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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Lamb in Cider Recipe

I like to be a little adventuous sometimes in my cooking and am always looking out for new ideas. My family and friends have been a great source over the years and this recipe was made by one of my husbands english relatives. I had never used apple cider in my cooking so it was something we hadn't tried before. We loved it so I would like to share it with you.


1 leg of lamb
500 ml of good apple cider ( I use alcoholic but can use non alcoholic if preferred)
2 - 3 tablespoons honey
fresh rosemary
1 large leek
1 - 2 parsnips
1 - 2 large carrots


Preheat oven to 190C in a fan forced oven.
Place leg of lamb in a large baking dish that has been lined with alfoil.
Evenly spread the honey all over the lamb.
Put some small slits in the meat and place the rosemary sprigs in them.
Cut the parsnips, carrots and leek up and place beside the meat.
Pour the apple cider over meat and vegestables.
Tuck the alfoil all around the meat and vegetables and roast for approx 1 1/2 hours, basting occasionally with the juices in pan.
Remove alfoil and continue to cook for another 20 - 25 mins then remove from pan.
Reserve the juices left in the pan to pour over the meat and veges for serving.
I like to roast some potatoes in a separate baking dish and steam some brussel sprouts to serve with it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Potato Bake Recipe

Most of us have a favourite version of this popular dish and I have several that I make. This recipe was given to me by Sonia, whom I work with. She served this up at a recent barbecue at her place and it was so yummy that we were headed back for seconds. Be warned, it is not for the fainthearted. It is quite rich but definitely worth the calorie intake. Try this and I know you will keep making it over and over again, especially when having casual dinner parties and barbecues. Sonia just makes it up to suit the amount of people she needs to serve. I have worked out approx what you would need to serve 6 people, but that would depend on how many helpings they go for.


4 large potatoes - peeled and thinly sliced
3 rashers of bacon - diced
1 large brown onion - thinly sliced
1 pkt french onion soup
1 cup grated tasty cheese
200 ml cream
100 ml fresh milk
Sea salt and fresh grounded black pepper to taste.


Preheat oven to 180C in a fan forced oven.
Lightly grease a large rectangle oven dish.
Place a layer of potatoes in the bottom, then a layer of bacon and onions and a sprinkling of the french onion soup. Continue layering until you finish with a layer of potatoes.
Mix the cream and milk together and pour over.
Sprinkle the cheese over the top then a light sprinkling of sweet paprika over this.
Place in an oven and bake for about 1 hour or until potatoes are cooked through.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hash Brown and Bacon Bake Recipe

When I was in the states, the friend I was staying with loved to cook up some traditional american style recipes using potatoes or hash browns. This is one that I loved and she made it either using hash browns or potoatoes. You can make this whatever way you like and it will still taste great.


4 cups cooked potatoes - grated
10 bacon rashes - cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup buttermilk (can use normal)
1/3 cup onion - chopped
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
cracked black pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder (can use crushed instead)
1 tablespoon butter - melted
1/2 teaspoon paprika


Preheat oven to 180C.
In a large bowl place all ingredients except butter and paprika. Combine together.
Transfer to a 9 inch pie plate that has been lightly greased.
Drizzle the butter over the top of mixture and sprinkle with the paprika.
Bake for approx 40 - 45 minutes or until lightly brown on top.