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Cream of mushroom chicken (crock pot)

 

Cream of mushroom chicken (crock pot) (slow cooker)

Melt-in- your-mouth cream of mushroom chicken. Free range chicken breast fillets simmered in cream of mushroom soup, onions, wine, extra mushrooms and a touch of pouring cream are all it takes to make an amazing crock pot  meal that you set and forget 4 – 7 hours ahead of time. Read more

Negroni Cocktail

Negroni Cocktail

Negroni Cocktail

With only three ingredients, the Negroni cocktail isn’t just a classic aperitif, it’s a breeze to make!

The most widely reported account of the Negroni cocktail’s origins is that it was invented in Florence, Italy in 1919, at Caffè Casoni.
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Aussie Meat Pies

Aussie meat pie

Aussie Meat Pies

These family-sized Australian meat pies are easy to make, savoury and delicious, with only 15 minutes active prep time. Add some grated/shredded cheese  to the mince mixture to make a meat and cheese pie, or a couple of handfuls of thinly sliced mushrooms to make meat and mushroom pies.

Top with tomato sauce (ketchup) for an authentic Aussie eating experience. Read more

Americano Cocktail

Americano cocktail

Americano Cocktail

The Americano Cocktail was invented by Gaspare Campari and first served in his bar, Caffè Campari, in the 1860s. It was originally known as the “Milano-Torino” because of the origin of its ingredients.    Read more

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Fernand Petiot invented the Bloody Mary cocktail in 1921, when he was working in Paris’ New York Bar. The New York Bar later became Harry’s New York Bar, a frequent Paris hangout for Ernest Hemingway and other American expatriates.   Read more

Vegetarian Loaded Baked Potatoes – 44 ideas for fillings

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Vegetarian Loaded Baked Potatoes

44 easy ways to feed a family!  Make your loaded potatoes as gourmet or family friendly as you like.  Or set up a vegetarian baked potato bar – set out your choice of fillings while the potatoes are baking and let everyone top their own potato. Read more

Roast Potatoes,Tomatoes and Onion with Rosemary

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Roast potatoes, tomatoes and onion with rosemary

Yep – another potato dish.  I can’t help myself!  This one’s a better-for-you version of traditional roast potatoes.  Top with fried free-range  eggs to make it a meal, or use as is for a side.   Read more

The Smoothie Collection – favourite smoothies from around the web

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5 steps to make a perfect smoothie

Blend up a smoothie – an easy and delicious way to boost your daily fruit and vegetable intake in 5 minutes.

Simply:

  • Pour a liquid base like milk, plain or fruit yoghurt, fruit juice, coconut milk, coconut water or almond milk into a blender.
  • Top with your favourite fruit and/or vegetables.
  • Add a little honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla essence or sweetener of your choice (if needed)
  • Drop in a few ice cubes or some crushed ice and
  • Blend until smooth.

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Tuna Casserole

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Tuna Casserole

Prep:  10 min | Cook: 25 min | Serves: 4

Take a can of  tuna in springwater,  drain and mix  with al dente macaroni, a can of cream of mushroom soup and frozen peas, top with grated cheese and bake to perfection.

Serve with salad, garlic bread etc.

I make this far too often. It’s a weeknight legend.

 

Grapefruit Margarita

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Grapefruit Margarita

Welcome to time!  Friday’s rolled round again and tonight’s cocktail is a Grapefruit Margarita – one of the many variations on the basic Margarita mix of tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice. Read more

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