparation :

Heat oil in a large frying pan . Over a medium heat add the garlic and onion and cook for about 4 minutes or until onions soften stirring occasionally

Coarsely chop the sausages or remove the skins and break up the meat with a fork . Add sausages to the frying pan and stir over high heat for about 5 mins or till browned all over.

Add chicken stock and tomatoes and season to taste with your salt and pepper . Bring to a boil and then simmer for about 10 mins . Stir occasionally .

Add your pasta to boiling water in another pan . After 5-7 minutes add the peas . Follow the cooking time on the brand of pasta pasta you are using . It varies between brands .

Drain the pasta and peas and toss over the tomato sauce in fry pan . Season if required . Add chives and serve with the parmesan

Enjoy


#25

OK thats on the list !! Including the fact you used the term Deli!


#26

Hush Puppies

My paternal grand mother was born in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States . I was 13 years old when she died . One thing that I always remember about her was her cooking . She often made us kids a traditional Southern States dish called Hush Puppies .

They are a type of donut with capsicum , onions , chilli peppers added . I will put a link to a recipe on the YouTube Channel of Cowboy Kent Rollins as the recipe he uses is simpler than mine .

Just some clarifacation on ingredients . They say add sweet Bell peppers . Read Capsicums for us .

They say yellow cornmeal flower . Read Polenta for us . I buy mine at Coles New world but the other S/Markets should have it .

They say jalepeno peppers . I think that would be chilli peppers for us .

For frying I use Canola oil but any high heat oil would do .

They say fry at 350 F . That’s roughly 170 C Using a frying probe thermometer if you have one .

I use a 28cm high sided raw cast iron skillet for frying . It is a Smith & Nobel brand and costs around $27.50 form Harris Scarfe . Quality varies so buy in shop rather than online so you can pick a good one .

Enjoy